Jeb Bush Thinks Obama Can Win in 2012
"I wouldn't underestimate [Obama's] ability to get re-elected," the former Republican Governor tells the site. "People forget that in an off-election year, you have great volatility in turnout, and we had much higher turnout numbers than Democrats."
In fact, Bush even has some election strategy advice for Obama.
"We should trust people interacting amongst themselves, investing in their own dreams, to far more prosperity than all of this command-and-control environment that exists in Washington," Bush told NewsMax. "If the president would just embrace that idea, which is a very American idea, he could get re-elected probably."
While Bush is clearly advising Obama to take some Republican ideas on the economy, it's refreshing to see a GOP elder talk rationally about 2012 without any soundbites about how Obama is doomed to be a one-term failure.
Bush isn't quite so nice about certain newly elected Tea Party-backed congressmen. Rather than raise the debt ceiling, some Tea Party members would rather temporarily shut down the federal government, a move Bush calls "a little naïve" and dangerous for national security.
Bush also slams Charlie Crist, saying he "abandoned" the GOP and is not welcome back.
As for his protegee, Marco Rubio, Bush says that 2012 might not be too early to see Rubio mentioned as a possible vice-presidential nominee.