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Is Jeb Bush Just A Placeholder For Mitt?

Mitt Romney has been busy burnishing his "cool guy" image while Jeb implodes. What's up with that?

While Jeb Bush implodes, Mitt Romney has been quietly working behind the scenes to burnish his "cool" creds. The fight with Holyfield over the weekend -- all for charity, of course -- while his America Rising PAC is out there raising some big bucks. Undisclosed big bucks, at that.

This tweet from Ann Romney that suggests she's not ready to retire to the quiet San Diego life just yet.

And then Matt Lewis asks the magic question: Does Jeb Bush really want that nomination and/or the Presidency? And if he doesn't, then what?

Does Jeb really want to do what he is doing, or is he driven into it by his sense of his family? Is he going through the motions and figuring he had to do it?

This is not a perfect analogy. Ted Kennedy’s two brothers were, after all, assassinated.

But it is fair to say that both families place a premium on public service, and it’s possible that part of the reason Jeb wants to win is to restore the family name. As such, Jeb might feel like he needs to run more than he wants to run.

This would explain why he hasn’t run before, and why now – at the age of 62 – he might feel like he has to reluctantly give it a try – even if he secretly hopes to sabotage it.

Wanting it, it turns out, is a big deal. A willingness to endure the indignities required of winning the White House (which include both pandering, and a willingness to throw people you care about under the bus) typically requires passion and ambition – something loosely referred to as having the “fire in the belly.”

And frankly, Jeb Bush told us all along he doesn’t want it that bad.

And if he doesn't want it and Republicans realize they don't have a prayer with the likes of Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, then who will step up?

Maybe Ann Coulter was right about this one.

“I would like Mitt Romney with Scott Walker as his vice president”

“He’s not running. Keep going,” Hannity retorted. “He won’t jump back in.”

“I think he’s going to jump back in when people realize — the only possible candidate who isn’t a joke right now is Scott Walker, and I would rather have Mitt Romney answering questions about the fed and trade with China, and you’ll see,” Coulter told the host. “Ann’s going to be right. You’ll apologize.”

“You’re going to be wrong,” Hannity told Coulter. “I will bet you any amount of money he’s not getting in.”

Even if he doesn't, he's going to be one of the string-pullers behind the scenes. He and Jeb are amassing large war chests for whoever the nominee is. My money is on Scott Walker, unless he's indicted for his corruption in Wisconsin first.

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