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  • Jeb Bush Endorses Not-Rick Santorum for President

    After several months and 34 primary contests, it is starting to seem as though the members of the Republican Party are starting accept that the insufficiently-staunch ideologue is going to be the eventual nominee instead of the disgraced self-obsessed former House speaker, the cranky old libertarian or the terrifyingly sincere religious zealot.

    I don't know if it's this particular endorsement so much as the weight of all the endorsements from all the respected party members, that makes it pretty much a fait accompli (anti-American for "done deal")

    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush endorsed Mitt Romney after Romney's lopsided win in Illinois Tuesday night. The former Florida Governor — a Republican heavyweight — called on members of the party to coalesce behind Romney.

    "Congratulations to Governor Mitt Romney on his win last night and to all the candidates for a hard fought, thoughtful debate and primary season," said Bush in a statement. "Primary elections have been held in thirty-four states, and now is the time for Republicans to unite behind Governor Romney and take our message of fiscal conservatism and job creation to all voters this fall. I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our Party’s nomination."

    Pretty good endorsement to get. I hear this guy has a way of handing elections to people.

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    Tags: Florida, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republicans
  • Stephen Colbert on Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and the Desperate GOP

    When Jeb Bush's name gets bandied about as a last-ditch alternative to Mitt Romney, you've got to wonder, is Mitt Romney actually some sort of vampire?

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    The Colbert Report airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30/10:30c.

    Tags: Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republicans, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Video
  • Will Jeb Become America's Next Top Bush?

    Jeb BushIf you were on the Twitter this weekend you may be forgiven for believing that Jeb Bush is dead and Joe Paterno endorsed Mitt Romney, because hurrah for journalism!

    In fact, Paterno is no longer with us, but like a nasty case of herpes, the Bush family refuses to leave the body politic

    Jeb Bush, the popular former Florida governor, said he will "stay neutral" in the state's Republican presidential primary while warning his party's candidates to leave the "circular firing squad" of their debates behind and start appealing to a broader audience.

    The announcement of Bush's non-endorsement comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering George H.W. Bush's "unofficial" support for Romney and Jeb's membership, alongside Mitt, in the relatively moderate/cravenly opportunistic wing of the Republican Party. The news is especially salient because Florida's winner-take-all primary, which takes place January 31st, has taken on special import for Romney after Republicans, who I'm told are not supposed to support assisted-suicide, handed Newt Gingrich a victory in South Carolina.

    But perhaps the correct lens through which to analyze Bush's neutrality isn't the turbulence of Romney's campaign, or the desire by some Republicans to commit seppuku, but as part of the coming of Jebmentum. Consider…

    * Jeb already has the coveted Laura and George W. Bush endorsement.

    * The former governor's favorability ratings in Florida are over 50%.

    * Most importantly, not since 1984 have Republicans won the White House without a Bush leading the party and as of Election Day 2012 it will have been 40 years since the Republican Party has won a presidential election without a Bush on the ticket as either the presidential or vice-presidential nominee.

    So while you may ask yourself, "if the G.W. Bush years are remembered mainly for dimwitted leadership that brought us war, economic disaster, international ridicule and unfathomable debt, can the Republicans really win with another Bush on the ballot," the better question is, "can they win without one?"

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    Tags: Florida, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republicans
  • Bush Endorses Bush for GOP Nomination

    Ah, the Bush years. A deteriorating economy, two deadly wars, every child left behind, no international credibility, lots of wiretapping, and an unbounded sense that nothing was possible. Wouldn’t it be great to return to that?

    Laura Bush and George W. think so

    Former first lady Laura Bush wishes there were one more candidate in the Republican presidential primary: Jeb Bush.

    Speaking to a sold-out Sarasota audience on Wednesday, Bush said she had hoped that her brother-in-law and former Florida governor would have jumped into the race this year.

    Husband George W. Bush "and I wish he would," Laura Bush said when asked if Jeb Bush will run for president someday. "We wanted him to this time."

    What does one look for in a potential president? Education, leadership experience, vision? Nope. Apparently, the most important credential for a prospective leader of the free world is just a big old Bush at the end of your name.

    Of course George would endorse Jeb. W staked his entire presidency on non-existent weapons of mass destruction, so it only makes sense that he would endorse a non-existent candidate.

    I'm just surprised it's not this guy.

    Tags: Florida, George W. Bush, Jeb Bush, Laura Bush, Primaries, Republicans
  • Stephen Colbert Can't Decide on Who Will Be the Next Republican President

    Mitt Romney seems like an obvious choice behind which Colbert should throw the support of his new PAC, but he's got this one major flaw. He's Mitt Romney…

    Coverage continues with the National Review's Rick Brookhiser after the jump.

    The Colbert Report airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30/10:30c.

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