The Left Wants Another Clinton, But Is the GOP Ready for a Third Bush?
Familiar names are floating back into the political arena these days, with Hillary Clinton rumored to be getting ready for a Democratic presidential run, and Jeb Bush confirming that he’ll decide on whether or not to run by years end, according to The Washington Post. Still, the real question lies in whether or not their constituents are behind a run from a second Clinton and a third Bush.
Hillary seems to have a strong, growing base of supporters among Democrats, and the Super PAC “Ready for Hillary” made $4 million over the course a 12 months, including donations from Laurene Powell Jobs (Steve Jobs’ widow), Sharon Elghanayan Corzine, and John and Marcia Goldman, all of whom gave the maximum donation amount of $25,000, according to USA Today. On top of that, Mrs. Clinton’s poll numbers are looking quite good, with a Pew Research poll showing high majorities describing her as tough, honest, and not hard to like.
Fifty-nine percent of respondents reported that if she were to run, there was some chance or a good chance that she’d get their vote, compared to 38 percent who said there was no chance, and three percent who were unsure. Among Democrats alone, 70 percent said there was a good chance they’d vote for her, and 17 percent said some chance, leaving only 12 percent saying they would not.
As of February, Gallup polling reports noted that she managed to keep her favorability ratings high, up at 59 percent favorable, despite a somewhat rough time with the handling of the attack in Benghazi — something she’s since called her “biggest regret” during her four years as secretary of state — according to The New York Times. Among those polled, it was the biggest negative on her record, and others have listed her health and age as possible detractors for her chances.
Jeb Bush, on the other hand, is a less certain fish up for frying on the 2016 griddle. Part of this has to do with how long he’s been out of the lake. Some are critical of the time he’s been out of office, but others consider it an advantage. The political environment at present has many voters feeling dissatisfied with all the familiar faces they’ve been watching over the past year — part of the reason incumbents have it so hard in Congress this election season.
His stance on immigration is lighter than some in his party might hope for, but amid the demand for reform, the more middle of the road position isn’t entirely negative. “The way I look at this is, someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because … they wanted to make sure their family was intact, and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family,” sad Jeb Bush in a recent interview, according to The Washington Post.
“Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime that there should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t rile people up that people,” he said. Of course, there are other options out there for Republicans, and unlike Hillary Clinton, the third Bush isn’t being hailed as much as the singular answer to the candidate question. Names such as Representative Paul Ryan, Senator Marco Rubio, and Governor Scott Walker have all been discussed, and more far right conservatives might argue that a third Bush is just one too many.
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