As much as some very vocal people on the right would like, the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee will not be Sarah Palin, nor will it be Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, John Kasich, Jim Demint nor Mitt Romney. The nominee will be the scariest person that the Republicans can find, even scarier than former Vice President Dick Cheney. The nominee will be known for his fiscal and social conservatism as a former governor. His candidacy for the Republican nomination will suck all of the oxygen out of any pretense of a “race” and will dry up the coffers of Palin, Huckabee, Gingrich, et al.
He will be the only one of his siblings not to have failed miserably in business. He will be the only candidate to have a Hispanic spouse. He will have been intimately involved in the Terry Schiavo case. He will be the son of the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He will be John Ellis Bush.
Yes, I am calling Jeb Bush as the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee. Once his name is announced, the other Republican contenders will fold up their tents and rally around their party’s best hope. Jeb can solidify both the microwaved social conservative base now known as the “Tea Party”, the country club Republicans and the Grover Norquist wing of the Republican Party. He will have access to untold amounts of monies to run his campaign and at this point in time, I don’t see a Democratic challenger (not even President Obama) that can beat him.
Let’s face it: Jeb has been groomed to be president for most of his life. Everything in his adult life has led up to the moment he becomes the Republican Presidential nominee and the only person standing in the way is Jeb Bush himself. Sarah is a joke. Mike is nice enough, but I think the moderate Republicans would prefer someone who isn’t a former minister. Newt, well, let’s just say that his past is his worst enemy. Mitt flip flops so much that the party leadership never knows where he stands from moment to moment. John I can see as Jeb’s running mate. And Jim, well, he enjoys being the firebrand in the Senate too much and he would like to Majority Leader at some point.
There are very few things regarding politics that I have been wrong about, but in this, I honestly hope that I am. We cannot afford a continuation of the Bush Family Dynasty. Former President H.W. Bush wasn’t too bad, but former President W. Bush was a walking disaster. If Jeb does run and wins the presidency, theocratic fascism will take a giant leap toward being the legitimate form of American government.