It’s Monday, after “springing forward” as well.
Well, this weekend was … interesting … sort of, when it came to politics.
It’s obvious that, no matter what the American public wants, the Republicans are starting the 2016 presidential race. Oh, they’re not saying that, right now. They’re “considering” it, being “mentioned” or “open to the possibility.”
Which are all code words for “Yes, I’m running.” Among the first out of the gate is Jeb Bush:
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush praised his brother’s presidency, suggesting history would view it favourably, as he made a tour of the Sunday talk shows aimed at getting his own 2016 White House run back on track.
One of the biggest obstacles facing him if he is to mount a White House run could be his name. There is some resistance in the US, a country proud of its democratic credentials, to electing a third Bush into the White House. But the main problem is the negative feelings still arouse by the George W presidency.
Or, as the people with still functioning memories say:
Let’s be honest, shall we? I know that’s a foreign concept to Republicans, but still. You don’t do a “full Ginsburg” and appear on every Sunday news talk show just promote your latest book, which you’re busily denying parts of it.
It was curious, then, to see former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) pull off the feat yesterday — he actually went further, also talking to Univision yesterday — for no particular reason. He didn’t have any new plans to announce, and he didn’t play a direct role in any major news event, but the Republican apparently felt like raising his national media profile, and the Sunday shows were happy to accommodate his wishes.
Of course, it wasn’t too difficult to figure out Bush’s motivations. The former governor struggled all week to explain his own position on immigration — ostensibly his signature issue, about which he recently published a book — and he likely reached out to the Sunday shows to do damage control.
Umm… yeah. Not running at all, and definitely not pandering.
I wish they’d drop the pretense. There may be someone, way off in the back woods who doesn’t gt the Internet or any outside communications who may believe them, but that’s about it. I do wish that they wouldn’t start so early though. I’m more focused on what 2014 is going to bring, not on 2016.
At the same time, there’s a real lesson for liberals. Looking at the jockeying for position, the moves to step way out to the wingnut right, then back to the not-quite-insane right by these “not candidates yet” is an indicator that “changes” in the Republican Party when it comes to its platform and inclusiveness will be … cosmetic. Not very good cosmetics at that.