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Run, Jeb, Run! Another Bush, Another Target-Rich Presidential Campaign

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Run, Jeb, Run! Another Bush, Another Target-Rich Presidential Campaign


The Jeb Bush boomlet that fascinated gullible pundits — and tantalized Republicans —  during the dark days of last winter’s presidential primary is undergoing a swift revival. Less than three weeks after the defeat of Mitt Romney, a candidate who proved repellent to minority voters, Republicans are said to be yearning for Jeb, who speaks fluent Spanish and whose wife is from Mexico.

Perhaps after another four years’ distance, the former Florida governor will somehow overcome the bad memories (and the human, economic, and diplomatic destruction) left by his older brother George W. and restore the damaged family political brand. But according to The New York Times, which reported that Jeb is considering a presidential run, he is also considering whether he can afford the luxury of returning to politics: He “is said by friends to be weighing financial and family considerations — between so many years in office and the recession his wealth took a dip, they said, and he has been working hard to restore it…”

Aside from his need to “restore” his depleted wealth, Jeb’s business dealings may well prove an insurmountable obstacle to a national candidacy, just as Romney’s business career became excess baggage for his presidential campaign. Known today only as another Bush brother, Jeb must be introduced to American voters. And among the first things they are likely to learn about him is the string of borderline business deals that built his original fortune in Florida real estate, which began three decades ago.

While some aspects of the Jeb story may sound uplifting, there are certainly other episodes that will make voters’ hair stand on end.

Consider his gamy relationship with Miguel Recarey, whose International Medical Centers stands accused of one of the largest Medicare swindles of all time. Before Recarey fled the country ahead of several federal indictments, Jeb had placed a call on his behalf to Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler — a Cabinet secretary serving at the pleasure of Jeb’s daddy, President George Herbert Walker Bush. Recarey paid Jeb a sweet $75,000 for that lobbying effort, which forestalled government action to stop Recarey’s skimming of millions in Medicare dollars. Although Jeb has denied that Recarey — a Mafia associate — hired him to importune Heckler, both the fugitive and the former HHS secretary have since confirmed those circumstances.

After Recarey fled Miami, Jeb gradually grew rich through real estate investments, thanks to his connections with the Cuban-American community in South Florida. To show his gratitude, Jeb sought a presidential pardon from his dad for Orlando Bosch, a murderous anti-Castro militant denounced by his father’s own attorney general Richard Thornburgh as “an unreformed terrorist” responsible for the murder of dozens of innocent people. That kind of thing is acceptable among the South Florida Cubans, but may not look so good in the post-9/11 era to the rest of the country.

Then there is Jeb’s career as governor, a saga that includes his vow to sign legislation that would have awarded Florida’s disputed electoral votes to his brother in November 2000, and his attempted intervention in the case of Terri Schiavo, the brain-dead woman whose husband and parents fought over whether to turn off her respirator. Interference in that sad matter by congressional leaders and other right-wing busybodies was gross exploitation of a family tragedy — and the Schiavo affair became a turning point in the 2006 Republican midterm debacle.

So yes —  run, Jeb, run! The fact is that almost any presidential candidate from Florida represents a full-employment program for investigative journalism — and the “smarter” Bush brother is no exception.

Joe Conason

A highly experienced journalist, author and editor, Joe Conason is the editor-in-chief of The National Memo, founded in July 2011. He was formerly the executive editor of the New York Observer, where he wrote a popular political column for many years. His columns are distributed by Creators Syndicate and his reporting and writing have appeared in many publications around the world, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Nation, and Harpers.

Since November 2006, he has served as editor of The Investigative Fund, a nonprofit journalism center, where he has assigned and edited dozens of award-winning articles and broadcasts. He is also the author of two New York Times bestselling books, The Hunting of the President (St. Martins Press, 2000) and Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth (St. Martins Press, 2003).

Currently he is working on a new book about former President Bill Clinton's life and work since leaving the White House in 2001. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, including MSNBC's Morning Joe, and lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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  1. Daniel Jones November 24, 2012

    If he runs, the Bushes are going to end up thought of as the anti-Kennedys.

  2. nobsartist November 24, 2012

    Just what we need. Another drug addict from the bush crime family to dupe the chumps.

  3. Dominick Vila November 24, 2012

    Other than having the same parents, there is no similarity between Jeb Bush and W. Jeb is intelligent, a true fiscal and social conservative, articulate and could run on his record. However, because he is intelligent he understands, better than many of us, what the legacy of his older brother would do to his candidacy and he will not run in 2016 or ever. No need to waste time discussing something that is not going to happen.

    1. Frida November 24, 2012

      Sorry Dominick. We Dems recognise his intelligence by stealing election in 2000 for his brother “W”nothing more. No any Dem can ever forget this incident. It was him (Jeb) who made the country to suffer for 8 years. If not Jeb, “W” would never became a president. I place all blames to Jeb and not “W”.

