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One of the most impressive appearances by a politician that I’ve ever seen was a speech that Jeb Bush gave a few years back at a National Review Institute event. I’m not terribly surprised that, given the weakness of the GOP field, the NR-niks who were in the room for that speech are now arguing that Jeb ought to jump into the 2012 presidential race; Rich Lowry and Kathryn Jean Lopez both have columns on the topic today (and John J. Miller has a profile of the former Florida governor in NR’s current print edition). Rich’s column in particular makes a strong case that Jeb is better off running this cycle than waiting for another opportunity down the line, and both of them argue that the name “Bush” isn’t as much a liability as it once was.
The problem is that it’s not just his name that would be a liability — it’s also Jeb’s loyalty to his brother. He pointedly and explicitly declined to criticize anything about the George W. Bush presidency in that NRI speech. “Compassionate conservatism” is decidely out of fashion these days; Republican primary voters are going to want to hear candidates distance themselves from the fiscal profligacy of the Bush years. It’s not clear that Jeb Bush would be willing to do that.
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.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online