Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush tried to cut the legs out of the Republican Stand on the sequester today by suggesting that taxes could be part of the budget deal providing the President is willing to do big things to get the deficit under control. This was followed by his suggestion that he may indeed run in 2016:
During an appearance on NBC’s “The Today Show,” Bush said it’s not the time to talk about increasing taxes after what he called the biggest tax hike in American history two months ago following the fiscal cliff deal. But he also wouldn’t rule out the idea that revenues could be part of a package — something Republicans in Congress have said is off the table.Bush actually agreed with CPAC excluding NJ Governor Christie from this year's conference.
“There may be (room for revenue) if the president is sincere about dealing with our structural problems,” Bush said.
Bush, though, criticized the president for his conduct in the final days of the sequester debate, saying he “oversold” the negative consequences of the sequester.
“There was a lot of crying wolf,” Bush said. “The president kind of led the charge to say that widows and orphans were going to be out on the street. So when it didn’t happen, he actually himself had to step back on Friday to say it wasn’t going to happen that way.”
“I think the issue of (Christie) castigating the House particularly for not going along with a $60 billion spending deal that had very little to do with Sandy recovery,” Bush said. “When it got down to funding Sandy, House Republicans went along with that.”
As for whether he might join Christie in the 2016 presidential race, Bush wasn’t going to make any news.But wait didn't Bush just call for opening the door to higher taxes? The is a statement showing his breed of "conservatism" isn't really conservatism.
“That’s way off into the future,” he said. “I have a voice. I want to share my beliefs about how the conservative movement and the Republican Party can regain its footing, because we’ve lost our way.” He agreed with Lauer that he has not yet ruled out a run. "But I won’t declare today either," he added.
Beyond his political position as a "Progressive-Light" there are two other reasons Jeb should rule out running in 2016. While conservatives appreciate the service his father and his brother did gave to the country, nominating another Center-Left Bush would divide rather than unite the party. Even worse, I can already see the attack ads about the GOP being tied to the failed politics of the past. It would be hard to justify to the American people nominating another Bush.
So Governor Bush next time someone asks you about 2016, the appropriate answer should be, "Are you freaking kidding?" After all its what the rest of us are saying.
You can watch Bush's appearance on the Today Show below: