You know who wants Jeb Bush to run for president? The pundits.
It’s not that they pine for another Bush in the White House; it’s that they need a GOP front-runner, preferably a household name.
“Of course, such stories eventually have to pause and consider the Bush baggage.”
The Republican race is too amorphous for their taste. Every story has to mention Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and on and on. What journalists love is a two-person showdown, especially if each candidate hails from a different wing of the party, paving the way for lots of civil war themes.
Christie was their guy. A brash, blunt blue-stater with a relatively moderate approach. But the governor’s bus hit the bridge pothole, and even after the self-exoneration and those interviews with Megyn Kelly and Diane Sawyer, he is rolling on punctured tires.
“The former Florida governor hasn’t run for anything since 2002. That was pre-Twitter, and he may not have the agility and determination to withstand today’s crazy obstacle course.”
So the media are gravitating back toward Jeb, who is plainly ambivalent about running. And here’s how it works: reporters call up a bunch of party stalwarts and money men and ask if they’d like to see Bush get in. Sure, these folks say. Then we report a “surge” of interest in Jeb.
David Wildstein, the Port Authority official who oversaw the George Washington Bridge lane closures, wrote in a letter today that Governor Chris Christie knew about the closures when they were happening.
“So what if he knew?” Charles Krauthammer asked on tonight’s Special Report.
“…Everyone in New Jersey knew. It was on the news.”
What matters is not whether Christie knew about the closures, but whether he ordered the closures, Krauthammer said. “There’s nothing in the letter that says that Christie had knowledge of how and why, or that he gave the order, or that he knew that the order had come out of his office,” Krauthammer said.