      1. Dominick Vila November 24, 2012

        You are right, without Jeb and the famous hanging/pregnant chads, Al Gore would have been President and we would have been spared to pain we endured during W’s presidency and the last 3 years or so. Character flaws and family loyalty notwithstanding, there is no comparison between the intellectual acumen and intelligence of Jeb Bush and that of his older brother. In any case, I believe this is a non issue. Jeb knows his brother’s record is like an albatross hanging around his neck and he will not run in 2016 or ever. BTW, Jeb’s involvement in Ws victory in 2000 is enough for me to reject his candidacy if he chose to run.

        1. TZToronto November 24, 2012

          Imagine what things would have been like had Al Gore been President instead of GW Bush . . . The obsession with Iraq and Saddam Hussein would not have been the administration’s focus in 2001, and Richard Clarke’s warnings about the potential for terrorism involving iconic buildings and airplanes would have been heeded. We might not be commemorating September 11th every September 11th, and thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans would still be alive. Since the events of 9/11 probably would not have happened, there would have been no wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iraq, under the tyrant Hussein, would still be acting as a buffer to Iran. The destabilization of the Middle East might have been avoided. The USA would have taken some significant steps toward mitigating the effects of climate change. The sub-prime mortgage debacle might still have happened, and the market crash of 2008 . . . well, who knows? In any case, Al Gore would have been on the job more than 2/3 of his time in office, and Halliburton would not have been running the country. The Bush tax cuts wouldn’t be threatening the U.S. economy, and the fiscal cliff would never have been an issue.

          1. John M Eschenbaum November 25, 2012

            I imagine if Robert Kennedy had not been assassinated. His vision for America was ‘hands down’ better than say……that of Richard Nixon who won the election. When I remember what Robert Kennedy stood for and his goals for our nation it makes me sad on what we have missed. Who knows what path our nation’s path would have been if he had survived.

          2. Dominick Vila November 25, 2012

            I agree, and I suspect that vision was the reason he was assassinated. Let’s not forget what happened to JFK a few weeks after he suggested getting rid of the Federal Reserve. For that matter, let’s not forget what happened to Lincoln. It takes a lot of courage to challenge the status quo and the special interests that pull the strings behind the scenes.

          3. Fern Woodfork November 25, 2012

            Don’t Forget The Fact That JFK Wanted To End The War In Viet Nam Is What More Likely The Reason They Killed Him!!!

        2. Budjob November 25, 2012

          God have mercy on this country if another Bush ascends to the whitehouse!

        3. nancy November 25, 2012

          I was watching TV when I heard W Bush said “my brother had promesse me FLORIDA”. A few minutes later the sagat began. Till that day I can not imagine something like that happen in US.

      2. John Sehler November 24, 2012

        Frida: Right on. not to mention Kathleen Harris who managed the whole nasty affair.

    2. rgrein November 24, 2012

      Dominick, we were told the same thing 12 years ago about George. That he turned out to actually BE a fiscal and social conservative resulted in the following: Involved us in 2 wars (the expensive one unnecessary), failed to get bin Laden, ignored some 60% of the country on social issues, gave us an additional $8 trillion debt AND took us from a healthy economy to the worst recession in 70 years. Oh, and tried to turn the clock back on basic rights by about 150 years.

      Thanks for the warning.

    3. StanCalif November 24, 2012

      He would run if the Koch Bros. “told” him to run! Maybe the GOP PACS could waste another few billion backing yet another impossible candidate!
      Our country is not supposed to be “managed” from the White House and the Supreme Court, this is the duty and responsibility of the Legislature. It’s unfortunate that our Legislature is “in bed” with so many lobbyists.
      Jeb “the smarter”, couldn’t possibly win the presidency! His older (and completely stupid) brother has sealed his fate. “Businessman” Romney could not win, another “businessman” is not what our country needs!

      1. stoptheinsanity November 24, 2012

        StanCalif, our country is not managed by the legislature. All three branches of governmment, execute, legislative , and judicial each share equal power. Congress controls the purse strings and makes laws. The exective branch is the President who is our country’s CEO, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, and carries out the laws. The judicial, including the U S Supreme Court, interprets the laws. So Congress has no more power than the President. Our government was designed so that there would be a balance of power, something known as checks-and-balances. Each branch of government is responsible for keeping each other in check. Congress may act as though they have more power than the president, but they do not.

        1. amarquez647 November 24, 2012

          That was the grand design unfortunately the fourth estate (the independent press) has failed us. They have been corrupted by the corporations and the very rich just as they have the three branches. Plutocrats rule now and until we placed limits on what a corporation can give, the rich will rule us.

          1. John M Eschenbaum November 25, 2012

            I think our ‘independent press’ has been taken over by for profit corporations……..aka GE & Time Warner to name a couple. Faux News is that of a newsman tycoon which espouses his political viewpoints. Our press seems to have been white washed by those who want profit and power over allowing information in truth to be out there.

      2. Fern Woodfork November 25, 2012

        You Got That Right My Friend!! LOL It Will Be Just More Money WASTED!!!!

      3. joeyess November 27, 2012

        Jeb “the smarter”, couldn’t possibly win the presidency!

        I will henceforth refer to him as B+Octavian.

