George P. Bush: 47th in 2024 or ’32? — Unless Dad Goes for ’16

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George P. Bush speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Our favorite tidbit from the nice take on the Bush family and immigration here is what political operative Mark McKinnon, he of the No Labels school, likes to call George P. Bush:


The reference to that American presidential lineage in which Bush’s grandfather is fondly recalled as “41” and his uncle, the late-blooming pet portrait artist perhaps less so fondly remembered as “43,” is as clear a sign as any of the hopes that Texans hold for the 37-year-old running for land commissioner.

The focus that the New York Times places on the Bush family’s concern for immigration — personalized in the marriage of George P. Bush’s father to “una Mexicana,” Columba Bush of Leon, Mexico — is worth considering, too.

Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida who was born in Texas and settled in Miami, is making a book tour with his treatise about the formula for fixing the nation’s broken immigration laws. He embodies the understanding of the importance of the fast-growing Hispanic community in the United States that was essentially insulted in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries.

There are some within the party who see the former two-term governor who understands the political art of consensus building as its key to reclaiming the White House in 2016.

Yet it is Bush’s oldest son, the Hispanic-American businessman and lawyer who was born in Houston, raised in Miami and settled in Texas, a state that Democrats are working to turn blue, who may offer the family that gets the Hispanic vote the clearest path to a trifecta at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

By McKinnon’s apparent count, 47 starts sometime after 2024, provided that 45 and 46 are one-termers, or 2032, when “P” turns 56. Uncle “W” was 54 at election as president. The grandfather was 64.

John Ellis Bush, who remains eligible in 2016, will be 63.

Though, time’s a wasting, McKinnon has noted:


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