Sunday, May 14, 2006

A Bush on the ticket in '08

Could be after all, Jeb in the VP slot:
Sen. (R-Ariz.), an early front-runner for the presidential nomination, flew to Tallahassee in December for a private lunch with Bush at the governor's mansion, fueling the notion of a McCain-Bush ticket. Advisors to both men acknowledge that such a pairing would help McCain court skeptical conservatives, who will be crucial in GOP primary races.
Bush has told his closest friends and supporters that he does not intend to run for president in the next election, and Perkins and other conservative activists say they take him at his word. But some strategists are eyeing his value as a running mate, particularly for candidates such as McCain, former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who are viewed warily by coveted evangelical voters.

"Jeb Bush will be on anyone's short list," said Mark McKinnon, a strategist for President Bush who is advising McCain and accompanied the senator on his Florida trip. "He's got incredible experience, unqualified conservative credentials, and he brings Florida. It's the trifecta.

"With his accomplishments," McKinnon added, "Jeb Bush would overcome any hangover effect or fatigue" associated with the family name.
Oh, really? It's going to be quite the hangover, wouldn't be betting on that line of thinking...