Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

FL-Senate: Jeb Bush Will Not Run



Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is expected to make a decision soon about whether he will run for the open Senate seat in Florida in 2010.

UPDATED, 3:48 p.m. ET: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will not run for the open Senate seat of Sen. Mel Martinez, he announced in a statement released moments ago.

"After thoughtful consideration, I have decided not to run for the United States Senate in 2010," said Bush. "While the opportunity to serve my state and country during these turbulent and dynamic times is compelling, now is not the right time to return to elected office."

Bush's decision robs Republicans of a top-tier recruit who would have immediately been favored to hold Martinez's seat. Without Bush in the race, Republicans are almost certain to play host to a crowded and competitive primary.

The announcement comes after 48 hours of rampant rumors among the Florida political community that Bush had decided not to make the race.

Original Post

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is nearing a decision on whether to run for the open seat being vacated by Sen. Mel Martinez (R) with a strong sentiment emerging among party insiders that he will opt against the race.

A decision by Bush is likely sometime in the next week, according to a several sources both in the state and here in Washington, although those familiar with the former governor caution that rumors that he has decided not to run are not founded on any facts.

One potential sign of the timing of Bush's announcement is that the Republican Party of Florida will convene its annual meeting this weekend in Orlando. Every insider in the Florida Republican Party will be in attendance and Bush likely knows there will be an expectation that he will make up his mind by then.

What's clear is that buzz in Washington -- and Florida -- of late suggests that Bush will pass on the race as a result of family and business concerns.

Adam Smith, the St. Pete Times political editor, penned a story today headlined "Senate bid by Jeb Bush iffy, friends say" that opened with these lines: "Republican excitement over the prospect of Jeb Bush running for U.S. Senate has given way to increasing speculation that the former governor will stay out of the race."

What Bush ultimately decides could have a major impact on the Senate playing field both in Florida and nationally.

Without Bush in the race, Republicans would almost certainly face a contested primary with a number of candidates -- Reps. Vern Buchanan and Connie Mack, state Attorney General Bill McCollum, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio and state Senate President Jeff Atwater are all mentioned.

A Bush-less race might also embolden state CFO Alex Sink, widely regarded as the strongest Democratic candidate to jump into the contest -- a decision that might have the effect of clearing the primary field. Other Democrats looking at the race include: Reps. Kendrick Meek, Allen Boyd and Ron Klein as well as state Sen. Dan Gelber and Miami Mayor Manny Diaz.

On the national level, Republicans are looking for a bit of momentum following two devastating elections in which they lost at least 13 seats (pending the results of the election contest in Minnesota) and watched as a series of top-tier candidates decided against making Senate bids.

If Jeb Bush got into the Florida Senate race, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) could use the former governor as a shining example of a party back on the march when seeking to convince other potential candidates to run.

Without Bush, Cornyn would be robbed off the sort of marquee recruit that can make or break an election.

Put simply: Much rides on Jeb Bush's decision. And we should know what that decision is sooner rather than later.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 6, 2009; 11:45 AM ET
Categories:  Senate  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Wag the Blog: Obama's First 100 Days
Next: Burris Backs Reid Into a Corner

Comments

Do any of you Bush haters realize that there have been no terrorist attacks on the U.S. homeland since 9/11/01? Do you seriously think that the policies of President Bush for the last 7 years and 4 months have had nothing to do with that fact? Your vitriol over the warped perception of a stolen 2000 election is pathetic. Granted, it is a bad time for Jeb to consider re-entry into elected office. After 8 years of any presidential administration, it’s always time for a change (read some of George Washington’s writings on the subject). I, as one of the 25% of Bush supporters in this country, wish Obama the best in his presidency not only for himself but for the nation too. I sincerely hope that Bush leaves that cesspool we call our Capital with his head held high knowing that History will regard him as one of this nation’s greatest wartime presidents.

Posted by: Hardball442 | January 7, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

This article touched a lot of us. Many are lashing out. We live in a different place now: we all need each other more than ever. Those at the bottom of the fleecing chain are in terrific danger, and our country cannot afford to host any further hostility from within. Remember, when you slur anyone (as did a number of the commentors) it will only push yourselves deeper into your rage. Take care.

Posted by: libratographer | January 7, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Wforever forgot to mention that impeached president Milhouse was a Quaker. Anointed was misspelled. I write this as a favor to Wforever because such a shibboleth can out our demon. Otherwise, the screed was cold hash. hofacker27@netscape.com

Posted by: washpostjrh | January 7, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse


I voted Republican for the last 4 elections, Jeb like his Brother is Pro-Illegal Immigration and has turned Southern Florida into a Sanctuary State.

No more Clintons, or Bushes......

Posted by: pick1side | January 7, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Jeb Bush would have mopped the floor with the Magic Negro and certainly carried Florida...now we have a stammering Muslim fool to deal with and his nutty racist wife, James Brown's less-attractive sister. You all suck.

Posted by: whitesox | January 7, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Why would you Bash the Bush's, but not the the Kennedy's Oh yes I know the answer it's beacuse the Kennedy's are Democrats.

John F Kennnedy started sending troops to Vietnam & the war coninued under the Johnson Admin. It finally stopped after oh my God ( Nixon) (a great statesman) but is human and had human flaws. re: power. OOHHH Yeah. Most of the igonorant hate Nixon.

Then there's Teddy Kennedy who gets a ignored for his behavior , bypassing the first house near the lake where the woman drowning in the car he drove off the road, because he needed to save his rear end. he goes to another house further along instead alerting the first house near the lake. Coward of the first kind.

Oh now there's Caroline "the annointed one" who thinks it's her god given right to a Senate seat.

Where is the Fairness Factor here.