    4. Katstiles November 24, 2012

      Did you miss the part of the article where Jeb helped a crook and a terrorist get away with their crimes?

    5. elw November 24, 2012

      While it is true he is the smart brother, he still comes with a checkered past and questionable honesty and he still bring those same beliefs and policies that clearly are turning the majority of voters off. He can run, but he will not win unless the Dems pick a loser to run against him.

    6. Dol5 November 24, 2012

      Sorry Dominick, but didn’t you read the above story, before lauding Jeb? What he did in the Bush/Gore race in Florida was enough for him to not be elected to anything.

    7. JohnDRockefeller November 24, 2012

      I would wager that you’re correct. The name and his role in the 2000 election alone are pretty tough to get over. I could see him toying around with the idea, but I think the Republicans will field a few more legitimate candidates than they did in 2012, and Jeb will avoid running.

      1. Nancianne November 27, 2012

        Chris Christie in 2016…Yes…..

    8. jimbo November 24, 2012

      I don’t give a dam about another conservative,we have had enough. What is good about a conservative.

    9. John M Eschenbaum November 25, 2012

      For all of what others are saying about Jeb’s faults, I could never support him due to his ‘social conservatism’ as you point out. That aligns too much with religion of which I am against in our nation of laws. We do not need more pushing by the evangelicals………religious right…….fundamentalists…whatever you want to call them to make their belief systems holy in our laws. Our nation is far more diverse now since the founding fathers and even they recognized the importance of separation of religion from government. This championing of biblical laws just can NOT be tolerated.

    10. Bradbrea November 25, 2012

      Well, as intelligent as he MAY be, HE IS the ONE who caused such a MESS in FLORIDA when Bubba was APPOINTED as President. I was there and it SUCKED and it was a DIRECT result of Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris!!! So, before everyone goes jumping on the “Jeb” train, his integrity is GREATLY tarnished!!!!

    11. joeyess November 27, 2012

      He’s still “Michael” of the Bush Crime Family.

  4. atc333 November 24, 2012

    We are not a Monarchy, regardless of what the GOP may wish. Two Bushes were more than enough for the next 100 years.

    1. John Sehler November 24, 2012

      It will take this country 100 Years to recover from the devastation brought to this country by George w Bush .

    2. dumbperson November 24, 2012

      True enough is enough!

    3. FredAppell November 24, 2012

      Though I agree with your comment, we should be careful when making such statements because what we have here is a double edged sword. If Hillary runs in 2016 (win or lose) than republicans can easily make the same claims about our party. For that matter, what is to stop Chelsea Clinton from running for POTUS someday or a another Kennedy! Now ironically, if Hillary runs then of course i’m going to support her but I won’t get suckered into this argument by any party because there is no right or wrong answer. I wish politics wasn’t the family business for any American families but this is a consequence of the system we have and it is Constitutional.

      1. gargray November 24, 2012

        Hillary has done a great job. Why do you think Powell voted for Obama he had Hillarys job in the Bush era.

        1. FredAppell November 24, 2012

          I think Powell just simply got tired of the divisiveness. I don’t want to over analyze it but I also can’t ignore it. He caught a lot of heat and lost a ton of credibility for his participation in the buildup to war so maybe this is his way of reconciling with the nation and himself. Never know what is in a persons heart.

      2. Nancianne November 27, 2012

        hillary would be a disaster for this country for all her shady dealings the last time she lived in the White House. Here are some:

        She took bribes
        from Tyson Foods Inc. (1) Took a $100,000 bribe, camouflaged as futures trades,

        (2) Speculated in Health Care industry futures while overseeing
        legislative reform of same.

        (3) Failed to correct false testimony by co-defendant Ira
        Magaziner in Health Care trial.

        (4) Obstructed justice by ordering the shredding of Vince
        Foster’s documents in the Rose Law Firm.

        (5) Ordered members of the Health Care Task Force to shred
        documents that were the target of a court probe.

        (6) Ordered the removal of documents from Vince Foster’s office.

        (7) Told aides to lie about their removal of documents from
        Foster’s office

        (8) Obstructed justice by keeping her billing records, a document
        sought under subpoena, in the White House residence.

        (9) Lied to investigators about her knowledge about billing

        (10) Lied to investigators about her involvement in the Castle
        Grande land flip con.

        (11) Ordered the use of the FBI to discredit Travel Office

        (12) Lied to investigators about her involvement in the firing of
        Travel Office Employees.

        1. FredAppell November 27, 2012

          Wow! You are definitely not a fan of the Clintons. But with such a shady past how, was she able to avoid prosecution from the Department of Justice. She may well be guilty of some of what you listed but to avoid prosecution for all of it would seem to indicate that half those claims may in fact be false. I don’t believe any of our politicians are without misdeeds of some degree or another. But I know that there has been a huge push to discredit the last two Democratic presidents (present one included) that I am growing tired of it. I am hoping that Hillary isn’t automatically going to be handed the nomination. I would like to hear what other Democratic challengers have to say. In 2008 I didn’t support Clinton or Obama because I didn’t vote in the primaries. My guy was eliminated early so I only voted again in the general elections. If Hillary wins the nomination (notice I said wins and not given) then I will support her but I would much rather prefer some fresh blood instead. Right now I haven’t any ideas whom that may be.

