Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has been in the news quite frequently as a potential VP for Mitt Romney. But after his refusal to align himself with Grover Norquist, some of the speculation has look forward to 2016.
Today was no exception. When talking about if Ronald Reagan would “fit in” to the current GOP, Bush’s answer was:
Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground,” Bush said, adding that he views the hyper-partisan moment as “temporary.
These comments are mildly interesting and politically savvy. Bush, by rejecting Norquist, is appealing to the long-forgotten “moderate” wing of the GOP and his comments could be seen as favorable to political centrists. Jeb Bush knows that he’s going to be heavily compared to his brother’s tainted legacy but by reaching out to the sane wing of the GOP; he can help “unite” the party.
Still, these comments won’t be looked at favorably amongst the neocons and the current tea-soaked base of the modern day GOP. But those people are proudly supporting a former “progressive” in Mitt Romney; so really, what could they do?