George "w" Bush, had the same intelligence that Clinton had. The Dems voted for the War , Clinton & Kerry. Now Hind sight is 20 -20. and we know this since the CIA was decimated by the Clinton Administration, who by the way never had the Cia directors to the Whitehouse. We used Sattelite Imagery to look for threats. Saddam we know now was beating his chest because of the looming threat from Iran, But of course this came down to poor intelligence and the lack of boots on the ground. If any one wants to really know what happened to the ride up to 9-11. Look no further to the Pultizer Prize winning book, By Kenneth Pollock ( Brooking Institute Fellow) . He was a CIA agent & was part of Clinton's National Security Team. Oh and a democrat. Read the " Threatening Storm". Please Read it. It gives names like Al Gore, The VP imploring Clinton to do something about Saddam. We only know now through our ignorance regarding Iran ( Shias) & (Sunni's rest of the Arab world). Please do your homework before making idiotic staements about "W" and Jeb. I hate spoon feeding Idiots.

Posted by: Wforever | January 7, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

"The Bush family is a fine family raised with breeding..."

Raised with breeding? That explains it.

Posted by: ozamerican | January 7, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

I am a life-long, conservative Republican, and I was forced to vote for two Bushes, biting my tongue both times. Enough, already! I'll be 56 when the next election comes, and if the g-d GOP runs another Bush, I am going to stay home for the first time since I was 18. Enough is enough. If the first two were total losers, let's not go for the hat trick, OK?

Posted by: ericrobinsonmm | January 7, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

"Aren't we living in a democracy?"

I know this may come as a shock to you, but NO, we are living in a CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC.

Posted by: Tronist | January 7, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Consider that this is the Washington Post and all the hateful comments come from Dems. The Bush family is a fine family raised with breeding, something that is unknown to many dems as the comments reflect.

Posted by: bb100630 | January 7, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

"While the opportunity to serve my state and country during these turbulent and dynamic times is compelling" he says...

Does it occur to him that these "turbulent and dynamic times" were caused, in large part, by his brother?

The nut never falls from the tree. Take your Bush "brand" and find another country to destroy.

Thankyavamuch.

Posted by: ozamerican | January 7, 2009 6:29 AM | Report abuse

Let me just say it one more time, very clearly:

NO MORE BUSHES!

This is getting ridiculous. You people have already had more than your fair turn.

Aren't we living in a democracy? There are more than 200 million people in the U.S.

Go home. Leave us alone.

Posted by: ozamerican | January 7, 2009 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Oh, jeez, louise, you Bushes. Leave us alone, why don't you? What ever in hell gave you the idea that you were our perpetual monarchy?

Do you people hate America, or what?

Posted by: ozamerican | January 7, 2009 5:54 AM | Report abuse

Read "The Conspirators" by Al Martin to learn more about Jeb Bush and the Bush Crime Family. Bush won't run for President because his brother stole all the money already. Jeb will have to find something else to steal besides taxdollars. Wtahc where Jeb goes and move your money accordingly.

Posted by: HepKatt | January 7, 2009 5:51 AM | Report abuse

I would vote for Jeb Bush for president ONLY if Dick Cheney's daughter Mary is his running mate!

Posted by: peteremaguire | January 7, 2009 1:30 AM | Report abuse

After 4 years and a genocidal war in Iraq, the US told George HW Bush to take a hike.

In 2000, the US told George "No thanks" but the supreme court illegally appointed him.

In 2004 the election was hacked in Ohio and 2 people went to prison, an election that put George in office once again illegally. Either two honest people are in prison right now or we have a dictator, you can't have it both ways.

And that deluded wacko fascist Poppy Bush thinks we are going to tolerate another Bush ever?

The streets would flow with the blood of neocons long before that happened.

Posted by: TheBuzz | January 7, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

If you want an inherited monarchy why not just invite Charles over fron England--he'll not be busy for a long while and he has some good ideas about agriculture

Posted by: tmt3645 | January 6, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

It will be a long long time before anyone with his last name will be successful in politics. My advice to Jeb is to move to mexico , change your name to Gonzalez , get a serious tan and run as the first hispanic President . That would be easier than running as chimpy's little brother

Posted by: brokenglassdemocrat | January 6, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Jeb, you are a selfish guy. Perhaps you are just afraid that the judicial appointments you sold for favors will come out in the press. Like the guy who was prosecuting Rush Limbaugh who you promoted to a judge to make the case magically disappear?
Any reporters who want details please respond to this post.

Posted by: gopcharles | January 6, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about the senate seat? I fear Jeb running for President. He'd be the third (and final) strike in the game of life. We're OUT!

Posted by: erkola | January 6, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse


Whew! That's good news, we've already had one too many of that clan.

Posted by: vchimegalrea | January 6, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I'd be leary of electing or appointing George W. Bush's brother to any office. If you didn't like George, why would you want to try Jeb? Besides, we've had more than enough Bushes in high places. Time they faded back into their compounds where they can enjoy their properties, socialize with their right-wing friends, plan their vacation trips, and ride around in their cigarette boats.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | January 6, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Unlike our current governor, that "popular" Charlie Crist, Jeb was an outstanding governor! It's a darn shame he's backing out. Of course having to sit in am institution with Harry Reid calling the shots would turn most people off as well!

Posted by: albo58 | January 6, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Not another BUSH, first READ MY LIPS Bush one, a bonehead Junior.
Does'nt the GOOD U.S.A. have anbody better to lead this country then the BUSHIES, or the Clintons, of course we still have MICKEY MOUSE and DONALD DUCK, or how about
an ILLEGAL ALIEN, they can do better than another STINKING BUSH.....

Posted by: llevario2 | January 6, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey patty42, wake up to the real America, not the fantasy one you Bush babies would like to construct. W was president at the time of our worst terrorist attack after ignoring explicit intelligence warnings. He led the nation into a war that was unnecessary, that strengthened Iran as a regional actor, that cost us 4500 + lives and that degraded our moral authority as it embraced torture, rendition and totalitarian style detentions. His fiscal policies added more in 8 years to the national debt than the previous 42 presidents, sang happy tunes while the economy went into the toilet, and true to his towering incompetence accepted no responsibility for ANYTHING. There is NOTHING that would make us nostalgic for this arrogant little piss ant. And we surely don't need another Bush in government to confirm it.

Posted by: bklyndan22 | January 6, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Jeb you really did Florida in and your brother screwed up the entire U.S.A. Stay where you are....for good

Posted by: govwatch05 | January 6, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Jeb Bush was the best Gov. Florida has ever had.

