Naysayers listen up: Jeb Bush, Scott Walker ticket ‘a winning formula’

Myra Adams’ well-written column in BizPac Review certainly makes sense to many who will read it. But on closer inspection, she misses the mark on each of her nine reasons for why Jeb Bush wouldn’t win the GOP presidential nomination.

Former Gov. Bush is the likely nominee because he has led the most important swing state in the country. Though President Obama won Florida in 2012, he only won it by less than 1 percent of the vote — not exactly a resounding victory.

The so-called Bush Derangement Syndrome is the same thing as the Bush Fatigue Factor. Go figure! For Bush-bashers, it is their cardinal rule. For the rest of us thinking conservatives, we understand what the rest of the country is only now beginning to realize: that Jeb Bush’s older brother is looking better to everyone every day that Obama remains in office. Obama is an unmitigated disaster who even his own minions deplore for lack of leadership and an inability to reach across the aisle. So much for hope and change. George W. Bush is unpopular because the left-leaning mainstream media is against anyone with an “R” behind his or her name. The proof of the pudding is how the national media tried to crucify New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over Bridgegate.

The fact that a poll that Adams cited shows that half of registered voters would not vote for Jeb Bush is silly this early on. In the 2012 election, almost every month saw a new Republican name leading the pack, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Few have been as vilified as Gingrich, yet he still had his time in the lead. Folks who won’t vote for Jeb Bush simply don’t know the former governor. The fact that he has continued to take a bold position on education reform — which will be the hottest domestic issue for mothers and women — is cause enough for him to rise as a legitimate leader for the party. And, by the way, women have been the GOP’s weak electoral link in past elections.

Bush vs. Clinton II is coming. Sure, the media will fall back on the same old issues because they’re not smart enough to move beyond that, but try as they might, comparisons on the economy won’t cut it. The real issues will be about Benghazi (bad for Clinton) and reasonable immigration reform (good for Bush). The media is already with Clinton, and everyone knows it. They’ve practically anointed her as our next president. But don’t forget for a moment that she’ll have to run away from Obama to have a chance at election. After eight years of “Obamascare,” any Bush is going to sound good to voters.

As for Jeb Bush splitting the party? What a joke. The party is already split, and has been for quite some time. If anything, Bush has the opportunity to heal the party because tea party folks are never going to prevail, and deep inside, they know that. Oh, they’ll win an election here or there, but their cause is waning because it’s on the fringe, just like libertarians. They’re a protest movement, not a solution for our country, and yet I agree with some of their issues. For Republicans, the message is simple: Stay fractured, and you’ll keep electing Democrats like Clinton; unite with a leader who can appeal to independents and women, and you’ll have a chance to reclaim glory.

The argument about Jeb Bush taking early money from other candidates is so ridiculous, it doesn’t even merit a response.

While the Bush and Clinton families may like each other, that has nothing to do with whether they’ll each go for their respective party’s nomination. Neither is going to step aside for the other, nor should they. That’s just poppycock.

Jeb Bush’s last campaign was indeed in 2002.  And I’m here to tell you that Jeb Bush could be governor again – he’s just that popular with Republicans and conservative Democrats like me. It’s just like saying Bill Clinton could win again if he ran instead of Hillary, although the Constitution precludes that from ever happening. Bush is media-savvy and could easily maneuver his way through the social media crush, and his Foundation for Florida’s Future has been on the cutting edge of this wave for quite some time now.

barbara-bushAs for the Bush’s family having problems, who doesn’t? That’s never stopped anyone from trying to lead our country. In fact, most families are going to better understand and feel empathy for the former governor because he has endured the same pain of substance abuse that many families have. That’s not a negative, that’s just reality!

Barbara Bush is simply America’s first lady, beloved by everyone for her frankness and grit, as well as her tenacity. But if you can’t read between the lines, then you’re not really listening to her. Sure, she thinks there are other qualified candidates, and what mother doesn’t want to stop hearing about the negative things that Adams writes about in her column and others will propagate?  But, hey, that’s politics, and I’m confident that Barbara Bush will be there for her son, who has every chance to become the next president.

Bottom line is that Bush is far and away the best viable candidate for the GOP. And if he brings Christie or Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on board his ticket, it’s a winning formula in the general election, too. But first, Bush has to make the decision to go for it. He’s a fiscal conservative who wants to make America competitive again educationally, and it all starts there. The fact that he may not make everyone happy is a plus because, otherwise, he would just be called an ideologue. He’s far from that, and this Bush will make a real difference in the direction of our country.

Barney Bishop

Barney Bishop III is the president and chief executive officer of the Florida Smart Justice Alliance, a statewide coalition of organizations committed to changes that make communities safer, save the taxpayers money and hold offenders accountable while helping them learn to live law-abiding lives.

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