Jeb Bush endorses Mitt Romney as supposed rivalry with Sarah Palin intensifies
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"I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our Party¹s nomination," Bush announced Wednesday. "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."
To state categorically that some in the Bush family are not wild about Sarah Palin isn't a rumor. It isn't speculation. And it isn't political hearsay designed to sell a book. The Bushes are seemingly not fond of Sarah Palin in the least. And the feeling, it appears, is mutual.
In the fall of 2010, CNN's Larry King asked former First Lady Barbara Bush what she thought of Sarah Palin.
“I sat next to her once," Mrs. Bush responded. "[I] thought she was beautiful, and I think she’s very happy in Alaska... And I hope she’ll stay there.”
During the same interview, former President George H.W. Bush took aim at Palin's Tea Party backers.
“Well I don’t know what it really is," President Bush observed. "Some of the ideas make a lot of sense. But how it fits in… In the paper today they were talking about what the tea party would do to get the Republicans in Congress to do something. [I don't know] if these people were all elected by the tea party or not. I’m confused by it, frankly.”
The comment sparked outrage among some Palin supporters, some of whom quickly turned to Jeb Bush to see if he shares his mother's opinion.
"You're not going to get me in trouble with disagreeing with my beloved mother of 85 years," he responded to one such inquiry, "who occasionally from time to time says things that give us all great joy, and sometimes some consternation."
But Jeb Bush has been vocal in his own right about Palin and whether she's good for the party - and for America.
In a February 23, 2010 interview with Newsmax, Bush praised Palin's "charisma" but suggested that she would benefit from "some depth of understanding of the complexity of life". In other words, she would be an "incredible candidate" if she learned more and grew smarter before opening her mouth in public.
Although it remains to be seen if Sarah Palin or Jeb Bush will be the Republican to claim the White House in four years, what is all but certain is that the strength of the respective factions of the GOP each represents will be critical in the outcome of the 2016 race.
And notwithstanding the fireworks observed on the 2012 GOP campaign trail, the ideological battles that seem poised to be waged among conservatives over the next four years could very well lead to the most consequential cleansing and restructuring of the Republican Party in the last century.
Just yesterday, a new book chronicling the supposed Palin-Bush rivalry was released by Political SciencePress. Sarah Palin vs. Jeb Bush: Inside their fight for control of the Republican Party is available now on Amazon.com for $2.99.