We'd be very proud to have him as our state senator.

Posted by: hansen2 | January 6, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

jeb, do us all a favor and just keep hiding under that rock next to your idiot brother and his friend cheney. florida is doing well without you and i'm sure that once bro is out of the white house the country will start recovering from the flu that he and his incompetent administration caused

Posted by: dibick99 | January 6, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

THAT GOOD NEWS ACCOUNT WE AMERICANS AND THE WORLD HAS HAD ONE TO MANY BUSHs TO DATE WITH "W" AS THE WORST IN AMERICAN HISTORY. I HAVE ONE WORD FOR BUSH JR., GOODBYE!

Posted by: usapdx | January 6, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

patty42,
Sorry, the Shrub already took all of mine and spent it on bombing women and children in Iraq. A country that never attacked us nor had the ability to do SQUAT, and he lied to us that they were an imminent threat.
Are all you cranky Retardlicans only interested in your own wallets? The paranoiac fear and greed of you people is just astounding! You're supposed to be the holier than thou Christians, aren't you? How about giving alms to the poor and needy, like in Appalachia and deep south, that don't have schools or shoes? Or do they only count if they go to the same Church as you?
Hypocrite. Hater. Loser.
Go join Psycho-Sarah in Alaska with her secessionist husband and start your own country. WE DON'T NEED YOU HERE.

Posted by: redlily1 | January 6, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't sound like a son of Barbara.

Posted by: whocares666 | January 6, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

BUSH & BUSH 2012!!

Posted by: middlejm1 | January 6, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

You Bush haters go ahead and laugh and make your crude little jokes. When Obama starts taking money from YOU you'll sing a different tune and wish like hell you had a Bush in office!

Posted by: patty42 | January 6, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Jeb Bush smart?? It's all relative....

Posted by: thetan | January 6, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Too bad we won't have another Bush to piss on. May they all rot in hell.

Posted by: branfo4 | January 6, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

"Not all the cobblers in all the world could produce enough shoes to bury the disgrace George Bush has brought on this country."
Love it, Rafaelo!
May I quote you?

Posted by: hyjanks | January 6, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Darn it! Just when I thought we'd have another Bush to piss on for another four years, Jeb goes and takes his hat out of the ring.
You gotta' love this family. No new taxes, Mission Accomplished, My Pet Goat, I'm the decider, I eat pork rinds, mushroom cloud, the Katrina victims staying in the Superdome don't know how good they have it . . .
I hear ol' Jeb is the smartest of the litter. On a scale, that would put him somewhere between an ignoramous and an idiot savant.
The whole crew has lots and lots of money (probably obtained illegally or, at least, immorally), so why don't they just retire to never-never land and leave the rest of us alone?

Posted by: hyjanks | January 6, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

king of zouk, please stop pouting about losing the election and get back on the short bus. Maybe someday you'll lose your blinders and realize what a complete disaster W & Co have been for this country. It's funny how you & your kind blame all past problems on Clinton and all current problems on Obama - what about the eight years of Bush?!

Posted by: republicant | January 6, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Drat. And here I'd loaded up the trebuchet with shoes and hitched it to the car to trundle on down to Florida. Well I'll just have to drive to Dallas instead and fling them onto Geo. Bush's lawn, even if he's already seen shoes flung in anger. Too bad Laura--who is a nice person but for some ethical and social and political stupidity when it comes to letting schoolchildren stay at Blair House for their first days of school--too bad she'll have to deal with a lawn and garden sprouting footwear, trees dripping high heels and loafers, boots and galoshes dangling from rain gutters. Not all the cobblers in all the world could produce enough shoes to bury the disgrace George Bush has brought on this country.

Posted by: Rafaelo | January 6, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Thank your lucky stars. That's all we need is another member of the Bush Crime Family in power. Research the Bush family if you only rely on corporate tv for your info. Make sure you are sitting down. Over and out.

Posted by: cobolprogramming | January 6, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness. As a red-blooded heterosexual male I never thought I'd say this, but "No more Bush! No more Bush!"

Posted by: republicant | January 6, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Why does Jeb look eerily like Tom Brokaw in this picture?

Posted by: BigbankbuyoutDotCom | January 6, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

King of Schnooks-

"After about a year of the corruption, scandels and incompetence of the hopey McChange administration, the voters will look back fondly on the good years of GW Bush.

