Report: Jeb Bush likely to endorse Romney before Florida primary

posted at 7:45 pm on January 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

Surprising. The odds of this happening, given the Bush family’s antipathy to Gingrich and Perry, couldn’t have been much higher than 98 or 99 percent.

Second look at political dynasties backing establishment candidates?

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush plans to endorse former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney before the Jan. 31 Florida primary, a Florida GOP source close to Bush told BuzzFeed Thursday.

The endorsement from Bush, who despite prodding from members of his famous family and prominent Republicans decided to sit out the 2012 contest, is the latest sign that the Republican establishment is coalescing around Romney after months publicly griping about finding another candidate…

The Florida Herald-Tribune reported yesterday that First Lady Laura Bush told a Sunshine State audience this week that her husband “and I wish he would [run for president.] We wanted him to this time.”

If there’s any significance to this scoop, that’s it — that the odds of Jeb jumping in late to shake up the race have now declined from a fraction of one percent to absolute zero. I want more details on the timing, though. It makes no sense for Bush to wait until after South Carolina to endorse Romney since Romney’s almost certainly going to win Florida regardless. He leads there in all the recent polls, one of which has him up by more than 20 points, and he’s probably the only candidate in the field who can afford the huge expense of a sustained ad campaign there. Unless Sheldon Adelson’s ready to pour millions more into Newt’s Super PAC, Mitt might be able to lose South Carolina to Newt and still bounce back to win Florida. If he’s got Jeb’s endorsement, he should roll it out a day or two before SC votes in hopes of pulling some moderates away from Huntsman and squeaking past Newt to wrap up the nomination. Having Bush stump for him there would also make for a sweet complement to the support he’s getting from DeMint’s more conservative allies, including praise — if not a formal endorsement — from DeMint himself.

Here’s Jeb with Piers Morgan back in October talking about how “consistent” Romney is, which must be the first term any human has said that ever. Beneath that,


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So now our standard for “inevitable” is someone who beats frickin RICK SANTORUM by 8 votes, and who won a primary he had no chance of losing.

Come on, people. What is wrong with this picture?

tkyang99 on January 13, 2012 at 1:06 AM

How about we not endorse Romney and listen to our conscience.

apocalypse on January 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM

That’s what I’m doin’.

TheAlamos on January 13, 2012 at 1:06 AM

So now our standard for “inevitable” is someone who beats frickin RICK SANTORUM by 8 votes, and who won a primary he had no chance of losing.

Come on, people. What is wrong with this picture?

tkyang99 on January 13, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Hmm… the GOP voters themselves. We get what we want.

TheAlamos on January 13, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Lot of voters are voting for a candidate that they want to see as a reflection of themselves. So if you are stupid, ugly, inarticulate, voting for Romney can appeal to you…you want to brand yourself with an image that some candidate has.

Dr. Tesla on January 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Now that was brilliant….cold, but brilliant, LOL
I do enjoy your comments.

bluefox on January 13, 2012 at 1:33 AM

Sigh. Nothing else to say.

bobcalco on January 13, 2012 at 1:41 AM

This is for Barbara.

I heard Jeb likes Florida. I hope he stays there.

PappyD61 on January 12, 2012 at 10:02 PM

:-) I was quite surprised when B.B. made that remark. Conservative hate is alive and well. Those endorsing Romney and others in Congress have this club and no one is allowed in except by invitation only.

bluefox on January 13, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Romney may be the first candidate we put up who is without a doubt going to lose his home state to Obama.

Yet he’s our most electable guy?

Dr. Tesla on January 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Think about that first sentence really hard.

I wonder how many presidents won despite losing their home state. I’d be willing to say 0.

Dr. Tesla on January 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Polk, Wilson, Nixon.

almosthandsome on January 13, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Dr. Tesla on January 12, 2012 at 9:51 PM

You sound very sane and speak logic language not sure the Romneybots will comprehend you.

