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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Two Thoughts About Jeb Bush Endorsing Mitt Romney

Posted by Paul Constant on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM

So here's Jeb Bush's statement from earlier this morning:

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.

A few thoughts:

1. That's pretty bold of Jeb, already his party's frontrunner for the 2016 nomination, to endorse his party's frontrunner after a big win. Perhaps he'll endorse gravity next. "It's the easiest way to keep stuff from floating off the planet and into outer space!"

2. This is another case of shitty timing for the Romney campaign. If Jeb Bush had endorsed Romney a couple weeks ago, nobody would be referring to him as a huge supporter of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. The minute a reporter gets access to Mitt Romney—and it could be weeks from now, the way the Romney campaign has been protecting their candidate from press availabilities, but still—I expect him or her to immediately ask Romney for his stance on "Stand Your Ground." Gun-owners in upcoming primary states like Louisiana and Pennsylvania will be very eager to hear what Romney says, and in a few months, independents will be very interested to hear his answer, too.

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