Recently, former Florida governor, Jeb Bush announced that he is forming an exploratory committee to determine if he will run for president. The moment he announced his committee, conservative pundits and columnists wrote articles and complained as if the U.S. was going to implode because Jeb Bush was thinking about running for President, not running for President. Some examples are found here, here, and here.
Reading the aforementioned pundits left me with my head shaking. Notwithstanding the opposition to Jeb because of Common Core, or because of immigration, or because his father and brother were former U.S. Presidents, who made the Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin, and every other conservative pundit, kingmakers for conservatives? The hysteria that came out of them was beneath the quality of their work.
Conservatives pride themselves as the “party of ideas”, and the party of entrepreneurs. Well, let our primaries be the marketplace of ideas. Let’s encourage serious candidates to run for the presidency. We need an adult in the White House, not a child or an adolescent. If Jeb decides to run, well that is great. Let him face his critics and defend his positions.
If Jeb decides to run, then all other candidates needs to be well prepared to propose and defend their policy position. America needs real leaders, not silver-tongued orators who pepper their speeches with, “defend the Constitution” or “Founding Fathers.” For those who oppose Jeb Bush, support your candidate, volunteer making phone calls or walk a precinct. If you are not willing to do that, then please do not complain about who gets nominated or blame it on the establishment. You have a say in the primary process. You can choose to participate or not.
2008 should serve as a lesson for voters. Among the lessons is that things do not go as expected. No one expected a U.S. Senator from Illinois to win the Democrat primary over an experienced U.S. Senator from New York. Just because one person announces does not the mean that he or she is the presumptive nominee. The GOP nominee is someone who has to articulate their positions, and work hard to earn the nomination. Any candidate that thinks they are entitled are fooling him or herself and overpaying their consultants.
The primary are our opportunity to hear the various candidates on positions and give them our support. Work hard and may the best person win.