Alex Massie

Bush on Palin: Charisma Ain’t Enough

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Jeb Bush that is. And, it's fair to say that he doesn't seem enormously enthusiastic about Palin's political prospects:

My personal belief is that for Governor Palin to be a successful candidate for higher office, she needs to take this charisma she has and also add to it some depth of understanding of the complexity of life that we're living in today. If she had the combination of that, she would be a formidable candidate."

And:

I mean, I don't know what her deal is, but my belief is in 2010 and 2012, public leaders need to have intellectual curiosity.

Well that all seems fair enough even if Jeb* has to be considered part of the party's establishment and thus suspect in the eyes of Palin's most fervent supporters.

Full video of the Jeb interview here.

*The Man Who Might Have Been President had the fates - and voters in Texas and Florida - not intervened. When it comes to counter-factuals, imagining President Jeb is an interesting, if also infuriating, exercise. There'd have been no dispute about the election result in Florida for one thing....

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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