May 4th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Should Republicans listen to Jeb Bush now?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Jeb Bush says it's time for Republicans to leave the Reagan era behind them and look forward. The former Florida Governor insists the party's ideas need to be "forward-looking and relevant" instead of dwelling on the nostalgia of the good old days. He's also acknowledging how well President Obama's message of hope and change resonated with the voters during the election.

Cafferty: Jeb Bush could perhaps regroup the GOP… if only his brother weren’t considered by many to be responsible for the party’s downfall.

Jeb Bush - who's part of the Republicans' new effort to reconnect with voters - is right about all this stuff, but here's the problem: He's the brother of the man who could very well be more responsible than anyone else for the downfall of the Republican Party.

Jeb Bush's name has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2012; but it seems hard to imagine that the American people would go for that... again.

Meanwhile Former Georgia Congressman - and former Republican turned Libertarian - Bob Barr says it's hard to "overestimate the damage" that's been inflicted on the GOP. He says the party lacks "any coherent philosophy, vision or leadership."

And Meghan McCain, daughter of John McCain, continues to speak out about this stuff too; she says the party needs to become more inclusive if it wants to rebuild and attract younger voters. As things stand now, Meghan McCain says Republicans tend to look down on moderates such as her, saying: "Get rid of the dirty moderates."

So, as the Republican Party continues to search for its voice and a leader...

Here’s my question to you: Is Jeb Bush the right person for Republicans to listen to at this time?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Maurice writes:

The GOP is isolated to one region of the country: the South. Those good ole boy ideologies no longer work in an America that is progressing toward a center-left future. I’m a black conservative who for years has said our party needs to be inclusive of all creeds and backgrounds. Now we’re a dying breed and everyone wants to listen… Bashing our president is the wrong way to find our way back to the top. Meeting him in the middle is the only way.

Trevor writes:

It's funny how the Republicans can recognize that Americans liked Obama and his message of change, yet the GOP still has a hard time showing any of it! I mean here’s their list of leaders for change: Jeb Bush, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, John McCain. Seriously? When the conservatives said that they don't believe in Darwinism and the idea of adapting to survive, they weren't kidding! Goodbye, GOP.

K. from California writes:

Jack, no. The future leader of the Republican Party is not born yet.

Chris writes:

Jeb is probably the best of all the Bushes. Had his brother not been president, Jeb probably would have held that office for two terms and been very popular. "W" may have ruined his chances of ever becoming president.

Lyn writes:

No Republican should listen to another Republican because, well, they're Republicans.

Pam from Baton Rouge, Louisiana writes:

This only proves how much gall the Bushes have, or perhaps how out-of-touch they are about how little this country thinks of their family. No more Bushes, ever!

Lisa writes:

Hello? He suffers the same problem as Hillary Clinton: wrong last name!

Barry from Denver writes:

Doesn't it bother you when the brightest of the Bush family is named "Jeb"?

Filed under: Republicans
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. AB

    The Republican Party needs a major change in leadership right now. Instead of listening to the baby with a mike aka Rush Limbaugh they need to listen to the voters who voted for change in the past two election cycles. They need to realize that what they are doing is bad for their party, instead of becoming a bunch of southern boys with neo-conservative opinions they need to remember that they are a national party meaning they need to be able to mold their platform into something that everyone from different parts of the US can grasp to. That is what the Democrats did and if the Republicans ever want to have a say in anything that is coming out of both sides of Pennsylvania Ave. they should take note.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  2. dave

    He seem like he knows what he's talking about. I'm a Dem but Jeb is right they need to listen and stop demonizing everybody that don't totally agree with you.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  3. Natasha in tally

    Jack, as a life long Floridian I say HELL NO!!! The country is hanging on economically by a thread and Jeb Bush would be the perfect person to push us over the edge. He maybe known as the smarter Bush brother, but that is not because of this political stance. It's because he can hide his dirt better. The American people need more transparency, accountability and input from their government. This is just not a Bush philosophy.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  4. larry butcher

    If they ever want to win another national election they better. Limbaugh, Hannity, and the rest of the far right haters will make it hard for that to ever happen though.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  5. Dave Cherby

    Jeb is simply jumping on a bandwagon that is proposing changes that he himself does not have a record of embracing. That combined with "guilt by association" or rather..."guilt by sibling relation" makes Jeb a watered down voice.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  6. Mike, FL

    After eight lousy years under the older Bush, I don't think we need another Bush's idea!

    May 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  7. martin

    George W Bush was the wrong brother to be in the White House in the last 8 years. Jeb Bush is a different type of leader. He's more moderate. He's more pragmatic and less ideological than his older brother. And most of all, Jeb Bush is much smarter. Its a shame that GWBush destroyed the Bush name because Jeb could be great for this country and great for the Republican party. Jeb can refocus the GOP on policy, small government economics, education and health care reform as well as energy policy and put less emphasis on social issues that is causing so many Americans to leave the Republican party.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  8. Dave Cherby Marlton, NJ

    Jeb is simply jumping on a bandwagon that is proposing changes that he himself does not have a record of embracing. That combined with "guilt by association" or rather..."guilt by sibling relation" makes Jeb a watered down voice.
    -Dave Cherby, Marlton NJ

    May 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  9. Mark

    You cant be serious? his hands are as dirty as his brothers, Moore even hinted at the time that he mightve had a hand in the election scandal, so to think he would become the new voice of the GOP let alone the potential as a presidental candidate cannot be fathomed.

    These were and are the "old" faces, the old blood, the old ideas, all packaged as "New and Improved. And that becomes evident even in the semantics of this new so-called remaking – they dont speak of remaking the party as much as remaking the image of the parky.

    Sooner or later, one hopes, the GOP can find its moderate place and offer a genuine opposition alternative; but while they remain mired in the shadlow of their history and the clutches of fantatics, that day is long long away.


    May 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  10. Kim - Blair, NE

    Jack, you should have your mouth washed out with soap! Another Bush in the White House? No way.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  11. Mike von Shrum

    I am a former Republican, now Independent voter who would not vote for Jeb Bush if he was the only candidate in the entire race.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  12. Alex (CT)

    Jeb Bush has the right idea but catching up with President Obama and the Democrats is going to be tough if they want to "reconnect with voters" since the Democrats did a really good job of connecting with voters and especially younger yoters who may not be so experienced in the political field. They really do need to leave the Reagan era behind them and focus on a new version of the world that we really live in now with technology and our various social differences from back then.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  13. Ron from SF

    Sure, either he or Sara Palin are perfect spokesperson's as the GOP circles the drain. Each day, I pray that the Republican party goes the way of the Whigs. They have eared it by doing the same thing to the country.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  14. Carl

    Carl, from Ft. Payne, AL

    Sure, bring him on! The republicans, however unintentionally, have been doing their best run off anyone who is not a strict conservative. Jeb would be a great help in that respect. They have lost 12% of the people willing to identify themselves as republicans. Jeb could add a few more points just having the broadcasters post his name next to him while he says anything, or even nothing.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  15. priscilla

    No way! What makes you think the brother of the "man responsible" for this mess could be any better? Remember if it weren't his state this man never would have gotten anywhere. To keep going back to the same family is ridiculous, doesn't the republican party have anyone else? if not then clearly a change has to be made, but it can't be made by the same kind of people

    May 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  16. Craig- Hastings, MN

    This is some kind of sick joke, Right Jack???????????????????????

    May 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  17. Arik

    Yes, the Republican's should listen to Jeb Bush. Remember, he's the one Bush Sr. wanted to run for president, not George. Jeb is far more moderate, level-headed & experienced than his brother, and is very popular in his own right. The best way forward for the republican's is to follow the lead of someone who's been saying so in the first place, regardless of name. Some people held "Barak Obama" against the president too. A name, is just a name.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  18. Lois in Texas

    What a shame and he is the intelligent one in the family...BUT I think we are all tired of the Bush folks. Let them go away...PLEASE.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  19. M J

    Republicans have many problems within the party. People view the party as somewhat of a racist bunch of rich white guys who has lost touch with what America have become. We are a multi-cultural people with different types of beliefs. The religious right, Hannity, Rush, and a few others has help ruin the party. Along as they embrace those ideologies, the Republican party will be in trouble. They focus to much on the Republican needs vs the people's. There is no room for balance. They have became a party of no solution. Even Archie Bunker had to give in to change in the 70's when his black neighbor moved in from next door, and his daughter was married to a liberal.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  20. Paul

    As a resident of the state of florida, I know Jeb is an intelligent man who is capable of leading. I think as time goes on George W. Bush's legacy will state something along the lines of good ideas, but poor implementation of them. I think any one is better for the GOP than Sarah Palin. Eric Cantor is boring, Jindahl lacks toughness, Mccain is to old, Ron Paul gets no respect and is aging, which leaves Rudi, Mitt, Huckabee, Newt and Jeb. I think so type of ticket involving two of those 5 men has a shot of getting the ear of the American People. I like many americans believes Obamas foreign policy alienates Israel gives a voice to the mullahs of Iran and makes America fight terrorists with one hand behind its back. I think we can judge his economic policies by mid 2010.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  21. Chris

    As a Floridian, I can attest to the fact if you'd like a decider/dictator with a disregard for consitutions, then JEB isyour man. Sound familiar?

    May 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Honestly, what does he have to say? I think most people would be happy to hear him say that he isn't his brother George and he is becoming a liberal! I think he is starting to look like Al Franken a bit.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  23. Christine from Ocean City, MD

    Well, it's better than listening to Rush Limbaugh! I guess they don't have a lot of good choices. Maybe they should nominate you in 2012, Jack!

    May 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  24. Jeff


    Your question seems loaded. Lest you forget 46% of the country voted for McCain, many of those votes were not "for" him, but against the threat of socialist "change". Jeb Bush is very popular in Florida and many other states that Obama won. It may not be the complete new direction the GOP needs, but might be the right blend of "old guard" conservatism that the more conservative in the party are looking for, as well as a moderate voice for the center/right of the country. Jeb Bush never governed as a hard nosed conservative. He is a very deep, thoughtful person, and I think that transcends the "Bush" name.

