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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Jeb Bush for Senate in 2010?

He's mulling it over, on the heels of Mel Martinez announcing his retirement in 2010 and The Politico conducted an interview with him after the election back on 4 November:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — the younger brother of the president — is weighing a run for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Mel Martinez.

Martinez announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection in 2010. Asked whether he was interested in running for the seat then, Bush told Politico by e-mail Tuesday night: “I am considering it.”

A source close to Bush said he'll be thoughtful and methodical about the decision-making process. He will consider the impact a race would have on his family and his business and whether or not the U.S. Senate is the best forum from which to continue his advocacy for issues such as education, immigration and GOP solutions to health care reform.

In an interview with Politico immediately after November’s election, the former governor said the Republican Party should take four primary steps to regain favor with voters: Show no tolerance for corruption, practice what it preaches about limiting the scope of government (“There should not be such a thing as a Big Government Republican”), stand for working families and small business, and embrace reform.

Bush said conservatives should “do the math of the new demographics of the United States,” explaining that the Republican Party “can’t be anti-Hispanic, anti-young person — anti many things — and be surprised when we don’t win elections.”

I don't know about the "anti" this, or "anti" that because we really weren't. We reached out to both the youth and the Hispanics. But they embraced a snake oil salesman that appealed to them more than John McCain did. Besides, it wasn't that which killed McCain's chances. the economic fallout came at just the right time because, for some odd reason, people think that Democrats are good at economic issues.

Given their tax-and-spend ways, given their incessant need to spend the people's money on bloated pork projects, Lord knows where they get the idea that Democrats could be better on the economy than Republicans. But, of course, there is the problem with Republicans acting like little Democrats when they were in power.

But he does have the right idea. He knows where we're lacking when it comes to campaigns. I'd also add there's a need for us to reform how we conduct our Internet activities including fund-raising and grass-roots efforts. Reform is definitely needed, especially within the RNC and with the primary process. Whoever becomes the next RNC chair will have their work cut out for them in that respect.

Would we back Jeb Bush for Martinez's seat? Absolutely. Martinez has been a disappointment, especially with regard to the immigration debacle back in 2007. Martinez lashed out at the base sounding off on that bad piece of legislation the same way John McCain did, and the same way that Lindsey Graham did. So we've had a problem with him since then, and our ire was justified.

We're not racist or nativist, Senator Martinez. We're all for immigration provided it's legal and sensible. But that legislation wasn't the answer to our immigration woes. It would have added more to it. And yes, we've had our gripes with the current president. No one will agree with everything that President Bush did, and while he was a good president -- the right man in the right place at the right time -- he wasn't the conservative that the base had hoped he would be. His brother is a tad better. He is monumentally better than Martinez.

Why Bush? Because our bench isn't exactly stacked in Florida. He's popular in Florida, and could easily beat down any Democrat making a play for that seat.

Publius II


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