The Bush family
has consistently produced the most successful saboteurs on the American Right.
After the end of Ronald Reagan's second term, Pat Buchanan
famously said that the biggest vacuum in American' politics was to Reagan's right. Well, not after George H.W. Bush was through with it—we can thank "41" for giving us the Clinton years and tearing the heart out of the emerging Middle American Revolution.
Then we had George W. Bush. Even after the terrorist attacks of September 11, George W. Bush consistently pushed
for an Amnesty/Immigration Surge, all the while defending a foreign policy built around the idea that Americans should die so foreigners can enjoy "democracy." The resulting catastrophe destroyed conservatism among an entire generation of Americans and gave us Barack Obama.
Now, Jeb Bush
is staking his claim to be the champion of the Republican Establishment in the 2016 Presidential Elections.
Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida and the brother and son of two former U.S. presidents, has essentially kicked off the 2016 presidential campaign with pre-announcement announcement on Facebook.Saying he had conversations with his family about the future of the country, Bush said he had decided to "actively explore" a presidential run.[Jeb Bush Announces He Will 'Actively Explore' Presidential Run, NPR, December 16, 2014]
It's worth remembering the theme of Jeb Bush's last book
on why we need more immigrants. As John Derbyshire put it, he just doesn't like Americans very much
And so the Republican Party has come to this—a candidate whose only discernible idea is contempt for the party's own base.