When George W. Bush vacates his spot as White House squatter on Jan. 20 — can’t wait for that blessed day to arrive! — it sadly won’t mean the end of the Bush Family nightmare. Dubya’s younger brother, former Florida governor John Ellis “Jeb” Bush, says he’s thinking about re-entering politics by perhaps running for his home state’s US Senate seat in 2010.
My son’s reaction: Noooooooooo!
His mother’s reaction: It may get worse — what if he’s really thinking about 2012 and the next presidential race?
[GOP Sen. Mel] ]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.”
Get ready, progressive Floridians. Remember, Jebby is the guy behind the ridiculousness and horror that was the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case. If he tries positioning himself as some sort of moderate GOPper or as another supposed uniter-not-divider, don’t buy it. And in future, keep another George Bush in mind. You have been warned.