HerneTheHunter on January 13, 2012 at 3:49 AM

Polk, Wilson, Nixon.
almosthandsome on January 13, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Though, in Romney’s case there are about 4 states that can contend for his ‘home state’, losing one of them I am sure it wouldn’t be a big ‘tragedy’ (were it to happen), it’s not like he can win all 57 states anyways :)…

jimver on January 13, 2012 at 4:27 AM

How about we not endorse Romney and listen to our conscience.

apocalypse on January 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM
That’s what I’m doin’.

TheAlamos on January 13, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Yep, that’s why I’m voting for Romney. Romney is obviously the best candidate, BY FAR. It isn’t even close.

You Perry people (the 6 or 7 of you remaining out there) seem to be living on some other planet where sanity is scare. The truth is that Perry is an incompetent buffoon who supports illegal alien amnesty.

RICK PERRY IS A JOKE WHO THANKFULLY HAS NO CHANCE!

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 6:48 AM

I meant, you Perry people (the 6 or 7 of you remaining out there) seem to be living on some other planet where sanity is scarce.

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 6:51 AM

Cool, another Kiss of Death…first that waffle-brained idiot McCain and now Jeb the Joker!

insidiator on January 13, 2012 at 7:52 AM

You Perry people (the 6 or 7 of you remaining out there) seem to be living on some other planet where sanity is scare. The truth is that Perry is an incompetent buffoon who supports illegal alien amnesty.

RICK PERRY IS A JOKE WHO THANKFULLY HAS NO CHANCE!

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 6:48 AM

I’ll stick with Perry. That “incompetent buffoon” sure did a good job for The Holy Land of Texas.

Oromney is smarmy.

TheClearRiver on January 13, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Romney’s not going to win Mass. or Michigan against Obama.

He may squeak out NH but I wouldn’t count on it and even if he does, not likely to be a difference maker.

He has a house in California, he won’t win there.

Any Republican candidate would win Utah, so we don’t need Romney for that state.

I think it’s interesting that the guy we are always told is so electable can’t even compete in the state he governed against Obama. He would have more appeal if he was a lock to win states in New England and compete in union states like Michigan but the reality is he won’t.

Dr. Tesla on January 13, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Jeb looks more and more like his mother every day.

Pork-Chop on January 13, 2012 at 9:05 AM

The establishment loving the elitist establishment. Who would’ve thunk it? At least we won’t have to worry if Jeb will opt to become an independent when Floridians are given the opportunity to vote for a real conservative.

Mitt’s actions are liberal. His speeches are conservative. Wasn’t the TEA Party fought to get rid of this type of phony?

I’m tired of hearing people like Jeb Bush & Charles Krauthammer praise Mitt for running a great campaign. Whatever happened to the notion that we should elect a man of genuine gravitas? Apparently, that’s unimportant to the ‘looks presidential’ fools.

LFRGary on January 13, 2012 at 9:28 AM

So Jeb will endorse the one candidate who will be the sure loser to Obama, the one the rats have spent the last year setting up the Occupy movement for, secure in the knowledge that when Romney gets trounced Jeb Bushie will be next in line for 2016 and by then the public will forget that they have had more than enough of the Bush Clan.
Nice try Rove but on the way to the coronation a few of us Tea Partiers may have a different idea.
A real conservative may appear upon the scene and burn your playhouse down.

ConcealedKerry on January 13, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Yawn…like any Bush is going to influence anyone except the other Republican establishment loving lemmings.

Mr. Romney is no conservative or is one with no conservative accomplishments, but I give him props for talking a good conservative game. The proof is in the pudding and I hope you Romney supporters who like what he is saying now will hold his feet to the fire should he be elected.

JannyMc on January 13, 2012 at 10:03 AM

RINOs of a feather flock together.

Reggie1971 on January 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

…Jeb Bush plans to endorse…Mitt Romney before the Jan. 31 Florida primary, a Florida GOP source close to Bush…

An “Endorsment”,
before Mitness actually wins Fla,
would probably answer all questions as to
Jeb’s fitness as conservative standard bearer!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on January 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I meant, you Perry people (the 6 or 7 of you remaining out there) seem to be living on some other planet where sanity is scarce.