It will go like this - remember when we had jobs. (YOU MEAN, BEFORE THE 7% UNEMPLOYMENT KING GEORGE THE LAST IS LEAVING US WITH, TOOL?)remember when we were safe (LIKE ON 9/11, AFTER DUMYA WAS HANDED A REPORT THAT SAID "BIN LADEN DETERMINED TO STRIKE IN THE US," AND IGNORED ALL OF HIS PREDECESSORS INTEL AND THE INFO FROM THE FBI THAT WAS TRACKING SEVERAL OF THE HIJACKERS AND KNEW THEY WERE ATTENDING FLIGHT SCHOOLS? SAFE LIKE THAT, MORON?). remember when we had values (LIKE REV. TED HAGGARD, THE WHITE HOUSE'S HAND ON GOD'S PULSE, OR DO YOU MEAN FAMILY VALUES, LIKE GAY BASHING LARRY CRAIG?) remember when all the pols didn't cheat to make a buck for themselves (LIKE TED STEVENS, OR DUKE CUNNINGHAM, OR DICK CHENEY AND HIS BUDDIES REAPING BILLIONS FROM NO-BID CONTRACTS AT HALLIBURTON IN IRAQ, THAT HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED AT LEAST THREE TIMES BY WHISTLEBLOWERS FOR OVERCHARGING AS MUCH AS 100% ON THE "SERVICES" THEY WERE DELIVERING? NOT LIKE THAT, RIGHT?). remember when the congress was not a circus led by clowns (JESSE HELMS, STROM THURMOND, TOM DE LAY, BILL FRIST, TRENT LOTT, AND MANY OTHER SELF-RIGHTEOUS, NOW DISGRACED, DOUBLE DEALING, LOWLIFE HYPOCRITE D-BAGS). remember when unions didn't own us (LIKE THE AIRLINES AND CAR MANUFACTURERS THAT BUSH NAND HIS TOADY HENCHMAN PAULSON SCARED AMERICA INTO KEEPING AFLOAT? LIKE THE GOOD NON-UNION SHOP AT WAL-MART, SELLING SUB-STANDARD, DANGEROUS CHINESE MADE JUNK AND KILLING OUR KIDS AND PETS, RIGHT?). remember when things were fair for all (AS LONG AS YOU WERE A REACTIONARY WHITE MALE CHRISTIAN MAKING OVER $250,000), not just Libs who contribute to campaigns (SURE- FIVE, TEN, AND TWENTY BUCKS AT A TIME AND PROUD TO DO IT. APPARENTLY CONTRIBUTING ONLY YOUR VITRIOLIC INBRED MONOLOGUE DIDN'T PERSUADE ANYBODY, KING LOON) Imagine a time when government officials did not work to line their own pockets. (AND I'LL REPEAT, SINCE YOU DID: LIKE TED STEVENS, OR DUKE CUNNINGHAM, OR DICK CHENEY AND HIS BUDDIES REAPING BILLIONS FROM NO-BID CONTRACTS AT HALLIBURTON IN IRAQ, THAT HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED AT LEAST THREE TIMES BY WHISTLEBLOWERS FOR OVERCHARGING AS MUCH AS 100% ON THE "SERVICES" THEY WERE DELIVERING? NOT LIKE THAT, RIGHT?)AND I'LL ADD: WOLFOWITZ GIVING HIS GIRLFRIEND RAISES AT THE WORLD BANK AND RESIGNING IN DISGRACE, RICE, WHO HAS A CHEVRON OIL TANKER NAMED AFTER HER, BROWNIE, DOING A "HECKUVA JOB" AT EPA AFTER A FINE CAREER CALLING HORSE SHOWS, OR MAYBE OHIO'S BOB NEY, PLEADING GUILTY TO CORRUPTION CHARGES? Yeah, a great bunch of guys you've got there....

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! You crack me up, dude! C'mon, stop, I can't catch my breath! Ribs...aching--you're killin' me....really! hahahahahahaHAHAHHAHAHA.

Posted by: redlily1 | January 6, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Been to Jeb's many, many traveling & round table discussions where he bought (with taxpayer money) over 10 million acres of "environmentally sensitive Florida lands" contributing to overinflated land and housing market prices including forcing owners to sell by taking advice from Colleen Castille. See Jesse Hardy.
He left Charlie Crist a horrible economic diaster of a state, albeit Charlie is on the same page.
Jeb's son, George P. is running in Republican circles in TEXAS!!
Enough of this monarchy, I say!!!

I want NEW, TRUE, non-globalists faces.

Posted by: Chances2 | January 6, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Georgie Porgie spoiled your 'Gangrenous Obsolete Party' Jeb, and 'we the people' along with Iraqis and many other countries people could NEVER accept another Bush in our midst especially as POTUS? NOT NOW; NOT EVER.


Posted by: MadasHelinVA
_______________________________________

Yes MadasHelinVa, I am sure the people of Iraq would much rather have Sadam and his sons in charge. Such a narrow minded view on the realities of the world, but it's what to expect from a POS liberal.

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 6, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Georgie Porgie spoiled your 'Gangrenous Obsolete Party' Jeb, and 'we the people' along with Iraqis and many other countries people could NEVER accept another Bush in our midst especially as POTUS? NOT NOW; NOT EVER.

Posted by: MadasHelinVA | January 6, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, the WaPo message boards are just chock-a-block with derange Bush hating radicals. Not a single person knows anything about his record in Florida (oh, except for Terri Schiavo which is a pivotal moment in liberal history and defines their generation. A very scary thought).

But because the guy is named Bush he is going to be subject to just rabid dog levels of hatred. No policy debates. No debate about Florida. No concern for what Floridians actually think (they actually still consider him their most popular former Gov, btw). Just a poisonous opposition to the election of somebody in a state that WaPo readers don't even live in simply because he isn't a Democrat.

And anybody want to guess whyy George W Bush was unable to 'change the tone of politics in Washington' in 2001? Being polite, responsive or friendly to liberals results in a Bush being labeled a 'Nazi', 'worlds biggest terrorist', 'traitor', 'chimp', 'retarded', 'war criminal', 'liar', 'Hitler' and worse (which WaPo wouldn't allow me to reprint from A.N.S.W.E.R. printed signs). So the lesson to anybody not on the far left is: Much like Hamas, there is no negotiating or dealing with an opponent whose only goal is to see you dead. There is no way Bush could have 'change the tone' by unilaterally being kind to Democrats.

If only 10% of the mainstream media would report on what you leftists post on their own message boards, America would know who it was that elected The Messiah. And the idea that there are any 'standards' on this message board is apparently a joke since the level of hate and bile is beyond offensive. A Klan meeting couldn't be any less noxious to democracy than the postings by leftists on this site.

Posted by: bpjam | January 6, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Jeb Bush's ultimate goal is to be president. Aside from his superiority in all political areas, to that of his brother, George, there is nothing to recommend him. He is a typical Republican, his only interest to enrich those who support him. Despite those who tout his popularity as Florida's governor, he wasn't respected all that much. His actions as governor, mostly to give the wealthy more tax breaks, is now viewed as one reason Florida is billions short in funds.

Posted by: Diogenes | January 6, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

These liberals are a bunch of hypocrits.
They do not want you to judge Obama by his "relationships". However, it is OK for Jeb to be his brother's keeper. It is OK for Jeb to be responsible for the "sins" of his brother.

Would you want to be responsible for your sibling's actions? Would you want your career path based on your sibling's achievements/failures? Last I looked we were in America. Oh, that's right...Obama will be in office. Big brother will be breathing down our necks MORE THAN EVER!

WAKE UP PEOPLE!

Posted by: mwrigt | January 6, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Just reading over the posts on this forum, it is clear that the economy is in a crisis because more people waste time posting stupid blather on the internet instead of working, although most that post here do not seem qualified to actually work jobs! Clearly, the American public school system has failed totally.

