How 2016 Could Be Clinton vs. Bush
Frank Bruni: Jeb Bush could be the GOP's dark horse in 2016
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2013 5:44 PM CDT
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the American Legislative Exchange Council's 40th annual meeting.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

(Newser) – Forget your Rand Pauls, your Ted Cruzes, and your Chris Christies—the Republican party's best hope in 2016 could very well be Jeb Bush, argues Frank Bruni in the New York Times. "Lying low in the subtropics of Florida, [Bush] has something they don’t," writes Bruni: "the unalloyed affection of many of the Republican party’s most influential moneymen, who are waiting for word on what he’ll do, hoping that he’ll seek the 2016 presidential nomination." With the exception of that whole "immigrants are more fertile" gaffe, "in a pack not exactly brimming with moderate, sensitive voices, Bush’s stands out as less strident, more reasonable, and more forward-looking than his potential rivals."

Bush is older, calmer, and more willing to compromise on fiscal matters than the rest of the field, writes Bruni. And it probably doesn't hurt that he speaks Spanish and has a Mexican-born wife. Bruni says the inside word is that there's only a 20% to 30% chance Bush will run. But though his family name is a possible liability, "if Hillary Clinton indeed rolls to the Democratic nomination, Republicans needn’t be so concerned about a nominee of their own with a dynastic aura. Clinton versus Bush would be political royalty versus political royalty." Click to read Bruni's full column.

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Aug 27, 2013 9:31 AM CDT
No more Bushes, no more Clintons, and for gawd's sake no more Obama's. We fought a revolution to rid ourselves of a privileged aristocracy and now lemmings of every stripe seem to be hellbent on creating a new one.
Aug 19, 2013 7:33 PM CDT
Our political system sucks.
Aug 19, 2013 2:56 PM CDT
Well, if Jeb can somehow tiptoe through the minefields that are the Republican primaries without having to say something crazy as shit to stay afloat, he could end up running against Hillary. You all saw the quality of the candidate the last Republican presidential cycle produced.