I have just read Larry Thornberry’s piece outlining his arguments against Jeb Bush’s impending bid for the White House and would like to offer the following comments.
Larry argues that many conservatives will be turned off by Bush due to his soft stance on immigration and his fervent support for Common Core. While this will be a deal breaker for a lot of conservatives, I don’t think this deters Bush in the least. John McCain’s equally soft stance on immigration didn’t prevent him from winning the GOP nomination in 2008 nor did Mitt Romney’s implementation of government mandated health care stop him from carrying the Republican banner in 2012. Methinks that Bush likes his chances.
However, I do agree with Larry that some will hold Bush’s name against him. Yet this strikes me as unfair. George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush weren’t joined at the hip. Just look at their approaches where it concerned Israel. As for Jeb, Larry concludes that as Governor of Florida that Bush was a “competent hands-on executive who did many things conservatives find simpatico.” Given the incompetence that has plagued the White House for six years, a competent hands-on executive who will do many things conservatives find simpatico sounds pretty darn good.
With that being said, the biggest minus I see against Jeb Bush is that he hasn’t run for office in over a decade. Whereas Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has fought three elections in the past four years and is also a competent hands-on executive. No Republican has had to endure as much from the Left in the past four years as Scott Walker and he has walked away a winner every time. As such, I believe that Walker is the best person to carry the Republican Party in 2016. I hope Walker won’t be deterred from running should Bush formally throw his hat into the ring.