Republican primary voters seem to be lukewarm toward Jeb Bush, and you probably think it's at least in part because he's George W.'s brother. But maybe that's wrong:
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush's debate-night defense of his brother George W. Bush's presidential legacy -- "He kept us safe" -- drew a round of applause from the audience last week, followed by waves of derision from Democrats pointing to the 9/11 terror attacks.
Most GOP voters, like the debate audience, are on the Bushes' side, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.
Eighty percent of Republican voters surveyed say they approve of George W. Bush's tenure as president.
Yes, "just 29 percent 'strongly approve,' while 51 percent approve only somewhat." Still, 80 percent have a favorable opinion of his presidency -- and "85 percent say that Bush did a 'good' or "excellent' job of keeping the nation safe."
Wait, it gets worse:
GOP voters also say by a 4-point margin, 43 percent to 39 percent, that they'd vote for George W. Bush again in 2016 if he were eligible for a third term.
So maybe Bush has been dealing with his family all wrong. Maybe, if he wants to win the Republican nomination, he should appear with W. as much as humanly possible. Maybe he should campaign with Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. Maybe he shouldn't have answered that question about whether he would have authorized the Iraq invasion with a defensive "I would have, and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody" -- maybe he should have said "Hell yeah I would have!"
Now admittedly, this might not put him in a very good position for the general election. But if he pursues his current course, he's not going to win the damn nomination, so what does he have to lose?
Embrace your idiot brother, Jeb. It's the most "politically incorrect" thing you could do. Do it, and the insane Republican base will probably give you a serious second look.
(Crossposted from No More Mister Nice Blog