Nine reasons the GOP should say no to Jeb

Credit: Huffington Post

Credit: Huffington Post/AP

It has been widely reported power brokers are anxiously waiting for Jeb Bush, a former two-term governor from one of the nation’s most important swing states, to decide if he is going to run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

They wait because Bush is well-respected and presidential in stature. He has many positive attributes that would help the GOP attract Hispanic voters, so desperately needed if the party is ever going to recapture the White House.

Bush is a convert to Catholicism, speaks fluent Spanish, and his wife, Columba, is a native of Mexico. With Bush’s name recognition and national profile, he could literally raise millions of dollars overnight, and all he has to say is “yes.”

But here are key reasons why Bush in 2016 is a really bad idea:

Bush Derangement Syndrome

Let’s face it, if Bush had the last name of Something Else, he would have already run for president in 2008 or 2012, and he knows 2016 is his last chance. But has enough time passed for the Bush name, linked to his older brother’s unpopular presidential legacy, to still be a factor in the minds of voters?

Unfortunately, what Republicans like to call Bush Derangement Syndrome is still flourishing, and that is the most problematic aspect of a Jeb Bush candidacy. It is just too easy for the media and Democrats to reinforce the mantra, Bush = Bad.

Half of registered voters would not vote for Jeb

According to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, 50 percent of registered voters said they would definitely not vote for Jeb Bush. Among independents, the results were 49 percent, and even 18 percent of Republicans said the same.

Such results prove that the legacy of George W. Bush continues to have a negative effect on his brother’s political future.

Bush vs. Clinton 1992: “Back to the future”

So what does Bill Clinton defeating George H.W. Bush in 1992 have to do with Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush in 2016?

It’s the media, stupid!

The unfriendly media and Democrats will hammer home comparisons between the Clinton economy (good) vs. the Bush economy (bad).

Both older Bushes will be easy targets for the concept that all Bush economies hurt the nation, and that will extend to Jeb Bush. Realistically, the comparison makes no sense for voters in 2016, especially after the Obama economy, but watch this concept take hold if Jeb Bush somehow does manage to win the GOP nomination.

Jeb would split the party

Conservative activists/tea party Republicans — the majority of GOP primary voters — are not lining up for Jeb Bush in 2016, largely because of his stand on “Common Core” academic standards and his support for “amnesty” immigration legislation. Although he considers himself a “practicing conservative,” Jeb Bush is also viewed as a moderate establishment Republican in the mold of Mitt Romney.

The good news is that means he does not scare independent voters and is capable of raising millions from the “country-club” Republicans. The bad news is Jeb Bush epitomizes the “establishment vs. tea party” divide currently raging within the party.

Jeb is sucking-up early money from other candidates

The former Bush network and most of Romney’s financial backers are just waiting on the sidelines until Bush makes a decision. Then, crowning Bush the “money candidate” would buy party backlash on the right, increasing the divide.

Clinton and Bush families like each other

The last thing we need is for the Clinton and Bush families to wage war. But war would be declared if Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton won their parties’ nominations. Consider this revealing quote from Bush’s mother, which aired on a C-SPAN’s series on first ladies:

“I love Bill Clinton, maybe not his politics, but I love Bill Clinton. Bill’s father wasn’t around, and I think he thinks of George a little bit like the father he didn’t have.”

The Clintons and the Bushes have also teamed up over the years on fundraising efforts after several global natural disasters. Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton also share a passion about education issues and have appeared together at various conferences, always exciting the press about a potential match-up.

A Clinton-Bush family “feud” in the form of national election would be contrived, bloody and uncivilized.

Clintons and Bushes together Credit: Politico

Clintons and Bushes together
Credit: Politico

Jeb’s last campaign was 2002

Jeb Bush had the distinction of being Florida’s first two-term Republican governor. He was elected in 1998, and re-elected with 56 percent of the vote in 2002. But he ran in the political Stone Age before the advent of social media like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Even cellphones were not yet smart. That would put Bush at a distinct disadvantage in an era when everyone has a camera, every move and word is recorded and any blooper could go viral and destroy your campaign.

Jeb’s immediate family has had a few problems

No family is perfect, and certainly Bush can attest to that, but a rough national campaign means old baggage gets repacked. Stories like when, in 1999, his wife, Columba, was caught trying to hide $19,000 worth of clothes and jewelry from customs agents in the Atlanta airport after a shopping trip to Paris.

Then, his daughter, Noelle, had a series of drug-related arrests. But most important is how Jeb would be forced to distance himself from his brother’s two terms of turmoil without tearing his family apart.

Mom famously said “no” but is now warming slightly

Every good son must listen to his mother’s advice, especially when Mom is a former first lady and her oldest son is a former president.

On April 25, 2013, when Barbara Bush was asked on national TV if she would like to see Jeb Bush run for president, she replied, “He’s by the far the best qualified man, but no.” She also added, “We’ve had enough Bushes.”

Now in 2014, with a Jeb Bush versus Hillary Clinton match-up looking more likely, Barbara Bush said recently on Fox News,  “I read ‘The Bully Pulpit’ by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and she points out that in 1700, there were only three families, so maybe it’s OK.”

