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A Bush Too Far

Not everyone is in the mood for a Bush-Clinton rematch. Also: History's mixed blessings. Appeasers' intentions. Dropping the big one. Plus more.

2.27.07

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BEATING AROUND THE BUSH
Re: Quin Hillyer's Jeb in 2008?:

No!
-- Clasina J. Segura
New Iberia, Louisiana

Are you nuts? Or just so bored with election predictions that you presented us with your worst case scenario to scare us?

Next time you are so afflicted try solitaire!

Please!
-- Bob Keiser
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Sorry guys. I don't care how good Jeb Bush is, I'm not voting for another Bush. The presidency isn't anybody's family business. And one Clinton was one too many. I'll sit it out if those are my choices.
-- William L. Roughton, Jr.
Fairfax Station, Virginia

Although I believe Quin Hillyer's "Jeb in 2008?" column is well written, I don't believe the scenario he envisions is likely to occur at all.

If no clear winner emerges after the large number of contests early next February, it is hard for me to imagine presidential candidates taking hard-earned delegates they have won in primaries and caucuses after over a year of hard work and then simply handing them over to a "white knight" in the spring of 2008 -- especially when the possibility of a contested convention will then exist where they themselves could conceivably emerge as the "consensus" candidate like others have during previously contested conventions in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

If any "white knight" were to appear, it would be in the convention in my view rather than in the late stages of the primary season -- and it would not be Jeb Bush even under this scenario.

On Inauguration Day 2009 it will be exactly 20 years since someone not named Bush or Clinton occupied the White House, and I believe this fact will preclude Jeb Bush -- although his record is far more impressive than nearly all of the other candidates - from ever being seriously considered for president in 2008. (It is for this same reason that I believe Hillary Clinton will not succeed in her presidential bid.)

The smartest move of this presidential cycle thus far in my opinion was Jeb Bush announcing almost immediately after his brother's re-election in November 2004 that he would not be a candidate in 2008 -- almost assuredly due to the realization of the fatigue the Bush/Clinton names would engender in the voting public by that time.
-- Todd Gentry
Laguna Niguel, California

I have always thought Jeb Bush would be a good candidate for president, but I also thought it might be a Bush too far. Mr. Hillyer's essay brought to mind several other advantages that he brings to the fight. He's married to a Latina and is fluent in Spanish. You might remember his son who gave an address at the 2004 convention. I can certainly see him speaking on his father's behalf to that community...in fluent Spanish. (I'm and "English First" person, but reality is what it is...) His education reforms have produced some good results. He has certainly had his trial by fire in several major disasters. And, any Republican who has maintained some conservative principles through two terms of a semi-blue state as Florida now is, must be considered a success.

Yes, a Jeb-Newt ticket. That's worth voting for.
-- John Jarrell
San Antonio, Texas

Sorry guys. I don't care how good Jeb Bush is, I'm not voting for another Bush. The presidency isn't anybody's family business. And one Clinton was one too many. I'll sit it out if those are my choices.
-- William L. Roughton, Jr.
Fairfax Station, Virginia

As a lifelong conservative and straight-ticket Republican, I would love to see another Bush in the White House. The only problem with that scenario is that Jeb may be justifiably reluctant to trust conservatives. While not rhetorically challenged like his father and brother he has witnessed firsthand how conservatives stabbed them in the back despite their conservative records (a close examination of facts and not political myth reveals they governed in the Reagan tradition). How can he trust a conservative movement that is fractured, frenzied, fickle and feckless?

In the case of George W. Bush he's governed to the right of conservative icon Ronald Reagan on taxes, government spending, national security, fighting terrorism, Supreme Court nominees, pro-life and pro-family issues and even the borders, but he's still lambasted by self-described Reagan conservatives who are either blithely ignorant of or retroactively falsifying Reagan's record to the detriment of the conservative movement Reagan championed and led.

So why should Jeb risk such potential abuse from conservatives to save them from the mess they've created (George W. did this in 2000)? If he does step forward it will be out of the Bush family sense of duty, patriotism and love of country. But he might be better off and sit this one out and let the Democrats win in hopes that the ensuing mess will make his election a sure thing in 4-8 years.

As for the 2008 elections we should be afraid. If the election were held today (thanks to conservatives undermining the GOP) it is safe to predict the Democrat Presidential candidate would carry all the blue states and Ohio with a strong shot of picking up Missouri, Virginia, Colorado, Arkansas, Kentucky, Arizona and New Mexico. On the Senate side New Hampshire, Colorado, Virginia and Minnesota are in play and the potential for Republican losses are strong. In the House while we have hopes of picking up seats lost in the last election cycle we should be prepared to see all the "conservative" (gag) blue dog Democrats elected in 2006 reelected in 2008 with possibly more gains thanks to the continued conservative crackup.