          1. Nancianne November 27, 2012

            You are correct I am not a fan of the clintons. They are only out for themselves. They are all about self aggrandizement.She didn’t get prosecuted because she was sort of married to a president at the time for most of it. clinton disgraced the presidency and she stayed sort of married to serial women abuser.

            I would support Andrew Cuomo. He is doing more than a decent job as Governor of New York. That is no easy feat with all the shenanigans that go on in Albany.

          2. FredAppell November 27, 2012

            I could definitely get behind Cuomo. He makes the hard choices that his own party doesn’t always want to support. The problem with Albany is that there are a lot of hacks on both sides of the isle. On the other hand Albany may be the perfect learning experience for him but does he have aspirations for the presidency?

          3. Nancianne November 27, 2012

            There are some indications that he is interested but because of the way his Father handled his potential run, he’s maintaining a low profile for now.We’ll see. A contest between him and Christie would be very interesting. Different styles but both talented politicians.

      3. John Glover November 27, 2012

        When it somes to pro v. anti-dynasty, I am very much on the anti-dynasty side. Having said that, I opposed Hillary in 2008 because I knew what the Clinton Administration had done under her husband, and there was no reason to believe she wouldn’t pursue the same sorts of policies (not that I have been thrilled with Obama either). And I will oppose her in 2016 for precisely the same reasons. The dynasty thing is just another reason to oppose her.

    4. Fern Woodfork November 24, 2012

      When I Seen Jeb Say That His Brother Kept Us Safe???????? I Hit The Floor With Laughter !!n NO MORE DAMN BUSHES IN THE WHITE HOUSE !!! We Will United And Shut It Down In 2016! Jeb Better Ask Romney How We Do It!!!

  5. riobob111 November 24, 2012

    We Do Not Need another Bush.

  6. commserver November 24, 2012

    Jeb might consider running but not actually running. He has too much baggage that can come back to haunt him.

  7. Bill O November 24, 2012

    America is still digging snakes out from under the last Bush. Please NO MORE!!!!!!!

    1. JAYROSE November 24, 2012

      old BUSH cheated me out of 4000 dollars my husband worked for the goverment at
      crane IN. and Bush invested his money that was suppose to pay for his funeral.
      I was suppose to Get 9 thousand dollars when my hus band went to heaven .
      we did not know old Bush invested it till after my husband passed away .

  8. Carol L. Assell November 24, 2012

    How about Jeb’s envolvement in the S&A scandel while his father was president which caused dad to escalate Desert Storm to take interest off of Jeb and put the S&A scandel on the back page.

  9. Ibsyboy November 24, 2012

    The Teahadists and the Right Wing will not accept him.

  10. LS November 24, 2012

    Yes Vila, the Dems want Jeb Bush to run on his record. I think not that the Repubs will be too excited about such record when all the scum comes floating out. Let’s wait patiently for the Bush clan and tribesmen to call Americans fools.

  11. Eleanore Whitaker November 24, 2012

    So Jeb Bush is a true fiscal conservative? And what pray tell was Big Daddy? Brother Georgie? Fake, fiscally irresponsible conservatives? Come off that bull..Jeb Bush is yet another attempt by white male Republican bullies of their so-called conservative persuasion to push white, male supremacy. So…whoop deee doooo! Jeb’s wife is Mexican. That must, must, must mean that the GOP thinks it will fool all those “politically ignorant” Hispanics into thinking Jebbie is on “their side?” Yeah right. His brother also spoke Spanish…big deal…and what did Big Brother George do for the Hispanics for 8 years?

    Wow…if the GOP actually believes their Great White Hope is Jeb Bush, they prove just how far out of touch they are with most Americans. Oh sure, DogPatchers below the Mason Dixon line will fall for that phony Bush drawl, the swaggering and the pretend enlightenment of all humanity only Republicans believe they are entitled to own. Comes time to draw the line in the sand for their Great White Hope and it’s right back to square one. If Jeb Bush is what Grover Norquist and Karl Marx Rove are pinning their hopes on for 2016, these two loons live in outer space.

  12. Jerry Brooks November 24, 2012

    He really doesn’t want to go there, with skeleton’s like these in his not so closed closet.

  13. DroitetAvant November 24, 2012

    I guess he will hope to steal the elections, the problem for him is that he don’t govern any state.

