You might have expected Jebbie to say he most admired Ronald Reagan. Or he could maybe have even gotten away with Abraham Lincoln when asked which former president he admired most.
But none of those choices popped into his mind, No, instead he chose...James K. Polk.
Jeb Bush admires James K. Polk.
If you just went, ‘Huh?’ bear with me a moment. Because this is the scariest thing he has said.
Back in December, Bush said that he would ‘lose the primary to win the general.’ I argued that this statement made no sense unless you consider the possibility that he is not speaking to you and me, but to wealthy Republican insiders and corporate donors. While Donald Trump bloviates about Mexican immigrants, Bush is able to tread more lightly, because he is fundamentally not having a conversation with America, but with GOP donors. Many of his statements operate on two levels, one meant to be boringly milquetoast for public consumption, and another meant to be revealing to the type of Wall Street, oil, and weapons donors who form the funding core of the Republican establishment, and have supported the Bush dynasty for most of the last half century. I have suspected for months that Bush! is communicating on a subliminal level, and his admiration for Polk, in my opinion, confirms it.
Bush is dead wrong about historians ranking Polk highly. In the waning months of Bush’s big brother’s presidency, historians already weighing in on W. predicted that he was headed for the bottom of the pile. The Washington Post noted that historians were comparing him to a previous president.
One other president bears comparison to Bush: James K. Polk. … Polk should be remembered primarily for launching that unprovoked attack on Mexico…
Remember those words, “unprovoked attack.” George W. Bush was our generation’s high priest of American Empire, but W.’s ‘preemptive war’ against Iraq was a nibble compared to Polk’s chomp on Mexico.
Reason number umpty-zillion why Jeb Bush must never, ever get near enough to the White House to even step on the carpet, much less live there.