It begins: Jeb Bush endorses Romney

posted at 11:00 am on March 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Jeb Bush stayed out of the endorsement business when Republicans went to the polls in Florida this past January, despite rumors that he might endorse Mitt Romney.  Two months later, Bush finally made his decision — and perhaps sent a signal to the rest of the GOP to get in line:

In a statement Bush says, “I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our Party’s nomination.”

The statement reads, “Congratulations to Governor Mitt Romney on his win last night and to all the candidates for a hard fought, thoughtful debate and primary season. Primary elections have been held in thirty-four states, and now is the time for Republicans to unite behind Governor Romney and take our message of fiscal conservatism and job creation to all voters this fall. I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our Party’s nomination. 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.”

That ends one of the supposed scenarios for a brokered convention.  Some had figured that the most likely non-candidate to prevail in an open floor fight would either be Jeb Bush or Mitch Daniels.  Bush’s endorsement takes that off the table, and with it any reason to push for a brokered convention to get another candidate onto the ticket.  Bush made sense as a way to carry Florida, a much-needed swing state in the fall, while Daniels has remained consistently hostile to any sort of run, and the GOP should carry Indiana this time.

This endorsement might start a wave of declarations for Romney, as it’s almost certainly a signal from Bush that the nomination race has to finish soon.  There aren’t too many more big endorsements left to get, though, except perhaps for his brother George.  A bigger and more acute question will be whether this could push Romney into the lead in Louisiana.  A win there would all but finish Rick Santorum as a credible threat to Romney’s nomination.  Expect Romney to push the Bush endorsement hard in the next three days and look for a quick exit by both of his competitors.


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Gunlock Bill on March 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Romney buys things….

That’s why he out spends the other candidates 10 to 1.

All it says is that Romney has lots of money, not that he’s a good candidate.

idesign on March 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Don’t we also want a candidate that can raise funds with the same ability as Obama or should we send up RS who cannot compete with Obama funding-wise and hear for the next 6 months RS whine about Obama’s unfair advantage. Many of you RS supporters have to admit how much RS has been whining in this campaign even dating back to the debates. He has been very UN-Presidential.

g2825m on March 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM

How many have you counted on HotAir, who won’t vote for Mitt because he’s Mormon?

I haven’t kept track. Do I have to prove proof that they do exist?

Do you believe that HotAir is representative of the entire electorate?

It certainly isn’t representative of the GOP electorate as a whole, thank God. Otherwise Romney wouldn’t be winning.

Funny how you deny that, when things don’t go your way here.

Keep assuming things. It gives you so much credibility.

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Deny what? That the bigots exist?

Gunlock Bill on March 21, 2012 at 3:45 PM

JannyMae,

Just for you I tracked this down.

I also hate Mormons.

angryed on January 20, 2012 at 4:08 PM

If it’s Romney v Obama, which appears inevitable, my vote goes to Obama.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Here’s your sign.

Gunlock Bill on March 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Jeb Bush – Potential Secretary of Education in a Romney adminstration?

Jeb Bush would be a BIG improvement over Obama’s Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.

wren on March 21, 2012 at 3:52 PM

What would be worse? Enduring four more years of Obama, or four years of a spineless squish and then decades more of Obama-like presidents?

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 3:16 PM

That’s a rationalization. You don’t have a crystal ball and you can only take one enemy on at a time

V7_Sport on March 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Don’t we also want a candidate that can raise funds with the same ability as Obama or should we send up RS who cannot compete with Obama funding-wise and hear for the next 6 months RS whine about Obama’s unfair advantage. Many of you RS supporters have to admit how much RS has been whining in this campaign even dating back to the debates. He has been very UN-Presidential.

g2825m on March 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Sorry, not a RS supporter, but thanks for playing..:)

idesign on March 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM

g2825m on March 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

I’m in the east valley, in Jeff Flake’s district. Hello, fellow Arizonan!

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I am afraid to ask where as I MAY know you…haha

g2825m on March 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

What would be worse? Enduring four more years of Obama, or four years of a spineless squish and then decades more of Obama-like presidents?

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Death to ObamaCare. Long live RomneyCare!

bayam on March 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

I find it hilarious to see people who say they can’t be swayed positively by an endorsement but insist they are able to be negatively swayed by an endorsement. Get over yourselves.

scotash on March 21, 2012 at 3:57 PM

That’s why he out spends the other candidates 10 to 1.

