Later today Jeb Bush is expected to be the latest GOP candidate to toss his name into the list of 2016 Presidential hopefuls. Bush will be the twelfth Republican to officially announce his candidacy, but it is unlikely he will be the last.
Bush joins Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul, as the most recognizable GOP candidates in the field so far. Many polls actually place Bush as the front-runner among conservatives. But there is still a long way to go in what is expected to be a brutal, cutthroat Republican Primary.
One thing that makes Bush appealing, his willingness to cross party lines to get things done, may also be seen as his biggest impediment to winning the primaries. Many conservatives see Jeb as far too liberal. The sentiment seems to be that he would fare better in the national general election than in the GOP primaries, where he will be penalized for not being far enough on the right.
Bush’s biggest impediment may very well be his last name. His ability to separate himself from his brother’s failures will be a major factor in whether he is successful or not. If he is able to get through the primaries, a showdown between him and Hillary Clinton seems inevitable.
But we are getting ahead of ourselves. Or are we? There is still a long, grueling primary season ahead. And we have seen in years past that between now and election day anything can happen.