Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Passion of The Jeb

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush wrote a terrific article in the Wall Street Journal where he defends Capitalism and says that as human beings we all have "the right to rise".

The article was well-received in Conservative circles and sparked talk that maybe Jeb could be talked into to running in 2012. In fact, several big names in the GOP are supposed to talk to him about this within the next few days.

Bush is a huge name in politics, and as the former Governor of Florida, he could really lock that state down and make it extremely difficult for Obama to be re-elected in 2012. It is easy to see why so many want him to run.

The problem with this is the time line. A candidate starting out this late has missed a few ballot deadlines and wouldn't be on the ballot in a few states.

However, a big win in Iowa could get most of the remaining field to drop out, meaning that even a small, committed write-in campaign in other states would most likely be successful.

Even showing up at the Convention in Tampa with a majority of the delegates would be enough to get the job done.

Could Bush be tempted by the weak showing of the field so far?

Who knows? My guess is that it is unlikely.

But if he decided to give it a shot, having two former Presidents from your family showing up onstage with you at campaign events is something the other candidates can't offer.