"Hardball" just featured a segment in which Jeb Bush's recent remarks--takedowns, actually--on the current and future condition of the GOP were discussed by host Chris Matthews and guests Michael Steele and Ron Reagan with a certain mystification. In brief: What's up with this?
To me it seems all too clear, there's nothing mystifying about it. Jeb Bush is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, which is bound to be an open nomination after Mitt Romney gets his butt kicked this November; an event Mr. Bush altogether anticipates--indeed, is counting on. Bush envisions a return to political normalcy, to paraphrase another GOPer of bygone stature, and Jeb Bush is both pushing that transformation along and hoping to capitalize on it, to seize it, at just the right moment.
The irony. His brother destroyed the Grand Old Party. He may save it.