Back to the Future 2016?

There has been a lot of chatter recently about the possibility that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush may seek the Republican nomination for President in 2016. Yes, that’s right, another Bush. Disturbing.

It’s especially disturbing to me because the front runner for the Democratic nomination is Hillary Clinton. That’s right, another Clinton.

Really? In a country of 300 million people, it’s not possible to find qualified candidates who come from any other families? Why don’t we just become a monarchy and do our inherited political power honestly? 

The New York Times touched on that a bit –

Even as the band seemed itching to get back together, some Republicans privately acknowledged that a repeat engagement faces plenty of hurdles, not least of which the sense that the party may have moved beyond the Bushes. Some observers noted that for all the support for Jeb Bush among his father’s allies, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice seemed to generate more enthusiastic applause earlier in the weekend.

I think that another election featuring a Bush and a Clinton will leave a huge opening for an independent candidate to enter the race. They could have a very simple message, “I am not the spouse or the offspring of a former President. I’m just like you Mr. and Mrs. America. Let’s put the politics of the past behind us and come together to fix our country.”

I’d certainly be open to supporting such a candidate. We don’t need more of the same, brought to us by the same old people. We need to move beyond the politics and the people of the past. It’s time for new leadership.

2016 is a just around the corner. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.