Monday, May 29, 2006

Four More Years of a Bush White House? Gingrich Plants Seeds

I’m a man’s man, but I nearly broke into tears when I heard last week that Jeb Bush was being asked to take over as Commissioner of the NFL.  I was relieved to see he turned down the job.  But relief has turned to shock and, yes, horror as it becomes apparent that he turned down the job because he has a better job in mind: President of the United States!

Newt Gingrich’s comments yesterday represents the typical test balloon politicians float to determine if their candidacy is even a mere possibility. "I just think his natural, personal ability is so great that people are going to realize he is not his father and he's not his brother. He's a very unique, charismatic leader with extraordinary capabilities. ... Jeb Bush may well be the most innovative (governor) in the entire country."

Gingrich stated that he thinks Jeb will run in 2012 or 2016, yet he already compares Bush to Hillary Clinton, and weighs the possibility of wining such an election. This more than anything shows that Gingrich sees Jeb as a candidate now, and not 6 or 10 years from now. And in portraying Bush as so different from his brother and father, he hopes to avoid the biggest fear of Jeb in the White House: 4 more years of the same!

But wouldn’t that be exactly what we’re talking about?  4 more years of the interests of big oil over the interests of drivers and small business owners, 4 more years of big business over small business, and 4 more years of ignoring the rights of anyone without the last name of Bush or Cheney. To me, there are few bigger nightmares than Jeb Bush becoming the next president of the United States.

Some readers may think that this was just a minor segment of a television interview, and that it has no significance, but this is how candidacies begin. A person with political muscle but little to lose, such as ex-House Speaker Gingrich, says a speech in a swing state, like Florida, and reaction is gauged.  Believe me, someone had a poll in the field getting ready for Newt’s comments. Now they go back and analyze the results.

If opinion polls show even the slightest willingness to consider Jeb Bush as a candidate for president in 2008, start looking for other political figures, these people with allegiance or favors owed to the Bush family, to start making similar remarks.  And don’t be shocked when, in 7 months, Jeb Bush announces his candidacy for president.  Get ready, folks, we may be looking at 4 more years of a Bush White House!

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