I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Unlikely tickets - 2008

This has to be one of the most unlikely tickets for the 2008 presidential race.
Speculation swirls over Mitt-Jeb pairing in 2008
Gov. Mitt Romney is tapping the seasoned political team of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, leading to speculation that the Mormon from Massachusetts may be courting the Bible Belt blueblood for a possible Romney-Bush ’08 ticket.

Earlier this month, Jeb Bush’s former chief of staff and top political adviser, Sally Bradshaw, jumped to Romney’s Commonwealth political action committee.

Soon after, Romney flew to the key electoral Sunshine State to join Bush for campaign events and fund-raisers - and, sources said, to gauge Bush’s interest in being a running mate.

“There has been substantive talk between the two of them” about the possibility of the president’s younger brother running for vice president if Romney wins the nomination, one GOP source with knowledge of the Oct. 19 meeting told the Herald. “Everyone in Florida is expecting an endorsement by Gov. Bush (of) Romney.”
So why is this an unlikely ticket? Let's take a look at Romney first. While he certainly qualifies as a Social Conservative I think his Mormon faith would result in at best a luke warm reception from the radical evangelical base. On the other hand the corporatists are ready to distance themselves from the Christian lunatics.

And then we have Jeb Bush. I suspect that after the reign of George the Terrible the country won't be ready to elect someone named Bush in the foreseeable future. But Jeb has proven that he is capable of sabotaging his own political future most notably with his hands on involvement in the Terri Schiavo fiasco where he not only came out on the wrong side but ended up looking like a real idiot.

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