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What do the 1996 and 2008 Republican tickets have in common?

Question: What do the 1996 (Bob Dole-Jack Kemp) and 2008 (John McCain-SarahPalin) Republican presidential tickets have in common?

Answer: They are the only two out of the last eight Repub tickets that didn’t have a member of the Bush family on the ticket.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told Newsmax last week that he would consider being Mitt Romney’s running mate, if asked (but of course he said he doesn’t expect to be asked). Jeb Bush is a talented politician, who consistently comes across a lot smarter than his brother ever did. And, of course, as you may have heard, Florida is a key swing state.

A lot of commentators have said that the main problem with the Jeb Bush idea is that it will remind the country of the George W. era and complicate the task of arguing that President Obama is responsible for the weak economy. But on ABC’s “This Week” yesterday, columnist George Will mocked the Jeb for Veep idea by pointing out the trivia fact above.

“If Jeb Bush is to be Romney’s running mate, it would mean that in seven of nine presidential elections there would be a Bush on the Republican ticket,” Will said. “And it gets hard to argue that we [the Repub Party, that is] are not a tribal society at that point.”

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Nathan Roisen on 04/23/2012 - 09:38 am.

    Of course the true believers will point out the winning percentage when a Bush is and isn’t on the ticket….

  2. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 04/23/2012 - 09:44 am.

    The Bush family has an unusual hold on the political levers of this country–certainly their tenures in the executive have made their sway appear unwarranted.

    Really now, a third Bush in the executive branch?

    Haven’t they done enough damage yet? Presiding over 3 decades characterized by jingoism and decline? And the Republicans get all frothy mouthed with conspiracies about a guy from Arkansas and a guy from Illinois, but they elect the same family over and over? A family of people with a fine generational tradition of deciding money over ideals (Prescott, cough, cough).


  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 04/23/2012 - 09:57 am.

    The Jeb Bush meme

    was just to distract you from the real name to prevent ruining the surprise.

  4. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 04/23/2012 - 09:58 am.

    Another parallel

    Both tickets had a political hack in the first slot and an ex jock in the second.

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