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Big money (& big business) likes Jeb Bush, but the majority of Americans do not. They suffer from "Bush fatigue." That means it's time for Jeb to behave like the elder statesman he hopes to be and face the facts. Go ahead and continue to raise money from your supporters. Then (gracefully): withdraw; and endorse Marco Rubio. Why? Because of all the many GOP hopefuls, Marco Rubio is the best combination of attributes and competencies, and the most likely electable of the bunch.
(FYI--Walker, Kasich and even Christie aren't bad either, but how many good GOP governors must we add to the primary mix that will delay the choice and dilute campaign funding? FYI: Rubio's an exception to my senator vs. governor preference rule. He's the GOP's 2016 version of JFK!)
Here's a bluntly stated breakdown of why so many GOP hopefuls are each flawed in some respect--large or small. Before readers react adversely to these blunt evaluations, remember that everybody has a different set of criteria, and this is just one set of those: mine. I actually prefer an ex-governor as a president, over a Senator. They just think, and act differently--most of the time!
Sometimes, there is an exception that makes a difference.When they were both in FL, Jeb Bush & Marco Rubio were allies. Jeb was kind of Marco's mentor. In every situation, leader of the FL House, a candidate for Senate who beat a former Governor, and this time as a presidential candidate--Rubio's qualities shine. Just watch him speak and listen to what he says.
HERE'S THE LIST OF HOPEFULS (omitting some of the hopeless also-rans)
Former Gov. Jeb Bush: Good job as FL governor, probably the "best of the Bushes" but too late, still has a little of the Bush "foot in mouth" gene, and America has "Bush fatigue' anyway. Big money likes him but not middle America.
Gov. John Kasich: "Best of the rest;" Solid experience in Congress and as successful governor of a big swing state. Not as smooth on the stump as he needs to be, and is so honestly (passionately) outspoken, it works against him at times.
Gov. Scott Walker: "Best of the rest;" Great results as Wisconsin governor. Accomplished a lot, but something, (maybe his presence and lack of sophistication?) is "not quite right" about him as presidential material.
Gov. Chris Christie: Strong guy, a solid leader, but "too NJ, too outspoken" at times—and still too fat (health issue). A "dark-horse" candidate!
Sen. Ted Cruz: Hispanic, smart, accomplished, but "too smooth," too patronizing, too showy: a GOP Obama-lite.
former Gov. Mike Huckabee: Entertaining, albeit too "righteous!" TV host/musician/evangelist and former governor, but with a "bad brand name for a president."
Sen. Rand Paul: No way: too much of his father for years; now the new, younger Libertarian with the "not quite right "policies.
Gov. Bobby Jindal: A good guy who just lacks the presidential "physical countenance"..a president must "look and feel like a president."
Dr. Ben Carson: No way: Great man, but totally unprepared for presidency.
Carly Fiorina: No way: CEOs don't make good presidents, because political "friends and foes" don't take orders well.
Donald Trump: No way: So outspoken, so full of good ideas, but so much of a blowhard…if only he could tone it down (he can't).
All the rest: forget about it. Please, not another run by the Ricks—Perry and Santorum, et. al. (Newt however would be a good "closet cabinet" and campaign advisor! Smart guy. So would Karl Rove. Also a smart guy.
My choice for the 2016 Republican nominee for president: MARCO RUBIO
Marco Rubio: Youthful vigor; bold, good looking; smart; articulate; experience in Senate (foreign policy); experience in FL House (domestic policy); born poor, worked his way up; Cuban/Hispanic heritage, Spanish speaking; attractive family; most of all—and blend of past results, bold policy positions, yet flexibility to balance those positions with mainstream American values. When I watched him announce his candidacy, I felt like I was watching a GOP version of JFK, (but without the "silver spoon" in his mouth).
There it is: Jeb Bush, can go ahead and announce raise big bucks, and draw a few shots from Hillary, but then he should gracefully withdraw, throwing support and money to his younger, more dynamic and more electable fellow Floridian Sen. Marco Rubio.