National Journal: Republicans Turning to 'Bush' Brand for 2016 Hopes?

The National Journal, a magazine widely read by Washington insiders, reports today on one name popping up among observers and analysts of the GOP's 2014 and 2016 electoral prospects: Bush.

The Journal suggests that Republican strategists are taking another look at a political dynasty associated with a social-welfare-friendly conservatism that might appeal to a broad electoral base.

“I think I owe an apology to George W. Bush,” the paper quotes National Review editor Jonah Goldberg. “I still don't like compassionate conservatism or its conception of the role of government. But given the election results, I have to acknowledge that Bush was more prescient than I appreciated at the time.” 

Florida's popular former governor, Jeb Bush, is being touted as a possible candidate for the GOP nomination in four years. It is thought he might appeal to Hispanics, given his advocacy for comprehensive immigration reform and his rapport with Florida's Hispanics. His wife Columba is Mexican, and he is a convert to her Catholic religion.

“I think all that [reputation for 'compassionate conservatism'] certainly helps if Jeb decides to do so something down the road, though I think he will eventually be judged on his own,” said Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union and Republican Party of Florida chairman when Bush was governor.
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