So far, the Republican field, which is expected to be an embarrassment of riches come the 2016 primary season looks far more like a straight-up embarrassment. From the Dr. Carson miniseries to the threat of a second wave of Rick Santorum branded sweater vests to the threat of Mike Huckabee in general, we’re not looking at banner slate of early-adopters.
But while these two might not fit the bill from a more libertarian perspective, conservatives might get their very own early candidate to despise. Word on the strees is that Jeb Bush is all set to announce his candidacy for 2016. He’s lost some weight, he’s written an e-book, and for Christmas, he’s gifting you 250,000 emails from his time as Florida governor.
You’re welcome, America.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said on Sunday he will release 250,000 emails from his two terms in office and write an eBook outlining his governing philosophy. The moves have set the political sphere atwitter with speculation he’s closer than ever to deciding to run for president in 2016.
In what appears to be a move of classic political procedure — getting ahead of the opposition — Bush told WPLG-TV that his intention is to promote transparency.
“Part of serving or running both of them is about transparency,” he said. “I’ll let people make up their minds.”
Further evidence a presidential run might be looming is a report in the Miami Herald that Bush recently lost 15 pounds, per an unnamed source.
Bush also admitted it’s been “kind of fun” to go back and look back at previous campaigns to remind himself that it’s possible to “move the needle” if you run with big ideas.
“That’s what you need right now in America,” said the brother of former President George W. Bush and son of former President George H.W. Bush.
The e-book is a good idea. Besides positioning himself as the most “digital” of the current crop (though that’s not hard, considering Carson released a mini-series and Rick Santorum hasn’t heard of the Internet), it cuts down on him having to buy hundreds of thousands of his own books just to make his requisite campaign tome not look like a complete failure. Combined with the emails, it will allow him to frame his position on policy positions of his that conservatives might find unsavory. He can, for example, say he’s comfortably evolved on the subject of immigration, and that, when he finally tried to do Common Core math, he was just as confused as everyone else.
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