Until the conservative movement embraces the pragmatic political model of governing established by Ronald Reagan and stops the fratricidal attacks on President Bush and Republicans, we will be in the political wilderness for the foreseeable future or Democrats so undermine the Constitution and national security in the pursuit of partisanship, perks and power that the life of our republic is in doubt.
-- Michael Tomlinson
Jacksonville, North Carolina

Tony Snow could be a great candidate. I know he won't run, but perhaps there needs to be a movement. Tony is popular with the conservative base, no doubt about that, and can peel off many independents. I think he is presidential material. No matter what though, Michael Steele seriously needs to be at the top any GOP presidential candidate's list for vice president.
--- John Dyslin
Lakemoor, Illinois

NON-TURN FOR THE BETTER
Re: William Tucker's Where History Didn't Turn:

William Tucker writes:

"As a newly converted Muslim, he [Muhammad Ali] urged other African Americans to renounce the "slave religion' and adopt the true religion of the black man."

So, Ali expected his fellow African Americans to renounce the "slave religion" to adopt the religion of the North African slave traders. This makes about us much sense as renouncing the political party of the emancipators to join the party of the slaveholders.
-- Dan Martin
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

William Tucker claims Ann Coulter made deliberately provocative statements about Islam after 9/11, but the points he raises are also provocative and require a contrasting perspective. Can we realistically expect Islamic societies to embrace and practice democracy and human rights exactly as we practice it? How long was slavery legal within our democracy? How long before women were accorded equal rights? What did we do to Japanese Americans in 1942? The changes in American style democracy came slowly and may have already progressed too far for a healthy society to survive. Can we honestly demand that Islamic societies immediately do what we weren't able to do?

Evolution is the only legally recognized and enforced theory in America that speaks to biological human origins and development. Polygamy is the norm in the societies of our supposed forebears, the ape society; our matriarchal society is the biological anomaly according to science. Contrary to Tucker's observations, our young men today aren't wildly aggressive, but rather strangely passive, while it's our young women who compete aggressively for their attention through sexual favors, provocative dress, language and deliberate social conditioning.

I grew up within the Detroit ghetto and know from personal experience that African Americans were victimized as well as comforted by the Christian religion. While there were exemplary Christian leaders like the Reverend Cecil Franklin, there were also plenty of African American religious hustlers of all denominations, not to mention the white Jewish and Christian businessmen who shamelessly exploited African Americans with a greed surpassed only by the Spanish Conquistadores.

Tucker, like all of us in America, lives within an historical glass house; maybe he should carefully consider where he heaves his stones.
-- Patrick Skurka
San Ramon, California

RUSH TO JUDGMENT
Re: Ralph R. Reiland's A Man Unlike His Father:

Great piece, Mr. Reiland. That's what I'm talking about. Rudolph Giuliani's character is certainly important to understand in this debate over his qualifications for POTUS. Some, like Lisa Fabrizio in her TAS piece, "The Rudy Dilemma," apparently don't think very highly of Rudy's character. It's not that her arguments aren't logical, it's that they're coming from the context of "If I can't have perfection, then I'm taking my marbles and going home." I haven't stopped listening to Rush Limbaugh because he's been divorced three times. Is Rush a hypocrite to the cause?

I know there are those out there who think I've lost my wig over Giuliani. Maybe I have. It's early, I know. Maybe it is too soon to commit. I'll try to calm down. But, these times are not normal. If they were normal, whatever normal is, then maybe I'd take a different tack. Just where is the "conservative" candidate? Hmm? (Jeb Bush would be great, Quin; and if he decides to run, Giuliani will have one less supporter.) One thing's pretty much certain. We are going to have a nominee for President from the Republican Party. If no candidate appears that can satisfy every plank of the conservative agenda, what are you going to do? Take your marbles and move to Australia?
-- Mike Showalter
Austin, Texas

WORDS AND DEEDS
Re: George H. Wittman's Iranian Intentions:

Mr. Wittman writes a thoughtful piece today. We all must be aware of the threat posed by a radical Islamic nation spewing hatred of the rest of the world.

But my liberal Democrat friends solemnly intone "That is just a politician talking. Because George Bush has turned the whole world against us, the Iranians are just scared. They are trying to fool us into thinking they have the bomb. Once Bush is gone they will be our friends again."

I remind them that when Jimmy (Surrender) Carter was President, Iran invaded and occupied sovereign American soil. They respond: "That was then. They had a crazy old man running the country."

I point out that Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf exactly what he would do if he came to power. He came to power and did exactly what he wrote of doing. Isn't it possible that President Almond Joy is telling us exactly what he will do.

They look at me sadly, as if I am pitiably stupid, and say, "Hitler is dead."

I am afraid, so are we.
-- Jay Molyneaux
Denver, North Carolina

OUTCOME BASED ECONOMICS
Re: David Hogberg's Income Inequality Doesn't Measure Up:

Hogberg's quantitative argument is clear and convincing. But don't be afraid to use the "S" word when discussing this with liberals. People who just assume that income inequality per se is a problem are by the very definition of the word, socialists. Note that this includes most economists and almost all journalists. Don't let them weasel out of admitting what they are.
-- D.M. Duggan

THE END
Re: Paul DeSisto's letter (under "To Err Is Truman") in Reader Mail's Tough Sledding:

To Mr. DeSisto, I guess I should have been clearer on what Truman did...he dropped an atom bomb on JAPAN.
-- Elaine Kyle

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