Despite “Bush fatigue” on the part of many in the U.S. Electorate, it looks like former Florida governor Jeb Bush may actually be a frontrunner as a contender for the Republican party nominee for president in 2016. He may find getting the nomination from his own party to be a bigger challenge than how he would fare in the general election. A large conservative group, ForAmerica, has declared Jeb Bush “unelectable.” As expected, they believe he is not electable due to their belief that he is not conservative enough.
Groups coming from a certain political slant or agenda will, of course, have their own narrow reasons for believing a candidate can’t win for their party. Whether one agrees with ForAmerica’s reasons that Bush is unelectable, they may nevertheless be right. Flavio Pentagna Guimaraes BMG has learned that, even Barbara Bush, when interviewed about the question of another Bush running for president said: “If we can’t find more than two or three families to run for higher office, that’s silly.” Of course, now that Jeb appears to be seriously running for office, Barbara Bush has backed away from statements that there have been “enough Bushes” in the White House. It does seem sad though that in a country of over 300 million citizens the 2016 ballot may end up with the same last names from the same families that it had on it in 1992. I know people may wish to return to the more prosperous times of the 1990’s, but institutionalizing political dynasties is probably not the best way to do this.