    Let the people decide.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  25. barbara verhoeven

    I'm a Democrat, but I really did like Jeb, two bad his idiot of a brother had to ruin it for him.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  26. Shasta

    I know it's superficial, but I look into that man's eyes and I see the same stupid I've seen for the last eight years. No way.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  27. Anel

    Jack, I think just having the name Bush right is not a good thing for people to think of another President. I think the Rep. party will take us back to the time all races and nations of the world were separated, and they look only for what they the rep. party leaders can get in their back pocket.
    They don't care about PEOPLE.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  28. Gene

    Jack, the republicans shouldn't be listening to ANYONE who's worrying about the 2012 elections right now. In the end, everyone who's stumping for 2012 is going to be burned in that election for campaigning instead of trying to help with our current problems.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  29. David

    What a JOKE the Republicans are making of a once proud party. Did you see who they are pushing forward as those who will lead then from the wilderness... and SAVE the United States from liberalism? Brother Jeb... Newt Gingrich... Eric Cohen... Michael Steele... Sister Sarah... all the OLD faces and OLD characters with the same OLD ideas... Did they miss the last election when America REJECTED both them and their policies? And NOW they are the very ones to take care of this bumpy road! They REALLY think that the same old same old will work if they cleverly change the name... sorry Jeb... YOU LOSE!

    May 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  30. lissa-st.louis,mo.

    Please no more Bushes in the White House.That house couldnt hold anymore lies.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  31. Gail, Plano Texas

    I must admit that I am almost hysterical with laughter at this question. Jeb Bush? As President? That us a joke, right Jack? Please tell me it is because this country could not take another Bush in the White House. Bush the younger got there illegally. Bush Sr.was a really poor President and I am sure that Bush number 3 is not the magic charm!

    May 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  32. jans

    No, the best candidate would be Newt G. He has the old school (Ronald Reagan) morals needed to lead the change needed to sustain this country. The leadership (Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Biden, Murtha, Kennedy etc.) of this country today allows everyone to be right, no one is ever wrong unless it betters thier political cause. The must be a moral hight ground and todays leadership has none or if they do they are afraid to lead with it. Take not our country is collasping around us.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  33. Dave in Phoenix

    No. For good or bad, his name is forever tainted by his brother.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  34. Jay

    Jeb Bush would be a solid choice to steer the GOP..... right into a shallow grave where it belongs.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  35. Susan

    As smart as Jeb Bush suddenly sounds...where was he the last 8 years...there is no Bush that can be a national leader for a very long time, I think that goes without saying.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  36. anthony...swedesboro, nj

    I think it's obvious that the Bush dynasty is over and disgraced. It will take decades before our voters forget the abject incompetence of George W. And the last spokesperson for Republican revival is Jeb Bush who pushed Republicans and his brother to step in on a very personal decision between a husband and his brain-dead wife to hold a weekend session to save her from the clutches of the irreligious. Haven't we been Bush-whacked enough already?

    May 4, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  37. trob24

    They should listen to Jeb Bush but not run him in 2012. He would be a drag on the ticket...and it would be weird, in order for him to get elected, to avoid his brother's figurative and actual presence during the campaign. Actually, he should have been selected as RNC chair for his vision about what the party needs to do. Michael Steele is simply a token for an old-white man's party. The RNC is not fooling anyone by asking him to sit at the head of their table.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  38. Dan, Chantilly VA

    Right now, yes. When he inevitably does a complete 180 on all of this, no. I'm guessing that will happen in about 24 hours when he apologizes to Michael Steele for being correct. Looking for the silver lining, another 20 years of this and a legitimate third party might finally emerge.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  39. Randy

    I think Jeb Bush is exactly who the Republicans need to guarantee an Obama landslide in 2012.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  40. Krista

    His time has come and gone.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  41. Neil McMullen

    Maybe, it seems the GOP is need of a radical face lift. While the republicans of old lead the country well, the current view of many of the Internet Blogging Americans of today is we've lost our insight into what's important to the country. How did Obama get electected, he told the people what they wanted to hear.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  42. Angelo Iannello

    The Damage George W.Bush has done to America cannot be overstated and yet there are those that will always vote for a
    Bush ,this is the sad truth of the power of money which is
    greater in American than any country in the world. Corporations
    run the place and control the majority of the news outlets
    (Rupert Murdoch ) resulting in control of information.

    Jeb Bush is as shiny and new as Rupert decides to make him.

    Toronto Canada

    May 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  43. Mandy, Alabama

    Will Jeb bow down to Rush and the other far-right gopers? If not, it doesn't matter how sensible (sensible, a Bush?) what he's saying is, the right wingers will scream so loud he won't be heard.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  44. Phil

    The short answer to your question is: Yes, he is. He is hugely popular still as a former governor of Florida. He understands the pulse of american politics and governing from the center, not the right-far right. Let's just face it, Jeb got the brains. As a republican, it saddens me that Jeb Bush will not be a viable candidate for President and he probably wants to give W. a "thumpin".


    May 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  45. odessa

    no! he's the same as his brother.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  46. vern-anaheim,ca

    no way,how could anyone vote ever again for a bush to be president after what ruin brother george w. brought on this country. i agree with former congressman barr and megan mcain who says the right religous wing of the republican party looks down on moderate rfepublicans.i hope thbe party would be so stupid as to nominate jeb bush for president,a sure way to lose the 2012 election

    May 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  47. R J Koser

    He is right. The Republicans need to look forward. They need to shed the flag, Bible, evangelical patriotism and realize the country doesn't belong to religious groups, it belongs to everyone. Havong said that they need a whole set of new faces. People are tired of the old ones.

    Glen Campbell PA

    May 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  48. Ann from MA

    I doubt that any Bush is the right person for Republicans to listen to at any time now or in the future. They just can't be trusted. We only have to look back on the year 2000 to remember that Jeb must have surely had a hand in the decision that led to a supreme court "selection" rather than an election by the people.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  49. Charlotte - Pa

    Enough of the Bushes. Are there any other rebublicans out there??
    They need new blood. Time for a change and new ideas.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  50. Jan - Lancaster, PA

    No, Jack. I don't believe her. She knows and so do the rest of the group involved. They would not have orchestrated a plausible deniability position with the legal opinion documents otherwise. The is the law and no one is above it.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  51. marie mtl can.

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Noway just the name is scaring enough to not even spell it

    May 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  52. osman gure

    i am osman from minneapolis minnesota, i am republican and i am very upset why the republican party has turned into bush the guy who destroyed this nation for the last eight years. why they can't look minnesota governor tim pawlenty and utah governor hustan. i am sick of this pary and from today onward i am independent.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  53. annie s

    Yes. Because if the one of the chief neo-cons becomes the voice of the Republican party, we can be pretty sure they're history.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  54. ted

    I double Dare them to Jack. That would prove fatel. aahahaha. a 3rd Bush are you kiding me

    May 4, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  55. Joe

    Oh please. Haven't we heard enough from the Bushes?

    May 4, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  56. Bob D of Morristown, NJ

    Jeb is absolutely the right person for the Republicans to listen to. After all, it will take much longer than a mere four years for the Democrats to undo all the damage perpetrated on our nation, and the world by Jeb's bro. He's certainly right about Regan, who created half the huge national debt we are now saddled with (W creating the other half), but look what we have to show for it: "Star Wars"!!!!

    May 4, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  57. cooper

    jack if i was jed i would sell all of my belongings, buy a yacth and spend the rest of my days sailing around the world.
    love ya jack

    May 4, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  58. DJ from Round Rock, TX

    Jeb is just stating the theme from moderate Republicans. I just don't know if the far right will listen. The GOP can continue to push its fiscal conservative policies, but they need to leave the social issues alone, at least from the standpoint of changing or adding to the constitution. As long as they continue to just say no (I haven't heard any real alternatives except less taxes and spending), they'll make themselves irrellavent. I don't believe in gay marriage, but I fail to see what harm it will do to me or anyone else. The party that wants government out of our lives, they sure are making a big push for the government to be in peoples bedrooms.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  59. maurice brown

    The GOP is isolated to one region of the country... The SOUTH. Those good ole boy idealogies no longer work in an america that is progressing toward a center-left future. Im a black conservative that for years has said our party needs to be inclusive of all creeds and backgrounds. Now were a dying breed and everyone wants to listen. Im for anyone, Jeb or any Republican with a new strategy for the future of our party. Bashing our president is the wrong way to find our way back to the top...M eeting him in the middle is the only way.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  60. Lyn

    No republican should listen to another republican because, well, they're republicans.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  61. T. G. from the virgin islands

    Why? Where was Jeb Bush went his brother was driving the GOP and this nation to the ground? He need to do what George is doing and stay on the down-low.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  62. larry

    I guess they need to listen to somebody – but another bush?
    talk about the plot for a Marx Brothers Movie

    May 4, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  63. Richp

    We need a party that will move our government back to the center where we were in the early 1900's, removal and shrinkage of government power and authority, reducing government payroll and expenses. Both parties are government growth parties and until that change there are going to be more and more people leaving BOTH parties. I would actually like to see lottery for both the house and senate to place registered voters in those seats for 3 complete terms, the main disqualifer, you must never have run for public office. We don't need anymore liars in there.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  64. Derrick Miles

    Yes the republicans should listen to Jeb Bush.They should also run him for president. Im sorrly Jack I need A moment I'm cracking myself up.were was I. oh yes,Jeb Bush he should have the pitbull with lipstick as his vice president. Can the republican party sink any lower!

    May 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  65. a. mazza

    of course i don't believe her. enough said already. what needs to happen is for mr. holder to do his job and start the prosecusion from the top down starting with King George.

    antonia, rockville, md

    May 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  66. Randy Merz

    What is this fascination you Americans have with Dynasties? You babble on and on ad nausea about your precious democracy, and you kill hundreds of thousands of people from other countries to prove how important it is to you all; but every chance you get, you want to crown some family as your Emperor for life. There are 300 million of you out there! Surely to God you can find someone other than: a Kennedy, a Clinton, an Adams,a Taft, a Roosevelt, or a Bush, to run the country? Well, can't you?

    May 4, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  67. Marty In Kansas City.

    No way, no how, no Bush!