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 6:51 AM

Perry is a lousy candidate but a good governor, while Romney is the reverse: a lousy, one-term Liberal governor who’ll say anything to get elected. With each new election there’s a “New Romney.” If the other candidates were better, Romney would never get the nomination.

What the opportunist Romney proves is that we have a crisis of leadership in America. I’ll vote for Romney over Obama, but I’m not expecting that Romney can win, or if he does, he won’t do anything but govern as a Liberal. God help us!

Gladtobehere on January 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Uh, Allah…beneath what?

ZOMG BENEATH WHAT?! :D

stixXxnstones on January 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

All one can do is find ways to insulate oneself from the
socialism train. If Romney wins it will only slow down
slightly from the full speed ahead hi speed train Obama and
his band of merry thugs have us on.

Let’s face facts – between the federal employees sucking on the
government “teat” and the don’t want to/will not work crowd
who want free cell phones in addition to free medical, housing
and food, etc. this country will never be what it once was.
As it runs out of money, the government will keep looking to hard working Americans to tax the hell out of to pay for all of this.

I don’t have any profound answers, however, the handwriting is
on the wall.

Now we have to find ways to deal with it.

Amjean on January 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Makes sense. One idiot big government neocon supporting another big government neocon. LOL…Obamney is just another McCain/Dole.

MoreLiberty on January 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Surprise…Big Government Republicans endorsing Big Government Republicans!

aposematic on January 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Well butter my butt and call me biscuit. I would have never seen that coming.

Flora Duh on January 12, 2012 at 7:49 PM

+10 (and get ready to explain yourself to the sheeple who seem to be a tad literal for sarc or humor)

Has Olympia Snow caved yet?

Portia46 on January 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I’m tired of hearing people like Jeb Bush & Charles Krauthammer praise Mitt for running a great campaign. Whatever happened to the notion that we should elect a man of genuine gravitas? Apparently, that’s unimportant to the ‘looks presidential’ fools.

LFRGary on January 13, 2012 at 9:28 AM

It’s about power and echo chambers. Romney’s campaign has money. His actual campaign looks like a retread of McCain’s in the general. His Officer Krumpke speech yesterday (Obama’s not a leftist trying to destroy this country! He’s just incompetent.) is a good sign of what’s NOT coming. Romney hasn’t inspired anyone yet. Not with his demeanor, not with his words, not with his wit or humor. There’s no reason to believe the timid Brahman will get a pair in the next few months.

Depressing but his sheeple ambassadors don’t want my or your vote anyway. Mitt is a great man and doesn’t need our stinkin’ vote.

Perhaps we should start a letter writing campaign to Newt, begging him to take one for the team, so we can perhaps unite behind Santorum. Maybe Ron Paul’s folks would be willing to join us and save us from the Ken Doll if we promised them Dr. Paul would be Sec of Treasury or head of the fed?

This country, as we know it, will not survive another four years of Obama. Some of us have been screaming “trap” for over a year. Newt was not good on the Bain thing, but it’s definately been the canary in the mine. Mitt handled it as badly as Herman handled the left field balls thrown to him. It’s awful to watch, but conventional wisdom has the money.

Portia46 on January 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM

How about Bush runs, and Romney can endorse him. Our Republican field blows…

stacman on January 13, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Way to go, Jeb! You RINO’s know how to stick together, huh?

jfs756 on January 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

How about we not endorse Romney and listen to our conscience.

apocalypse on January 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM

That’s what I’m doin’.

TheAlamos on January 13, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Much respect to TheAlamos.

apocalypse on January 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I’m voting for Romney. Romney is obviously the best candidate, BY FAR. It isn’t even close.

bluegill on January 13, 2012 at 6:48 AM

The establishment LOVE lemmings like you.

apocalypse on January 14, 2012 at 3:16 PM

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