19 Feb 2015

Jeb Bush sets sail for 2016 presidential campaign

In the great pre-Presidential-campaign of 2015, when everyone and no-one is running to become the next US President, Jeb Bush is a Republican front-runner.

Although no-one can accurately predict whether he can translate his pre-campaign success into actual front-runner status, he’s raising the money and delivering the messages necessary to ensure he’s in the right place when the herds of pollsters and opinion surveyors read the entrails and decide to press go.

Jeb Bush

In Chicago, he gave a speech on foreign policy. An America out of love with the campaigns his brother began in Afghanistan and Iraq needed to hear what he might do differently. But there’s a Scylla and Charibdes (cf. Sting 1983) for Bush the younger to navigate.

An America disillusioned by the disengagement of the Obama presidency also needed to hear what Jeb might do differently.

Here’s the route he took, in three quotes:

1) The great irony of the Obama presidency is this: Someone who came to office promising greater engagement with the world has left America less influential in the world.

Then, Jeb jibbed left.

2) I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make. But I am my own man – and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences.

And hoisted the mainsail.

3) Because I believe fundamentally that weakness invites war.. and strength encourages peace.

It was a bold excursion, over which there will no doubt be fathoms of column inches dedicated in the next days. But Team Bush will have to wait more than 18 months to know whether it chose the right course.

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6 reader comments

  1. Craig Strickland says:

    Barbara Bush, Jeb’s mother, at the beginning of last year publicly discouraged her son from running. She said that yet another Bush running for the White House would not be welcomed.

  2. H Statton says:

    Just when you thought America has never had dynastic rule. George Bush Sr., George ‘Dubya’ Bush, and now Jeb may be taking a shot at the Whitehouse…

  3. Philip Edwards says:


    I doubt if anyone knows more about electoral fraud “hanging chads” than dear old Jeb, his sibling, and Poppy his Dad.

    Question: Why does Texas and Dixie house the worst neocon vipers nests in the USA?

    1. Andrew Dundas says:

      Because Dixie used to vote Democrat – and against the party of Abraham Lincoln.
      Then along came the Kennedy Bros (Mass.) and LBJ (a Texan). They introduced measures to help black people to vote and to enjoy better rights. [JFK was on a ‘goodwill’ visit to Dallas when he met his end … which tragedy enabled LBJ to push through the ‘great society’].
      That gave tricky Dickie Nixon the opportunity to turn the South towards the Republicans.
      Which brings us forward to Barack Obama. He’s famous with a minority of southerners for being black, smart and therefore ‘stupid’. Meat and drink to the noisy neocon vipers you don’t like.

      Fortunately, the South is also Latino who’re also yearning to breathe free. And the very many white liberals who’ve migrated to the land of sun and the air conditioner, and the home-grown variety too. They don’t like the neocons any more than you do.
      Who’ll prevail in 2016?

  4. H Statton says:

    As an adjunct and allowing for certain states abolishing, reinstating etc…

    “George W. and Jeb Bush have presided over the executions of the mentally ill, juvenile offenders, foreign nationals and women. They have proceeded with executions in the face of protests from international human rights organizations, foreign governments and the Pope.

    George W. Bush, the man who would be president, has authorized 152 such executions in his five years as Texas governor, and has signed the death warrants of many more. Executions of death row inmates in the state have become such a regular occurrence that the time of death has been moved up to 6 p.m, to make it “easier” on prison staff.

    Is it not fitting that the Bush brothers—currently conspiring in the attempt to hijack the presidency—should be the champions in this barbaric and inhumane practice?”


    “I am a war president”.

    “I am driven with a mission from God.”

    Do you reckon Dubya knows what the words ‘hyperbole’ and ‘delusional’ mean?

  5. Morgan Ravenscroft says:

    Here is a statement from the one presidential candidate who actively supports the legalization of medical marijuana nationwide! “We’ve shown that the marijuana gateway effect is not the best explanation for the link between marijuana use and the use of harder drugs. An alternative, simpler and more compelling explanation accounts for the pattern of drug use you see in this country, without resort to any gateway effects. The people who are predisposed to use drugs and have the opportunity to use drugs are more likely than others to use both marijuana and harder drugs. Marijuana typically comes first because it is more available.” You can read more and support her campaign on her site http://denisebedio.com/marijuana. Join us and together, we can create a true land of the free.

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