    May 4, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  68. JamesL-Maryland

    NO, anyone with "Bush" in their name is not going to be heard. WHY is it so hard to get......................the GOP'ers are in the mess they are in because of all the LIES GW Bush spued out of his mouth the entire 8-years he was in the WH. If a person has told you a bold-faced LIE, how many do they need to tell you inorder for you to start "NOT BELIVE" anything they say? WHY is this so hard to get? Republican's problem (99.9% of them) come from NO CREDITABLITY on telling the TRUTH. They just won't do it and DENIAL really doesen't help them it only makes people more VEXED with them.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  69. Tina, Chicago

    Yes! Listen to him, please. He will be SO easy to discredit, especially if they choose him as the next republican presidential candidate. Its time for Bush/Palin in 2012 . . . although, 2012 is the year the Mayan calendar ends and the year which is 'predicted' to be the end of the world . . .

    May 4, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  70. Linda in Arizona

    I don't really care who the stinking party of NO listens to. If they're really moderates, then they should become Democrats. I hate every single one of them. They had a choice when they decided which party to join. The philosophical differences couldn't be more clear. If they chose to be goopers, they are for selfish self-interest, imperialistic wars, corporate greed, hatred of poor people, and narrow-minded bigotry. So, fine, listen to the latest member of the bush "dynasty". Listen to Limpaugh, or Palin, or Little Bobby Jindal. Listen to whomever you like, but LOSE. I want you to fail, and I think you will.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  71. DCH

    Sure they should, Jack, just like they listened to McCain, Palin, Joe the non-plumber, etc. What a bunch of nitwits!

    Canyon Lake TX

    May 4, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  72. Joseph

    This is a joke right? Another Bush? You have got to be kidding?!?!?!

    Each generation of Bush in the White House, America has been worse off, I guess with a 3rd Bush in the White House someone wants to make sure this country will never ever be able to recover.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  73. barbara

    You must be kidding. NOT another Bush for heavens sake. Will they ever go away? He is not the right person for the GOP. If that party wants to recover they need a young forward thinking person, like an Obama. If they are smart they watch and listen and quit talking until they get their act together and have something intelligent to say.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  74. Robert Yates

    The Republican Party needs to listen to The American People! Jeb seems sincere but is sincerely Republican. And he is dreaming if he thinks the party will ever leave the Reagan idealogy in the past.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  75. Pugas-AZ

    As far as I'm concerned the Bush's have nothing to say. It's like trying to clean up a large oil spill, and your brother is responsible.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  76. arlene in iowa

    They would probably have better luck as Meghan McCain as the voice of the party of new beginnings.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  77. John

    End the dynasty now. It's gotten us into Iragi 2x, Afganistan once and the 2nd depression. Enough.....besides, how could he be president if his brother was brought to trial for illegal actions as president?

    May 4, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  78. chris

    jeb bush is a very different politican than his brother ....in the sense
    that he is a much better speaker and a better communicator in every
    way. he did a great job as a govenor of florida .
    although it is doubtful the american voter will accept another person
    named bush as president ......I would like to see him run for the senate .

    May 4, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  79. PJ in Miami Florida

    Jack, I think we've had enough of Bushes to last us a lifetime. No.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  80. Don Carroll


    As some one who did vote for JEB 3# times for governor. Jeb's record should speak loudly and clear in and of itself. You know balance budget, fisical responsibilty, focus on a vision for the state. As a Democract turn Republican during the Regan years we saw the Democract party turn from views that drove us toward the Republican Party. We see the reverse which is happening now. Jeb is a master of walking the tight rope , but is willing to lead and be driven by some basic bibical principals. Basically we have had a nation that has been broken down as one third certain values another third certain veiw points and a third that has a basic undecided veiw. That is the group that Jeb can modivated to have a purpose.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  81. Tina

    Not in the slightest. Right now I do not think that there is a "strong" Republican that can rally their party together. No, not even Sarah Palin can do much for them now. The last person they need to listen to is another Bush. The party is falling apart and they are grasping at straws. In my opinion, I think that we should do away completely with party affiliation. Yes, I am a die-hard dem, but if you really think about it, there are issues that both parties address that could help everyone.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  82. Bertha in SC

    No. I would find it hard to believe that ANYONE would want to hear from someone in the Bush family. I don't know of any Republican out there that appears to have the qualifications to take over and lead. Steele – NO. Jindal – NO. Boehner – NO. Sanford – OH GOD, NO! (I'm from SC) The Republican Party is in a mess, and based on their current behaviors, they're going to be there for quite some time to come.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  83. Ellen Baker

    It is unfortunate that in this period of the fall from grace of the GOP, that Jeb Bush makes good sense. He should have been the Bush in the White House for the past 8 years. The practical experiences that Jeb gained as Gov. of Florida, will aide him in assisting to guide the GOP back to the stage of USA politics. With all of that being said, I will remain an Independent so that I can chose without pressue from "either" party (Dems or GOP)!

    May 4, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  84. nina

    even if Jeb Bush was the best man for the job

    wasn't the US founded on the idea of getting away from rulers by inheritance?

    May 4, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  85. angrygazebo

    I'm sorry, but no one named Bush or Clinton should be on any parties' ticket for the next 100 years. Them's the breaks but both are just too polarizing.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  86. Tracy Rogers

    Yes of course. Having the Republicans listen to another Bush is great, as long as the supreme court has no opportunity to find him president.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  87. Carl from Citrus Heights, California

    Does it really matter who the republicans listen to? As long as they continue with tax cuts for the rich and puritanical religious dogma they can listen to Bozo the clown and do the same as anyone else, although Bozo would probably be more entertaining.

    May 4, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  88. redplanet

    Absolutely. But only if he declares himself an atheist. Then I will feel more comfortable that he is rational and not leading us to more torture in the name of security. Palo Alto, CA

    May 4, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  89. mark

    ABSOLUTELY! Every thing he would say, for and about the repulican party, would be wonderful. For the DEMOCRATS!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  90. Jeff...Sarasota, Florida

    I remember when his father, George H W Bush was vice president and president and we just had his brother, George W Bush as president. I graduated HS in 78. I started out through the Regan/Bush years leaning Democrat and more towards independent during the Clinton years.... Having said that, I came to Florida at the end of 2000 and didn't like the ideal of Jeb Bush as Governor especially after the big Florida debacle in the 2000 primay with his brother, but truth be told (and I am more in line with the democrat philosophy currently) he was a pretty good Governor and he is VERY knowledable when it comes to the immigrants because of his wife...

    I realize the last thing anyone wants is another Bush as president, and since Florida is only one state, very few people have a clue how he was as a Governor, and I am sure there a a lot of people here who would not have a problem if he got elected President sometime in the future. I myself wouldn't have a problem with him being the next Republican to get the office other than wondering weather he would be manhandled from his family ties like his brother was or would be the way he was when he was Governor of Florida...

    May 4, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  91. jimmy-ohio

    listen to another Bush you have got to be kidding!!! the republicans seem to think they are the "burning bush" giving wisdom to moses although i have no idea why

    May 4, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  92. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    Throughout American industry "Name Brand Recognition" is considered a great advantage in marketing. What kind of Name Brand Recogonition does the Bush Family name have? If Jeb is ever elected I'm taking my middle aged butt and finding a country where the electorate are not fools.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  93. Gerry In Toronto

    They might just as well listen to Jeb Bush and more of G.W. Bush's policies. Frankly, they have nothing else to offer.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  94. Jason, Koloa, HI

    As a native floridian who has long fled my home state, I have to say that Jeb Bush is not nearly as dumb as his brother George. He is far more moderate on environmental issues and can actually enunciate complete sentences. Unfortunately for him the name Bush has been forever tarnished and his only possible role is as a republican advisor. Whether they listen to him or not his brother has already left the Republican’ts as an obsolete party.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  95. wsp67326

    Bill, Memphis: I think the problem with using Jeb Bush as the "figurehead" of the "new" GOP (the CNP? Contrite New Party?) is obviously problematic. His father tried to thwart voodoo economics, then joined with Reagan when he realized doing so meant opportunity; his older brother... okay, that's the most obvious part; his younger brother was part of the original S&L mess; guilt by association, no matter how much Jeb may try to distance himself. His only chance at the presidency is if he starts palling around with Jimmy Buffett AND Obama causes complete financial, etc., destruction.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  96. Fred

    The Republican Party has been overcome by anorexia and is slowly dying for lack of substance. Most of them are a pathetic bunch; too bad Mr. Hagel decided to retire; he made more sense than all the current Republican Senators/congressmen put together. I'm a democrat but I would've voted for Mr. Hagel. The magnificant party of "NO" is in a quagmire, the more they struggle to get out the deeper they sink into oblivion. Without any sustenance to feed it, the Republican Party will succumb to ireeversible anorexia.
    It's the "good ol boy party" with same old cliche, "too much government". Well, they need to be reminded that it"s the government of the people, by the people, for the people. There is nothing wrong with using our tax dollars to stimulate our economy when necessary.
    President Obama is right, we need to change our ways, because the old way of doing things is responsible for the crisis engulfing us today.

    Fred P. San Antonio, Texas

    They need to rename themselves "The Teabag Party"

    May 4, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  97. Karen in oregon

    The repubican party should look back at their failures and what caused them, mainly that they don't know how to govern, they listen to the neocons, and have failed. As long as they continue to listen to the intrenched republican congress they will continue to fail. We needs new ideas, not old ones that have not worked

    May 4, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  98. David A Whitaker

    Hey Jack, this David in Martinsburg,WV. Somebody stop him don't let him anywhere neat the White House. We already have had two of them joker, how much more can we stand.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  99. Chris in VA

    Jack, you are focusing on the wrong problem – it's not to whom to listen, it's what. First and foremost, Republicans have to bring meaningful and concrete ideas to the forum. Second, they have to offer solutions that are not simple rehashings of everything that failed for them during the last decade. Thirdly, they have to sound more like statesmen and less like petulant complainers.

    As for a standard bearer, Jeb's last name is poison right now. His brothers (Neil and George W.) and his father have seen to that. For the time being, Meghan McCain appears to be the only Republican who could get any kind of mixed audience to pay attention for more than 30 seconds.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  100. Dan F.

