At NRO, former Congressman Artur Davis (D-Ala.) suggests that Republicans should draft former Governor Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) for president. Excerpt:
The fact is that Jeb Bush bent Florida, a famously interest-group-ridden state, in a rightward direction; that’s an accomplishment Romney can’t begin to claim vis-à-vis Massachusetts. Bush is not just an authentic movement conservative, but a groundbreaker on an array of issues that drive votes, such as accountability for teachers and reining in the costs of private health insurance. While his record has blemishes that Democrats would exploit, from his stint in the Eighties lobbying for southern-Florida business interests to his ill-timed tenure at Lehman Brothers in 2007, this Bush is an adept, articulate campaigner who is unlikely to be tied in knots defending his history. Also, the statute of limitations seems to have expired on the ugliest sentiments around the last Bush presidency.
Emphasis mine. I think the best way to disprove that last statement would be for Republicans to be crazy enough to run a guy with the last name Bush in this election. It was George W. Bush who started us down the road of insane spending. It was George W. Bush who gave us Medicare Part D and the No Child Left Behind Act. It was George W. Bush who brought us the Iraq War and a prolonged stay in Afghanistan. It was George W. Bush who launched the full out assault against our civil liberties in the name of national security that is still underway today. It was George W. Bush who demanded bailouts following the financial meltdown in 2008. Whether explicitly or not, the very reason for the Tea Party’s existence was to repudiate George W. Bush’s legacy of big government conservatism.
I’m not sure that either Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich can beat President Obama in November. But I am sure that Jeb Bush can’t. If Republicans really want to help Obama win in a devastating landslide, all they need to do is hand him a new Bush so that he can run against the old Bush all over again.