Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida, and a person many of my Republican friends say they wish had run for President, made some news most revealing last month when he said that Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush wouldn’t fit into today’s “dogmatic” Republican Party. He also said that Mitt Romney ought to change his tune on immigration. But perhaps the most telling revelation was that Gov. Bush said that the GOP soon-to-be nominee – if elected – wouldn’t be able to improve the job market.
Those were some of the candid criticisms levied by the former Florida Governor as he expressed frustration with his own party and its presumptive presidential nominee. Gov. Bush made this most interesting observation:
Ronald Reagan would have – based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, similar to my dad – they would have had a hard time if you define the Republican Party – and I don’t – as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement. Back to my dad’s time or Ronald Reagan’s time, they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan support that right now would be difficult to imagine happening.
It was refreshing to hear Gov. Bush say publicly what lots of Republican leaders are saying privately. But unfortunately, what the well-respected former Governor had to say will be drowned out by all of the Super-Pac spending between now and November.
Source: The Bloomberg View
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