  14. howa4x November 24, 2012

    Unless the republican party goes through a reformation, no moderate will stand a chance. The tea party is really digging in at the state level and has the primary machinery locked up. They are demanding a kind of purity on taxes and abortion that will drive moderates away. Jeb would be branded a RINO, and sent packing regardless of his pedigree. He has chastised the party for it’s rightward lurch, so he is no friend of the tealiban. The only chance he has is if he becomes a Zelig like Romney did . That was a character created by Woody Allen that assumes the identy of those he gets close to. But that constant character change that Romney did was part of his undoing since no group trusted him in the end. The other chance, although slim is, if he can rally republican moderates to grow a backbone and stand up to the religious right, Grover Norquist, and the tealiban. Notice I wrote slim. They are in hiding right now cowering as they watch as one moderate after another is defeated. He can’t depend on family help since Mom and Papa are too old now and will be way older by then, and GWB is rat poison. He and Rove dislike each other so no great PAC money either. This will be his test. Are there enough thinking people left in the Republican party to appeal to? If not then it’s over before it begins

    1. Progressive Patriot November 24, 2012

      Appreciate the insight “how…,” Glad that Allan West was defeated though! 🙂

      1. howa4x November 24, 2012

        I hope all the tealiban dissapear from the political landscape

  15. ococoob November 24, 2012

    Oh no! Not another BUSH disaster!

  16. Felix November 24, 2012

    If Jeb run he lose this country is a Democratic society and most Americans or voters are tired of those Bushes. The Republican party is deep in the hole and is looking for the promise land and there is nobody there that can represent the working class the minorities and the less lucky.

    The Republican played the race card and its does not worked, most white voter did not vote and the reason was that they have children and grand children they do not want to live in a country where discrimination is the topic of the day.

    I am happy that Obama was reelected one of the reason was not to watch any more Romney on TV, he did not have anything to show for and he was trying to divide this country in racial line!

    Rubio the Cuban hope will have a lot of problem of how to explain what happen to his family a family that went back to Cuba when Castro took over the country, he went out lying telling the American public his family was political refugee and it is not truth. He will have to explain a lot of things and the reason he is Cuban means that he is Latino. We Cuban call ourselves Cuban and the Cuban Community in Miami cannot elect an American President, Giuliani tried and failed.


  17. mdog218 November 24, 2012

    aside from putting through tax breaks for millionaires and pushing voucher program s
    my favorite Jeb! story is when his youngest son Jebbie was caught having sex in a
    Mall parking lot. Shortly thereafter Gov. Bush asked the legislature for $1,000,000
    for Chasity training in schools. Of course such training is primarily aimed at girls.
    So if girls were more chaste then Jebbie would have remained a virgin, perhaps to this day.

  18. stoptheinsanity November 24, 2012

    How well will Jeb Bush fare with his own constituents? He believes in immigration reform and also raising taxes on the rich. I don’t believe that the Republican base will ever find those things palatable. Democrats have had more than their fill of Bushs. George H. W. Bush was a one-termer rejected by his own party for violating their party’s no tax increase pledge. We know what a disaster George W. Bush was to our country. He fought illegal wars, pillaged our treasury and brought about the worst recession that our country has ever seen with his failed economic and trickle-down policies. We’ve had enough of the Bushs to last us a lifetime.

  19. zeldaq November 24, 2012

    i think it would be great if jeb ran, and won the nomination. it would just about guarantee a democratic victory, no matter who is on the blue ticket. i don’t know if the GOP will be that stupid.
    i hope they never change the way they debate for the nomination. they slice each others throats so bad, that the winner of the nomination rarely, or never recovers from their party members slashing
    gingrich is the party’s razor man. i think it would be hard for even JESUS to survive his deadly
    tongue. the rest of them are very helpful to the dems. as well. let’s hope the greed, anger, and
    stupidity keep driving them.

    1. Marnie Thies November 24, 2012

      Right but old porker Jebby would be frightening to say the least as someone who won the nomination. Just the fact that he would have a chance at the presidency would be really scary.

    2. FredAppell November 24, 2012

      Your comment just reminded me of something I saw a short time ago. I was curious so I went to a political blog called Cowboy Byte and all the conservative loonies commenting on the blog were arguing and turning on each because of the election results. It was one of the funniest things I ever experienced but also quite disturbing as well to hear the things coming out of their mouths. One thing was made abundantly clear to me though, Democrats from one spectrum to the other are a lot more united and organized than the other party.

  20. AMADAL November 24, 2012

    OMG!! Just what this country needs. The more intilligent Bush? It doesn’t take a lot of brains to be considered smarter than a bundle of sticks.

  21. elw November 24, 2012

    Oh No, not another Bush. The GOP would be much better off looking for fresh blood that is not tainted. Sadly for them, they are not smart enough to know that.

    1. july860 November 24, 2012

      Actually, I think that would work in our favor….

      1. elw November 24, 2012

        Oh no doubt about that, that what makes the whole thing so sadly funny. What they do and say helps us more than them. They still see the two Bush Presidencies as winners???? If they stay on the track they are now, 2016 will be the Democrat’s to lose. We would need to pick a very bad candidate and/or have a very poorly implemented campaign to lose. You know we have been guilty of that in the past.

  22. norman November 24, 2012

    Is there any such thing as a “smart” member, of the Bush family?

    Remember that George H.W. scammed his way into the White House, under the lie “Read My Lips…NO new Taxes”.

    Then, in 2000, George W. simply DEMANDED to take the Oath of Office.

