If it walks like a duck,
and quacks like … it
must be Campaign 2016!
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sure looks like he’s running for something some time soon. Click image to enlarge.
BURIED DEEP INSIDE the national edition of The New York Times on Wednesday was a story that should be more alarming to Americans than anything else in the news recently.
The Bush family dynasty – which brought us the “worst president ever” – is quietly working on a comeback.
“Horror of horrors,” was my comment to the online version of the story.
A little digging reveals this is indeed the case. Jeb Bush has been so much in the news of late, if you look hard enough one can just see “Bush ’16” written between the lines.
Are we in for a rematch? With a new twist? This time it could quite conceivably be Clinton vs. Bush!
IN ASHLEY PARKER’S STORY on Page A12 headlined Bushes Focus on Immigration Debate to Reclaim Their Influence we learn that the family is trying to ride its signature issue – immigration – back into the limelight.
The New York Times story on Wednesday about how the Bush family is seeking redemption. Scary! Click image to enlarge.
“[A]s the focus on military action in Syria drags former President George W. Bush’s Iraq war policy back into the spotlight, the Bush family is quietly but forcefully gearing up for another, still-developing debate: The fight on Capitol Hill over a broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws — a discussion critical to protecting the Bushes’ legacy on what has, for decades, been a defining issue for them,” Parker writes.
“In July, [former President] Bush, who has largely avoided the political spotlight since leaving office, attended a naturalization ceremony for newly sworn-in citizens at his presidential library in Dallas.
“Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, his brother, has been traveling the country delivering speeches and writing opinion pieces pegged to his recent book, Immigration Wars, written with Clint Bolick, which argues for change in the law.
“And Jeb Bush’s two sons have been reaching out to Hispanics. George P. Bush, 37, is a founder of a political action committee Hispanic Republicans of Texas – devoted to promoting Hispanics in Texas politics, and is running for office himself as a candidate for Texas land commissioner.”
Oh my gosh. It isn’t enough that the current generation of Bush brothers has caused so much harm to Florida and the nation. There’s a new, younger generation coming out of the closet, too.
The web site for Jeb Bush’s book, co-authored with Clint Bolick and published by Simon and Shuster. Click image to enlarge.
BUT IT’S THE FORMER Florida governor who seems to be running hardest for something right now.
Otherwise why would he be the keynote speaker at an “education summit” in Boston in October? What, precisely, did he – or his brother – ever do to make sure “no child was left behind?”
We learn about his date in Boston in the story Jeb Bush Announces Education Summit published Tuesday by the Sunshine State News.
“Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will be hosting the Sixth Annual National Summit on Education Reform on Oct. 17-18 in Boston, Mass., according to a press release sent out Tuesday afternoon,” wrote Allison Nielsen.
“Bush currently serves as chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.”
Former Gov. Bush will be opening the summit with a breakfast keynote on Oct. 17. The remainder of the two-day summit will feature “national and international leaders and strategy sessions covering some of the hottest topics and latest innovations in education.”
So the former governor of the Sunshine state is trying to position himself with “national and international leaders.”
Can anyone smell presidential aspirations?
It simply reeks.
The book: “Immigration wars” by Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick. Click image to enlarge.
NOT TO BE OUTDONE by Hillary Rodham Clinton, also the title of her 2014 memoir and autobiography, Jeb Bush has co-authored a book – on immigration – and has been on a national book tour promoting it.
The publisher’s online blurb is titled From Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick
At the Simon and Shuster web site we learn: “From the former Republican governor of Florida and a leading constitutional litigator comes a timely and provocative look at one of the most divisive issues facing the nation today: immigration.
“There’s no public policy issue that divides Americans more stridently than immigration.
“Now, in Immigration Wars, Jeb Bush and leading constitutional litigator Clint Bolick deliver a comprehensive solution based on two core principles: immigration is vital to America’s future, fueling its growth, vibrancy, and creativity; but any enduring solution must follow America’s laws.”
While it may be true that the Bush dynasty is on the correct – not right! – side of the immigration issue, the same cannot be said about many of their fellow Republicans.
Remember when what’s-his-name Romney declared, in a 2012 presidential debate: “The answer is self-deportation.”
And the GOP went: “Amen.”
Oh no, it just isn’t possible that the Bush family – from poppy and Babs to Jeb Jr. and George P. – is going to put America through the wringer again.
It’s time to wake up, folks, and put the kibosh on this before it goes any further.
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