Posted by: joelevin | January 6, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

If Jeb Bush runs for anything, it will be with the liability of wife Columba, who tried to sneak through customs $19000 worth of Paris-bought clothes and jewelry:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE7D6153BF93AA25755C0A96F958260

Posted by: bamccampbell | January 6, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Some folks here need to look up Jeb's bio, before they call him stupid. Finishing College in 2 1/2 years seems pretty good to me. My guess is that he did not want his family to go through what Gov Palin had too. If he runs in 8 years from now, my guess he could win the Presidency. By then NM, Az, Colo, Nv an Calif will be dominated by Latinos.

Posted by: eafcat | January 6, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

After about a year of the corruption, scandels and incompetence of the hopey McChange administration, the voters will look back fondly on the good years of GW Bush.

It will go like this - remember when we had jobs. remember when we were safe. remember when we had values. remember when all the pols didn't cheat to make a buck for themselves. remember when the congress was not a circus led by clowns. remember when unions didn't own us. remember when things were fair for all, not just Libs who contribute to campaigns.

Imagine a time when government officials did not work to line their own pockets.

I am afraid that there may be no recovery for many of the angry moonbats of the left, no matter what happens.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 6, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

FL-Senate: Jeb Bush Will Not Run

THANK GOD! Our country [and many others], and 'we the people' COULD NEVER TOLERATE another Bush since none of us really know how far the apple fell from the Bush tree, and after the current ROTTEN apple, we don't care to find out!

Posted by: MadasHelinVA | January 6, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Not the right TIME, Jeb? It's not the right century for any Bush to run for office again. American voters are distractable and sadly superficial, but they're not stupid. Your great-great-great grandchildren might try out the Bush name again on the national scene. That might be the enough time for people to forget.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 6, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Really, I'm sick of this American royalty lineage stuff. Send these pampered prigs back to their oil business pals and let them muck up one and others portfolio. Playing with the people's lives....leave that to themselves. Whether its another Kennedy, Clinton or Bush, they're all the same entitled uber-rich elite. NO THANKS, JEB!

Posted by: schratboy | January 6, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I live in Florida and as popular as Jeb was at the time, the times are now different, the economy is terrible, the housing market worse, people leaving the state because insurance costs too much to live here. I don't think he could win and I don't think he thought he could either so he did the smart thing and decided against it.

Posted by: info4 | January 6, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Jeb may be worried the little matter of someone hiding in a Las Vegas closset during a raid on a Gay sex party to worry about.

Aparently there are pictures.

Google is your friend ;-)

Posted by: walker1 | January 6, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

TROLL hclark1 posts January 6, 2009 2:37 PM
"Jeb Bush will win the Florida Senate race - by a extremely wide margin."

First it was McCain/Palin would win.

Wrong again. Jeb declines to run.

Posted by: knjincvc | January 6, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Great News!!!!!!!!!!!
Not that Jeb stood a snowball's chance in HELL of ever getting elected so long as anyone was ALIVE to remember his brain-dead brother. Didn't Jeb help STEAL the 2000 election for him, disappear votes and usher in the Great Misleader, All-Hat-and-No-Cattle, the Deciderer, Mission Accomplished, serial liar and incompetent buffoon, George W. Bush? These two losers makes their brother Neil, who brought about the very FIRST bailout after SCAMMING MILLIONS in the SILVERADO S& L scam, look like an upstanding citizen. A POX UPON ALL OF YOUR CROOKED FAMILY- YOU BELONG IN JAIL FOR TREASON AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY!

Posted by: redlily1 | January 6, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

"Man the liberal leftists in this country are just hateful, narrow minded and simply off their rocker! Get glasses to rid yourselves of the tunnel vision please!!!!
Posted by: scott8 | January 6, 2009 3:55 PM"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

"liberal leftists": Are there any conservative ones?

"glasses...tunnel vision": Huh?

In addition to your usage errors and confusion about mixed metaphors, you also never get around to mentioning what those dastardly un-conservative leftists have said/done to make such a bitter enemy of you.

Care to enlighten us?

Posted by: kjohnson3 | January 6, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Jeb...

Posted by: aussiebones | January 6, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Terry Shiavo. Jeb Bush shamelessly danced to the tune of the religious right on the body of this poor lady and her husband. Even to the extent of asking the Florida attorney general to conduct a criminal investigation after the Supreme Court finally brought the tragic episode to an end. To the attorney general's credit, he promptly denied Bush's request. Jeb Bush is no better than GWB.

Posted by: dennob | January 6, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Smart move!!!!!! He needs to wait atleast until 2016 when the economy is much better.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | January 6, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

We have collectively spent way too much money we don't have. Credit cards are maxed out, homes mortgaged to the eyeballs, kids in old shoes. jobs at stake.

Lib solution, spend twice as much. Keep spending. print money until everyone has wheelbarrows full of the worthless stuff.

Meanwhile, blame Israel for defending itself from killers.

Libs, where is the change? you have always been the party of surrender and spend. hopey McChange has no clue what he is doing. His shallow appointments demonstrate that before he even takes office.

where has that old crook Rahm gone off to?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 6, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Jeb Bush say’s “Now is not the right time to return to elected office." Is that not the understatement of the year!? Could anyone with that turd of a last name ever dare to run for political office again? So will the right time be sometime after the next Nixon takes office or perhaps after the next Hitler is running Germany. Hey there’s got to be another Mussolini or Pinochet descendant just waiting to throw their hat back in the ring. When that happens I say go for it Jeb!

Posted by: JimC2 | January 6, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I can just picture the republotards wringing their hands and wondering which moron they can most easily puppetize; Jeb 'retard' Bush, or Sarah 'wasilla hillbilly' Palin.

Posted by: Heerman532 | January 6, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I started to post on here but after reading what everyone else has had to say here i dont see where there is much left for me to say here other than to say as everyone else has said enough is enough i think they should all be sterlized so that there can ever againg be another BUSH BORN just in order to stop these idiots from ever gaing or holding public office again anywher in this country . i think they would all be an extremely good fit back in the time of world war two on the side of hitler as they are obviously all NAZI
S / FASCIST EXTREMEIST AN THEY DONT EVEN DESERVE TO BE CALL americans thank you

Posted by: pbjbeach@yahoo.com | January 6, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

It's a much smaller group than the mentally disturbed Bush lovers KoZ (about 21% of the country, from most recent polls)...