    If voters were wise, they will remember what these men did, before they decide if yet another Bush should receive a term in office.

    THINK, VOTERS, T-H-I-N-K!!!!!

    1. Marnie Thies November 24, 2012

      Couldn’t agree more!

  23. Bernabé Rodriguez November 24, 2012

    Two Disasters were bad enuff! What is the GOP trying to do? We need another century to recuperate from the damage done by the last two “Bushes.”

  24. Don Ramsey November 24, 2012

    We ran one off as an incumbent, the next one stole an election and turned into the worst president in U.S. history, and now they want to foist a third one off on us ?! Ain’t happenin’. This talk is all somebody’s fantasyzing.

  25. TZToronto November 24, 2012

    I once heard that a smart trout is smarter than other trout.

  26. wilmergracia November 24, 2012

    Jeb Bush will be able to count with my vote if he decide to run for President.

  27. Eleanor November 24, 2012

    atc33: No we are not a monarchy, but we are definitely headed toward a dictorship country. Don’t know which is worse, an American named Bush or a questionable American acting as POTUS. Either way we are /have been presided over by evil!!!

  28. Eleanor November 24, 2012

    Just another run of the mill biased reporter writing his “views” and the views of the Soros sponsored President we have today. Definitely not by my choice.

  29. sambilano November 24, 2012

    Americans knows better,and the Democrats this days are not the then Democrats.We all knows what he did.

  30. Lewis Thomason November 24, 2012

    He certainly sounds like a candidate that the Republicans could rally behind.

  31. Baron Cormac November 24, 2012

    Yes. He is more intelligent than his brother, but then again so is a kumquat. Yes his wife is from Mexico and he speaks Spanish, probably better than Rubio does. However, the baggage he carries from his term as Governor of Florida, and the legacy of his brother will undo him. Jeb SHOULD have been the Bush that ran in 2000. He wanted to, but then big brother George piped up and Jeb sat back down. After all, it was George’s “turn”. His would be like Bobby Kennedy’s – wait a few years. But no. Dubya screwed things up so badly that given the recalcitrance of the Republicans to do anything except lower taxes and cut Social Security and Medicare, I don’t know how much more repair work President Obama will have left for his successor. If the economy is still messed up, I don’t see Jeb running as Hillary, Joe Biden and anyone else in the Democratic Party will point to Jeb as a continuation of Dubya.

  32. KellyB November 24, 2012

    the last thing this country needs is another Bush. So much corruption, dig just a little and there are all kinds of skeletons in his closet. The Savings and Loan scandal should come up along with money bribes and pay offs, lots more.

  33. dumbperson November 24, 2012

    gosh some must be truly sick !
    to even write that some would suggest another Bush _
    Bush is a crime and excess white collar crime , and we still have not judged many that need to be held accountable for the worse sleaze between 2000 2008 – we need to know why they are close to Uribe and Colombian questionable Right! is this all ahead of Drug decriminalization? so the boys can make more filthy funds from bad behavior

  34. Canistercook November 24, 2012

    Then perhaps we have had enough Kennedy’s and Clinton’s and a few others. Those of us old enough to remember, recall that to get elected and have power one needs to find a scapegoat. Hitler found the Jews and the Bankers many of whom were also Jewish and the Democrats and Obama have found the ‘Rich’ and ‘Wall Street tyco0ns’ . Whether that will bring us posterity and good things is yet to be seen. Guess we will have to wait and see what group can be attacked in order to obtain power in 2016.

  35. Chatina Warner November 24, 2012

    If we need more mess and suffering then, yes, hand over the country to another crooked ass. Is being a crook a measure of intelligence? If I never hear that name again, I’ll stay happy. America has had enough of this family. Its not their’s; they don’t own it.

  36. nagena November 24, 2012

    You skim over Jeb’s brotherly deeds which delivered a shoal of questionable votes to his brother Dubya (which some take to stand for Dubious). If memory serves, it was also quite difficult for some (carefully chosen) folks to register for voting, and various stuff like that. Can one hazard a guess that it wasn’t a coincidence that yet again this time round votes from Florida were laggardly in coming in? Fortunately by then Obama was home and hosed, and any conspiracy became superfluous! Yes indeedy, bring on baby Jeb! nagena

  37. msrita November 24, 2012

    No thank you to the Bush Africa Related family yes the Bush Family is related to OBAMA and it is really true.

  38. Pat Johnson November 24, 2012

    I like Jeb and George Sr. But the damage his half idiot brother / Co-President GW, has left behind, may make it impossible.

  39. Pat Johnson November 24, 2012

    Jeb, what would you tell the crowd about a brother, former brother who was not even invited to the GOP convention in Tampa?

  40. Pat Johnson November 24, 2012

    GW, is known to be notoriously stupid. When “god lovers”, decided to have him run, they went to the Saudi ambassador in Washington to bank roll his campaign.

