Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, and the Politics of Dads.
Unless, of course, it isn’t.
The sons of two famous politicians made their potential presidential stand at CPAC — each son having achieved elective office on his own.
Yet somehow… in some strange, perhaps not so mysterious fashion… each son sounds… like… yes indeed: Dad 2.0.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush sounds like ex-President Dad George H.W. Bush, not to mention ex-President Brother George W.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul takes the Senate floor for a champion filibuster, followed by a CPAC speech, sounding ever so more than slightly like former presidential candidate and now ex-Congressman Dad Ron Paul.
Considering that other than the elder Bush’s 1988 landslide victory when he ran as Ronald Reagan’s heir — and indeed Bush’s landslide was said to be at the time a mandate for “Reagan’s third term” — neither Bush 41 nor 43 ever again managed to gain a resounding majority of the votes of their fellow Americans. Bush 41 lost his re-election to Bill Clinton with 37% of the vote, Bush 43 won in 2000 by 537 Florida votes and the famous boost from the Supreme Court. Followed by a narrow 2004 re-election victory that rest on 100,000 Ohio votes. Ron Paul ran as the 1988 Libertarian presidential candidate and was clobbered, failing to win a single state. He went back into the GOP for presidential nominating runs in 2008 and 2012, failing to win a single primary.
Thus the obvious question arises.
Why in the world would the 2.0 version of hardly memorable presidential politics as illustrated by both Bushes and Ron Paul ever possibly be considered a winner in 2016?
To borrow from Senator Paul’s CPAC speech: Aren’t the Bush and Paul brands in fact the New Mossbacks?
Which is to say, with each having a distinctly leftward flavor — the Pauls on foreign policy and the Bushes on domestic policy — why are son Rand and son and brother Jeb seen as anything close to new or fresh?
Let’s take a look at what these two Sons of the Old Guard are saying.
First, Senator Paul.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?