Jeb Bush’s odd dissociation
Hats off to Catherine Rampell for her handling of former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s (R) absurd contortions Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to avoid admitting that he’s actually running for president [“Rise of the undeclared,” op-ed, June 2].
Ms. Rampell surmised that his wriggling stems from a desire to retain control over the management of his super PAC, which reportedly has raised $100 million. But after all the traveling, appearances, chatting in all the traditional primary venues and, of course, vigorous fundraising, Mr. Bush should be blushing to find himself sounding like an eager but uneasy virgin on the brink.
Mr. Bush’s apparent dissociation from Bush-as candidate seems peculiar. Of course, any number of possibilities might crop up in any of our lives that could throw us from our chosen track, but that shouldn’t deter us from getting on the track we hope to be on. As with Mr. Bush’s clumsy handling of the question about his brother’s invasion of Iraq, it appears that he hasn’t given the candidacy issue the thought that it warrants. That’s not a good sign.
Bernard Ries, Washington