Jeb Bush has gone beyond the subtle hints that he is running for president. In a Facebook post, he admits he is actively “exploring the possibility” of a 2016 candidacy.
As the Republican faithful look over a field that includes Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Chris Christie, they may conclude that Jeb is the most qualified choice, by virtue of his experience, background and temperament. But Jeb Bush’s main problem is – well, he’s a Bush.
Jeb’s last name, at least in part, got him to where he is today. He never would have been elected governor of Florida and would not now be mentioned as a candidate for the highest office in the land if not for the fact that dear old dad, George H.W. Bush, was the 41st president.
“Old Man” Bush is now a revered figure, and that does Jeb no harm. Unfortunately, between Bush 41’s presidency and the present, Jeb’s older brother, George W. Bush, also served as president. When people remember Bush 43, they think of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the fumbling response after Katrina. History may be kinder to George W. than his contemporaries, but, for now, the Bush brand has been tarnished just a bit.
It’s no knock on Jeb personally, but Keith Mann and others have taken to Twitter saying that there may be some sort of “Bush fatigue” going around. Three Bushes may be one Bush (or even two Bushes) too many.