    I'm a Democrat and true believer in this nation's direction, but Jeb is looking pretty good...

    On another front: Ridge V. Spector: Ridge will win (I'm saying that as a Democrat). The reason Ridge -a Republican- will win is becauce people are done with duplicity! They can smell a fake a mile away and it's fairly obvious that Spector switched parties to preserve his job, not to further the ideals ot the Democratic Party. People may vote republican in this one simply because they don't trust Spector and all the Republican naysayers and fear-mongerers will have a foothold here.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  101. Steve Jackson

    The Republican party has made a serious mistake in allowing a minority of the party dictate political correctness to the majority. When fewer then 2 in 10 of the party strongly believe in restricting gay marriage, less than 3 in 10 believe that water boarding is acceptable, and less than 3 in 10 support abortion bans, there comes a time when the majority of Republicans need to ask themselves if these are hills worth defending. Unfortunately, I remember when members of the Republican party lauded Timothy McVeigh and David Koresh as examples of true American values and I think, how can I, whose beliefs are closer to Teddy Roosevelt than Rush Limbaugh, stay part of the party. When a democratic buzz word like "the party of no" starts sounding pretty accurate, I admit to myself that their needs to be a Grand New Party with the extremist ruling class of the party allowed to go their own way, forming their own third party.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  102. DC Dunne, Plano Texas

    Oh, please let the Repubs listen to Jeb Bush, please, please, please!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  103. Joshua T

    It's got nothing to do with whether Jeb is right for the republicans, the problem is the name. If the republican name is failing, how on earth would adding Bush next to it sell to anyone? As a democrat, I hope they do nominate him. Most Americans won't see past "Bush", it will make 2012 even easier.
    Josh T, NY

    May 4, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  104. kevin, ABQ


    May 4, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  105. Rich, Kankakee, IL.

    A Bush is a Bush is a Bush, they were wrong in the past and they are wrong now! That family has hurt this country enough, we do not want another Bush in office ever again! They cheated the American people in elections and they have made all of us part of their torture scheme!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  106. Chris H.

    Why would people want to listen to another Bush? Haven't we been mislead and lied to enough? I live in the state of Florida and it has been driven to bankruptcy...hmmmmmmmmm. this sounds alot like his older brother.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  107. Marietta

    Listen to another Bush you have to be kidding your right...fall from the same tree....all family and all same beliefs...America would have Cheney and Bush again behind the scenes doing the same old same old and more more wars...scary scary scary!!!!!!!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  108. Jerry

    If the people of the United States are dumb enough to listen to another Bush then they deserve whatever is dished out to them. I can't imagine that a Bush would have a damn thing worth saying, between his brothers George and the one that scammed millions from the people in Colorado how in the hell can people listen to another one.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  109. Jacqueline

    Jack, I think Jeb need to tell this to Pat Buchanan. I'll pass on any advice from Jeb Bush, I just want him far away from the White House.
    Jacqueline, NY

    May 4, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  110. Derrick

    It's either that or continue listening to Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh got them headed toward a wall.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  111. Jon from Tempe, Az

    I do not think that anyone that has the last name of Bush is the right person to listen to at this time.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  112. Brian Jennings

    A man named Bush has the answer, huh? I think I just threw up in my mouth.

    Lakewood, OH.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  113. Manny

    The only way he becomes the new leader of the republican party is if he changes his name

    May 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  114. Lee Sanford

    Listen to another Bush? You have got to be insane! NO!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  115. Mark, San Marino, CA

    Oh my Lord, no. Not another one of those Bushes!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  116. Ricky from Roseville, MI

    Just like George Bush in 2000 called for change and hope, so if you're a Republican of the good ole days, here's your voice.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  117. Brent

    As long as conservatives continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh and only Rush, they won't listen to anyone else, so this question doesn't even matter.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  118. Alan - Buxton, Maine

    Republicans are all too busy talking about how they are going to oppose everything Obama proposes to listen to anyone. They have very selective hearing in any case. If what is being said does not agree with what they already believe they don't hear it anyway.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  119. Pamela in Georgia

    Two words, "hell no."

    May 4, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  120. Edwin

    Jesse Said it Best! "Stay out the BUSHES!"

    May 4, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  121. Gayle Gerson

    Sure, it would be better than Limbaugh or Canter,Michelle Bachmann or Palin and certainly better than George W.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  122. Chris Davis

    Jeb is probably the best of all the Bush's. Had his brother not been president, Jeb probably would have held that office for two terms and been very popular. "W" may have ruined his chances of ever becoming president.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  123. Peter M

    Not another Bush. These guys have robbed and messed this country up for long enough. They need to get out of public life. America is tired. They over-stayed their welcome. Jeb needs to go away...at least for a long while.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  124. Moksha Todd

    Oh, please Republicans, listen to Jeb....we need a Republican leader to help re-elect OUR President Obama.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  125. Pat from Florida

    Downfall of the Republican party? Call it a restructuring Jack. With liberty minded American's taking back the reigns. If you think Bush was bad wait til the Democratic Congress and Obama get done. They spend more money with less transparency and they already have their own little wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. If you steer a boat in the wrong direction for two long eventually you get lost.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  126. Ken in NC

    Jack, a Bush by any other name is still a Bush. The brother, Jeb, is a shut cut from the original G.H.W. Bush as G.W. Bush.

    Not a chance I'm willing to take. Let them first try their Republican system out on Mexico.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  127. donna tobin

    Jack, it's ok to listen to Jeb but not to vote for him!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  128. Askia

    The word "Bush" is a 4 letter curse word.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  129. Judy, Florida

    He can thank his brother – – the answer is NO!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  130. Pam

    This only proves how much gall the Bushes have, or perhaps how out of touch they are about how little this country thinks of their family.

    No more Bushes - ever!

    Baton Rouge, LA

    May 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  131. Pat- Texas

    God help us.

    It will take the rest of our lifetime to clean up the mess that his brother has left. Please GOP don't do it to us again.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  132. Brad

    Yes. Jeb is one of the few republicans that understand the shift this country is making. Also, he is the only Bush that I would ever consider voting for, for ANY public office. I swear, he's gotta be a bastard child. No way he shares DNA with his warmongering "Father" and "Brother".

    May 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  133. Francis

    Only if he's on fire, Jack. Otherwise, forget about it.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  134. Roy - Chicago IL

    Jack, we all know hindsight is 20-20!
    Of course Jeb and a lot of other GOP'ers know they have to open the party up....it sure does not take a genius to figure that out.
    Since it is such a generic homogenous message, perhaps the GOP should think very carefully about WHO the harbinger of this new GOP hope will be.......because a voice from the past won't cut it, especially one with the last name Bush.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  135. kem roy neal


    Jeb Bush may have good talking points, but the Bush name is now tainted (for this generation any way) Jeb should just go away or hurt his party further...

    May 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  136. John R

    Another BUSH? It takes your breath away to even think of it. If he's the only leader the Republicans have to offer they are really desperate.... Wait Sarah Palin !! It would be funny if it wasn't serious.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  137. Jason

    Another Bush?

    Are you even remotely serious?

    The GOP should have been listening to Ron Paul for all these years and they would not be in such a rotten position. The Party should go back to what this country was founded on, less government, prudent policy and more personal liberty.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  138. Chris B

    How can you move forward when your spokesman resembles a larger version of the past spokesman? His actions is Florida led to some very interesting TV material regarding medical diagnosis on the Senate floor and how to insert and remove feeding tubes. Is this really the best person to push a new message; I don't believe so.

    Why is it that everytime I turn on C-SPAN, FOX, CNN, or any other news outlet, I have the joy of seeing a young Republican star staring back at me. Yet, this star seems so smug and oozing with hate when he says,"we will continue to say NO." How about first replacing that face with someone that looks...oh, say NORMAL and without the smugness most politicians seem to have.

    You want to set-up a new "tent", your going to have to open the doors to people that are free thinkers...this is another fact about the Republican party that seems to ellude them. The Democrats have plenty of free thinkers and they actually trot them out on TV and have them make the news rounds. But not Republicans, they trot out John Bo and Mitch McConnel...the poster boys for "I will have it my way."

    May 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  139. barry Palm Springs

    the whole problem in a nutshell – the name Bush is the same as Leprosy right now. A Bush trying to take control of the party right now is a complete stalemate. New blood is needed, not tainted blood of eras past.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  140. Joel

    If we we're betting, and, it was 2 out of 3 for the Bush Family, then That may be a name that will never have a chance. 2 out of 3, The Bush's lost the bet.
    Crescent City, CA

    May 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  141. Craig Harvey

    I don't believe that this country can survive another BUSHING. That family has done more to hurt this country than any single event that I can remember in my life time.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  142. Jan2nice

    Oh...hell no. If you mention the name Bush, the Republican Party needs to dissolve.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  143. Barbara Sprague


    I cannot believe that our collective memory is so short that we would evne consider linstening to Jeb Bush.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  144. Susan C. Friedenberg

    You have to be kidding! Listen to another Bush about anything? I would listen to a kangeroo dressed like the Messiah stating that Sarah Palin is the right choice for the Republicans in eight years. You have to be joking!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  145. Stephen Fox

    I absolutely loathed (and loathe) former President George W. Bush, and believe him to be "The Worst President In U.S. history."

    BUT...living in Florida, and having lived under Governor (John Ellis) "JEB" Bush, I have to say that the brother of the worst President in U.S. history...wasn't so bad for Florida. There's quite a difference between the two–and I suspect more than once they physically fought in the Governor's office (considering a black eye or bruise that appeared later, after the two had a meeting). Point for Jeb, if true 😉

    I don't see Jeb as President, but as far as remaking the Republican Party (I'm not Republican, btw), the Party could do much worse in listening to Jeb.

    How's that for not biased? Considering the circumstances.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  146. Lee In Minnesota

    Strange, it is the same people with the old fashioned out dated views that are the same old shoes hitting the road. Give me a break, we are not stupid. Ms. McCain is the only one on the right path if they want real change.. An elephant is still an elephant even if you try to paint it a different color.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  147. Aneika

    No more Bushes! The Bushes are no good for the country or the Republican party!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  148. Darci from Vancouver BC

    Jeb's message could be relevant, redeeming, and totally on the money – but who can handle listening to another Bush? The U.S is a big country, isn't there someone else who can step up and be worthy of listening to?