All it says is that Romney has lots of money, not that he’s a good candidate.

idesign on March 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM

LOL
Believe me… EgoNewt does NOT get any better just because you might see him on TV more. Richard? Excessive whining from him would not serve any further purpose.

FlaMurph on March 21, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Sorry, not a RS supporter, but thanks for playing..:)

idesign on March 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM

So you do not think RS has been a whiner in this campaign? About Romney’s money? About debate questions? About Romney’s meanie ads? About the MSM asking questions? I agree on the last one that the MSM is NOT going to be fair but hey, you have to EXPECT it and not whine about it.

g2825m on March 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Thanks Jeb for not hurting Romney by adding the Bush name to the process too early.

Obama will run against BUSH! this time, too, so the farther in the backround those with this Dem-galvanizing name stay, the better.

profitsbeard on March 21, 2012 at 4:07 PM

g2825m on March 21, 2012 at 1:50 PM

There you go. Everyone who has been asking for a “reason to vote for Romney”. Read this. Don’t scroll by because it’s long. The folks who insist Romney is a liberal will not read this. It will be too painful.
Thanks gm

bluealice on March 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I really don’t understand all this anger at Romney. Its not his fault Ryan isn’t running..its not his fault Daniels chickened out. its not his fault Christie decided to stay in NJ and Rubio in Florida. Or Pawlenty got scared after 5 minutes of campaigning. Or that Bachmann couldn’t raise money.

He’s running cause he thinks he can be president. And the other guys standing have no more right to be there then he has. So you go to the dance with the guy who asks you when the Captain of the Football team isn’t interested in you!

I bet that all the Santorum supporters won’t have made Rick their first, second or fourth choice if they had a roster of dream candidates to pick from. But you didn’t – we don’t. So it is time to get down to the job of beating Obama with the only guy who stands any chance. Cause Satan and pornography and the dangers of birth control are not winning issues. And yes, Romney care is a problem, but so is a 16 trillion dollar debt, $4 a gallon gas prices and a middle east in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood.

marnes on March 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Pretty much… THIS!

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on March 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Congress Spinelessly Hands Over Power to the American Caligula: President sends money to Egyptian military that Congress denies. The only thing missing is the Horse Senator.

Mutnodjmet on March 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Reading much of this is getting to be depressing. Please! Let’s send Obama back to Chicago. What good are your principles when you won’t have a free and prosperous country in which to practice them? My momma told me that was cutting off your nose to teach your face a lesson. Good luck in life without that nose.

jazzuscounty on March 21, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Here’s your sign.

Gunlock Bill on March 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Really? One person on HotAir is indicative of a whole group of anti-Mormon bigots?

Thank you. You just made my point for me.

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 5:18 PM

That’s a rationalization. You don’t have a crystal ball and you can only take one enemy on at a time

V7_Sport on March 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

No it isn’t a rationalization. It’s a valid concern that I have. And who says you can only take on one enemy at a time? …speaking of rationalizations.

I have to wonder. If some bombshell came out in the news, tomorrow, that torpedoed Romney’s candidacy, and he dropped out, how many of you “support Romney for the sake of your country” zealots would be willing to line up behind Santorum or Gingrich.

I know I’ve seen a few people say that they wouldn’t vote for Santorum under any circumstances, but I suspect that a lot of them felt comfortable saying that because they thought he had no chance at being the nominee.

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 5:29 PM

This thread is gonna get nasty. It’s gonna bring out the Bush haters and the Romney haters…

sandee on March 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Don’t hate either one, but can’t believe anything they say.

Mr. Grump on March 21, 2012 at 7:11 PM

If the Bushs like Romney that’s one more reason to reject Mitt.

RJL on March 21, 2012 at 7:56 PM

It begins: Jeb Bush endorses Romney

…means nothing to me. Nice man…but I never want him to run for
president either. I don’t want…go along to get along, people anymore…not the way, Democrats have become.

KOOLAID2 on March 21, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Everyone knows that Mitt Romney is the guy who can and will defeat Barack Obama.

I applaud Jeb Bush for his endorsement.

GO MITT!

bluegill on March 22, 2012 at 3:43 AM

I’m so glad to see that Ed Morrissey is beginning to see the light. He’s been wandering in the darkness for far too long.

JEB Bush’s endorsement is a welcome addition to all the other conservatives who’ve already endorsed Mitt Romney:

http://www.whyromney.com/praise_new.php

mountainaires on March 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM

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