Yecch, my prophetic soul

Two or three days ago I had this deeply unpleasant thought: to the extent that Republicans are disseminating the grotesque notion, “Do you miss me [George W. Bush] yet?”, that means that they are open to a presidential candidacy by George W.’s younger brother Jeb, notwithstanding the disgust and absurdity of having three presidents from the same family of disastrous losers in 20 years. I thought about how Jeb, who loved being governor of Florida, would also love to be president, and that if there is any openness in the Republican electorate to a third Bush presidency, he will go for it.

Then this evening I went to the Drudge Report, and saw this (no link):

SOURCES: Jeb Bush hits back at the Obama’s criticism of his brother and mulls his own political future … Developing …

Oh, the horror, the horror. James Joyce or his protagonist Stephen Daedalus said that history was a nightmare from which he was trying to awaken. Notwithstanding the miseries of Irish history, Stephen Daedalus didn’t know what a nightmare is. He didn’t have a seemingly endless stream of Bushes lining up to be the leader of his country.

I feel like doing an Alec Baldwin and declaring that if another Bush becomes president, I’m moving to Canada.

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Ben W. writes:

“I feel like doing an Alec Baldwin and declaring that if another Bush becomes president, I’m moving to Canada.”

No. no. no, no, no. Don’t write that. That declaration leaves you wide open for Mangan to suggest an alternate location for you to move to. Don’t give them an opening like that! There’s an art to defensive blogging…

James P. writes:

If Jeb Bush has a brain in his head, he will strive to separate himself from his brother. The Democrats would certainly seek to make an election into a referendum on Dubya Bush. Jeb needs the election to be about him, not about Dubya.

As for the family of disastrous losers, at this distance, I think of Bush Senior as the last chief executive who displayed the basic level of experience, competence, decency, and dignity that I expect of a President. In short, he was the last “Presidential” President! He was no conservative, but I’d take him over any of his successors.

LA replies:

Talk about romanticizing the past. Bush the elder was an empty-suited, arm-waiving lightweight. And he was a liberal. He made the most solemn, unbreakable pledge ever made by a presidential nominee, saying “Read my lips, no new taxes,” and a year and a half after becoming president he gave into to Democratic pressure and raised taxes, and when reporters asked him about it as he was jogging past them he said, “Read my hips,” making a mockery of his solemn pledge. He signed the Americans with Disabilities Act. After firmly declaring for a year that he would never sign a “quota” bill, he turned around and signed the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which brought in new types of employement quotas by making the principle of the overturned decision in Griggs v. Duke Power into a federal statute. He appointed uber liberal David Souter to the Supreme Court. He ran for re-election, even though he had no particular reason or desire to have a second term, having already fulfilled his ambition by being elected once, and thus, running a lackluster, purposeless campaign, handed the country over to Clinton who debauched America.

He did some praiseworthy things. Notably, he appointed Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, and stood by him when the universe came crashing down on him.

June 23

LA writes:

Drudge has now filled in the link for “Jeb Bush … mulls his own political future.” It’s an interview with Jeb in today’s New York Times by Matt Bai. The title of the article is not “Jeb Bush mulls his future,” but “For Jeb Bush, Life Defending the Family Name.” The story does not show Bush himself mulling his future or talking about a possible run for president. Bai writes that “Mr. Bush says he has no interest in running.” Rather, Bai refers to admirers of Bush who seem to be talking up a Bush candidacy. Bai hints that the possibility of a run is in Bush’s mind, but he does not directly quote Bush referring to a possible run. The impression I get is that the article is a piece of artful cooperation between Bush and Bai whereby a Bush run is made to seem a viable possibility without Bush himself actually saying anything about it.

The artfulness is shown, for example, in the fact that Bai does not directly quote Bush saying, “I have no interest in running for president,” but merely says that Bush said that. This saves Bush from committing himself in his own words to not being interested in a run, or, indeed, saying anything at all about the subject, while Bai, not Bush, does the actual work of mulling a Bush run.

The interview, with a big photo of Jeb, is in the top center of today’s NYT . A smaller version of the same photo appears in the article itself, with the caption, “A lot of Republican Party insiders think Jeb Bush could still be a serious presidential contender in 2012”:

A lot of Republican Party insiders think
Jeb Bush could still be a serious
presidential contender in 2012

Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 22, 2010 07:26 PM |

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