  41. Robert J Casaletto November 24, 2012

    Each Bush changes the name to the White Out House. I’m tired of Texans. I’m tired of wealthy individuals without any compassion. Don’t forget two of our Democratic candidates were Bush Whacked in Florida under Bush control. They have no shame when it comes to lying, cheating, smearing, and the many more tools of the devil these Neoclowns used on especially Gore and Kerry. They do not play fair. So what can we expect at a later time. Until the Supreme Court is Impeached for their ruling to prostitute the rules in Corporations are people it will continue. That’s why the bad guys have to keep the thoughts of reality off their guys and the stinking thinking on our guys and gals. God Bless The United States of America. May the Republican Party be given all it has worked for….

  42. Dan98275 November 24, 2012

    You know Cheney, Rumsfield, and there puppet….Bush Junior new we were going to be attacked. They allowed it so he could go into Iraqu to avenge the attempted assasination of his daddy. After all we did go into Iraqu first instead of Afganistan where we should have been first. The republicans just wanted to take us to war because they wanted to take are eyes and mind off of what realy was going on. Like the houseing market getting ready to colapse and wall street getting rich from it. All created buy Bush junior and his puppeters.
    Can’t trust another Bush……….. I realy do hope Hillary runs in 2016

  43. Don November 24, 2012

    I’mvoting for Christi for President, not Jeb Bush

  44. Mark Ickowski November 24, 2012

    Oh boy just what this country does nt need another bush chasing the white house and i agree with atc 333 2 bushes was quite enough for more than 100 years.

  45. nobsartist November 24, 2012

    First, Americans were stupid to elect reagun. It only took most 30 years to understand how screwed up our health care system that he created is. Yet they still elected a senile ex actor along with his CIA henchman, the coward bush. Then the chumps elected the ex CIA bush who probably assassinated both kennedy’s and who knows who else as president, and then his AWOL coke head son twice.

    jeb should forget about running because he would be subjected to even more scrutiny than romney and he has more to hide.

    myself, I would like to see someone from the kennedy family run against any bush, anytime.

    Caroline for Prez.

  46. irishtap November 24, 2012

    The family is dirty. I mean evil to the core level of dirty. I’ve done my share of due diligence on this group and it’s my opinion (as well as others at a far higher pay grade than mine) they should be rounded up and tried for domestic terrorism. They are a national cancer, the only hope of a cure is too expose their Godless activities.

  47. jjrjon November 24, 2012

    The George W. Bush legacy is still among us. Like father, like son. Another Bush? No Thank you.

  48. Bill November 24, 2012

    George W. Bush was the most dangerous and disfunctional president since Richard Nixon. Why in all honesty would this country even consider another pup from the Bush dyasty. It will take this great nation generations to recover from the lost wars, thievery of our national banks and bailouts to the rich.

  49. Donnalee November 25, 2012

    We need another Bush in the white house like we need a black plague outbreak. Hey, why not just crown one of the Bushies king and move to the hills. Bush–are you kidding me? Or just brain dead?

  50. Donnalee November 25, 2012

    We don’t need any **&^ royal families! We need Peoples candidates. Anyone hear of Bildinberg? (not sure of spelling). WE rule Not some glitzy elitist family member.

  51. heyuoutthere November 25, 2012

    His dealings in the savings and loan scandal of the 8os is not even mentioned.

  52. James Curci November 25, 2012

    Stay out of the Bush’s, they are very toxic to our democracy.

  53. JulieZ77 November 25, 2012

    I think we’ve all had quite enough of the Bush crime family. Hopefully, we won’t see another Repug in our highest office for decades.

  54. Andrew Kalathas November 25, 2012

    No Bus is any good. They are all stupid. And if we elect Jeb we will deserve what ever we get.

  55. Mildred Ortega Calderon November 25, 2012

    Thank you for cleaning out his closet.

  56. Jim Myers November 25, 2012

    What most people who make posts to this site are forgetting is that there are still a LOT of people who think George the Second was a Godsend.

    Those same people blame President Obama for not producing an utter utopia after George the Second left office.


    Plus, there are a huge number of people with short term memories who tend to forget the disasters that George the Second created worldwide.

    Add to that all the dirty tricks and slimy games that the “Conservative” legislators at the State and National level like to create, and the next election will still be a hard fought battle.


    1. FredAppell November 25, 2012

      You’re absolutely right Jim. They thought that if we continued on with the Bush policies America would finally fulfill Ronald Reagan’s vision. They blame Obama and the progressives for undermining the legacy that was built by W. Bush so now they are going to double down and I predict this will get uglier and more dysfunctional than we have ever witnessed before. Modern conservatives have become so desperate that they are likely to pull some really scary crap.

  57. Johnny Thomas November 25, 2012

    I mostly agree with Fern even though they have the pressure on Hillary and most of it is not true ,people like the gop seem to believe them on their accusations about her .I f we have to fight off another Bush maybe should use their tactics and start telling lie’s now to get ahead .The honest opproche won as we usually do when we use it like on this one but will it work again .And don’t forget Bush quit after he got the one that he was after not the one we were after and deserved the GOP did not even acknowledge it at all .Even though tjey seem to be working some what with us now should they be trusted .

