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U.S. President George W. Bush (R) and his brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, REUTERS/Jim Young
I don't know who's more excited by the prospect of a presidential campaign by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Democrats who would love to see the Bush name at the top of the GOP ticket, or moronic fat cat Republicans who just a few months ago were trying to convince Mitt Romney to run again. Whatever the case may be, Bush now says he'll decide by the end of 2014 whether he's going to throw his hat into the ring:
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he would decide whether to run for the U.S. presidency in 2016 by the end of this year.
If he does run, he clearly doesn't want anyone to think he was eager to do it, however:
“I go about my business each day trying to avoid having to think about it,” Bush said yesterday at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. “I have a lot of work to do, and I have a fulfilled life.”
Yeah, I'm not buying that for a second. For this former two-term governor AND son AND brother of a president, the question isn't whether he wants to run, it's whether he thinks he can win. The bad news—if, like me, you're rooting for him to run—is that last month The Washington Post conducted a national survey featuring 11 potential GOP nominees and found that Bush would be the worst candidate Republicans could nominate. The good news is that Republicans will probably convince themselves that findings like that are all just a plot by the lame-stream media to keep them from nominating their last, best hope for the White House. Whatever the case, my fingers are crossed.


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