The Corner

Don’t Rule Jeb Out?

So far the most interesting response to my column comes from a bunch of readers who claim, suggest, suspect, assert or hope that Jeb isn’t as firmly on the sidelines as I think. For what that’s worth.  I also got this intriguing email:

I just read your article on RCP about the large 2012 GOP field.  In it, you mentioned Huckabee might not run and his fund raising certainly seems to suggest that as well.  Right now though, he seems to be the only candidate who can give Palin a run for her money.  Still if he doesn’t run, much of his support is likely to go to Palin.  I’m not sure he wants that.

 

If you’ll remember, Huckabee told the National Journal last week he wouldn’t run if Jeb Bush ran.  He had very positive things to say about Jeb and said Jeb could clear the field if he entered the race.  As best I can tell, Huckabee’s comments about Jeb were unprompted.  The comments certainly caught my attention.

 

I’m beginning to wonder if Huckabee is setting the stage or at least trying to prod Jeb into entering the race later in 2011.  I don’t get the sense he wants Palin to win and, if you’ll notice, Huckabee has started to throw small jabs at Palin.  It certainly wouldn’t be the first time Huckabee has tried to ruin another candidate’s chances.  Romney still has tire marks on him from 2008.

 

Maybe I’m reading a bit too much into this, but there have been stories circulating that Jeb really is considering a run despite his public pronouncements.  A few weeks ago, there was a blurb in US News and World Report that close associates say Jeb hasn’t ruled out a run.  I think he is more likely than not to run.

 

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

For the record, I think Jeb Bush is fantastic.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, will be released on April 24.

Most Popular

Culture

Our Cultural Crisis: A Kirkian Response

Editors’ note: The following article is adapted from a speech the author delivered at the Heritage Foundation on March 14, 2018. Few would dispute that we are in the middle of a grave cultural crisis. A despairing conservative critic wrote: “We are on the road to cultural disaster.” He placed the ... Read More
Politics & Policy

An Enduring Error

Editor’s Note: The following piece originally appeared in City Journal. It is reprinted here with permission. Fifty-one years ago, in July 1967, in response to an explosion of rioting in poor black urban neighborhoods around the United States, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the National Advisory ... Read More
U.S.

Confirm Pompeo

What on earth are the Democrats doing? President Trump has nominated CIA director Mike Pompeo, eminently qualified by any reasonable standard, to be America’s 70th secretary of state. And yet the Senate Democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, have perverted the advice and consent clause of the Constitution into a ... Read More
Culture

The Mournful, Magnificent Sally Mann

‘Does the earth remember?" The infinitely gifted photographer Sally Mann asks this question in the catalogue of her great retrospective at the National Gallery in Washington. On view there is her series of Civil War battlefield landscapes, among the most ravishing works of art from the early 2000s. Once sites ... Read More
U.S.

James Comey’s Inadvertent Admission

The good folks at the Republican National Committee awaken and realize that perhaps former FBI agents make more compelling critics of James Comey than, say, Maxine Waters. Yesterday afternoon brought the first excerpts of James Comey’s new book, A Higher Loyalty, and we were expected to run around in ... Read More