  58. jstsyn November 25, 2012

    I wonder why republicans want to get rid of Medicare when they find it so easy to steal from. Hell they are rewarded with governorship after ripping off Medicare, there is one in Florida right now.

  59. ORAXX November 25, 2012

    If the United States elects another Bush, we will truly deserve anything that happens to us.

  60. orwellsworstnightmare November 25, 2012

    I think Jeb Bush being a signer to the Project for a New American Century’s 2000 manifesto “Rebuilding America’s Defenses”, stealing the 2000 election for W. along with Katherine Harris and others, signing the “Stand your Ground” legislation that led to the justification of Treyvon Martin’s shooting, and his last name being BUSH should be enough. But wait, he speaks Spanish so he can pander to latino voters!!!!! I guess all is forgiven- that and the Bush family appears to be above the law.

  61. Hugh W Buckingham November 25, 2012

    Yes siree:
    Eliminate the Shrub cuts for the 2%. For Christ’s sake, how lopsided is our income/wealth division. The Republican Party is very disingenuous in claiming there is no socio/economic GAP in this country. In fact, they lie.

  62. Don Jones November 25, 2012

    I recently saw Chelsea Clinton moderate a discussion between leaders from around the world on a variety of topics. I was absolutely blown away by her ability to lead a discussion with individuals who were far older than her. Right at that moment the “future President” idea crossed my mind, as well. The majority of American are in favor of gay marriage by a small but ever increasing margin. Americans overwhelmingly support the legalization of marijuana. Americans want border protection, but a fair way for Hispanics, many of them friends, family and co-workers to many of us to become legal. No American I know is pro-abortion, but it is not my decision to make for anyone else, so I’m pro-choice, but still pro-life. Republicans are not reacting the way they need to after this election. If they don’t end their ways of pushing their religious views into their legislation, this will become a one party country. Hopefully the Democrats will still make an attempt to include Republicans and reach across the aisle or they, too, will tarnish their image.

  63. nobsartist November 25, 2012

    Caroline Kennedy 2016

  64. Ken November 25, 2012

    Jeb can’t even fix the deplorable voting system in Florida and you would trust him with the US economy? yeah right!!!

  65. Dave Roberts November 26, 2012

    To me, after the last Bush presidency, “Bush” will always be a four-letter word.

  66. stoptheinsanity November 26, 2012

    Once again, Republicans are getting excited about has-beens in the party for future elections. They just never will get it, will they? It really does not matter that Jeb Bush speaks fluent Spanish and his wife is from Mexico. How dumb do you think Latinos are? Latinos weren’t fooled by Republicans in this election and they won’t be fooled in future elections. What really matters is POLICIES!! A lot of the policies that Jeb Bush enacted while governor of Florida were most of the same extremist policies and ideas that all of the Republican party held. If the Republican party still is controlled by the same extremists, such as the Tea Party in 2016, then there is no way that they are going to allow Jeb Bush to advocate any meaningful immigration legislation that would satisfy the Latino community. Jeb Bush also advocates higher taxes on the rich. That’s going to go over well with his party. NOT!!! Unless Jeb Bush morphs in another Romney and adopts all of the extremsit views of his party, then he will not become his party’s nominee. The Republican party will not allow any independent-thinking candidate to represent their party. I’d like to see the Democrats put a Latino on their 2016 ticket, perhaps in the vice-presidential slot. There are a lot of good and qualified Latino candidates out there. That would neutralize any advantage Republicans think they have with Latino voters.

  67. Sierra111 November 26, 2012

    I believe his wife and one of his children has/had some legal/drug problems – to the best of my recollection. I don’t believe he will run.

  68. FRED November 26, 2012

    No more Bushes in the Whitehouse!!

  69. Nancianne November 27, 2012

    I think Jeb is a decent man and a good politician. I don’t think he will exhibit the war monger policies of George H. If his business dealing are that questionable he will fail. The Republican Party should nominate someone who can win like Chris Christie even with his girth.

  70. joeyess November 27, 2012

    He “is said by friends to be weighing financial and family considerations — between so many years in office and the recession his wealth took a dip, they said, and he has been working hard to restore it…”

    He’s certain that the country is in dire need of his service, but he has to restore his personal wealth before he’ll deign to bestow his talent and wisdom on a nation withering from the dangers foreign and domestic.

    What a fcking patriot, that one.

  71. FredAppell November 27, 2012

    I agree which is one of the reasons I didn’t support her in 2008. My dilemma here is this. Should she win the nomination I am left with 3 options. 1. I could choose to vote for her and compromise my principles. 2. I could vote for the Republican nominee (I am not likely to vote across party lines) and again, compromise my principles. 3. I could vote for the senate and congressional seats and leave the presidential box unchecked . I’m not thrilled about any of the three but I have four years to think about it.

  72. ORAXX November 28, 2012

    If America is foolish enough to elect another Bush, this country will truly deserve what ever happens to us.

  73. Professor Smartass November 28, 2012

    He left out Jeb’s leading role in corporate sponsored education “reform” that many have already figured out is an attempt to redirect tax dollars meant to educate our kids into the pockets of the already wealthy.


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