Jeb Bush Must Run Now, NR’s Lowry Says

Monday, 07 Feb 2011 09:31 AM

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How many reasons are there that Jeb Bush should run for president? Let National Review editor Rich Lowry count the ways: eight. And when should the Republican former governor of Florida run? NOW, Lowry insists in a column at National Review Online. Lowry piggybacks his run-now theory on the Review’s cover story heralding Jeb Bush achievements that separate him from the shadows of Presidents 41 and 43 with the same surname.

bush, run, nowJohn J. Miller’s portrait of Jeb lauds him, four years after departing the governor’s mansion in the Sunshine State, as “one of the most impressive Republican politicians in the country, a formidable policy mind with the political chops to drive conservative reforms even out of office.”

Although Bush repeated his mantra to Miller that he won’t run for president next year but he might consider 2016, Lowry begs to differ, declaring: “This is a mistake. Bush should run now for at least eight reasons.”

Lowry then chronicles the octo-list, including the fact that the quest for the GOP nomination in 2012 is a wide-open field now; 2016 will be too late (he lists that twice, with different arguments); the Bush name is recovering from the Bush-bashing that George W.’s presidency left; and other counsel, including perhaps the most significant one: “Jeb can unite the party.”

In case Jeb’s final answer remains no, here’s Lowry’s final contention: “Waiting is almost always a mistake. It’s an axiom of presidential politics that you have to run when you have the opening, even if it seems ‘too soon.’ This is why Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were elected president and Mario Cuomo never was. Jeb’s opening is now — ‘too soon’ after his brother’s presidency, ‘too soon’ into his life as an ex-governor — and it will probably never quite be there again.”

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