BTW, Obama leading us into financial disaster? Newsflash, bub, we're already there thanks to Dubya and friends.

Your economic quotes for the day:

“A national severe price distortion seems most unlikely in the United States” — Alan Greenspan, October 2004.

“Homebuilders led the stock parade this week with a fantastic 11 percent gain. This is a group that hedge funds and bubbleheads love to hate. All the bond bears have been dead wrong in predicting sky-high mortgage rates. So have all the bubbleheads who expect housing-price crashes in Las Vegas or Naples, Florida, to bring down the consumer, the rest of the economy, and the entire stock market.” — Larry Kudlow, June 2005.

“I suspect that we are coming to the end of this downtrend, as applications for new mortgages, the most important series, have flattened out .. I think the worst of this may well be over.” Alan Greenspan, October 2006.

“The housing market is at or near the bottom.” Henry Paulson, April 2007.


Oops, but surely we can still find a way to blame Barney Frank for all of this, right?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | January 6, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has informative statistics on addressing global poverty.

$30 billion ends world hunger
$550 billion is the US Defense budget

This organization has the ability, resources, and policy-makers to suppress the threat of global poverty by enacting legislation here in the US, which is tied to the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals. Please support organizations such as The Borgen Project so that we may rid the world of poverty.

Posted by: atsegga | January 6, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

'now is not the right time' means, of course, that the bush rove thugs have to try to smear the left first, are politically disadvantaged after having been exposed. they should campaign against him in florida whether he runs or not.

Posted by: e9999999 | January 6, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

'now is not the right time' means, of course, that the bush rove thugs have to try to smear the left first, are politically disadvantaged after having been exposed. they should campaign against him in florida whether he runs or not.

Posted by: e9999999 | January 6, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Jeb Bush not running for office is the smartest and most honorable act that any member of the Bush family has ever performed.

Posted by: Skeptic21 | January 6, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

We will have to change the phrase "Not this time" to "Never Again!"

Posted by: JRM2 | January 6, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Man the liberal leftists in this country are just hateful, narrow minded and simply off their rocker! Get glasses to rid yourselves of the tunnel vision please!!!!

Posted by: scott8 | January 6, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, Obama is shaping up to be sub par Carter. He is driving is right into financial disaster, surrendering overseas again, get out your cardigans and tire pumps for energy policy and don't forget to boycott the olympics if you want to save Afghanistan.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 6, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Great news!

Obama will emulate Carter and fail miserably to be a one-termer and OUT IN A LANDSLIDE in 2012!

Get used to PRESIDENT JEB BUSH!
Sweet ......................

Posted by: neal4 | January 6, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Please!!! No more scamnesty-promoting pols!!!

Posted by: segeny | January 6, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

This name has come to represent to me, a staggeringly evil dynasty that should have all efforts to gain public office completely thwarted in the same way our Civil Liberties have been under W. Their defense and private (war) contractor friends have made billions while well-meaning American soldiers go to wholesale slaughter in Iraq. The only sentiment these men can purse from the lips of their black hearts to all citizens far on the ground below, in the shadows of their ivory towers are, "Let them eat cake". Any public office is but a frenzied ego-aquisition to the likes of these. I smell sulpher.

Posted by: Dove9 | January 6, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Let's see:
Compared to Schlossburg, Franken, Burris, and Beau Biden, Jeb's got the following going for him:
- Electibility (not asking for a free seat)
- Major league experience
- Solid results
- Can articulate a complete sentence, you know...
- No hints of scandal; an honest good man

Okay, he is a Bush, but at least he's not a Kennedy or even GW. That escapes most of the posters to this blog, but consistency has never been an attribute of the hypocritical libs.

Posted by: JacqueBauer | January 6, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

No Kennedy in the Senate?
No Bush in high public office?

What's next? Peace in the Middle East?

Posted by: DonJasper | January 6, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I see the mentally disturbed bush haters are back.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 6, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Is there any way this one could be more stupid than the last one? Maybe we can have "great leader" run for office here also?

Posted by: retirewealthy3 | January 6, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I am sick to death of these {expletive deleted } dumbass Bushes. My God, give us a break!One swaggering, arrogant, illiterate Bush is enough for 10000000000 LIFETIMES, TO SAY NOTHING OF THE "READ MY LIPS" IDIOT THAT GAVE US SLICK WILLIE!

Posted by: sumn | January 6, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I am sick to death of these {expletive deleted } dumbass Bushes. My God, give us a break!One swaggering, arrogant, illiterate Bush is enough for 10000000000 LIFETIMES, TO SAY NOTHING OF THE "READ MY LIPS" IDIOT THAT GAVE US SLICK WILLIE!

Posted by: sumn | January 6, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I am sick to death of these {expletive deleted } dumbass Bushes. My God, give us a break!One swaggering, arrogant, illiterate Bush is enough for 10000000000 LIFETIMES, TO SAY NOTHING OF THE "READ MY LIPS" IDIOT THAT GAVE US SLICK WILLIE!

Posted by: sumn | January 6, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I am sick to death of these {expletive deleted } dumbass Bushes. My God, give us a break!One swaggering, arrogant, illiterate Bush is enough for 10000000000 LIFETIMES, TO SAY NOTHING OF THE "READ MY LIPS" IDIOT THAT GAVE US SLICK WILLIE!

Posted by: sumn | January 6, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I see hclark1 the fake democrat is now polluting this board too.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 6, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The GOP, the party of bushes with not a single tree amongst them.

And as for the Bush family, if ever a family had the right surname, it's them.

Posted by: AverageJane | January 6, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Jeb Bush will win the Florida Senate race - by a extremely wide margin.

Posted by: hclark1 | January 6, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Jeb pals around with terrorists who make Ayers look like a boy scout.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,851913,00.html

Namely Orlando Bosch, who was involved in the 1976 mid-air bombing of a Cubana Airlines flight that killed 73 people, including members of the Cuban national fencing team. He was pardoned in 1992 by the elder Bush.