    May 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  149. Dan inOK

    Listening to Ole Jeb right now, is about as smart as listening to the other voice of the Rep party, Limbaugh. One Bush, two Bush, three Bushes more. When will it end, this is not a legacy family we need to follow.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  150. Dave Shapiro

    Sure Jeb should consider a run. He and Sarah Palin together on a ticket would create such a backlash that Republicians wouldn't see the light of Day until 2016

    May 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  151. John, Fort Collins, CO

    The Republican Party should absolutely be listening to what Jeb Bush has to say on the critical need for a new direction. Unfortunately for him and the GOP, he could already be a strong Republican candidate getting ready for 2012 if his last name were anything other than Bush. As it is, they should at least pay close attention to the advice he is offering.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  152. Whit R$ussell

    We need another Bush in the White House just as we need a Pandemic of syphilus.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  153. Ralph - Joplin, MO

    Haven't we had enough of this family? I just wish they would go away. Enough is enough.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  154. Joe Tucson

    I hope Jeb does try and take the lead for the Republicans. That would for sure put them under in the next elections. The only thing, the Democrates are no better. We need another party to rise and really represent the American people this time. Not every other country, big business, and (not) Illegal Imigrants!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  155. Alan Lawless

    Yes. Please listen to Jeb Bush. As a democrat I would love it for the Republicans to keep digging themselves deeper into the pit of irrelevance they already find themselves in and the best way to do that is to listen to anybody with the last name 'Bush'.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  156. Chad from Los Angeles, CA

    Over the last 8 years, George "W" Bush has become synonymous with goofball, moron, etc. Yet, one name sounds somehow less intelligent. That is "Jeb Bush"! Scary what the GOP and thier FOX network will throw at the American people-advice from a dumber bush!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  157. Sean

    Listening to Mr. Jeb Bush is one issue, however, he running for 2012 Presidential election is totally another matter. I am a registered Republican, but as it stands I see no 'modern' goals that helps the country move forward. Republicans need to realized that we are not living in the 1970s or 1980, but in 2009 and forward. Ideas that worked back then may be totally obsolete now.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  158. June in FL

    NO.....No.....No.... It will be a few generations away before a Bush should get into the #1 spot. By then, they will be thinking more like Megan McCain. (I say that as a true Obama supporter)

    May 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  159. John Thrasher

    How many Bush's does it take to guarantee Fascism? Jeb's dishonesty to count votes so brother could grab the Presidency did end up killing America, America's economy, not to mention millions of innocent people in iraq and ruin our reputation around the World.
    We need Jeb like we need Suddam Hussein Back.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  160. Rick from Ct

    Another Bush thats it, thats the answer thats all we need. NOT!
    Thats why the GOP is where they are now, they really just don't get it.
    Hi Jack

    May 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  161. Jose

    Why should anybody listen to what Jeb Bush has to say, he left the State of Florida as bankrupt as his brother left the Nation.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  162. Mark (from new york)

    Even if he changes his name, it'll be hard for Americans to forget the damage his family's adminstration has done over 12 years. They still believe in trickle down economic prosperity and treating everyone like 4th graders if they don't agree with them. The American people clearly see this and the only person remotely possible of breathing life into the GOP is Meghan McCain.

    I am in New York Jack which is heavily democratic but swung around for Reagan. This state could swing for Meghan's ideas again since we do actually like less taxes but we don't like the religion, torture, lies, ignorance of the environment and looking down on minorities which the current GOP core loves to hold to its ideals.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  163. Leon

    Republicans please listen to Jeb Bush, another family loser. Remember its genetic!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  164. Kevin McManus

    We had Bush, Sr. Failure. We had Bush, Jr. Failure. Now we have little Bush. Listening to another Bush would be like giving Nixon just one more chance...and then another.

    "...A fool can't get fooled again..."

    May 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  165. Beverly Kurtin, Ph.D. Hurst TX

    Jeb Bush? Another son of a Bush? Not only no, but HELL no.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  166. Kevin ,Monticello FL

    Republicans, Democrats....Here's my question Jack, One is for Big Business Tycoons , and the other wants to give my money to Illegals and welfare recipients. Where is the party that represents "hard working, struggling" white folks? We are being stamped out and flat out ignored. I personally could care less what either party ends up as.......unless we get some long deserved representation!!!!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  167. John, Jacksonville, Fl

    Jeb Bush is the "GOP's 'Great White Hope. We're going to see alot of him over thext few years, as he will position himself as the voice of reason among the lunatics. By the time the GOP spin machine has revised history, a majority of Americans will feel as if his brother's presidency wasn't such a disaster after all, thus paving the way for another Bush presidency, and deja-vu all over again. God help us.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  168. Ron Ouellette

    Their goose is cooked and they should accept that. Now that Obama is in charge and focusing on the needs of Main St. rather than K Street these buffoons need to OBSERVE and LISTEN and take an HONEST
    stock of what the American People want and deserve. They had it their way for 12 years and who in his right mind would want more of the same?? Both BUSHES will go down in History as two of the worst President's in our History and one of them may wind up in jail.

    Ron – Florida

    May 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  169. R. Anderson

    We have listened to, two to many already. Enough of the Bush's
    R. Anderson Longmont; Co.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  170. Chris

    Really, Jack?! Giving Jed Bush the responsibility of reconstructing the Republican Party is like giving a toddler matches. They are going to just burn everything down.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  171. Steven Atlanta, Georgia

    The Republicans were ignorant enough to listen to George W. Bush let these ignoramuses do the same thing, and listen to Jeb Bush. I would love to see them out of power for the next twenty years. Treat them like children and put them in a corner to think about what they did.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  172. Gayle Gerson

    The best they could do would be to dump the Republican label totally and start a moderate party to collect any reasonable Republicans who haven't shifted to the Democratic Party.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  173. Sharon

    Jeb Bush is right in many ways, but would never ever listen to anything he has to say. Why??? Quite obvious – he is President Bush's brother. I don't feel any further explanation is necessary!!

    From Sharon – Mill Valley, California

    May 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  174. Ron Writer

    I find it hard to believe Jeb Bush has a voice. I interviewed him in Miami in 1990. I asked him for a quote endorsing a republican governors cabinet post and he said, "Write one for me." I got the distinct impression that he didn't have his own thoughts.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  175. Beverly

    Because they can't or won't look at the long view, its all about "now".

    May 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  176. Randy

    YES! Big bro just cashed in his 100 million dollar lottery ticket given to him by the people he gave out billions to. Jeb is now ready to stand in that very short line of "public servants" cashing in on their so-called "public service".

    May 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  177. Karl from SF, CA

    Yes he is. It’s amazing that there can be so much intelligence and stupidity in the same family. He is their best hope, such as it is, and apparently one of the few that realizes how bad off the party really is. The rest of that “Road Show” is still floundering in the good old days. He should be the new GOP leader, and not be intimidated by the radio wanna-be’s. If he runs in 2012, I bet’cha Sara Palin won’t be on his ticket.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  178. Don in Toledo

    Heck Jack! Why not listen to Jeb. He's the only one in that party that is expressing a practical plan. Wow, it's funny watching a party that was so used to having their own way on everything from torture to election rigging, having to face the music. They seem like a bunch of adolescents with their pouty "NO" attitude.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  179. Mike

    Haven't you been Bushwacked enough

    May 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  180. fay

    Enough is enough!!! We don't need or can afford another Bush.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  181. John - Houston, TX

    All the Democrats say: YES !!!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  182. Bob in AZ

    Jeb should be given the same attention as we would give Rice.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  183. Bill-Tampa

    Jack, a Bush, is a Bush is a Bush. I think the Republican party is now a lost cause and desperate. There are no female and minority Republicans traveling with their new and so called improved roadshow? It' may be a new story, but it's the same old characters telling the story. You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  184. Audrey

    Hi Jack, The Bushes are dead in politiics, thanks to
    former President George Bush. The Republicans need to listen to Megan McCain, now that girl has a head on her shoulders.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  185. robert alvarez

    Unless Jeb Bush can part the Red Sea ,and I rather doubt he can, then we should say enough with the Bush name brand. We don't need that kind of thinking in the White House or any seat of government.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  186. Ben in Maryland

    Definitely. Supposedly, he is the smart Bush. But I guess when you consider what he is compared to, he could be as smart as a sponge and still be the smart Bush.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  187. lovett

    That name Bush is poison to my health.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  188. Wendy Leigh

    NO! While I'm sure the Repub's would love to pull this one off, the answer is a steadfast NO, Jack! One has only to be vaguely familiar with the term Project of the New American Century. Jr Bush was one of the origional neo-con signers. We certainly do NOT need to be lured and misguided down that ideological path, or warpath, again. That would be a shame on me...

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  189. mattfleming

    If Jeb is the future of the party, they're screwed. In florida he underfunded k-12 education, slashed pell grants for college students, never acknowledged about the huge enviornmental problems facing this state, had his head prison guy get indicted for running the jail system like the mafia, and when appointing a district attorney position, him, now governor crist, and then whitehouse counsel harriet miers, asked this woman questions like, "is it true that you are a lesbian," and, "is it true that you have 300 pets. both not even close to accurate. I think he should run for pres in 012 but only because obama would own him.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  190. Mary

    Jeb Bush as the leader of the Republican party? He's a chip off the old bush! When he was governor of Florida people couldn't wait for his term to end. He's as arrogant and out of touch as his brother. He certainly is not the voice of the future.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  191. E. Jackson

    I don't trust Jeb Bush any further than I can spit. He is the brother of you know who.

    E. Jackson

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  192. Scott

    HECK NO !!!
    I think we need to amend the constitution so no one family can rule the country as long as the Bush family .

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  193. Rich, Kankakee, IL.

