Morning Mix: It Could Have Been Jeb

Republicans are still having a hard time coalescing around a presidential candidate, which is leading some to wonder: Would this be happening if Jeb had run?

It’s not just idle speculation anymore.  It turns out that both President George W. Bush and his wife Laura were enthusiastically trying to get former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to run in 2012. “Speaking to a sold-out Sarasota audience on Wednesday, Bush said she had hoped that her brother-in-law and former Florida governor would have jumped into the race this year.”

According to the former First Lady, Jeb would have brought “wonderful” qualities to the race. “‘We’re out of politics, as George would say, but still interested in policy,’ Laura Bush said, pointing to Jeb Bush’s work in education policy as a ‘wonderful’ quality he would bring to the presidency.”

Of course, this is by no means the first Jeb Bush push.  Conservatives last month jumped all over a column the Bush brother wrote, claiming it was a presidential platform and a toe in the water.

But Bush himself has been very hands off of the 2012 race, especially considering his state will be endorsing in less than three weeks.  He has held off on any signals of support, only offering this advice: “It’s good to be critical of (President Obama) — I think the president means well, but his policies have failed…But just to stop there and say, ‘I’m going to win because I’m against what’s going on’ is not good enough.”


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SeattleAnn S.
Ann S.4 years ago

LOL, good one Patrick F.

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

A bird in hand is worth 2 in the Bush's

Deborah L.
Deborah L.4 years ago


His daughters proved before and after his 1st term in office that they were people with little moral values-false ID's,underage drinking in bars, loose moral behavior. I didn't approve of the actions of his children, obviously out of control before he stole the first term in office. The behavior of your children are a direct reflection of the parents and their integrity.

Jeb Bush had 3 children. His son has/had a police record-probably conveniently MIA, like George Jr. and his military stint. His son stalked his former girlfriend numerous times including breaking into her parents house, where she still lived. Jeb's daughter stole a prescription pad from her doctors office which she used to try to obtain controlled medications. Perhaps this is one of the reason that doctors no longer have prescription pads and call the pharmacies instead.Jeb's 3rd child, I have not heard anything about it at all, so we do not know if this is a good thing or is it so horrific that it has been hidden from the public.So we know by his children's actions, there should be questions that arise as to what type of a person Jeb is. Too many progeny in the Bush dynasty think nothing of breaking the laws the rest of us live by, that should tell people a lot about what kind of leadership we would see from another Bush in office.

This whole family should never have been allowed to run for president of this country.

Deborah L.
Deborah L.4 years ago

Teresa W: the Bush's are already a dynasty.Have been for decades.

Mark M: the Bush family has no love or respect for America. Nor would they, hell forbid, run any kind of a non-profit, let alone one in an inner city for the betterment of the people in that city or the city itself. Never.

Preston Bush-G.W.'s grandfather was a supporter of Hitler with his ties to the banking industry in America.He was outed after 2 years of supporting Hitler. Preston was almost never heard of until he married into the Walker family, his father-in-law was a powerful person with connections.

G.H.W.Bush was in the CIA before politics. Remember the CIA is known for undermining governments in other countries often putting in dictators in charge of other countries, a practice that Reagan/Bush sr. did before he was elected for his 1 term in office as prez.

George W. stole 2 terms in office and he knew it. A person who tortured small animals as a youth, common forerunner of most serial killers, a bully and a cheerleader in college.G.W. had only read 2 books in his life before he was in office and the first one was a child's book before he had children and he didn't read it until college, "A Very Hungry Caterpillar". A failure to every business he ever owned and there were plenty, then his lied for wars. Bush 2 came into office with a huge surplus and left office with this country in shambles. His daughters proved before and after his 1st term in office that they were people with little m

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

May a meteor land on the Bush's house during a family reunion.

James D.
James D.4 years ago

From a long time insider, here is all you need to know about any Republican candidate and the Republicans in general, as they are all essentially the same:

Steve Vincenti
Steve Vincenti4 years ago

Sorry Jeb, your brother Georgie pretty much screwed your chances for a run at the big house

Mark M.
Mark M.4 years ago

The Bush dynasty will attempt to continue in 2016. We need a replay of that mindset like we need a migraine induced by a ball peen hammer. Two was more than enough, thank you. Most of us would be grateful that the Bushies had learned enough about how not to run a country so that, as a gesture of love or respect, they'd just permanently move into managing food franchises at stadiums, or run non-profits for inner city betterment. But no, they still are apparently of the view that they have a right to be the neo-con masters of our domain as cover for the gravy train of a deregulation free-for-all. If/when Jeb gets $1 billion of Texas oil money to buy the Oval Office, we can anticipate more conspiracy du jours against the Muslim world to be masterminded by more graduates from the University of No Billionaire Gets Left Behind. NO THANKS!

Shelley B.
Shelley Birnbaum4 years ago

As much as I cannot stand the Bush's there has been little difference between Obama and Bush. He has pretty much continued most of Bush's policies. What a disappointment.

Geoffrey Y.
Geoffrey Y.4 years ago

Like or not, one son or two sons in the White House is not something you should worry about. It is through the election process. Perhaps you beloved Obama administation was elected througth the very same system. I personal don't like the US election system as it has many problem but much better than many other countries. Euro is one of the most stupid system in the old civilization. The "civilization" destory everything incl. American dream - BTW. Care2's political view and its left group thinking was pretty narrow minded!