Jeb’s Exclamation Point Turned Out to Be Accurate: “I Will Run To Win”

Jeb!

“It is time to start making rules for the rulemakers.” - Jeb Bush

Well, he’s in. Offically.

As his mother, Barbara, the former first lady, looked on, Mr. Bush directly confronted the central doubt looming over his campaign: that he presents the latest incarnation of a tired dynasty and is entitled to the Republican nomination by virtue of his surname.

“Not a one of us deserves the job by right of resume, party, seniority, family, or family narrative,” Mr. Bush said inside a community college gymnasium. “It’s nobody’s turn. It’s everybody’s test.”

In declaring his presidential bid before a cheering crowd at Miami Dade College, Mr. Bush promised to remove Washington as an obstacle to effective government and economic prosperity by declaring that “America deserves better.”

He said all the right things to keep the base interested — small government, disrupting the culture of Washington, staying true to his principles, Obamacare and religious freedom, teaching Congress how to use veto power to protect taxpayers, a dwindling military, renewing ties with allies around the world, etc. — but he was also quite savvy on some of the issues he knows the base cocks an eyebrow toward, namely immigration and education.

But he handled those fairly comfortably as well, speaking to the humanity of special needs children and answering immigration hecklers attacking him from the left with a promise to pass immigration reform:

“By the way, just so that our friends know: The next president of the United States will pass meaningful immigration reform so that will be solved,” he said before taking a shot at President Barack Obama.

“Not by executive order,” he added, a reference to Obama’s executive actions shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.

It was, in all, a rather impressive entrance for a man that has, at once, big shoes to fill while trying to remind everyone that he’s not there to fill any big shoes, telling the gathered there that the contest was wide open and not anybody’s right by resume or birth.

At this stage in the game, Bush looks good and likley won some converts who had been sitting on the fence hoping for some sign that Hillary could be beaten. Jeb provided that reassurance today. But perhaps most interesting — a message the country, in my humble opinion, ought to steadfastly hold him to — was his assertion that, after speaking a bit in fluent Spanish, he said in English, “In any language, my message will be an optimistic one.”

That is actually something we’ve been missing for many years now, suffering with a lack of enthusiasm under the weight of the cynicism of 7, going on 8, years of Obama’s progressivism. Millennials are old enough now to finally recognize the difference optimism makes in leadership if we give them the opportunity — no matter who embodies it — to see what it looks like.


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