Jeb Bush needs to either get in the presidential race or explain why he is depriving Republicans of their best presidential candidate.
That’s the theme of an opinion piece I wrote that was published today in POLITICO. I hope you’ll take a look. Here are a couple of excerpts to give you the idea.
Bush might not be just the best hope for Republicans. He may be the only hope. He has repeatedly said that he’s not running for president. He needs to explain why.
His credentials are so good and his political abilities so acute compared to the [other Republicans] that his decision may well result in four more years of President Obama. This is a catastrophe for Republicans, who view Obama as driving the country emphatically in the wrong direction on virtually every issue . . .
The potential of a Bush campaign is bracing. It far outweighs any chance that he will be damaged by association with his unpopular brother.
A Jeb Bush presidential campaign is a GOP operative’s dream come true.
He is popular among conservatives, but doesn’t scare moderates. He is a Southerner, but without the good ol’ boy persona that can turn off Northerners. And he is a Catholic who used to be a Protestant – so he has a base in two of the three most important religious voting blocs.