Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s new book was aimed at nudging a reluctant Republican Party toward reforms that would allow illegal immigrants to live and work without fear of deportation.
But by recommending only legal residency and backing off his past support for citizenship, Bush is throwing cold water over a fledgling deal in the Senate, denting his own reputation as a bold policymaker and stoking speculation that he will run for president in 2016.
None of those things were supposed to happen.
I’ll tell you what I hope doesn’t happen – that conservatives find themselves afflicted with another disastrous Bush presidency. As far as this latest bit of Shrubbery’s immigration positions, he’ll say or do whatever it takes to further his own political career by way of advancing the goals of the leadership of the GOP Faction of the Ruling Party.
Whatever. I’ll never vote for another Bush again, even if the GOP Faction should run him against the reincarnation of Joseph Stalin.