If Jeb Bush is the Republican candidate for president, I’m out.
And I don’t think I’ll be the only one. According to reports, and assuming it was a fair election, some 4,000,000 conservatives simply refused to vote for Romney. Between this and Obama’s use of the IRS to target Tea Party groups (more than one way to steal an election!), Romney had a slim chance of victory in the 2012 election. For myself, I sucked it up and voted for him, but not because of anything all that redeeming in him, but because the alternative was an unspeakable horror. Nonetheless, even with a Romney victory, I would have been pessimistic about the ultimate fate of the United States of America. In spirit, I was with the 4 million conservatives who sat out the presidential election.
This time around, assuming the opposing candidate is your typical political animal (such as Clinton), if Jeb Bush is the candidate representing the GOP, I will not be casting my vote for him. I’ll be thinking long and hard about whether to vote at all.
Despite some groaning about a possible Bush-Clinton sequel, there’s plenty of reason to think voters will simply take a breath and size up the primary election candidates on their merits.
“It’s all about alternatives,” Zelizer says. “If that’s the best choice available, people will get over it.”
Not this time. Not me, anyway.