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

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. cecilia

    Lord help us – the answer is NO – not – never again. His brother did him in

    February 7, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. MG

    Yeah like I really want him telling my family whether or not they can resuscitate or not. No Thank You!!! Republicans=Government can't tell me what to do unless I want it done that way than they can!!!

    February 7, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Brian, NJ

    Jeb is getting slammed by a lot of the posts here for no reason other than his brother George. He is not his brother. Just like Ted Kennedy was not RFK or JFK.

    February 7, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Dave

    I believe the definition of Stupidity is repeating the same thing all over again and expecting a different outcome.....

    February 7, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Thatguy371

    Who is this Lowery clown? "The Bush rehabilitation has begun" What does that even mean? Geez, why not bring back Quayle while we're at it. Or Christina Aguilera.

    February 7, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Joe

    Oh, Puhleeese, hasn't this cynical opportunistic hypocritical incompetent overly-ambitious family done enough damage to this county?

    February 7, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    Better to wait until 2016, maybe by then the grown ups will again reign in the GOP.

    February 7, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Please no more Bushes.

    February 7, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Liars

    His influence in Florida in the aftermath of the 2000 'election' and Katherine Harris pretty much put his brother in power illegitimately. Let's not forget that. Through his dynastic meddling he's just as responsible for our current poverty as W himself. Get this ugly bum off my Internet.

    February 7, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Mike Dallas

    "Right now he has the feel of an elder statesman of the party while his time in office is still fresh,” writes Lowry"

    So, to conclude, Jeb Bush acts like a high school graduate instead of the average 7th grader?

    Not exactiy a stirring recommendation!

    February 7, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Linda Wolff

    This country has already been brought to its knees by two Bush dynasties. What the heck would another Bush do? Dear God, please don't allow this to happen.

    February 7, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. streetsmart

    Yes now that the World Trade Center has been erected again we need another Bush to ignore terrorist experts warnings of yet another impending attack on NYC and destroy that tower. Now that Obama has given stability to our economy with bailouts for the once Dubya deregulated banking industry we need another Bush to deregulate the banking industry to ruin our economy once again. As they say in the landscape profession there is always some kind of dirt around a Bush. Bush Sr fooled the voters once, his fault, Dubya fooled the voters twice their fault, Jeb fooling the voters for a third time? Never happen

    February 7, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. TomG

    Why not? We have just over 300,000,000 population and do you know how difficult it would be to find anyone else "qualified"...... and yes, my tongue is firmly implanted in my cheek. If he should win the nomination, his slogan could be "Third Time's the Charm......C'mon you fell for us twice before."

    February 7, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Steve (the real one) in Arizona

    Do we need Jeb to finish the total destruction of our country, way of life and our standing in the world that was started by his chimp-like, moron brother?

    What's scary is that there are people out there who would vote for him.

    February 7, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I want to hear the Republicans bash this idea as Dynastic, just like they bashed the idea of Bobby and Ted Kennedy running for the Presidency, and as they have bashed the next generations of the Kennedys for the same. By the way, how many generations of Tafts have been in public offices in Ohio? Oh, wait, they are Republicans so it is OK. And what about Mittens? Did the Republicans forget his father's political career in Michigan (where Mittens was born) and his own Presidential ambitions?

    February 7, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Deuce

    Isn't the deficit already high enough? Isn't goodwill towards the U.S. low enough?

    What a horrible idea. This family had their chance for 3 terms and screwed up every one. Enough is enough...

    February 7, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Cracker

    Richest 2% will never pay taxes, more economic mismanagement and war. vote for Jeb Bush, it's written all over his face. A man for the wealthiest oil man and war profiteers...... but the people? they are the ones I am paid to control! Heil Bush ! Heil Bush! Heil bush! War is life, oil is God, Haliburton and Xe are the face of the military industrial complex whose wheels you and your children will be ground under. Heil Bush!

    February 7, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. FM

    Is this not to be in the state of desperation to urge Jeb Bush to run???? So what name comes next!! "Joe the Plumber!!!"

    February 7, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Jilli

    HECK NO!!! No more bush's – I don't care if he is supposed to be the "smarter" brother – which isn't saying a whole heck of a lot. No, the bushs have done enough damage to this country to last a lifetime.

    February 7, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. On the outside looking in

    This is just a vote of no confidence in the current crop of republican 'candidates' for the job.

    February 7, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. carrotroot

    Let me be clear I will NEVER vote for another Bush or their descendants until the day I die. Twice now the Bush family ruined this country. NEVER AGAIN!

    February 7, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Peter

    No more Bush's...no more Clinton's....

    February 7, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Jay

    The Egyptians are rejecting the idea of a presidential dynasty, an Rich Lowry is proposing one for the United States. What's wrong with this picture?

    February 7, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. JPX

    We've already seen what 12 years of a Bush in the White House would look like. Disaster. Also, Jeb is a hillbilly name.

    February 7, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Marcus

    LIP – After seeing 'Monster' I decided to check a little more about Aileen, the serial killer depicted in the film. She was a mentally ill person that should have been kept under treatment for ever, but Jeb Bush (the Governor of Florida at the time of the execution) staged a parody of a mental evaluation in order to have her declared 'sane' (and thus fit to be executed) in spite of the obvious insanity of Aileen.
    But you think that denounce anyone whom makes a mockery of the US judicial system is 'liberal slander'? Wake up.

    February 7, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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