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Jeb Bush as yesterday's GOP?



bushes.jpgByron York at the Washington Examiner looks at the prospects of a Jeb Bush presidential campaign and raises the valid question of whether another Bush nominee would be seen as a creature of the GOP past, rather than it's future:

...The bottom line is that a Jeb Bush candidacy could turn the Republican presidential race into a forward vs. backward contest, not because Bush's policies would be backward (they might be just the opposite) but because his family tree, both personal and political, reaches far into the GOP past and will force Republicans to decide whether it's time to move on or whether it's possible to go to the well one more time.

"It's too far removed," said state Sen. John Courson, who recalls the Reagan years as the most exciting of his political life. "It was eons ago. [Jeb's] father was Reagan's vice president, his brother was president, but that is starting to wane, too. ... In my personal opinion, with all due respect to Gov. Bush, I would like to look forward to a Rubio or an Ayotte, or someone of that nature."

[Last modified: Friday, November 30, 2012 9:31am]


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