Jeb 2016 Ugh

image of Jeb and George Bush goofing around
"Wocka Wocka Wocka!"

Former Governor of Floria Jeb Bush, younger brother of former President George W. Bush and son of former President George H.W. Bush, is almost certainly going to run for president in 2016, and no one could be more excited about it than Dubya.

"I didn't quite finish ruineding the country, so now you can finish the job!"—Dubya.

If Jeb Bush runs, there will be lots of arguments about dynasties and nepotism, and I understand entirely why those arguments are compelling. (I made them before myself, in the past.) But the truth is, there is always a ton of privilege, of different sorts, underwriting the career of anyone who can become a nominee for US President in this day and age, and family influence is just one among many of those potential privileges.

And I think arguing that Jeb Bush shouldn't run (or win) because of his family just takes up time and space that could be used to make arguments that he shouldn't run (or win) because he supports cruel garbage policies that are bad for most of the country.

Jeb Bush is part of a party that thinks people aren't entitled to food. That's much more of a problem than the fortunate circumstances of his birth.

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