    I have a questions when did Christians say that it was okay torture, didn't we learn anything from how the Romans tortured Christ, at the Request of the Jewish court The Great Sanhedrin? And how when Governor Pontius Pilate found him innocent how the Jews choose a murder and a thief to be released then Christ!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  194. Hans Price

    Jack I wish I never live the day to see another Bush in the Executive branch of this great Nation. I was in Florida for all Jeb tries to become Governor of this Great State of our Union which he did not leave in good shape after his last term. We all can associate this depression to the housing problem that started in FL and CA. No wonder that all these People had one thing in Common: The Republican Party. We need a new Party.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  195. bonnie monson

    I certainly hope so! I would like to see the repulican effort fail ,as they have been responsible for so much decline in our countries situation now.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  196. Al Gardella

    Sure what the hell, Bush number 1 a one term President, Bush number two left us in this mess, speaking as a liberal supporter of the
    Democratic Party I'd love to see what number three does for the GOP

    May 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  197. Richard

    Absolutely! Since the Republicans now represent the desert, they might just need to look around to see if there is a BUSH about to sprout up.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  198. b brian tupaz

    Even though Jeb Bush is the smarter of the Bush sons, and was far more qualified to be President, the country needs to distance itself from the Bushes. Not only did W bring the Republican party down, but he also brought the country's economy and standing in the world down with it. It's not a matter of trusting Jeb Bush, rather than a matter of the country's and the Republican party needing to extricate itself from the name "Bush."

    Brian, Cleveland OH

    May 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  199. olu

    Listening to Jeb Bush at this time is like knowingly scheduling a physician whose practice has been sued almost to bankruptcy (for several malpractices) to perform a complex surgery on your family member in the same specialization for which he has been sued for malpractice.

    It just doesnt happen!!!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  200. Tonya

    Wait.... for..... it – NO!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  201. Sean Ing

    PLEASE, how much damage can one controlling, manipulative, greedy, self-serving, war-mongering family do to our country?? Elect or listen to Jeb Bush and the story continues. How ignorant can people be to keep voting for and listening to the drivel coming from Bushes and Cheneys. Please, I ask the media to not even cover what they have to say, isn't there something more important or interesting to cover? Thank you.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  202. S.Favilla


    Jeb should get out of politics and give his brother George a beating! I don't think anyone who has sense would listen or even vote for another Bush!!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm |

    They ran an unlearned Palin for VP and now want a Bush to run the Republican party? They deserve what they get. The problem that we get, is the trouble created by the Bush's. Big time problems.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  204. Chris

    Jack, Jebby seems to be the only coherent voice in the Republican Party; he actually recognizes that the problem IS the Republican Party. To answer your question, I think Republicans should listen to him instead of Condi the liar, Rush the arrogant, or Steele the out-of-touch. If they listen to him, Republicans might actually win some election in the near future. Sorry Jeb, you'll have a long time on the sidelines before W's reputation finally fades away. 2012? Try 2020.
    Lake Worth, Florida

    May 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  205. steffan

    I hope the people have learned from the pass two bushes being in the office. As I recall, both have done cost our country to be disliked by the whole world. Also both have sent our troops into Iraq. Can we trust the next bush not to send us there? I don't want to know by electing him.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  206. Eddie Kranwinkel

    Hey Jack,

    Didn't good old Jeb also say, "it's time for us to listen first, to learn a little bit, to upgrade our message a little bit"...

    Seems to me that perhaps the GOP should: learn "ALOT" and upgrade their message "ALOT"

    Perhaps he's just talking like a "conservative republican", with his "little-bit" approach!

    Eddie Kranwinkel (Miami, FL – Jeb's old stomping grounds)

    May 4, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  207. P.Patton

    Jeb Bush is quite fat now. He needs to go on a diet, and he needs to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He also needs to clean up the oil blood in his family's backyard.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  208. bearman0813

    No,No,No,No way shoud we listen to a Bush or any other GOP. They are so out of touch with what is wrong with our country. We are better off listening to a dead man Because they can't " LIE "

    May 4, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  209. Jean from Sun City AZ

    I'm stunned that Jeb Bush dared show his face after what his older brother has done to this country. Maybe it's a case of meeting fire with fire. Jeb is definitely the more intelligent than George W so maybe there are a few Florida Republicans who are willing to listen to him. I would really like to listen to him talking about former President Bush.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  210. Bernadette Loesch

    Hi Jack, If they do they will NEVER EVER get back into power. I personally hope and pray that Americans never forget what the Bush Dynasty has done to and with the country...

    May 4, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  211. Terrell Holt

    Mr. Cafferty,

    This is truly a hysterical notion. Sure lets listen to another "burning" Bush, but i can guarantee you it wont have the same positive message and outlook as it did for Moses. The bush name will from here on be synonymous with failure ad corruption. The republican party and the nation should turn a deaf ear to every word uttered from anyone named Bush, much like we do with Akmadinijad.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  212. Ed from Southwest Colorado

    OH PLEASE, no more bushes. Please, please, no more. Please make then go away.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  213. Michael Roepke - Dallas

    Are you telling us that Republicans are listening?

    May 4, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  214. greg

    Jeb Bush, might be the smartest person on earth but it is impossible for anyone to listen to him in this 21st century. I can only listen to Jeb Bush if his last name (Bush) will be changed.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  215. Tom plocki

    He certainly makes more sense than the other bobble heads. But I think the Bush royalty has been permanently dethroned.
    We need a new loyal opposition and it certainly isn't the Libertarians, the republicans were radical enough.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  216. Sandra Peterson

    If the republicans believe another Bush, they are beyond help and they deserve the slow death they may be facing. The damage done by Big Brother Bush could not be undone by Little Brother Bush. In fact, the damage to the US and its reputation may well be undoable–and is undoable for those who died in Iraq and for those tortured in the name of freedom from the "Terrrists." The Republicans of today are fear-mongers. There's no middle ground when fear is the driving force.


    May 4, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  217. John,

    The GOP will be rolling out a newer, streamlined version of the old Bush. Heck, this one can even talk. But buyer beware: It's the same old thing underneath the hood. If you thought the older brother was a hoot,, wait until you get a load of this one. May God help us.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  218. DM - San Diego

    I don't think those who call themselves Republicans have any idea who to listen to. I don't even know what it is they want to hear. If their choice is Jeb, Sarah, Newt or Rush.... then the last person to leave needs to turn off the lights and close the door.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  219. John

    A good litmus test for Jeb Bush is to ask him if he believes water boarding is torture. I think we all know what his answer will be. So, yes, he would be a good candidate to lead the Republicans. Enough said.

    Portland, OR

    May 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  220. Roger Woods

    Another middle-aged to elder white male! The GOP doesn't get it. And never will. Bush, Cantor, Gingrich, Limbaugh. Please!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  221. Justin

    Republicans should certainly listen to Jeb Bush, and perhaps consider him for a leadership roll in the party. A roll in which he can lead the pack of directionless lemmings over the same cliff that claimed the Federalist and Whig parties.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  222. Teri Slagle

    Absolutely not. We who live in Florida had him as governor along with having his brother as president (mercifully I didn't vote for him either time being a Democrat). Used to be a Republican 20 years ago but changed parties long ago. The Bush Administration may well have given a final blow to the party with their legacy of torture and contempt for the Constitution. Meghan McCain seems to be one of the few level heads left. T. in Ft. Laud.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  223. Susan

    Hmmm, let's see. Unless you live under a rock 8 years of "W" almost destroyed this country. If you live in Florida, as I do, then you're aware that 8 years of Jeb has put us dead last in just about every category. So, in answer to your question, HELL NO !!!!!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  224. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    Sheer desperation. They'd have to be out of their minds. I think the American people have had enough of the Bushes for this millenium.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  225. Brandon White (Jonesboro, AR)

    While I do agree with the idea that Republicans should leave the Reagan era behind, Jeb Bush should not be the figurehead of such a movement. His record on this issue is shaky at best. The only prominent Republican that has consistently voted to decrease government excess, never voting even to raise his own salary, is Ron Paul.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  226. Alfred Thornton - Cazadero, CA

    Mr. Cafferty,
    I have not voted since the cheating or mishandling of the Florida's Election. At that time a problem even came up in California with votes being dumped in the bay. My right to vote is a constitutional right. No one should be able to mess with the voting process. I will give up voting if the other Bush runs for office, because of the possiblity of cheating, besides President Obama is a hard act to follow.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  227. Florida for Obama

    No No No!!! Absolutely NOT – No more Bush's in the White House!!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  228. Sandy

    It's too late for Jeb; hisbrother's ineptitude will always hover over any candidacy of Jeb Bush. As a democrat, I'd be glad to see him run because his ideas are his brother's ideas and his Dad's ideas: deeply held, deeply flawed ideas that have brought this country to its knees, and those ideas will be easy to shoot down. Sandy

    May 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  229. Sean Ing

    PS. Jeb Bush and other desperate republicans are simply saying what they think people want to hear, not supporting their own ideals, they are currently spineless, lost, What do you stand for Jeb???

    May 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  230. Kevin

    If they "do" listen to Jeb Bush, they would be wise not to advertise publicly that they are.

    There was a whole bunch of things I was going to mention in this post initially, but I think one sentence is enough to really "say it all"

    The Bush "brand" is bankrupt.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  231. John, Illinois

    Republicans will listen to him because he is a Bush. Personally the cartoon version made more sense!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  232. Eli

    The right person has yet to be born!! It will be a long time coming before anyone wants to hear what they have to say!!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  233. Lee

    I don't believe Jeb Bush has fallen that far from the tree to be any different than his father, if he becomes a spokesman or leader of the Repub party I don't believe that there will be any progression of inclusion in the party as McCain's daughter has suggested.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  234. Ramona Las Vegas, Nv

    NO. Why should we listen to another BUSH. Bush 1 is pushing for this, also we we do not need another Bush. I'm sick of them. This country has become a mess for the last 8 yrs. We need someone who will keep there promises. So far our new President is on a roll.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  235. Tom in Rochester, NY

    Yes, listen to him. I for one want to hear more about FL in 2000.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  236. Greg Flanagan

    Yes they should; this way we can have the time to get GREEN, LIBERTARION< and Other significant debatees. Lie, lies,lies yea was a SONG! This COUNTRY is in good hands, now lets get down to business. We need BALANCE in Gvmt,One party is not GOOD !
    WE were LIED to for too long. AS A friend of BilW u and I Know the 4 is IS big WE need 44 years of reconcilliation to have any MORALES.