Still, her memorable 2013 quotes will be replayed non-stop, mirroring what voters also believe, that we’ve had enough Bushes.

Myra Adams

Myra Adams

Myra Adams is a producer & political writer. She was on the 2004 Bush campaign creative team and 2008 McCain campaign Ad Council.

Writing credits include National Review, World Net Daily, The Blaze, PJ Media, Daily Beast, RedState, Daily Caller, and Liberty Unyielding
Myra Adams


  • SusieQ

    Why doesn’t the republican party just give all their campaign money to the democratic party, better yet, stay out of the race entirely and save a lot of time and money and my trip to the polling place. What kind of lunacy is afoot here?

    • politicalgrandma

      Right on the Mark, SusieQ!

    • Armando S. Fernandez


      • SusieQ

        They never seem to get it Armando. No more “royal” american families. Kennedy’s Bush or Clinton’s. Done, done, done and burnt out!

        • Armando S. Fernandez

          The Kennedy’s were the worst!!!!

          • SusieQ

            You are so right! Clinton’s in hot pursuit.

    • bvdees

      if the Republicans do not win the senate in 2014 you won’t have to worry about liberals or conservatives ever again. And, true democrats are already a thing of the past. The communists will be in charge before the next presidential campaign even gets started. Yes, Hillary will win, probably by acclamation, and – short of all out civil war – that will secure communist control for the rest of our lives. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. This is shades of Mussolini, Stalin and Hitler, all rolled into one! Yes, your question is valid: what kind of lunacy is afoot here?

      • SusieQ

        Rather spooky isn’t it?

  • Will E Big

    Should Jebby be shoved down our throats, as was McLame and Mittens, I predict Hillary will be POTUS.
    I stopped voting for RINOs with Mittens, and will refuse to hold my nose any longer.

    • SusieQ

      Thank you!

    • DARPatriot

      Your not voting for the Republican is the same as voting for Obama…..And you are part of the reason we have Obama a second time. I did not want McCain or Romney especially McCain but after they won the primary I voted for them…..either one was better than what we got….and the damage Obama has done to our Country. Thanks so much for helping him.

      • Charles

        I am at least 3 times, maybe more, qualified to be a SAR [mother and father and one side branch,]
        You are doing nothing but mouthing the establishment talking point about a vote for a 3d party being a DemoncRat vote.. I have voted Republican since Ike 1952 [absentee with US military in Tokyo]. My next vote will NOT be for a moderate establishment Repuglycan. It will be for a conservative/constitutionalist/libertarian of whatever 3d [actually 2d – we now have only a 1 party system with 2 divisions, R & D]. I seriously seriously doubt the Repuglycans will run a conservative/ constitutionalist, but ifthey do I will vote for him, but not if he is named Bush.

  • mobilebay

    If Jeb Bush gets elected, we’ll see the last three people in Mexico being welcomed at the border…citizenship papers in hand.

  • OldmanRick

    One thing missing from the list is that Jeb Bush is a flaming rino who adores common core and amnesty.

  • patriot1742

    NO – what this country needs is a “NO doubt about it CONSERVATIVE candidate” you cannot get more moderate than Jeb Bush. Besides the MSM keeps pushing this – can not be good.

  • Linda Farley Rogers

    We have had enough Bushes in the Whitehouse we do not need another.

  • Linda Farley Rogers

    Why are they worried about the illegal vote make it for Americans only like it should be and keep the illegals out of the voting booth

  • Hyta N

    Herbert Walker Bush is the man who signed onto Agenda 21. He also kept saying how wonderful the New World Order would be. Look up his statements on Youtube. His son George said TARP right before leaving office and psychologically laid the ground work for our handing Obama the stimulus package of money burned on shovel ready projects that did not exist, and crony socialism like Solyndra. The Bush and Clinton families are buddies alright. Right after HW signed onto Agenda 21 Bill Clinton started the President’s Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD). PCSD brought planning boards into every city and town and ruined our economy. NO MORE NEW WORLD ORDER GLOBALISTS! No to Jeb Bush and NO to Clinton! It is time we vote for the United States and not the United Nations that is trying to put us out of business.

  • DARPatriot

    Jeb Bush was a very good governor. He managed the State through the economic crash after 9/11 and he very ably managed the State through all those hurricanes. He did other very good things for the State. I also believe he is a good man. Having said that, I do not want him to run for President for many of the reasons stated above. I want there to be a wide open GOP Primary with lots of choices for us to pick from….and I want the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Florida to stay out of it and not try to push anyone down our throats.

  • renee52

    Jeb’s backing of Common Core say it all for me! Would not vote for him!

    • DARPatriot

      I don’t like Common Core either but I can’t say that if Jeb was the one who made it out of the Primary I would not vote for him…..because I can definitely say I won’t vote for Hillary Clinton or anyone like her…and I won’t sit home and have my non vote be the same as voting for her.

      • greylady67

        I totally agree. His acceptance of Common Core is a deal killer for me. But, if he is the Rep candidate, I would have to hold my nose like I did last time and vote for him.

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