Jeb Bush started out the race by trying to distance himself from the past and his family history, going so far to declare last winter “I am my own man,” but that’s not really working. So desperate times bring desperate measures and now he is contemplating using his brother George W. Bush in his campaign to win votes in the South Carolina primary.
GREENVILLE, S.C. — With Jeb Bush struggling to connect with some Republican activists, his campaign has begun exploring whether to bring in the person it thinks may be best equipped to give him a boost with skeptical conservatives: his brother George W. Bush.
The 43rd president is a very popular figure among Republican voters and could deliver a needed jolt to his brother’s sluggish campaign.
Advisers to Jeb Bush in this crucial early primary state have asked national campaign officials in recent weeks to send in George Bush, 69, who so far has appeared only at private fund-raisers, to vouch for his younger brother on the campaign trail.
That may sell in South Carolina, where “favorite son” Lindsey Graham is sucking wind, but to the rest of the country that is neither Republican nor nostalgic for the disaster that was the second Bush administration, it’s a dilemma: win the primary in South Carolina and hose any chances for separating himself from the most unpopular president since Nixon.
But hey, Jeb is supposed to be the smart one.