It looks like the Bush dynasty ends at 9:00am, Pacific Standard Time, on January 20 as younger brother and former Florida governor Jeb Bush is ruling out a run for the senate in 2010.
Now, some people are upset that he will not run for the seat of incumbent senator Mel Martinez. Some of the same people believe that he is the only Republican that can keep that seat in 2010.
First, I think that it is a good thing that Jeb Bush is sitting this election out. I do not think that Bush Derangement Syndrome will have subsided enough to allow Jeb a fair run at the senate seat. Sure, BDS is against his big brother, George W, but it could be a bad thing for Jeb to run soon after George W leaves Washington with 25% approval ratings.
Secondly, it is not a good sign that many a pundit believes that once again, Republicans need to go to the Bush well for anything.
One of the appealing aspects of President-elect Obama. He is not a Clinton or a Bush. Sure, he put Hillary in the cage known as the State Department, but she will not last there too long.
Or to put it another way.
This is the first time since 1980 that there will not be someone with the last name Clinton or Bush in the executive branch.
Now, that is hope and change!
But, say this about Jeb.
He is a smart politician. He knows that it probably did not help when his old man, George H. W. , said on Fox News Sunday that he would make a great president someday. And, while a lot can and will change in two years, one thing is certain. The American public will still have a negative attitude about politicians with the last name of Bush. That is too bad because without a doubt, Jeb Bush is the most consistent conservative in the family. And, his record as governor of Florida bears that out.
But this is a transition period for the Republican party.
It is time for the Grand Old Party to look to the future, not the past.
And, the Bush name is the past. At least for a couple of election cycles.
The up and coming leaders are also governors.
Their names are Hoeven, Jindal, Palin, Sanford.
They are the future of the Republican party.
And now is their time to shine. And not in the shadow of the past and the Bush family name.
I hope that Jeb Bush does stay in the arena. He has been a solid champion of conservatism and has had a bad case of timing for he would make a great senator.