Why Jeb Bush's Turn May Not Come
by Jonah Goldberg
What is happening to the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram is tragic. The sinking of the Titanic, the fall of
The New Yorker cartoons write themselves. Bush, in all his blue-blazered glory, sitting next to, well, just about anyone at a bar (or standing in front of the Pearly Gates, or lying on a psychiatrist's couch, or visiting the complaints department) lamenting that he never got his turn. Or maybe he'd wear a shirt saying, "My Dad and My Brother Lived at the
Of course, that's not actually all Bush got. He was a successful two-term
And I doubt he ever will.
It's well known that Republicans tend to pick the candidate whose "turn" it is. Except for 1964 and 2000, the guy who came in second the last time or who in some way was perceived as next in line got the nomination.
This raises an important challenge for
But all this misses the main source of
George the Younger had it a bit easier being a born-again Christian from
This is a lesson many on the right seem incapable of learning, which is why every primary season we see half a dozen right-wingers battling for the title of "purest conservative," while the moderate candidates fight merely for the title of "conservative enough."
Reasonable people can debate his stances, but trust me when I say the base feels decidedly unwooed.
His brother and his father understood that the
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