Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has come out for Mitt Romney, and I can think of only two possible reasons for his apparent stupidity.
1) In his spare time, Jeb smokes very interesting cigarettes.
2) Jeb understands reality.
Romney doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of ousting President Barack Obama from the White House. After he gets politically throttled in the general election, the most liberal Republican in the race will still be licking his wounds in 2016.
A viable candidate, Rick Santorum comes to mind, might actually win. That would result in Jeb having to wait until 2020 to run.
By cleverly throwing the most inept Republican candidate under the bus with his endorsement, Jeb will be in a win/win position four years from now. By being a team player, Jeb satisfies the GOP's power brokers and eliminates Romney from the 2016 primaries.
Republicans say they believe in a smaller government and all the rest of the power points we conservatives like to hear. But have you ever considered what a Romney candidacy will mean? Let's imagine...
These predictions are based upon Romney being the standard-bearer for the GOP (Grossly Obsolete Party) after their nearly lily-white, fat-cat convention. During the campaign, Romney will hire floor walkers to guarantee no one falls asleep during any of his inspiring, whistle-stop speeches.
Obama wins 33 to 39 states. Romney wins Utah and Wyoming, his two locks, plus another dozen or so disenchanted states. Obama wins the election with a 2.2 million popular vote plurality. The House and Senate go Democrat.
Four months into Obama's second term, two Supreme Court justices resign and are replaced by young, liberal, ultra-left judges who will be around to torment conservatives until the middle 2050s. These leftists will assist Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Elena Kagan in trashing what is left of citizens' rights. The only sensible remedy to this solid-left wrecking crew will be to leave the country.
Just 71 days later, China gets fed up with Washington's spendthrift ways and demands we sell them some of our national treasures, and I don't mean AIG. After three hours of very hard negotiating, Yellowstone National Park is sold to the Chinese for $2.9 billion. During those three hours of negotiations, the national debt increased $3.9 billion.
Obamacare becomes stronger. Any woman who receives an abortion is eligible for a $10,000 income tax exemption for contributing to fetal stem-cell research.
America, Canada, England, Germany, France, and Italy sign an international child protection treaty. The last paragraph in the treaty, that no one reads prior to signing, prohibits parents or grandparents from keeping firearms within 10 miles of their children or grandchildren.
Since international treaties supersede the U.S. Constitution, passage by the House and Senate removes Americans' right to bear arms. Bye-bye second amendment.
Ginsburg's book, Why I Wouldn't Recommend Our Constitution to Any Country on the Planet, hits Barnes & Noble and immediately soars to #1 on the New York Times best-seller list.
In other words, Dems continue business as usual.
Walt Osterman is the author of Not Home Yet: A Tale Concerning Israel's Rebirth. He served in Vietnam and is a Bronze Star recipient. He lives in Wyoming.