By Soroor Ahmed (NVONews.Com)
Apparently there is no concept of family or dynasty rule in the United States as in many Third World democracies. But some families have come to dominate the politics so much that people start suspecting every move they made. The Kennedy family, the Bush family, the Clinton family etc are some of the recent examples.
Like Pitt, the Elder and Pitt, the Younger––the father-son duo who became the British prime minister in 18th century George Bush-I and George Bush-II became the Presidents of the United States after a gap of just eight years.
Now, if media reports and speculations are to be believed, George Bush-II’s younger brother, Jeb Bush, may jump into the presidential race, if not in 2016 at least in 2020.
Jeb, 60, had served as the Governor of Florida while his elder brother as the Governor of Texas before the latter became the President of the country. Now reports suggest that Jeb is not satisfied with the way things are going on in the Republican Party.
Like in the case of Jeb, a few months back there were talks in the political circle that Hillary Clinton, wife of the former President, Bill Clinton, may be in the running for the next presidential election candidate for Democratic Party. After all she narrowly lost to Barack Husain Obama in 2008.
So can Hillary Clinton-Jeb Bush clash be entirely ruled out in the future? Perhaps not.
Jeb left the Florida Governor’s office in 2007 with favourable ratings after two terms. Ever since there was speculation about his political future.
In recent interviews Jeb Bush criticized the direction of the Republican Party and said that both his father, George Bush, and Ronald Reagan would “have a hard time” getting along with the party today.
In a way he supported a modest tax increase along with spending cuts to help reduce the federal debt. In contrast Mitt Romney and the present party leadership oppose any and all tax hikes.
Such comments by Jeb was bound to fuel speculation that he is positioning himself to run for President in 2016. According to this scenario, his breaking with the party on issues such as taxes is meant to stake out a platform that will move it back to the moderate centre and away from more divisive social issues, while also seeking more common ground on issues such as education and immigration.
Some analysts have started saying that if Romney wins, Bush would be a likely cabinet candidate, perhaps as Education Secretary.
This because Jeb Bush as the Governor of Florida made his biggest mark in education policy, securing a number of reforms with a conservative slant. He signed a measure giving public schools an annual grade based on student test scores and rewarded them with state funds accordingly.
Notwithstanding these achievements in the past there are people who do not attach too much meaning to his recent statements. They say that he is speaking out because he is deeply loyal to the Republican Party and worried about the issues he holds dear and has nothing to do with his political ambition.
Like Romney and Obama, Jeb Bush too attended the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in Orlando last Thursday. He certainly got more warm welcome than Romney, if not Obama.
It is felt that Romney softened his stand towards illegal migration only after being advised by Jeb.
Analysts say Jeb had the advantage of governing in the years before the economic crisis and the home mortgage debacle which devastated Florida and the entire United States.
Whether they will ever come face to face in future or not is a different issue. But both Jeb and Hillary, will be there for quite some time to play their roles in their respective parties.