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Jeb Bush endorses Romney

More evidence that the inevitability train is leaving the station

Former Florida Guv and first brother Jeb Bush endorsed Mitt Romney this morning. Not a big surprise, and I don’t know that it influences any future primary voters (Bush was apparently mulling the endorsement back during the Florida primary campaign, when it might have swayed some votes), but it surely adds to the narrative that the party establishment is moving from let-the-voters-have-their-say mode into let’s-start-uniting-for-November mode.

As local-boy-but-national-blogger Ed Morrissey notes on Hot Air, the Jeb Bush endorsement…:

“ends one of the supposed scenarios for a brokered convention.  Some had figured that the most likely non-candidate to prevail in an open floor fight would either be Jeb Bush or Mitch Daniels.  Bush’s endorsement takes that off the table, and with it any reason to push for a brokered convention to get another candidate onto the ticket.  Bush made sense as a way to carry Florida, a much-needed swing state in the fall, while Daniels has remained consistently hostile to any sort of run, and the GOP should carry Indiana this time.”

For the record, here’s the Bushian statement:

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“Congratulations to Governor Mitt Romney on his win last night and to all the candidates for a hard fought, thoughtful debate and primary season. Primary elections have been held in thirty-four states, and now is the time for Republicans to unite behind Governor Romney and take our message of fiscal conservatism and job creation to all voters this fall. I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our Party’s nomination. We face huge challenges, and we need a leader who understands the economy, recognizes more government regulation is not the answer, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism and works to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed.”