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Insider Report: Jeb Bush Brushes Up for 2008?

Sunday, 13 March 2005 12:00 AM

1. Jeb Bush Brushing Up for 2008?

Jeb Bush would be one of the top contenders for the 2008 Republican nomination.

He has instant name recognition; is the popular governor, twice elected, of one of the key swing states Republican must win; and presumably he has the Bush national organization ready to go behind him.

But Jeb says he won't run. And his father said recently Jeb likely will not run in 2008.

One high-level Florida Republican source sees the denials as only temporary and believes Jeb is indeed laying the groundwork for a possible run.

For example, Gov. Bush has gotten national attention for his efforts to save Terri Schiavo. The Schiavo issue is important to many pro-lifers who are motivated Republican primary voters.

Our source also said he was surprised how Gov. Bush has been boning up on trade issues and foreign policy matters -- areas in which he has shown little interest before.



2. Anti-Hillary Coalition of Democrats Grows

NewsMax's Insider Report has already revealed that key Democratic figures have been moving to stop Hillary Clinton's expected 2008 bid.

The latest figure to join the anti-Hillary faction is Sen. Evan Bayh, who sees himself as a Democrat who can win in 2008.

"He's the best alternative to Hillary," a friend of Bayh's was quoted in U.S. News and World Report.

Bayh's backers see the Indiana Democrat as a moderate who could win key Red States that have been voting Republican.

Some Democrats fear that Hillary may be perceived as being in the Dukakis-Kerry mold -- just another Northeastern liberal. This could lead the Democrats to catastrophe in 2008, this group says.

Ironically, other Democrats are angry with Hillary and her husband for moderating the Democratic Party and moving it to the center during their two terms in the White House.

Leading this group are Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, both of whom have put their political machines behind another anti-Hillary person, Howard Dean.

Dean easily won the DNC chairmanship with Kennedy and Kerry's help. Hillary was said to have opposed Dean for the top DNC job.

Kennedy and Kerry are also said to be angry that Hillary has supported President Bush's initiatives in Iraq and the Middle East, including voting for additional authorizations for the Iraq operation.

Dean, too, feels the Clintons are too moderate. He also gripes to friends that the Clintons were behind his loss in the 2004 primaries.

To add to the mix, we hear that Al Gore is telling his friends he won't be running in 2008. Gore also has lined up in the Kerry-Kennedy-Dean faction in opposing Hillary.

How times have changed. Hillary, the self-styled liberal radical of health care reform has become a voice of moderation of the Democratic Party -- and an advocate of hawkish, pro-Bush foreign policy initiatives.



3. Ed Koch Backs John Bolton

One of the nation's most prominent Democrats is backing John Bolton for the U.N. ambassador post.

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch told NewsMax's Christopher Ruddy that he thinks Bolton has done a superb job at the State Department holding rogue nations accountable for their weapons of mass destruction programs and deserves the UN job.

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