Election 2016 Jeb Bush

The Worst of Both Worlds

What would it look like if you combined the worst policies of the George W. Bush administration and the Mitt Romney campaign?

It would look like the emerging Jeb Bush campaign.

[This] week, Jeb Bush’s team brought on economist Glenn Hubbard — the lead architect of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy. Hubbard also crafted Mitt Romney’s economic plan, which involved de-regulating Wall Street, further slashing taxes on corporations and the wealthy and turn Medicaid into a block grant program in which states could “experiment” with health funding for the poor.

As you may recall, Jeb is also being advised by a who's who list of failed foreign and domestic policy advisers and agency chiefs.

It includes people representing a wide spectrum of ideological views in the Republican Party. It includes James Baker, known for his pragmatism in key roles during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush presidencies, and former World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, a hawk as deputy defense secretary who was an architect of George W. Bush's Iraq policy.

Among others are two former secretaries of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, former national security adviser Stephen Hadley and a deputy national security adviser, Meghan O'Sullivan, as well as two former CIA directors, Porter Goss and Michael Hayden.

Jeb Bush has pledged that he will be his "own man" on foreign policy and will somehow tackle income inequality, but judging by the people advising his campaign there is absolutely no reason to believe either claim.

Usually, what the establish wants, the establishment gets, but I am skeptical that Jeb Bush will go on to become the Republican nominee.

I said the same thing about Mitt Romney and obviously I was wrong about him, but even if Jeb Bush is the nominee I see him as easier to beat than Romney was. Romney at least had the benefit of not being a Bush. Jeb Bush will have Bush policy and the Bush name.

  • muselet

    A couple of days ago, musing on Jeb Bush’s abandonment of his “I’m my own man” narrative, Steve Benen laid out a good case against Glenn Hubbard being allowed anywhere near the economy. Excerpting it doesn’t do the piece justice.

    It includes people representing a wide spectrum of ideological views in the Republican Party.

    The spectrum is less ideology—they’re all Right to far-Right—than it is sanity. James Baker is sane, Paul Wolfowitz’s trolly ran off the tracks long ago.

    Let’s look on the bright side: at least Jebbie isn’t being advised by John “The Mustache Of Doom” Bolton. Yet.

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      Yet.

  • Yeah, I don’t want to see ANY political dynasty in the White House, but between Bush (brother of FAILED President) and Clinton (wife of SUCCESSFUL President), Bush would get crushed.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Bush (brother of FAILED President) and Clinton (wife of SUCCESSFUL President)

      Don’t you have those switched? I mean, sure, Clinton created a surplus that Bush squandered, and during Clinton’s term the economy improved while Bush created the Great Recession, and so on. But Bush “brought dignity back the the office of President”!

      • Tony Lavely

        Must be a new meaning to the word “dignity,” one I’m not familiar with.

  • Badgerite

    At this point, the White House should be declared a “Bush Free” zone. That is how bad GW was for the country and the world. Maybe we could put forth the White House Bush Free Zone Amendment to the Constitution.