Read My Lips: No More Bushes

Over at The American Spectator, Larry Thornberry sees talk of a Jeb Bush run for Mel Martinez’s Florida Senate seat as a sign of hope. Sorry, but I see it as a sign of insanity — according to that definition of insanity as doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.

Especially if a Bush 2010 Senate campaign is a prelude to a Bush presidential campaign in 2012 or ’16 — and let’s not kid ourselves, that’s what it is — conservatives should oppose it with every means at their disposal. Having fooled ’em once with Bush 41, they fooled ’em twice with Bush 43, and now are attempting to fool ’em again by positioning Jeb to become Bush 45.

No. Not just no, but hell no.

It ought to be clear to intelligent conservatives by now that the Bushes have a hereditary disorder, a genetic predisposition toward bipartisan moderation which they inevitably pursue no matter how many times it leads to disaster. From “kinder, gentler” to “compassionate conservatism,” they are the Republican Party’s answer to Carrie Buck, and if they are allowed into office again, conservatives will be forgiven for quoting Oliver Wendell Holmes: “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

I’m seeing Karl Rove and the Bushies now trying to spin a “legacy” for Dubya. As far as I’m concerned, the list of Bush accomplishments begins and ends with “He cut taxes.” (Don’t get me started on judges — if it had been up to the Bushies, we’d have Supreme Court justices Alberto Gonzales and Harriet Miers. Only strong opposition from the Federalist Society prevented Bush from appointing these two cronies to the bench.)

Hell no. Not again. Not me. Having a senator from Florida with an “R” beside his name is not victory, if that senator’s name is Bush.

Some people didn’t believe me when I suggested (on Nov. 1) that the anonymous Republican “insiders” (e.g. Nicolle Wallace) trashing Sarah Palin were Bushies attempting to destroy her because she’s a threat to the Jeb 2012 bandwagon. Since then, however, we’ve learned that Bush loyalist Mel Martinez was one of the anonymous trashers, and now we see Martinez retiring in order to hand off his Senate seat to Jeb.

No. Hell no. This needs to be stopped immediately.

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