Oh sure, Jeb Bush has said he wants no part of the presidential election, but he means this election, not all elections. In his many no-way-will-I-be-veep interviews, Bush is setting himself up perfectly to be the savior of the Republican Party in 2016, New York's Jonathan Chait writes, the latest example being an interview with reporters hosted by Bloomberg View Monday. But Bush has to rehabilitate the Bush brand first, and what's fascinating is that he's doing it by stealing from the playbook of John McCain, his brother's former nemesis.
The straight talk. McCain rode around in the StraightTalk Express when he ran for president in 2000. He famously called some evangelical leaders "agents of intolerance." And here's Jeb Bush Monday, talking about the need for a change in tone among conservatives: "Don’t just talk about Hispanics and say immediately we must have controlled borders... It’s kind of insulting when you think about it. Change the tone would be the first thing. Second, on immigration, I think we need to have a broader approach."
The effing word Maverick! Maverick is McCain's word! Jeb Bush's son, George P. Bush, has started a new outside spending group, The Wall Street Journal's Patrick O'Connor reports. It is called Maverick PAC. "That’s really the purpose of the organization, to bring in new blood,” the younger Bush told the Journal. In the 2008 vice-presidential debate, Sarah Palin used the term 15 times. "I do feel a little out of step with my party on" immigration, Bush said Monday. "I hope we don’t all have this march… if someone is a conservative or a liberal, we’re sent this little book that says, 'you must not veer.'"