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With the news being reported yesterday that Mitt Romney is not running in 2016, the GOP establishment remains in search of a candidate for the next presidential election. Many party leaders, who supported Romney in 2016, will be likely to be seeking another candidate for 2016.

Maybe the talk of Joe Scarborough running is really not serious. Since is seems that Chris Christie's hopes, unless he runs as a Democrat, are doomed by the so-called Bridge-gate scandal, the moderate establishment faction of the GOP, the Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) are in search of their candidate for 2016. Now a new name, that isn't really a new name, come to the surface, on that not only will please but the RINOs but the neo-cons also: Jeb Bush.

Writing in the conservative NewsMax.com today, which clearly was chosen to reach conservative activists with the message, Ira Stoll makes the case for former Florida Governor, and brother of George W. Bush, Jeb Bush for president in 2016.

Stoll argues that a Jeb Bush candidacy “has a certain amount of political and policy logic” and lists as the first reason, his home state, writing, “Start with his home state, Florida, where Bush won statewide elections in 1998 and in 2002. The presidential candidate who won Florida has won the general election in 12 of the last 13 presidential elections (the sole exception to this rule over the 48 years from 1964 to 2012 was 1992, when Bill Clinton lost the state but won the presidency).”

After losing the 2012 election, GOP party elites came up with what they think is a recipe of winning in the future, which called for the party to attract more votes from women and Hispanics and other demographic groups by becoming more Democrat Lite.

What better way to follow this plan than to nominate a moderate Republican candidate, who is in favor of amnesty, and has sided with RINOs recently on many issues of the day? And they think this will get Hispanic votes for such a nominee.

“Then consider the demographic appeal. Polls indicated that Bush won majorities of Florida’s Hispanic vote in both of his gubernatorial elections. He’s Catholic, and his wife was born in Mexico,” Stoll writes in his NewsMax article today, “If he picks a Hispanic running mate such as Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada, or Susana Martinez of New Mexico, he has a shot at significantly narrowing the Democratic advantage among Latinos, who are10 percent of the electorate nationwide. That could help put not only Florida but also Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico in the Republican column in 2016.”

After that Stoll mentions the possible drawbacks of a Jeb Bush candidacy, the first being his last name. After all, and especially if the Democrats do nominate Hillary Clinton and the Republicans nominated Jeb Bush, that will mean Barack Obama will have been the only president after Ronald Reagan who was not either a Bush or a Clinton.

Here is where Stoll mentions what is likely the kiss of death, in the GOP primaries, of a Jeb Bush candidacy for president, “Bush also said in 2012 that he would support federal tax increases to reduce the deficit, a comment that earned Bush a deserved rebuke from Republican tax activist Grover Norquist. Jeb Bush has praised the tax increase of his father, George H. W. Bush, a tax increase that is detested to this day by conservatives who believe, with some reason, that it cost Republicans the presidency in 1992.”

Anyone who thinks the George H. W. Bush tax increases of 1992 were either good policy or good politics, or both, has no business being anywhere near a candidacy for president, let alone of the GOP or becoming the nominee. Enough said.

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