Political Animal


March 21, 2012 11:10 AM Jeb Sends the Signal

By Ed Kilgore

So the effort to consolidate elite opinion behind Romney and push Santorum, Gingrich and Paul into folding their tents or at least curtailing their campaigns got off to a roaring start today. Jeb Bush has endorsed Romney, a mere thirteen months after National Review editor Rich Lowry called on Republicans to draft Jebbie for 2012.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Lowry and his magazine stepped up next to give Santorum the coup de grace.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • SYSPROG on March 21, 2012 11:23 AM:

    I'm sorry but if you think this is anything OTHER than a signal for 2016 I have a bridge to sell you. FINALLY it looks like Romney is gonna take it no matter what the rest of the states (and the pundits) say. In a nod to the GOP, Jeb says 'yeah I'll back him. I'm a good Republican.'

  • bmoodie on March 21, 2012 11:27 AM:

  • boatboy_srq on March 21, 2012 11:33 AM:

    This is also a very heavy blow to all those rightwing pundits whining about getting exactly the field of candidates that they demanded back in 2010 and crying for the party to draft someone to replace all the horrendous consequences/candidates of their choices. With Jeb pushing one of the already-running candidates he's off the list of pols that the "brokered-convention" crowd have ready in case Romney fails to excite the delegates.

  • j on March 21, 2012 11:39 AM:

    I think Etch-a-Sketch Romney is a fitting name, I immediately think of robot Romney with an Etch-a-Sketch head.

  • schtick on March 21, 2012 11:55 AM:

    I can't wait for Bush III as pres. We can have a national "stand your ground" law and he can finish flushing the country down the toilet with help from the tealiban. Think he'll have Rove for VP?

  • stormskies on March 21, 2012 11:59 AM:

    Bush's actual 'signal' was a middle finger in the air ..

  • JS on March 21, 2012 12:02 PM:

    The Romney campaign will be hittin' the ol' reset button early when the call comes in clarifying that it's actually George W. Bush that endorsed their candidate.

  • T2 on March 21, 2012 12:45 PM:

    Jeb apparently gave up hope "someone better" would get in the race. But really, he has no choice because Jeb is not a TeaParty favorite by any stretch, so that leaves him with Etch-A-Mitt.

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on March 21, 2012 12:51 PM:

    When's Santorum going to go super-duper nuclear at this? When does the Santorum Swan Song start? As the candidate who talked the most shit about not only Obama but all of his Republican mates, I will enjoy watching him not accept the GOP presidential nomination. I am soooooo tuned in for updates!!!!

  • imjustsayin on March 21, 2012 12:53 PM:

    BTW, with Romney looking more and more the nominee, has he submitted his long form birth certificate to a presidential validation review board for Photoshop detection and other possible fraudulent content? As concerned citizens, we must validate the LONG form to insure he is a certified citizen of this country. This certification could take months assuming the dozens of court cases and appeals to validate, so he better get moving on this!

  • punaise on March 21, 2012 1:00 PM:

    Mitt just can’t get a fair shake.

    Where’s Super-Spiro-Graph Agnew when you need him most?

  • thebewilderness on March 21, 2012 1:44 PM:

    Any idea what Jeb got for it?

  • G.Kerby on March 21, 2012 3:07 PM:

    @imjustsayin : Willard is a natural-born U.S. citizen all right. But his father was from Mexico. That makes Willard a genuine "anchor baby".

  • Rudy Gonzales on March 21, 2012 9:48 PM:

    Romney as the top dog going against president Obama with support from the TEA party, the old guard GOP and middle-of-the-Road Republicans would be interesting to say it mildly. Judson Phillips boldly declared, “The Tea Party will never rally behind Mitt Romney.” The "Anyone but Romney" crowd have help splinter the once proud party of Lincoln. These ardent bigoted do no honor to their one time leader Abraham Lincoln. In fact they trounce on his grave and every standard Lincoln stood for. Then there is the GOP, the party of Teddy Roosevelt, which was once progressive to the point of "Trust Busting" and increased regulation of businesses to keep them from controlling the masses. Now this portion has squandered their opportunity to effect great legislation and retake their proper place in our society. Then there is the Republican section, once proud Reagan-ites whom have been seriously compromised by the other radical divisions and therefore failed to produce any jobs legislation, as they ran on in the 2010 election. Once proud, now split and leader-less they wander the countryside seeking solace from those just as split. All of the "Once-leaders of the pack" have fallen from grace by their own words and actions.