Is This Jeb Bush’s Moment?
I have long held that Jeb Bush would be the Republican presidential nominee. Over the past several weeks I also admit that I have felt my views were on very shaky ground–especially after the last debate.
But I also wrote about three weeks ago that something unforeseen was likely to happen that could very well shape the race and define the need as to why a resume matters. Why past governmental service is essential when running for the White House. Now with the terrorism in Paris front and center for everyone to think about comes the chance–once again–for Bush to prove that he can be the nominee.
There is no doubt that given what we all have witnessed this summer and into the fall that the Republicans need a grown-up to come center stage and lead the party into the fall of 2016. And Bush is vying to be in the right place at the right time.
There was the two part track that Bush took about future ideas to combat Daesh that places him in the broad middle of the country where he needs to be to have any credibility on the matter.
First he placed a call for ground troops in Syria–something that I have long stated was needed. A mix of troops from a range of nations–from the Middle East and including American troops–will be required. The other part that resonated with me regarding Bush’s views and tone is that he just did not go down the harsh and provocative path Donald Trump took when stating he would “bomb the s—” out of the jihadists. That type of bombastic and crude language for such a serious topic underscores why a mature, educated establishment leader within the GOP needs to emerge.
Though Bush made a massive immoral and diplomatically wrong statement when he called for religious tests for refugees he at least is not calling for an end to refugee migration with Syria. That may be a small step–but when it comes to the bile-laden crowd of candidates and their three-thumbed primary voters one has to look at small victories and know it could be worse.
I will be waiting for the next positive thing that Bush does to right his campaign and prove he can still be the nominee.