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Florida is where he is known better than anywhere else and where he is supposedly well-liked. Nonetheless, most of the people there are not interested in backing his presidential bid, and that should tell us something. That tells us that there is much, much less to a Bush candidacy than meets the eye. While he may be the favorite of many donors and D.C. pundits, there is not much popular support for yet another Bush presidency, and even in Florida there is not much support for Jeb Bush’s pursuit of the presidency. The Jeb Bush Fantasy

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There is nothing wrong with challenging the prevailing views in a political party, and it can sometimes be quite healthy. However, it is impossible to take Jeb Bush seriously as a candidate of dissent. If he ran, Bush would have substantial financial backing and the endorsement of quite a few party elites, and he would have their support because he passes their ideological litmus tests. Someone named Bush is unlikely to challenge entrenched interests of any kind, and on immigration he is taking the position that large businesses want. He isn’t really a dissenter from the party line, but rather the would-be enforcer of the one preferred by many party elites. Meanwhile, his views on his favorite issues have relatively weak support among voters in his party. Bush is also doing a spectacularly bad job of distinguishing himself from his brother, since immigration and education reform were two of George W. Bush’s pet issues when he first ran for president. As for this supposed aversion to “purity tests,” there is good reason to assume that Bush’s foreign policy arguments will rely heavily on trying to stigmatize and demonize dissenters inside the party just as his brother so often did. Jeb Bush and “Purity Tests”

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