Mitt Romney’s inclusion of Jeb Bush in a list of potential VP candidates Thursday raises a poignant question: Do his poll numbers have to reach double-digits before his campaign can officially take a nose dive? As if being a Mormon republican from Massachusetts isn’t hard enough, Romney now apparently wants to associate his candidacy with the political Worst Case Scenario that is the Bush administration. From the story:

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Thursday dropped some names of potential running mates in the 2008 race, but added such speculation is a bit premature.

Among those Romney mentioned for the second slot on the Republican ticket were three Southerners: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

“I have to be honest with you, I haven’t given a lot of thought to that, so I don’t want to put any names in that hat right now,” Romney said, but also gave a nod to Bush, calling him “quite a guy.”

Apparently eminent businessmen do not shrewd politicians make. If founding one of the most successful private equity firms in the world can be accomplished without the mathematical acumen to equate “Bush” with “Unpopular,” then the fact that I had to use a pen and paper to calculate the tip at Red Lobster last week is, well, not keeping me from founding one of the most successful private equity firms in the world.

The best part about the Bush torpedo is that even FOX News recognizes it. An article on their website citing voter poll results last week declared that:

Overall, only a handful of voters think Jeb Bush would make a good president. About one in five (22 percent) think the governor would make a good choice and 57 percent disagree. As Jeb Bush is relatively unknown to many Americans, it’s a safe bet that much of the reaction is based on his last name and Bush fatigue.

Among Republicans, 43 percent think Jeb Bush would make a good president, 26 percent disagree and almost a third (31 percent) say they are unsure. Fully 81 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of independents do not think he would be a good choice.

In Romney’s defense, he may have mistaken Jeb Bush for Jeb Stuart, the writer of the original Die Hard screenplay. And who, in comparison to the current administration, would probably make a pretty good Vice President.


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