Since yesterday’s comments were directed at a possible 2016 candidacy by Democrat Elizabeth Warren, it seems only fair to discuss an announcement today by a GOP candidate – Jeb Bush. Once again Michael Walsh weighs in over at PJMedia; his comment:
Just what America needs: three presidents in one family, and the prospect of another Bush/Clinton election. A total disgrace to the American ideal. Jeb and the rest of the clan should reconsider before he embarrasses himself further.
I will second that and add my own, “Oh, HELL no!” to the chorus.
Yes, it’s a fair comment that, if Jeb Bush runs, his father and brother won’t be on the ballot. Yes, it’s a fair observation to note that the electorate and the media should judge Jeb Bush on his own merits, and not those of his father and brother.
But they won’t.
Just as the tenure of Bill Clinton will be an issue in any possible Hillary Clinton candidacy, so will the Presidencies of the first two Bushes be in issue in any 2016 race involving Jeb Bush. His father is remembered positively for the runaway success of the first Gulf War (seen as a success mostly because of our quick withdrawal with no attempts at nation-building) but was otherwise a tepid President at best. And George W. Bush, fairly or not, will always be remembered as having presided over the economic collapse of 2008.
But the larger principle is this: We are not supposed to be a nation with elite families. Be they Roosevelts, Kennedys, Gores, Bushes or Clintons, the very idea of elite, ruling-class dynasties is something that should make any American shudder in horror.
That is why Jeb Bush should not run for President.