The Jeb Riddle

Jeb Bush is expressing a greater openness to making the presidential race than he has in a long time. Here are two reminders to those who discount Bush’s strength as a candidate.

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Former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush signs copies of his book "Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution" at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California March 8, 2013.

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retiredvet
retiredvet

Quote Peter Beinart:

That’s why Jeb Bush will never seriously challenge for the presidency—because to seriously challenge for the presidency, a Republican will have to pointedly distance himself from Jeb’s older brother. No Republican will enjoy credibility as a deficit hawk unless he or she acknowledges that George W. Bush squandered the budget surplus he inherited. No Republican will be able to promise foreign-policy competence unless he or she acknowledges the Bush administration’s disastrous mismanagement in Afghanistan and Iraq. It won’t be enough for a candidate merely to keep his or her distance from W. John McCain and Mitt Romney tried that, and they failed because the Obama campaign hung Bush around their neck every chance it got. To seriously compete, the next Republican candidate for president will have to preempt that Democratic line of attack by repudiating key aspects of Bush’s legacy. Jeb Bush would find that excruciatingly hard even if he wanted to. And as his interviews Sunday make clear, he doesn’t event want to try.

outsider
outsider

There is no riddle; Jeb will say anything to get elected, and he was pandering. He thought he should say one thing, but the discussion has shifted, so he flipped in order to keep pandering. 


Riddle solved, and Time doesn't even have to pay me. 


What are you doing for Time, Halperin?

mydads1st
mydads1st

Jeb Bush cannot save the Republican party, first because of his name and second because he cannot charm the TEA-type radicals currently running the party. Jeb Bush was for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers before he was against it. Bush sounds just like Romney, Perry and all the other TEA-quest-traitors maneuvering around immigration reform which was caused by previous presidents and Mexico during the "Bracero Program" from 1942 until 1964. Farmers and ranchers called for cheap labor and now many have been here long enough to have grandchildren as basis for allowing them full citizenship. It's the combative and confrontational TEA-types who do not want inclusion or a pathway. Why? Because most would vote Democratic after the recent TEA-Republican primary. Every politician carrying the (R) is suspect in their eyes, even though most have conservative thoughts and views. What surprises me more than anything else, is the apathy of voters of color not going to the polls and voicing their opinion. Do not let apathy run your lives. Get involved, registered and vote!  We well know the truth of the concentration of wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer people and the concentration of power in stricter, less compassionate hands. "Sweep the HOUSE CLEAN....in 2014" People are not stupid. "Sweep your state Capital CLEAN....in 2014" "Sweep the House CLEAN....in 2014" "Sweep the Senate CLEAN....in 2014..2016..2018"

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

If you click the the post on The Page (upper right) you can read it. 

Here are the two compelling reasons--A) Bush can raise money. B) Even though he is flawed so are the rest of the republican candidates.

There I saved you all 2 minutes.

ParthaNeogy
ParthaNeogy

The next presidential elections are still four years away.  And Jeb Bush has just showed his vulnerability by contradicting himself on immigration - his supposed strong suit.  So, the real riddle is:  Why is Mark Halperin so eager to jump in and control damage on Bush's behalf?

roknsteve
roknsteve

Jeb is about as much of a riddle as a stale fortune cookie.

grape_crush
grape_crush

> Here are two reminders to those who discount Bush’s strength as a candidate.

That 1) Jeb! is a blank page waiting for information, and 2) Jeb! is a blank slate waiting for more information?

I'm seconding Tommyudo's second point. Great work, Halperin! Most sense you've made in years.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

He wrote it, flip flopped, defended it and flipped again. Welcome to the GOTP clown car, Jeb.

MrObvious
MrObvious

A headline without anything else.

This ain't a philosophical question.

gysgt213
gysgt213

This site along with Time Mag is begging to be sold.  

BrandonK
BrandonK

Well, since there's no text, I obviously can't read what Mark thinks, but it seems like the biggest drawback to Jeb running is that he's a Bush.  I think Hilary has the same problem, albeit to a lesser extent (since there's been only one Clinton in the White House recently, as opposed to two Bushes).

tommyudo
tommyudo

@MrObvious 


This tells me two things -

1) The Jebster has nothing of any value or relevance to say, and

2) The fact that there is no text makes this the finest column that Halperin has ever mailed in.

gysgt213
gysgt213

@BrandonK From what I understand Jeb has more family issues/problems then having GWB for a brother.   I don't like when family members are gone after but, this is American politics where standards do not exist when it comes to attacking family members.