    Thank you;

    Greg F. onedayatatime

    May 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  237. Noble Lee

    I don't want to be mean like the GOP can be to Dems but it seems to me we're getting the same DNA.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  238. Tony P. Fremont, Ca.

    Jed Bush is not the right person for any member within the GOP to listen to. He has the unfortunate stroke of "luck" by riding his brother's cottails into history... and it's 20% approval rating within America. Keep in mind, it's even lower abroad. This is just to start with.... Further, Jed not only comes from the same party people attribute their economic problems to presently....and with great reason. He also comes from the same family and their same set of values and estimated intelligence as George W. It seems the GOP is really "scraping the bottom of the barrel on this one......" I'm sure Democrats love it ! It would help seal the GOP's doom for 20012-2016.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  239. joan (canada)

    No! the name Bush is a really dirty word .

    May 4, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  240. PVTcitizen

    HECK no... Abraham Lincoln, he created the Republican party...George W. Bush, he destroyed the Republican party...the last thing the GOP needs to do is to listen to another rotten seed from the Bush line of crap...

    May 4, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  241. Chuck, NW Arkansas

    Jeb Bush is a charter member of PNAC, The Project For A New American Century. This is a extremely Right-Wing organization who wanted to see America spread its tentacles all over the world, beginning with Saddam's Iraq. Do we want another administration with Dick Chaney as its "Hidden" president? And how will it look for Jeb when his brother is convicted of war crimes including torture and illegally invading Iraq.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  242. Tom-Philly

    How soon we forget 2004 when we were talking about how Democrats were 'out of touch with middle America' and it would take years for them to recover after Kerry. The beauty of our political landscape is that it changes with the winds of time. Let's not underestimate that fact. It has been 100 days of our new administration. At some point, we need to start looking ahead and stop the Bush-bashing.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  243. Jean OK

    The name of Bush is toast, no amount of scraping can get that burned mess off to be platable!!! No one will listen to him, actually I don't see anyone in their little pizza party that the mojority of Americans want to listen to.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  244. Dennis


    The Republican party is like the chicken that had its head cut off and it is running around as though it can continue. I'm an Independent and although I don't like the way Democrats are doing things I am completely disgusted with the Republican party. Jeb I'm afraid missed his chance after his brother, its too bad Jeb seems way more qualified than GW.

    Fort Worth

    May 4, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  245. Vivian

    It puts chills on my spine to think of a Jeb Bush Whitehouse having watched at a very close range his 8 years as governor. It is hard to underestimate the long term damage he did to Florida. Jeb is an idealogue who is smarter than his brother but no less dogmatic and mean spirited. What Americans did in choosing a new direction is to reject the narrow vision of the religious right wing and no one is more entrenched in that view of the world than Jeb Bush.


    May 4, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  246. Stephen, Houston Texas

    They are going to turn on him if he keeps saying things like this. That nastalgia is the only thing keeping them going. Your telling the fringe to act right. Even if you are right they will turn on. Us versus them is what they love. Seams we elected the wrong bush brother.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  247. Rick from Ct

    We don't need a Bush we got a Tree Jack, now we can grow. lol

    May 4, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  248. Chris K.

    If Jeb really wants to make a change in the Republican party, I say he should run for senate so we can see what his true colors look like the next time the GOP decides to run around crying "fascism! Fascism!" in regards to the Obama administration.

    The Bush family credibility is so far gone, I doubt he'll get much air time no matter how much potential he may or may not have. I don't even think the GOP is willing to take the chance on him.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  249. Pranav Kothare West Lafayette, IN

    I do not think that we should rule out Jeb Bush, he seems to be a promising Republican. I think he is one of the few people that realizes the gravity of the situation with the Republican party. Furthermore, what Meghan McCain said is very true and Jeb Bush can provide the leadership to make Republicans understand a more moderate view. I am only saddend by the fact that people who do not know Jeb Bush will go by his infamous brother's reputation and refuse to listen to him.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  250. voter

    This will depend on how bad Obama will do. Many people dont like GB, but dont forget that GB was real popular right after his 2nd term 100days. Even more that Obama. So lots of things can happen between now and next election. All Jeb has to do is sit back and let Obama drive his anti-american socialist views/agenda on america until everyone starts to rebel out of far of losing our freedoms.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  251. Barbara West

    OK- Jack Its like this ,Just the thought of another Buusshh is just to much, I don't think I've got enought swearing words left.
    Skowhegan ,Me.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  252. Jared

    Absolutely, not. The Republicans act as a corporate-fascist machine. They allowed the neoconservatives to hijack their foreign policy and put us into two wars that we have started.

    The only man I could think of who had integrity and high values was Ron Paul. We needed him as President or at least several members of Congress and Senate with his integrity.

    Ron Paul was the clear cut Republican.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  253. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    Let's see, George H said "Read my lips, no new taxes", GW said "We don't torture" among other things. I can't wait to hear the lies from Jeb. This relationship with American voters is almost incestuous.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  254. Mike T

    The Bush family is what brought down the Republican party, why would anyone listen to them? At the end of the day they were too moderate and did not stand for true conservative values. Who knows what they stood for. The republican nominee (John McCain) this time through really could not tell you what he stood for either. Bob Barr is the one they need to listen too. I could not say it any better myself.

    We do not need people like the McCain's and Bush's telling anyone how to lead anything. If the party goes towards the middle we have already seen the results. The Democrats are the most popular in my lifetime and the furthest left they have ever been. Very few people live in the middle.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  255. Rich, Kankakee, IL.

    Listening to any Bush would be like listening to the Ephors who betrayed the 300 men that went to battle the vast army's of Xerxes. End the end all Bush will betray you and this great country, for their own ends! We trim Bushes we don't put them in office, ever again!!!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  256. Dick B

    Yes. Absolutely. I believe we should have all Republicans listen to Jeb give a speech in a pig pen in Mexico.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  257. Lisa in Illinois

    I think the message is good!!! The messenger not bad either. He was a pretty popular governor and good for Florida. I beleive the Bush family is a decent family at heart. I would rather have 8 more years of George Bush than what we have now!!!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  258. CLH

    As the Bible says, there is a time for everything. Now is the time for Republicans to look at today realistically; stop being negative; stop being the rock in the road; lead in fresh, positive, new directions giving new suggestions! This is the time for the Bush Family to turn the page on a new chapter.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  259. olu

    Fool me once (George H Bush) – Shame on you,
    Fool me twice (George W Bush) – Shame on me.
    Fool me trice (Jeb Bush) – OMG! Enough already!!

    Atlanta GA

    May 4, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  260. Bimal Ghose

    If the Republican Party is ready for a political HARAKIRI then definitely need another Bush. If the GOP need to revive dont go backward but try to find a new "moderate" leader.

    Biimal Ghose
    Randolph, MA

    May 4, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  261. Bridget Lavelle

    Jack, please/ you ruined my day, by mentioning one of the bushes.
    I'm going to enjoy the next 8 years watching a real scholer who knows how how to speak , nice to have a President who knows what he's
    talking about.
    No more Palin and no more Bush please please,,thank you.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  262. Marie

    We cannot afford to make that kind of mistake again as electing another Bush.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  263. Kevin St. Joe, MI

    Jack, the thought of another Bush in the White House or leading the GOP is scary. I do not think Jeb could win anything or rebuild the GOP.
    The GOP are a dying bred.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  264. Jared, Pennsylvania

    Ron Paul was the clear cut Republican who would've saved this country. He was right all along. Ron Paul needs to be our President.

    He's the only man who upholds the Constitution, attacks the Federal Reserve system, protects civil liberties, and vote against unconstitutional runaway spending. Plus he wants to end the war on drugs.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  265. bob punga

    Mr M I see that there are not a lot of people who listen, look or respond to your commentary – 5600 hits?
    You guys keep telling the conservatives they are going in the wrong direction a la Jebb Bush. Liberals believe if conservatives are more like them they will be more successful. Your Mr Obama had 58M vote against him, hardly a landslide. I believe Conservatives should be more Reaganesque, more convinced and convicted that the way forward is not your liberal way but rather a more ideological conservative approach. Your Mr. Obama is going to drive the country into an abyss that will take years to recover from – Liberalism in all its glory. In short, two Bush's went to the center and they have not strengthened the Repubs. No thanks to Jebb or you Mr. M

    May 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  266. Hernan from Richmond, VA

    I would not listen to any of the GOP party, after they are the ones who are responable for creating the worest econmonic crisis since the great depression. They just want to play the same old policies that got us into this mess. The American people can not aford to look back what the GOP party have done like the harsh interrigations of the bush adminnation of touture, giving tax breaks to the wealthy, lying to the American people about our government on how it should run, and trickling down the middle class and the over the past eight years while mega companies like banks were booming. Well I cannot aford to listen to any the GOP party anymore as well as The American People.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  267. Bob Brundin

    If one 'can't tell a book by its cover'
    Then surely one 'can't tell a man by his brother'

    May 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  268. Terry in Fayetteville, NC

    They are several days late and 3 trillion dollars short. Sure... They could label him "New Bush" or "Classic Bush" but Coca Cola will be right behind Don Henley with a lawsuit for infringement. Ron Paul best articulated Republican values and the faithful didn't like what they heard. Merger with a European car company is probably the GOP's only hope.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  269. John

    NO! The Bush family has had their chance. I doubt we will ever see a Bush in the white house again.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  270. Janet Gainesville Florida

    NO–Jack– as a Native resident of Florida–Florida's problems did Not all start since the economic downturn, and Charlie Crist. Our state has had problems for years, and were ignored by Jeb and his bunch. Remember Terry Shavio? Our state tax base needs a complete overhaul, and we need more jobs, besides tourism and construction. Our education system needs help, and it's Not the FCAT and grading our schools. The country does Not need another Bush.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  271. Jan of Washington

    The Republicans would be in denial if they should believe in Americans having short memories. Bush, the Elder caused Americans to suffer the scandal of his Iran Contra Affair. But the Republicans were hoodwinked by his son, GWB, who destroyed America's credibility and integrity even worse than his father did. Now, we see another Bush – the brother of America's worst president and the son of Bush, the Elder – playing the same control of the Republicans. Americans ought to be asking the Republicans as to whether they'd be making the same unwise move thrice over?

