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.”