Folks who vote for him probably think Terri Schievo is still alive.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | January 6, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I think the nation and the world has had enough of the Bush family men. Please save the good people of Florida the hassle and go off into the good night former Governor. Enough is enough.

Posted by: ajackson3 | January 6, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I love visiting Florida and spending my tourism dollars there. But after the 2000 recount stolen election, I refused to travel there as long as this blowhard Bushie was governor.

I've been visiting the Sunshine State again but will re-think that decision if voters there put him back in statewide office. What is it with these clowns who hate government but can't stop themselves from trying to run the government???

Posted by: redballoon | January 6, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

The only "march" this party belongs on is the Bataan Death.

Posted by: TheProFromDover | January 6, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse


Oh, please run Jeb, please. I can't wait to contribute to Jeb's opponent.

Because this time, it's personal.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | January 6, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

the Bushies need to follow their Halliburton chums to Dubai, where there is no extradition treaty.

neal bush helped defraud a billion from silverado.

brother george has bankrupted the USA, 10 trillion plus obligations and liabilities from illegal warfare and crimes.

GHW bush....new world order criminal.

his daddy prescott? sold oil and jet fuel to the nazis.

talk about past associations...jeb should lay low, and hope his kids kick their narcotic habits.

Posted by: forestbloggod | January 6, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Jeb needs to seriously GO AWAY!!! Its too early!!! This will be one of the WORST political moves in history. He might have a slim chance in 2016. But I think its way TOO early. We have a curret popular President elect Obama and unpopular President his brother Mr Bush. He needs to go away so Americans can forget about the last horrible 8 years and the economy is better.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | January 6, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Please keep us posted. I've been ignoring the Obama campaigns calls for perpetual funding but I'll sure want to donate to Jeb's opponent if he does decide to jump in.

Posted by: SarahBB | January 6, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Bush and President Bush are two very different people. ... I'd like to see him run, but based on the venom that the word "Bush" seems to garner in people, he'll probably decide against it, which is really unfortunate. I believe he could have done a good job for our state.

Posted by: JDustinMoody


My problem is not with Jeb personally but with the family political network. They helped put George W into the presidency despite the fact that he is intellectually and emotionally unqualified, which they should have known better than anyone else. They put loyalty to family over loyalty to country. That network has to fall apart for the sake of our nation, and the best way to accomplish that is to deny them the spoils of office. We need a generation without Bushes in national office. Let Jeb find a job somewhere else.

Posted by: j2hess | January 6, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Each generation of Bushes is stupider than the previous one. Posted by: ravitchn
__________________________________________________________________________________________

Stupider? I didn't know that was a word.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | January 6, 2009 1:22 PM
* * *

AugustWest1,

Here, let me edit:

Each successive generation of the Bushes become more stupid than the previous one.

Better? Same idea, but correct grammar is used.

Posted by: meldupree | January 6, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Patriot - Perhaps you could convince Tancredo to move to Florida and run...

B
B

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 6, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Another outstanding point of light by Poopy Bush or just your basic delusion of granduer. You make the call.

Posted by: truthhurts | January 6, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm no fonder of the Bush dynasty as I am the neo-Kennedy clowns.

But, the Dems now appear so devoted to Mexico and El Salvador, and their planned over population of the USA via LaRaza's amnesty and family reunification plans, that one has to ask why they don't nominate Vincente Fox for the FL Senate seat.

Certainly, with all the bought and paid for ACORN support and ACORN fraudulent voting in MN and elsewhere, the Dems could now easliy one-up Jeb's prior voter theft record.

Red or Blue - there's got to be something better than two corrupt PC BS choices.

Posted by: Patriot12 | January 6, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

If Jeb had not lost his first run for governor of Florida, he would have been a likely presidential candidate in 2000, instead of W. I wonder how that would have turned out....

Posted by: darmenmike | January 6, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Comrade Bush or Cheney can appoint him to fill the Illinois US Senate seat?

Say goodbye to the Bush Dynasty, it's done.

Posted by: WillSeattle | January 6, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

The only place where Jeb Bush should run is far, far away from the U.S. and yes, he should take his stupid brother with him. We can't allow these Bushes to ruin our country anymore. It's unpatriotic.

Posted by: fridaolay | January 6, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

N N OOO
N N N O O
N N N O O Freakin' way!
N N N O O
N N OOO

Posted by: nycLeon | January 6, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Each generation of Bushes is stupider than the previous one. Posted by: ravitchn
__________________________________________________________________________________________

Stupider? I didn't know that was a word.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | January 6, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I seriously doubt the rumors that we're going to see Jeb Bush as a presidential contender in 2012; even in the unlikely case that he were to run, he wouldn't make it past the primary because his name is poison. But if he does decide to run for the Senate seat, he's going to be doing it amid accusations that he only wants the seat so he can stay in the public eye for a 2012 presidential run, and that might hurt him at the voting booth. Given the aforementioned political poison of his name, I don't think we'll see him pursue the Senate seat.

Did I see Kevin Spacey as one of the Democrats considering running for the seat? I approve of his anti-wrath and anti-greed policies, but I oppose his anti-lust and anti-gluttony policies.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | January 6, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I hope he throws in. He'll serve to remind us all of the corruption and incompetence tied to the name BUSH. The worst president EVER, next worst senator from Florida ever.

Posted by: md83 | January 6, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Why don't all the Bush a-holes just go away?

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | January 6, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Each generation of Bushes is stupider than the previous one. Keep Jed out of the Senate where they are already too many morons.

Posted by: ravitchn | January 6, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I too am of the opinion that the Terry Schiavo episode defines Jeb Bush. He demonstrated he put his interest before the State of Florida and its laws. I think he will run for Senator. There is a payoff for Senators that we, the common public, do not appreciate.

Posted by: Thependulumswings | January 6, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

At least Bush has experience. That's more than you can say about Princess Caroline. Camelot is ancient history.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | January 6, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Why oh why oh why won't these Bushes just GO AWAY???Posted by: nana1ellen
_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Why oh why oh why won't these Kenenedys just GO AWAY??

