The Republicans would be just insane enough to try for a third Bush presidency. This time with Jeb:
Mr. Bush is said by friends to be weighing financial and family considerations — between so many years in office and the recession his wealth took a dip, they said, and he has been working hard to restore it — as well as the complicated place within the Republican Party of the Bush brand.
After Mitt Romney’s defeat by a Democratic coalition built around overwhelming support from Hispanics and other fast-growing demographic groups, many Republicans are looking for a candidate who can help make the party more inclusive without ceding conservative principles — and no one is the subject of more speculation at this point than Mr. Bush.
To his supporters, Mr. Bush is the man for the moment. His wife, Columba, was born and raised in Mexico. He speaks Spanish and favors overhauling the immigration system in a way that would provide a route to citizenship for people already in the country illegally but otherwise law-abiding.
I hope Liz Cheney hasn’t planned anything for 2016. I wonder if they can find a new Rumsfeld and a new Ashcroft. Pick up right where they left off.
This is the operative sentence: “make the party more inclusive without ceding conservative principles.” You can’t really have both, given the current status of conservative principles — for example, how do you “include” more single women when most Republican legislatures are actively working to oppress and subjugate them?