Most lawmakers start losing power immediately after leaving office. As soon as their replacements are sworn in, they sort of fade away into the background. They make a good living lobbying, going on speaking tours, taking talk show gigs or doing ads like these.
(Gangster Head Nod to Sarah Rumpf)
Not former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, in fact you can argue that he’s as influential as ever and there is no better indicator, than the last 48 hours.
Yesterday, Jeb Bush endorsed Connie Mack IV in the Florida Senate GOP primary and barring a miraculous collapse of Mack IV, delivered him the nomination.
Bush’s voice in that primary is so powerful, that he saved Mack the trouble of accepting a debate challenge which, can be a good or bad thing that we can discuss later.
That demonstration would be enough to justify this post but every former Governor can preserve their power in the political process but, what about capturing the attention of the national media?
Look no further than “CBS This Morning” where Bush was featured in a one on one with Charlie Rose that everyone is talking about.
Bush didn’t just shut the door to a VP offer, he took out a blowtorch and welded it shut. Rose gave him the full court press and he had no problems telling the host, in front of a national audience that he was not going to be the guy. Then in an emotional couple of minutes during the interview, he was down on himself. He admitted that he missed his chance to be President and acknowledged the fact that supporters were begging him to run. That “this was his time”.
It’s true. It was his time. And while the Jeb brand in Florida is strong, The Bush Brand in the rest of the country is not and that’s a great tragedy.
Still, 2016 isn’t out of the question. And whether Bush decides to run or not, you had better believe he’ll be there adding a voice of common sense to the political conversation that most on both sides will agree with.