Posted by: AugustWest1 | January 6, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Jeb may well be smarter than Dubya, and he may even have been a competent gubernatorial manager--but he is also an even more rigid ideologue. The country must never forget his leading role (along with Sen. Dr. Frist) in bringing the sad Schiavo spectacle to the fore in 2005, with the obvious intention of furbishing his "pro-life" credentials.

As for the Bushes future in American politics: Never Again! We have been bamboozled and bushwhacked by these people one time too many. Their arrogant sense of entitlement is simply stupefying.

Let them go the way of such other political dynasties as the Longs of Louisiana and the Harrisons of Indiana.
Enough is enough. In the name of God, go!

Posted by: jm917 | January 6, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Why oh why oh why won't these Bushes just GO AWAY??? And this is the one that interfered in the family decisions about life and death of Terri Schiavo. Would you want him to take over that process in YOUR family. Please, Lord God, take the Bushes away F
FOREVER!!!

Posted by: nana1ellen | January 6, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I think Jeb is much smarter than his dad and brother. But, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. He will probably go for it. Proves my point of like father like stupid son. Senior buys everything. College education at Jail or was it Yale. GW would of made a fine elementary school teacher. He likes little kids just like some of the clergy. Jeb is most likely the same. I am not from FL. Can he help someone like Terri? God didn't even want to touch that one. Can he speak in 5 word sentences? You know that there are no requirements for being a U.S. Senator. Special Ed. OK... Pro Wrestler. OK Movie Star. OK Athlete...OK MONEY...A must. and we all know the family has it. Case closed

Posted by: LouisvilleLip | January 6, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

To call Jeb Bush "the smart one" is an excellent example of damning with faint praise.

Posted by: lowercaselarry | January 6, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm Bushed out. It's obvious people don't learn from past mistakes. Bush 42 wrecked the economy and Bush 44 flushed it down the toilet, just imagine what another Bush would do. Their name fits their deeds (just like Mad[e]off) and I don't want to be Bushwacked again and I don't think the American public can or should ever trust another Bush with a leadership position. They should all disappear into the sunset and enjoy the spoils of their oil money.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | January 6, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Enough with the Bush's already...I break out in a cold sweat just typing the "name".

Posted by: puredemo | January 6, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

So what if he's "the smart one?" If the Republican's plan for 2010 is "More Bush" then they're setting themselves up for another smackdown.

Posted by: thecorinthian | January 6, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Bush and President Bush are two very different people. Based on the previous posts, one might not guess that. Gov. Bush did a good job in Fla. despite what public school teachers will tell you and despite what Gov. Crist has gotten us into. I'd like to see him run, but based on the venom that the word "Bush" seems to garner in people, he'll probably decide against it, which is really unfortunate. I believe he could have done a good job for our state.

Posted by: JDustinMoody | January 6, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

In 1990, Bush Sr increased legal immigration to 1 million per year. That let in the 19 moderates and the subprime borrowers. All of our problems have come from the Bush families immigration policy to replace us.

Jeb Bush now says whites have to accept being replaced that its too late to stop it. Its his family that did it. Men's median wages are the same as in 1973, see p60-235.pdf graph page 19. Women's are the same as men's were in 1960. That is Bush policy. Congress despises us because we vote for them even after they harm us.

Posted by: OldAtlantic | January 6, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

You have to be kidding, go hide with your dumb brother somewhere. By the way, as someone mentioned, take a look at Li'l Bush, they are both portrayed crrectly.

Posted by: citigreg | January 6, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

a qualified Senator, not a Dem obviously.

In 2004, New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey resigned after the married father was alleged to have hired an unqualified boy toy to run his Homeland Security Department. In 2006, Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana was caught with nearly $100,000 in his freezer. That same year, Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island rammed his Ford Mustang into a Capitol Hill security checkpoint and, faster than his dad could say "Chappaquiddick," checked himself into rehab for a pill addiction. Last spring, New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer, a self-righteous anti-corruption zealot, resigned after it was revealed he had been using a call-girl service. Then the Democrat who replaced Foley was brought down for allegedly firing his mistress. Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards was caught cheating on his cancer-stricken wife. Charles Rangel, the Democratic dinosaur in charge of the House Ways and Means Committee, is embroiled in a series of allegations of self-dealing corruption. And now, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has bowed out as President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be Commerce secretary thanks to an unfolding investigation into possible pay-for-play deal of less than Blagospheric proportions.

Such scandals are subjected to enormous double standards by many in the anti-Bush news media. But at least one of those double standards is defensible. The party in power warrants — and gets — more scrutiny than the other guys. Well, the Democrats now dominate American politics in a way they haven't since the 1960s, if not the 1930s. Suddenly, a Democratic "culture of corruption" seems like a pretty easy story to write, thanks only in part to the most enjoyable — and therefore un-ignorable — scandal of the 21st century so far: Blagopalooza. Wiretaps, grotesque corruption, the race card, R-rated dialogue and hair you can see from space: What's not to love?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 6, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

THANK GOD!!! I hope he stays the hell out of Florida's life for good. He and his entire family should go somewhere and HIDE. Look at the condition in which he left our state; and his brother and father the country!!! NO MORE BUSHSH-T!!!

Posted by: fblack_98 | January 6, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Aside from the personal concerns, he'll also have to deal with a state that's becoming a bit more Democrat. He'd also have to defend the Terry Schiavo episode which was not one of his best moments. (And the Bush name is so damaged now, even if he's widely regarded as doing a decent job as Florida governor...)

Plus the national landscape doesn't look too good for Republicans to become the majority party in Congress any time soon...

Posted by: RickJ | January 6, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

holy helll...not another one! Can't the repub's find someone half normal?

Posted by: not-me | January 6, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

What's he deciding on, a new last name? I've got two words for brother Jeb...Terri Shiavo. End of Presidential chatter.

Posted by: pgiaquinto | January 6, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

If you have not seen it yet, go watch the portrayal of Jeb Bush on the show Li'l Bush.

Posted by: Heerman532 | January 6, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company