Good news for Bush fans. There could be many more years of Bush in Washington.
Getting the Mel outta here
That means the floodgates have opened and there is an opening in the Florida congressional delegation.
Maybe, maybe not
Florida, on the other hand, presents potential Senators with more opportunity. And former Governor Bush is looking at that opportunity.
The younger Bush told Politico yesterday evening that he was interested.
“I am considering it," he said.
Many Republican politicians had to distance themselves from President Bush this year while running for office. The low-approval-rating thing appeared to be a hindrance of sorts.
Even in Florida, President Bush isn't the most popular. His last approval rating? Nine.
Note there are no other numbers around that "nine." It's just nine.
"Let me give him some free advice," said Begala. "Change your name. Run as John Ellis, not John Ellis Bush. The Bush brand is probably what croaked Mel Martinez."
Not a problem
Perhaps Jeb doesn't have to worry about it, however. When he left office, his approval ratings were above 60. And two years is a long time away.
Besides, according to the assistant director of Quinnipiac's polling institute, the two brothers dealt with vastly different issues and voters can tell them apart.
"Florida voters have always been able to distinguish between Jeb Bush and George Bush. It's that simple. They thought he was a good governor, they thought his brother was a lousy president," said Peter Brown. "The things that made President Bush unpopular were not things that Gov. Bush had to deal with — the national economy and the war."