• 63°
Hartselle Enquirer

Will it be Clinton vs. Bush in 2008?

By Staff
Steve Flowers, Guest columnist
Our founding fathers settled America to escape the tyrannical and undemocratic rule of England. They were determined to found a new country without the idea of British royalty ruling them and with a say in the affairs of the state. They yearned for an egalitarian state where every person, regardless of their birth status, could rise to their potential and fulfill their hopes and dreams without the yoke of limitations. They disliked the thought of royalties or dynasties.
Although Americans have shown a disdain to dynasties, which is inherent in our constitution, ironically we have shown a fondness for family lines politically. Just look at the names of our presidents and presidential candidates. Names like Adams, Roosevelt, Kennedy, and now Bush.
The Bush family is now the most successful political dynasty in American history and the question in 2008 will be would Americans vote for a third Bush for President in 20 years. My guess is that Jeb Bush, the governor of Florida, will be a candidate for President in 2008 and he, in my opinion, will be the favorite for the Republican nomination. His father was the 41st President and his brother the 43rd. Will Jeb Bush be the 44th President? Only time will tell.
On paper Jeb Bush may well be the best choice for the GOP. He is the two-term governor of the most important and pivotal swing state in America. Florida also is one of the largest states with 27 electoral votes. It is also a multicultural state which is vitally important in a nation with an electorate growing increasingly Hispanic. Jeb Bush's wife was born in Mexico. His three children are and look half Hispanic. He is a convert to Roman Catholicism. He has always been considered by the Bush family the most likely to be president. He has always been more ambitious and hardworking than his older brother. As a child he wanted to be president, while George wanted to be a baseball star. His academic record and intellectual capabilities have outshone his older brother.
Jeb Bush is an ideal candidate for the Republican Party. He is an undisputed conservative on both social and fiscal policies. His record in Florida is impeccable. He will appeal to the archetypal social conservatives he may face in the race for the Republican nomination such as Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney who are totally unknown nationwide and plain boring. John McCain who has star quality is considered too old, too moderate, and too much of a maverick to get the nomination, plus he has been rude to the Christian right. The other potential face card, Rudy Giuliani, comes from a liberal state, has an odd name to pronounce and spell, is pro choice, and openly lived with a mistress while married and mayor of New York. He will be hard pressed to get off the ground within the Republican Party.
The only other potential candidate who can give Jeb Bush a run would be Tennessee Senator Bill Frist, who is also a physician and Senate majority leader. He is considered a moderate enough candidate to appeal to the nation and also has a perfect record on social issues to get through the GOP primary maze. He also has a large amount of family money to draw on. However, he lacks star quality and Jeb Bush has the luxury of built in name identification.
The Bush name is worth millions in American politics. Jeb Bush may be reluctant to make the race out of fear that the American people do not want a dynasty. However, if the other side appears to be fielding a dynasty candidate of their own it renders the issue as moot. Currently the Democratic front runner is Hillary Clinton. Another Bush-Clinton face off is a very real possibility in 2008.

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Some concerned over new Hartselle superintendent hire  

At a Glance

Town of Falkville to hold Christmas in the Park Sunday

At a Glance

Hartselle Holiday Market returns Saturday

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Old Hartselle post office to become event center, new home for chamber  

At a Glance

‘Have a Hart’ information session to be held Dec. 2

Morgan County

Future leader

News

Alabama DHR accepting applications for next round of child care bonuses 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Spirit of Thanksgiving: Volunteers deliver 266 food bags on holiday for Meals on Wheels  

At a Glance

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office to let citizens behind the scenes with academy  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Winter window wonderland  

At a Glance

Council to interview candidates for Parks and Rec director job  

Hartselle

Live nativity scene returns to First Christian Dec. 7-10

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Local church prepares 400 Thanksgiving meals

News

HIS students help clean up effort at Mt. Tabor Cemetery 

News

Lovely landscape

News

Morgan buys SUVs to transport seniors, deliver meals

News

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office to let citizens behind the scenes with academy  

News

Morgan teen exhibits grand champion at Alabama National Fair

News

Murder-for-hire defendant seeks bond

MULTIMEDIA-FRONT PAGE

Stadthagen supports

News

SALUTE

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Second grade students in Hartselle honor heroes

News

Alabama DHR accepting applications for next round of child care bonuses 

At a Glance

Vinemont man killed in single-vehicle crash

x