Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bush Fighting for Soul of GOP

When Richard Lugar wrote his now-famous concession letter after losing in the GOP Primary to Richard Mourdock, he included language that lamented how far his party had gone off the track.  Since then, other old hat Republicans like Alan Simpson have joined in.  Now, someone who might have a future in the party is giving his two cents worth.
Jeb Bush as Governor of Florida
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has made headlines these last couple of weeks for a couple of statements.  First of all, he pushed back on Grover Nordquist's bizarre control over the party by saying that he never signed Nordquist's pledge despite his record of cutting taxes.  Bush was quoted as saying, "I don't believe you outsource your principles and convictions to people."

After Nordquist pushed back at Bush, he took his attack even further suggesting that his father, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan would not fit in today's Republican Party.  

Of course, Bush saw his father's campaign implode firsthand because of a silly pledge that famously was, "Read my lips! No new taxes."  George H.W. Bush eventually had to raise revenue, and that was one of the complicated reasons he was shown the door in 1992.  

Jeb Bush didn't stop there.  Earlier this week, he pretty much said that it was ok for gay people to raise a family in a committed relationship.  He stopped short of saying he supported same-sex marriage on PBS's Charlie Rose, and he said that traditional marriage, between a man and a woman, should be sanctioned.  

That said, he said that there should be some way to recognize same-sex unions and that, "I don’t think people need to be discriminated against because they don’t share my belief on this, and if people love their children with all their heart and soul and that’s what they do and that’s how they organize their life that should be held up as examples for others to follow because we need it. We desperately need it and that can take all sorts of forms, it doesn’t have to take the one that I think should be sanctioned under the law."

Lots of wiggle room there, but it appears that Jeb wants to take on the cultural conservatives, too.

While many people probably took a vow to never vote for a Bush again after what George W. did to this country, Jeb Bush might someday merit a look.  He's clearly not afraid to take on those controlling the soul of his party and the purse strings of it, too.  Sure, he's not running for anything, and this may be a way of making himself so toxic that Mitt Romney wouldn't dream of picking him as a Vice Presidential candidate, but it is refreshing to hear a different voice from what has become the party of no.  

Jeb Bush deserves a tremendous amount of respect for the positions he's taking and being the adult in the room when it comes to the GOP.

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