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Jeb Bush in 2016?

“He’d be a marvelous candidate if he chooses to do so. He doesn’t need my counsel ’cause he knows what it is, which is ‘run’. … He’d be a great candidate and a great president.” – George W. Bush

“There are a lot of great families, and it’s not just four families or whatever. There are other people out there that are very qualified and we’ve had enough Bushes.” – Barbara Bush, his mom



  1. Diogenes wrote:

    this has definitely been something on a lot of people’s minds (partially because of US election mania, i mean i was hearing it the day obama won, on both days actually) and it is very interesting. If i were Jeb I wouldn’t, he’s rich, successful and hasn’t had to deal with the craziness of vying for republican presidential candidate. As well there is his son. George P. Bush is a shoe-in for a nominee sometime in the future like 2020 or 2024 and adding a third Bush to the presidential roster will make it tougher to elect a fourth. GP Bush is a lawyer, a businessman, a veteran and half-Mexican, he’s got it all. I think for the benefit of GP Bush’s chances in the future alone Jeb won’t risk it, and he certainly doesn’t need it.

    Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink
  2. Peter wrote:

    Actually, I wanted Hillary in 2008 just to make life easy for future generations.

    When kids are asked about who was president between 1988 and, say, 2024, you’d only have two options: “Bush” or “Clinton”.

    1988-1992: Bush
    1992-2000: Clinton
    2000-2008: Bush
    2008-2016: Clinton (if Obama had not been elected)
    2016-2024: Bush (Jeb)
    2024-2032: Clinton (Chelsea?)


    Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink
  3. Max wrote:

    If the Bush family ever merges with the Clinton family, they would have a monopoly.

    Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    It certainly would simplify things for low information voters!

    Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Permalink
  5. Craig wrote:

    Someone pointed out however, that the Republican party has not been able to win any Presidential elections since 1928 without either a Nixon or a Bush on the ticket (as candidate for either President or Vice President). If that trend continues, then it could be several years before the Republicans win if Jeb does not run.

    Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    A Clinton-Bush union?

    Would that be a Clish-ee?

    Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Permalink
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    Elizabeth Warren

    Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:14 am | Permalink