Jeb Talk

Is Jeb Bush best situated to stop Sarah Palin from winning the GOP nomination? It's getting close to time for Republicans considering a run for president to make a decision, and Jeb's name was on the table as this weekend's Chris Matthews Show did a run-through of the candidates.

By far the most conspicuous assertion whispered among GOP operatives these days is the notion that "If his last name wasn't Bush, Jeb would be the front-runner for the GOP nomination in 2012." Quite an astounding contention considering the Democratic electoral landslides of 2006 and 2008 resulted from campaigns run unequivocally against the record of Jeb's brother, George W. Bush.

Although Democrats would likely relish the opportunity to take on another Bush in 2012, leftist operatives should employ caution when constructing this fantasy scenario. Jeb Bush is neither his father nor his brother and his background and record merit at the very least a cursory examination.

Jeb is so unlike his brother and father in looks and in communication style that comparing him to family members may actually play to his favor.