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Jeb in 2012? Or 2016?

There was a time when the conventional wisdom insisted that Jeb Bush never could run for president, on account of his last name. I’m not saying it still wouldn’t present challenges, but a candidacy at some point seems a lot more plausible now than it did just a year ago. (The bumper stickers probably would say “Jeb,” not “Jeb Bush.”)

Remember, this is the Bush brother conservatives always have preferred. Jeb’s loss in the 1994 gubernatorial race was one of the most consequential in recent political history, because of what it may have prevented him from trying to do in 2000.

UPDATE: Yesterday, a conservative blogger made the case for Jeb.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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