Barbara Bush to Jeb Bush: “Don’t Run”
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.