Former president George W. Bush indicated that his little brother Jeb may have an interest in the presidency in 2016. He made the comments today on Fox & Friends, though he did add that he wasn’t sure if Jeb had made up his mind about running yet.
“I think he wants to be president,” the former commander-in-chief said. “I think he’d be a great president.
That’s right, we could see a Clinton vs. Bush run for the White House in two years if Hillary remains the democratic frontrunner. If the thought of four out of five presidents coming from the only two families doesn’t send a chill up your spine then you don’t understand the problem.
The United States was built on the notion that anybody could become president, or senator, or whatever elected office they wanted to run for. The point was to have a government run by the average person. Unfortunately, that has morphed into a two party hegemonic system where only the very wealthy and well-connected have a real shot at the top job.
The fact that a Bush vs. Clinton showdown would all but guarantee at least 24 out of 32 years of only two families occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a bit troubling for any who oppose the increasingly out of touch and borderline oligarchical system that has infiltrated our nation over the last century or so.
Jeb Bush is most well-known for not only being the brother of a past president and the son of another, but also as the former governor of Florida, where his brother won a narrow victory thanks to some voting irregularities in the 2000 election against another former Clintonista, former Vice President Al Gore.
Jeb Bush has long been a favorite of the GOP old guard, which should be your first clue as to why he’d be a poor president. Still, the Democratic Party overthrew their establishment’s favored candidate Hillary Clinton in favor of Barack Obama in 2008. Maybe the Republican Party will do the same and go with a more modern minded Rand Paul. Either that, or they will continue to cling to issues that are increasingly less popular with the younger generation, such as opposition to equal rights for the LGBTQ community, opposition to women’s rights, and keeping the drug war alive. They can only run against Obamacare so much before it gets played out. At least both parties agree that perpetual war is awesome, so that’s not an issue either one has an advantage in.
“He understands what it’s like to be president, for not only the person running or serving, plus family,” said George of Jeb. “He’s seen his dad. He’s seen his brother.”
That’s exactly what we’re afraid of, Dubya.