Jeb Bush is apparently running for president. In a nation of roughly 300 million people, he thinks that what America needs to right itself is … another Bush. If you peruse the internet for a bit, then you shouldn’t have too hard of a time finding partisan hacks who cheer on Mr. Bush while simultaneously skewering the rationale for Hillary Clinton’s upcoming presidential campaign.
Mr. Bush wrote on Facebook Dec. 16:
Columba and I are so proud of the wonderful adults our children have become, and we loved spending time with our three precious grandchildren.
We shared good food and watched a whole lot of football.
We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.
In January, I also plan to establish a Leadership PAC that will help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation. The PAC’s purpose will be to support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.
I’m sure Mr. Bush is a nice man. My guess is that he’s a good husband and a strong father. However, if he were to win the Republican nomination, then I would have no choice but to stay home on Election Day. The pseudo-desire for a hereditary monarchy by Bush and Clinton supporters is bizarre and, quite frankly, culturally unctuous. Mr. Bush has every right to run for president, but should he? Could there be any clearer message to the world that America is out of ideas than running Hillary Clinton against Jeb Bush in 2016? It’s depressing, and I can not support it.
To make matters worse, it seems as though Mr. Bush wants to find a way to win that doesn’t involve exciting principled conservatives. Like John McCain, he seems to hold his nose at the thought of having to talk with the conservatives he needs to carry him over the finish line. When asked to vote for a Democrat or the guy who is a like the diet, sugar-free version of a Democrat, Independent voters are almost always going to break towards the real deal.
If Americans want to send a message to the world that our best days are still ahead us, then they can do so by telling Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush to go home.