National Review editor urges Jeb to run
February 7th, 2011
11:29 AM ET
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National Review editor urges Jeb to run

(CNN) – Fresh off putting Jeb Bush on the cover of his magazine this week, National Review Editor Rich Lowry is now actively urging the younger brother of the former president to seek the White House himself - now.

Writing on the National Review’s website Monday, Lowry says it’s now or never for the popular former Florida governor who has already explicitly ruled at a 2012 bid, saying waiting four years will risk diminishing his legacy while a bumper crop of new Republican leaders emerge.

“Four years after leaving the Florida governor’s mansion, he remains 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. So why isn’t he running for president?” asks Lowry.

Lowry lists eight reasons why Bush must and should run this presidential election cycle, including his belief that 2016 will prove too late for the younger Bush who at that point will have been out of office for 10 years.

“No doubt he will have made many contributions to the cause in the interim, but by then his main credential — his governorship and its accomplishments — will seem like yesterday’s news. Right now he has the feel of an elder statesman of the party while his time in office is still fresh,” writes Lowry.

Other reasons Lowry says Bush should run now: “The Bush rehabilitation has begun,” “He’s not just another Bush,” and “Waiting is almost always a mistake.”


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soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Know the truth

    Why do we want him to run for President? Are we saying that we don't have anyone else in Republican party so begging him to run? We had enough from Bush family, in particular with his brother – who championed with Mr. Chenny – the war and his "can't prove corrupt brain". Stop..bring some better and wiser and independent republican..

    February 7, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. bill486

    FUHGETTABADDIT!

    He will be instantly recognized as EX-PRESIDENT FRANK BURNS' LITTLE BRUDDER!

    February 7, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. VOS

    The wounds of a socialist are even more fresh with Obama in the WH.

    February 7, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Zenichi-Maro

    NO! NO! NO! Two is enough! Unless Jenna wants to run, cuz she's totally hot.

    February 7, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Jay

    People who want another Bush to run must really hate this country. The last one turned a balanced budget into trillions in deficit, got us into two wars, and ended with the financial crisis and massively increasing unemployment. You must really hate this country to want a return to similar policies.

    I guess the National Review will NEVER make a dollar off of me.

    February 7, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Kathy

    Most of my life, there has been a Bush in power at some level....it's beginning to look like a Bush dicatorship.

    February 7, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Why not? Your Father and Brother ran our country into the ground. Maybe you can finish the job!

    February 7, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. TM

    This nation gambled on one son, and LOST. We can NOT take a chance on another one. W was incurious, arrogant, and never learned how to govern. Jeb MAY be better than his brother, but W has poisoned that well for all time.

    February 7, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Dnick47

    Please Lord God and forgive us our sins because the punishment of being led by another Bush would be more then we can bear. Amen.

    February 7, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Margie

    NO NO NO NO NO no no no no have I said it enough times and in enough ways. Of course the republican posters here want him to run, their memory is as defective as any Bush's actions.

    February 7, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Sorry, Jeb, your brother 'W' screwed it up for any future Bushes.

    February 7, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Bush "rehabilitation has just begun and he's not just another Bush", what country is this idiot talking to, it sure ain't Americans and he sure doesn't speak for Americans. Americans can't freely travel abroad because of Bush and another Bush as president would turn the whole World on it's axis. If Jeb is truly a patroit, stay the hell away from the WH, but we wouldn't put him there anyway.

    February 7, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Peter Schatz

    It's not Jebs fault that he's GW's brother and the father was a very accomplished man. Having said that, why on earth would we want to take a chance? What if he's like his brother or that they wouldn't find some job for GW. You know, in diplomacy or something else that requires a brain. Really, surel;y we can find someone else>

    February 7, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. HeyHey

    What, did they find another country swimming in oil that's just itching for 'democracy'?

    February 7, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Anne-Florida

    Jeb was governor of Florida. Remember when the people voted for small class sizes and Jeb said he had a devious plan to disregard the vote. that is what we need, a more devious person in the whitehouse.

    February 7, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Robrob

    I'm really against any form of political "dynasty" – that includes the Kennedys and Clintons as well as the Bushes. Father, son and brother elected to our highest office (a father who ran our spy service)? What are we, a 3rd World banana republic?

    February 7, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. PD.

    You've got to be kidding?.After the disasterous 8 years after George? Foget about it!

    February 7, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Peace

    People, change is coming into America of having a monarch. Since when one family rotates itself of having the power??? When I hear the name "Bush", I count all in one!

    February 7, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. sara

    I think the run for President is getting out of control. The money that is required, anyone can put their hat in the ring. I feel it has become a circus at best and nothing but mud slinging. I don't care to have J Bush in the white house, but that is me.

    February 7, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. George

    We got one war with Bush I. We got two additional wars with Busth II. I don't think we can take three additional wars with a Bush III.

    February 7, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Apparently Jeb is smart enough to know not to run. There are some people who are tired of some Bush being on the ballot. I think that might be some time before anyone is comfortable with that idea. I don't know his record or anything else. I'd need to know that he can actually think rather than his brother.

    February 7, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    It's too bad Ronald Reagan didn't have a son worthy of running for office.

    February 7, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. Dave

    Please, wise up everyone. Just say NO to the Bush/Clinton crime families. They have done enough to this country and continue to live high on the hog for it, profitting from their continued illegal activities that they think most of us don't know about.

    February 7, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. tony

    Absolute corruption always seeks absolute power. That way they don't have to fear the legal system or decent people rising up against them.

    February 7, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. John

    No... we are not a monarchy, 2 was too many of any one family, Bush or Clinton or any other for that matter.

    February 7, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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