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Affluent Investor | April 28, 2017

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Barbara Bush to Jeb Bush: “Don’t Run”

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They don’t call her the silver fox for nothing: Barbara Bush has something smart to say to the Wall Street Journal and I hope her family listens.

“His mother, Barbara Bush, told C-Span in January that she hopes her son doesn’t run. “If we can’t find more than two or three families to run for high office, that’s silly,” she said. “I think that the Kennedys, Clintons, Bushes—there are just more families than that.””

Jeb is purportedly going to decide whether to seek the presidency in the 2016 election. He has been a reliable source of anti-Tea Party quotes for the MSM and his latest comments about the race seem to go out of their way to alienate the party base. He’s clearly crafting a GOP establishment public brand. His public comments show he has his father’s penchant to turn to tax hikes as a deficit solution.

But as my friend Neil Cavuto and I discussed recently, surely it’s time to go outside the same old petri dish, the dozen or so well-known names from the same two or three families. There’s been a Bush or a Clinton on the Presidential ticket every four years since 1988 with the single exception 2012 (with Hillary still sort of in the picture even then). But America is not designed for dynasties, which is why we rejected a monarchical model.

Yes, we’ve seen two father and son presidential teams and one grandfather and son team, but none of them were highly successful. John Adams’ son John Quincy managed to triumph over Andrew Jackson only through an insider ‘corrupt bargain’ and then trounced the next time the electorate had its say, with little accomplishment to show for his time in the White House. Benjamin Harrison did little to rebut critics’ quips that ‘his grandfather’s hat doesn’t fit’. And well, then there’s George W. Bush, who did not end well as a president.

A Tea Party-bashing candidacy from the shaky Bush dynasty would be a colossal mistake. It would cause a mass exodus from the GOP, making the melt-down of the Whigs in the 1850s look tame by comparison. Time to get outside of the same old petri dish.

 

Article originally published on Forbes.com.

Jerry Bowyer is a Forbes contributor, contributing editor of AffluentInvestor.com, and Senior Fellow in Business Economics at The Center for Cultural Leadership.

Jerry has compiled an impressive record as a leading thinker in finance and economics. He worked as an auditor and a tax consultant with Arthur Anderson, as Vice President of the Beechwood Company which is the family office associated with Federated Investors, and has consulted in various privatization efforts for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He founded the influential economic think tank, the Allegheny Institute, and has lectured extensively at universities, businesses and civic groups.

Jerry has been a member of three investment committees, among which is Benchmark Financial, Pittsburgh’s largest financial services firm. Jerry had been a regular commentator on Fox Business News and Fox News. He was formerly a CNBC Contributor, has guest-hosted “The Kudlow Report”, and has written for CNBC.com, National Review Online, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as many other publications. He is the author of The Bush Boom and more recently The Free Market Capitalist’s Survival Guide, published by HarperCollins. Jerry is the President of Bowyer Research.

Jerry consulted extensively with the Bush White House on matters pertaining to the recent economic crisis. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, The International Herald Tribune and various local newspapers. He has been a contributing editor of National Review Online, The New York Sun and Townhall Magazine. Jerry has hosted daily radio and TV programs and was one of the founding members of WQED’s On-Q Friday Roundtable. He has guest-hosted the Bill Bennett radio program as well as radio programs in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.

Jerry is the former host of WorldView, a nationally syndicated Sunday-morning political talk show created on the model of Meet The Press. On WorldView, Jerry interviewed distinguished guests including the Vice President, Treasury Secretary, HUD Secretary, former Secretary of Sate Condoleezza Rice, former Presidential Advisor Carl Rove, former Attorney General Edwin Meese and publisher Steve Forbes.

Jerry has taught social ethics at Ottawa Theological Hall, public policy at Saint Vincent’s College, and guest lectured at Carnegie Mellon’s graduate Heinz School of Public Policy. In 1997 Jerry gave the commencement address at his alma mater, Robert Morris University. He was the youngest speaker in the history of the school, and the school received more requests for transcripts of Jerry’s speech than at any other time in its 120-year history.

Jerry lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Susan, and the youngest five of their seven children.

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  • Bob Williams

    I agree! Don’t run, you pantload! Jeb Bush and Jed Clampett – separated at birth, with Jed being the smarter one.

  • Wethepeople Alabama

    The GOP does not need another RINO! We have enough of those already that need to be purged in November and in 2016!

  • Betty Weaver Woods

    I agree…I loved your father & brother! Leave well enough alone, Please!!!

  • Antogeny

    I always liked Barbara Bush – the First Lady. She seemed practical and down-to-earth. And, she’s right – we don’t need another Bush any more than we need another Kennedy or Clinton!

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