Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has been getting a lot of the usual Strange New Respect recently for his calls for the GOP to moderate, especially on immigration. Ross Douthat does a good job of puncturing Jeb`s conventional wisdom in “The Great Immigration Reform Mirage.”
I`m struck though that almost nobody has mentioned something that ought to be completely obvious about why Jeb Bush isn`t an unbiased observer on the subject of immigration: Jeb`s handsome son, George P. Bush, long designated within the Bush clan as the most likely third Bush President (George W. called his father “41” and George P. “44”), is half-Mexican. It`s in Jeb`s interest to increase the Mexican share of the vote so as to make his son a more plausible GOP nominee.
I sort of feel for Jeb, who had his shot at the presidency wrecked by his jag-off older brother, and I suppose it would be consolation for him to have his son be made President by having the government elect a new people.
Still, I`m struck by how these facts about the Bush Dynasty seem too interesting to be of interest to the press.