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.
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) September 4, 2013
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.
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:
If I can find a bookie to take it, I’m gonna put some money down that Rand Paul wins Iowa and New Hampshire in 2016 #gulp
— Mark McKinnon (@mmckinnon) July 19, 2013