Stop Jeb's presidential run before it starts

Published: Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 10:56 p.m.
It is obvious that Jeb Bush has been tapped to be the GOP's next presidential candidate. This is great political theater for the Republicans - they send Jeb to Indonesia and take a picture of him standing on a pile of rubble with a bullhorn.
I can see the campaign ads already. I'm surprised it took Karl Rove a whole week to think of it.
When Jeb accompanied Secretary Colin Powell on his trip to Asia, it was decided by the Republican suits that he is the heir apparent. Why else would Jeb go? Does he like to fly around in choppers looking all windblown? Wasn't there enough work for him here in Florida after four hurricanes?
Jeb is a typical toady for the radical right. He signed the unconstitutional "Terry laws" to keep a brain-dead woman alive. He signed a bill into law which is costing school districts across the state hundreds of thousands of dollars by forcing them to replace the American flags already in their classrooms. But he doesn't want to fund early childhood education.
Maybe Jeb really has no interest in being president, but the corporate jet conservatives have made him an offer he can't refuse.
Stephen Bottomly, Gainesville

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