Mitt Romney vs. Jeb Bush January 31, 2015Posted by geoff in News.
Unlike DrewM at AoSHQ, I was not doing the happy dance when Mitt Romney dropped out of the race. Romney may not have been a conservative’s conservative, but I thought he was a much better choice than John McCain or Jeb Bush. A good and decent man, with a huge and relevant background in management and leadership.
They’re rare in politics.
Today the NYT tells us that Mitt didn’t drop out on his own. No, he was driven out by a cabal of high-powered investors who preferred Jeb Bush:
The campaign to deny Mr. Romney another chance began almost immediately after he mused to donors at a Friday get-together in New York City on Jan. 9 that he was open to the possibility of another run. By that Sunday afternoon, William Oberndorf, a prominent California investor who supported Mr. Romney in both of his previous presidential campaigns, had emailed a group of 52 powerful Republicans, including former Secretary of State George Shultz, the investor Charles Schwab, Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois and the Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos with a blunt message: we need to support someone else.
Mr. Oberndorf wrote: “We are fortunate in Jeb Bush to have an extremely talented and able candidate who, I believe, has a far better prospect of winning a general election than Mitt. Moreover, Mitt has now run twice and has had his chance to be president. It is now time to cede the field to others.”
Well, that’s nice, Mr. Oberndorf. But let me just say this: a 3rd Bush in the White House is a non-starter for me. I don’t know where my vote will go, but it won’t be going to the GOP if they run Jeb Bush.