Jeb Bush in 2012?
As attention is drawn to the Florida Senate race, there is a simmering story behind the scenes of Florida politics that may extrapolate into national political importance.
It’s been three years since he left the Florida governorship, his father is about to enjoy his 86th birthday, and his brother continues to disdain the spotlight in favor of a self-imposed political exile.
Jeb Bush, according to POLITICO, is one of a handful of national Republicans who are frequently called on for political and policy advice.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor calls on Bush on a regular basis. Cantor says that the opportunities for the former governor are unlimited.
“He is a policy wonk but also a real leader for us,” Cantor said in an interview. “He has a real grasp on the challenges we face.”
Cantor sums up the sentiment often expressed by many. “It really comes down to the individual, and you can’t get any better than Jeb Bush,” he said.
Some are excited about the prospects of Jeb Bush as a player in 2012.
Alex Castellanos, a longtime GOP consultant stated that: “You search around the country for a Republican that everybody loves and everybody thinks could run for president, and it’s Jeb Bush.”
Bush does not encourage any notion of his running for any political office. As stated by POLITICO, even if he doesn’t run, Bush will continue to play an outsize role in the party and in policymaking — serving as somebody whose endorsement will be coveted by every candidate.
“That he’s not ambitious makes people listen to him more,” said GOP strategist Mary Matalin, a longtime Bush aide and family friend, who added: “We’re now living in an era where not being in office doesn’t preclude having an impact.”