Jeb Bush’s odd dis­so­ci­a­tion

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

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

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