    The Republicans may be in obvious desperation to take advice from every Dick, Tom and Harry, including another Bush again. However, the greater number of Americans are not so easily fooled again.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  272. Anthony, NJ

    If I were a Republican I'd like to see what this Ron Paul guy would be saying. He doesn't say the same things nor does he use a teleprompter like everyone else.

    A man of principled integrity and high values who wanted to back the government away from our lives and out of our wallets.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  273. Bobby

    Jack, the irony of Jeb Bush is correct! Reaganomics caused the crash in 1987 and his policies on deregulation is and has always been a failed policy. Every institution needs some regulation. Bush and the Republicans with the exception of the Clinton Administration that did place some "teeth" into economics has created such a mess that it will take us years to heal. Remember, Clinton was inclusive, Bush was exclusive. Technically, Bush and Cheney should be indicted along with all of their other cronies for war crimes and the collapse of the world economic markets. Clinton left a surplus, Bush left Obama with so much termoil and debt over a personal grudge. People forget that Reagan called Bin Laden a "Freedom Fighter" and sold chemical and biological weapons to Saddam Hussein and stood by and did nothing when Saddam killed thousands of Kurds and his own people. Republicans have left broke, hated throughout the world, and uneducated through the repression of the press. Our fore-fathers are turning over in their graves as we speak. Thomas Jefferson said, "Our country needs a revolution every 20 years to ensure our Democracy." Well, we are revolting against corrupt government and lobbyist–especially the banks and healthcare industries and they are scared! Peace,

    May 4, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  274. Lila Key West, FL

    No! No! No! NO!!!
    I have lived in Florida alll my life and I remember well when Jeb was our governor. I and many others think he is the one who helped "Dubya" steal that election from Al Gore! It will just be more of the same – and we just managed to get out from under all that mess!

    By the way, our household loves you, Jack! You're the highlight of our weekdays! Thanks for being there!

    Lila – Key West, FL

    May 4, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  275. Sandra Stephenson

    As a strong Democrat, I say go for it!! But I really thought you were looking for a new face and voice to represent your party. How on earth could you think that Jeb Bush could remotely be the answer? I would have thought that the Republicans would have taken a long look at the political history of this family before they put him out there. However, the Republicans could go ahead and really cut their throats by bringing Palin to the forefront. But with pigs in the news on such a negative note that probably won't appeal either.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  276. Jeremy: Brooklyn, NY

    Clearly what the Republican party is doing isn't working. There are fewer and fewer people left conservative enough to vote republican, since the GOP is moving to the right while the country moves left. Listening to Jeb is common sense, To stay relevant Republicans have to move away from the hyper-conservative reagan policies and look to the future. There may be a huge number of Republicans who are stuck in the Reagan Era, but there aren't enough of them to win an election.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  277. Richard Read

    Haven't we had enough of the Bushes already? They have destroyed our country.They should be indicted.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  278. Deborah, Beaverton, OR

    So am I the only one who finds it funny that the leaders of the Republican's new efforts to "reconnect" with the votors are, for the most part, a bunch of middle-aged, rich white men?

    May 4, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  279. Mr. Miller

    Versus Bob Barr and Meghan McCain, yes Republicans should listen to Jeb Bush. He's smart and effective, which puts him ahead of most people. Unfortunately, he's probably doomed with the Bush name. Then again, when our current narcissist in chief flames out, which he will, you might be surprised at people's attitudes.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  280. janet Austin, TX

    I will take Meghan McCain over Jeb Bush any day. I am so tired of the rhetoric of the Republican Party regurgitating the old party line. BORRRRRRRRRING.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  281. Weldon from Canada

    No he isn't , but then again they listened to his brother.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  282. Greg

    Any Bush is the wrong person to lead the defunct GOP. Blood is thicker than water and Jeb's decisions would be largely, if not wholly, influenced by his father and brother. That would not be the change that the GOP is now seeking. A more moderate stance is where they need to go, considering that the last two decades of their Party platform are largely extremist, religiously, and by their foreign policy. I find it strange and disconcerting that another McCain is now a mouthpiece for the GOP. We've seen too much relatedness in GOP politics lately. It's almost like seeing royal families here in the land of the free. The future of the GOP belongs to new faces and new ideas not tied to the right-wing fundamentalism of the Regan era

    May 4, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  283. Chris Allinson

    Absolutely Jack – yet another Bush is just what America needs.

    1. Bush 1 – Desert Storm, US troops occupied hallowed ground – the land of Mecca. al Qaeda was born – bombings of Embassies and consolidation with the Taliban. Also Bush's bud Ken Lay persuaded that Enron be given the go ahead to open pensions to corporate stock, resulting in 100's of $billions in eventual losses. Left office and joined The Carlyle group, munitions manufacturers!

    2. Bush 2 (Jr.) enacted the PNAC continuous-war imperative after 9/11 (Dad no in the biz) – got the US into the Iraq war – nuf said – did not get bin Laden (the reason for the Afghanistan war). But most important – got his finance buds to be creative on sub prime mortgages – over $5 trillion in losses racked up by that scam, and world financial markets left in ruins.

    3. Jeb Bush – shady dealer (Mexico) who ended up as Governor of Florida where he targeted Democrats via "scrub lists" that guaranteed his big brother, George the presidency, however, it did take a Bush 1. appointee on the Supreme Court to swing the vote for Bush Jr. Jeb right up there and should cost the US taxpayer no more than $50 trillion in scams – in keeping with the Bush Inc. MO.

    Like another hole in the head – the US needs yet another Bush!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  284. Nash

    I always liked Jeb Bush because of the diversity in his personal life. If people compares him G. Bush then it seems unfair because he is genuine gentle man. Remember his own father admitted that he is the best among his sons.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  285. James

    If they listen to another Bush the (GOP) might as well move the party to Texas with Gov Rick Perry and secede.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  286. Anne

    Sure they can listen but it would be a big mistake to rally around him as the Republican leader or as a potential presidential candidate. A decided percentage of us came to revile his brother and I don't believe another Bush is someone who the whole country can get excited about. Jeb seems to be a little sharper and more savvy than his brother, so it's probably too bad for Republicans that they didn't look to him years ago.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  287. Juliet Homestead, Florida

    HELL NO! not another BUSH. This country will not survive another individual from this crime family. Remember BUSH V GORE who do you think disenfranchized voters in this state? YES! Jeb Bush.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  288. Gigi in Alabama

    He might be the right man for the job . . . but he's got the wrong name!
    I'd be afraid to vote for anyone with the name of Bush.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  289. Vincent OBrien

    Why would anyone in their right minds want to have anything to do with the Bush family ? The last eight years should serve as a warning to stay clear of anyone from the Bush crime family. But I am a Democrat, so maybe the Republicans will prove they really are insane and go for another Bush.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  290. Jimmy Martin

    Please God, spare us from another Bush, ever.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  291. Debra, PA

    Ron Paul was the man that the GOP wanted. He wanted to get rid of runaway spending, end the Iraq war, get rid of the Internal Revenue Service, and lower our taxes.

    Few people understand what Libertarianism means. It is what our forefathers had founded this country on. We were meant to defend our Constitution.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  292. Tim

    Isn't it time for Neil Bush to enter into the "New " face of the Repubs? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    May 4, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  293. Susan Greenbaum

    There are two reasons why Jeb Bush has no future as a presidential candidate. First; would US voters really elect another Bush? Not only does this seem blatantly dynastic, but there is nothing to recommend that family in terms of past performance. Second, ex-Gov. Jeb Bush has an 8 year record of his own that will defeat him easily in any campaign. Florhida is currently drowning in unmanageable state and local budget deficits, nurtured by Bush's many billions in tax cuts that mainly benefited the wealthy. Under his leadership, the state succumbed too easily to a perfect storm of recession-depressed tourism and the financial collapse of real estate, the latter linked to massive and varied fraudulent practices that thrived in Florida's hot glow of deregulation. Governor Bush left dreadful legacies that are easy to excavate. His record will defeat him.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  294. Teresa Martin, Nevada, Missouri

    This question reminds me of the time when George Herbert Walker Bush was giving a speech and broke down in tears. He was honoring his son, Jeb. There was a time when Jeb was considered a viable presidential candidate. George H. must have been thinking how his wish for Jeb had gone so terribly wrong. An unbelievable failure for his family's expectations and for our entire country's future that George W. wormed his way into power before Jeb had a chance. Jeb has NO chance to be president or have any real influence now.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  295. Paul in Las Vegas, NV


    The world, let alone this country, does not need yet another Bush. While H.W. was not a total disaster, he did not really accomplish anything for this country except to further "Reaganomics."

    I realize that this political clan wishes to have its own page in history by having 2 sons sit in the office once occupied by the father, but the yearning to make history does not mean it is best for the country. What would be best for the country is for them all to fade in to the sunset.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  296. Kevin from Falmouth, Cape Cod

    What are ya Nuts ???

    May 4, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  297. Teresa, Cottage Grove, Oregon

    Absolutely. I am hoping the party implodes and becomes extinct in my lifetime, this would be one way to do it.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  298. J Taylor

    PLEASE..no more Bush family in the White House for at least..well...for 50 years...
    Russ Baker says it all in Family of Secrets, The Bush Dynasty..
    This 498 page book plus 64 pages of documentation is sobering and scary. It is no wonder we are where we are today with a crumbling middle class and deregulation as a solution.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  299. Georgie, Ohio

    I think we have been BushWacked Enough! And Enough IS Enough!!!!

    May 4, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  300. LeonP

    Great. Jebediah Bush, brother of King George II, is offering advice. The Republican Party elders just don't get it. In trying to make themselves over, the offer Romney, Bush, et al. I hate to admit it but Megan McCain has this pegged right: present new faces with new ideas, otherwise it just the same of Bovine Scat, repackaged.

    May 4, 2009 at 5:57 pm |