FL-Sen: Jeb Won't Run

It appears the Bush boomlet is over before it really even started.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will not run for the open Senate seat of Sen. Mel Martinez, he announced in a statement released moments ago.

"After thoughtful consideration, I have decided not to run for the United States Senate in 2010," said Bush. "While the opportunity to serve my state and country during these turbulent and dynamic times is compelling, now is not the right time to return to elected office."

This news almost undoubtedly makes it easier for the Democrats to win the open seat Senate contest to succeed unpopular one-term Republican Senator Mel Martinez -- though at the cost of depriving the party the opportunity to make 2010 yet another election about the Bushes. At this point, despite the prattling of George Bush the elder, my guess is that talk of a Bush comeback will occur nearly every two years into the future, talk that isn't backed up with any real movement towards a restoration of the clan's electoral success (or even real attempts at such a restoration).

Tags: Bush Clan, FL-Sen, Florida, Jeb Bush, Senate 2010 (all tags)



Re: FL-Sen: Jeb Won't Run

We have had enough of the abismal economic records of the Bush's. Connie Mack heir apparent to the Jeb Bush era.  

by olawakandi 2009-01-06 11:04AM | 0 recs
If W departs this mortal coil earlier than

one would expect given the average life expectancy, the authorities should probably take a good look at Jeb.

by lockewasright 2009-01-06 11:22AM | 0 recs
2012 run?

Maybe Jeb's running in 2012 for President.  But I don't think the country will want another Bush so soon.

by esconded 2009-01-06 11:43AM | 0 recs
Re: 2012 run?

I agree with you... at the very least he is eyeing a run and will decide based on Obama's ratings at the time.

by yitbos96bb 2009-01-06 06:17PM | 0 recs
Re: 2012 run?

Connie Mack or Charlie Crist will probably run for the Senate or presidency they are much more plausable than another Bush term. I don't see another Bush presidency.  Romney is very Bush like and would be the nominee before Jeb.

by olawakandi 2009-01-07 08:01AM | 0 recs
where is George P nowadays?

he's next in line

by highgrade 2009-01-06 12:29PM | 0 recs
Re: FL-Sen: Jeb Won't Run

I guess this shows that Jeb is the smart one.

by Demo Dan in Dayton 2009-01-06 12:36PM | 0 recs
Re: FL-Sen: Jeb Won't Run

Jeb WILL run. I'll bet a dollar.

by QTG 2009-01-06 12:46PM | 0 recs
ill take that bet

maybe it's wishful thinking, but i think by 2010/2011 the economy will be on the upswing and the gop is going to have to cobble someone to get crushed a la dole in 1996. maybe 2016.

by highgrade 2009-01-06 12:55PM | 0 recs
Re: ill take that bet

If Obama's ratings are bad, Jeb will run.   if his ratings are good, I'm betting Mitt.  The mormons are already championing this guy for 2012...  He'll be the sacrificial lamb.

by yitbos96bb 2009-01-06 06:16PM | 0 recs
Re: FL-Sen: Jeb Won't Run

Looks like we will actually be able to get a filibuster proof Senate by 2010. Better late than never!

by GayTeen4Obama 2009-01-06 02:22PM | 0 recs
Jeb Won't Run

Damn, I was looking forward to trouncing him.

by Charles Lemos 2009-01-06 03:01PM | 0 recs
The country is spared another Bush

Cannot imagine that the country would have survived the third time around, even if we somehow manage to survive the second one.

by ann0nymous 2009-01-06 03:47PM | 0 recs
Re: FL-Sen: Jeb Won't Run

I don't know...  I think he may be eyeing a 2012 run for the WH instead....  Call it a hunch.

by yitbos96bb 2009-01-06 06:14PM | 0 recs


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