Please no! My Cato friend Gene Healy points out the problem with our political royal families in his weekly DC Examiner column:
Draft Bush! That’s the GOP establishment’s bold new scheme for 2016.
And people say they’re out of ideas.
“Many if not most” of 2012 nominee Mitt Romney’s biggest donors are courting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the Washington Post reported Sunday; the “vast majority” would back him in a nomination fight, according to one top fundraiser. Jeb, brother and son to presidents 43 and 41, respectively, hasn’t yet made up his mind: “the decision will be based on ‘Can I do it joyfully?’”
If he can, he’s stranger than he seems, and maybe not the sort of fellow we want to trust with nuclear weapons.
Still, Jeb seemed pretty jubilant last fall, at a Philadelphia event, where he and Hillary Clinton, the odds-on favorite for the Democratic nod in 2016, “basked in a mood of bipartisan bonhomie.” Bush was there to give his potential 2016 rival the National Constitution Center’s “Liberty Medal.” “Hillary and I come from different political parties, and we disagree about a few things,” he joked, “but we do agree on the wisdom of the American people — especially those in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina.”