Former Louisiana Governor Roemer to Take First Step Toward White House Run

Bookmark and Share As initially reported here in White House 2012, former GovernorCharles Buddy Roemer is thinking about running for the Republican presidential nomination. To be clear, this is Charles “Buddy Roemer” of Louisiana, not RoyRoemer, a Democrat and the former Governor of Colorado. I had hopedBuddy Roemerwouldnt because now it means I have to redo the listing of contenders and make a whole new widget and bio for the guy. But apparently my wish wont come true because on Thursday, Buddy will announce that he is setting up an exploratory committee.

The timing of this announcement does however raise questions about Roemers strategic ability. On this same day Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will also be announcing the creation of his presidential exploratory committee. Now unless the media intends on dedicating a larger chunk of time than I expect to Republicans whom wish to defeat President Obama next year, which candidate do you think will get more time and coverage for their announcement?

But aside fromBuddy Roemer announcing the creation of his exploratory committee in a way that will make him an after thought to Newt Gingrich, Roemers entry in to the race is largely seen as wildcard candidacy that is banking on the hope that big name Southern Governors like Mike Huckabee and Haley Barbour do not get in to the race. Other former Southern Governors such as Bob Riley of Georgia are also contemplating a run. But the only way for names like Riley and Roemer to last in the Republican contest for any significant amount of time is the hope that they can consolidate the old South behind them. Such can not be done with people like Barbour and/or Huckabee running. As it is, it remains to be seen if people like Riley and Roemer can consolidate the South for themselves even if no other Southerners get in to the race.

In my opinion Governor Roemer knows that his time in the national spotlight has come and gone. However; he probably sees running not as a chance to occupy the White House, but as a means by which to visit the Oval Office, possibly as a member of a new Republican Presidents cabinet.

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Another Southern Governor Looking To Occupy the G.O.P. Presidential Field?

Bookmark and ShareThelatest scuttlebutt is that former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer is looking at a run for the Republican presidential nomination. This comes from reports in the DesMoines Register and Times Picayune which were picked up by Politico.com who linkedto it from an article in the Monroe News Starwhich quotedRoemer as saying he’s “doing my homework,” and “I’m getting ready to make my case with the American people,”. Furthermore; the Monroe News Star also reports that Roemer said he will announce within the next month whether he will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for President in 2012.

Some from that same paper also conclude that it is adone deal because as they put it,“Roemer talks in an interview as if his mind is already made up. He’s discussed it with his family and board members of his Business First Bank and even has lined up a vice president to run the bank in his absence while campaigning.”

There is no reason to believe that those words are made up by any of the sources but if it is true, I must ask exactly how many Southern Governor’s can fit in to one G.O.P. presidential primary before we reach the point of saturation? There’s Haley Barbour, there was Lousiana’s Bobby Jindal, others hoped for Florida’s Jeb Bush, more seek Texas’ Rick Perry, still more pray for the candidacy of Arkansas’ Mike Huckabee and recently Alabama’s Bob Riley chimed in as a potential candidate. And although he was never a Governor. let us not forget the former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich who was elected to represent his Georgia district and is said to have picked out office space in Atlanta where he will headquarter his campaign.I may still be missing another one or two in there, but you get my point.When it comes to Buddy Roemerthough, the latest word of a possible run isfurther fueled by the presumption that the former Governor is running because he has been the latest confirmed guest at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Spring Event on March 7th.

Probably more than any other event scheduled yet, this one has sparked the rumor mill about potential candidates most of all. But perhaps its time we get a grip on the reins controlling this here horse. Also attending the event are Ralph Reed Jr., president of the national Faith & Freedom Coalition, Iowa’s 5th District Rep. Steve King, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. Are these people also running for President too? Cause if they are, I missed that headline.

Now I don’t mean to make light of speculation, especially since those of us who can’t wait for the 2012 race to begin, really only have speculation to go on but, come on folks, not everyone speaking at this event is a futurePresident. And while I understand that over600 Iowa activists who will have a hand in the Iowacaucus, are expected to participatein the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s forum and supposedly 60 percent of Iowa Caucus participants in 2010 were self-identified evangelical Christians, while important, this event is not the annual haj to Mecca that its organizers would like to make it sound like. So far, by my count only four of at least 15 potential presidential candidatesare so far confirmed. And one of them is Buddy Roemer. So let’s get a little perspective here.

But in addition to that perspective I must again ask ……….Buddy Roemer? Really? No offense to Mr. Roemerhe did his job to satisfaction and had an abilityto passionately push forward his agenda but he never established a devout, loyal following to build upon and of all the Southernerswho risk dividing the Southern vote, is Roemer really with the arithmatic?

Now I will probably be wearing egg on my face and regretting this if Roemeractually does run and some of my prefferedchoices like Gingrich and Barbour do not. And then Huckabee makes it official that he is not running and Daniels confirms he is sitting it out too. But at the moment I feel secure in the knowledgethat all those chips won’t be falling that way. Buddy Roemer? Really?

In the mean time I am going wait at least a day or two before I rearrangethe widgets on this site and create a new page, bio on Buddy Roemerand links to his websites. That’s a lot of work and I am not sure its worth the effort right now.

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Michael Reagan Wishes Jeb Bush Would Get In The Republican Race for President

During a Friday evening New Jersey Reagan Daydinner, keynote speaker Michael Reagan was asked if he had a favorite in the emerging field of Republican candidates for President.

While Reagan did not endorse any candidate and urged that whoever the nominee, Republicans should remember his father’s 80/20 rule. But before he mentioned his call for unity behindnominee in order to insure the defeat of President Obama, he stated;

“I’ll tell you who I would like to see enter the race. We have a dynamic leader in Florida who is a former Governor. Jeb Bush make a great candidate and his ability to appeal to and bring Latinos West of the Mississippi and Hispanics East of the Mississippi, is something which Republicans will need”

If a Bush were to ever get back into politics…

On November 3rd, 2008 the idea of a Bush ever running for political office again seemed pretty silly. We had a bad taste in our mouth from George H.W. Bush promising not to raise taxes, and then raising them. We had an even worse taste in our mouth from George W. Bush with his wars and deficits in the couple hundred billions. The name had become synonymous with bad politics and even most Republicans knew that the words “Bush” and “good president” in the same sentence was political suicide.

With all that, very little attention was paid to the Bush in Florida who retired five years ago after reaching the state’s term limit on the governor’s office. Jeb Bush left Florida in a far better position than he found it and still enjoys incredible popularity today in the state.

Jeb Bush is still very popular in Florida

I remember going to a McCain rally in NE Florida during the 2008 campaign. When Jeb was announced to introduce John McCain, I wasn’t the only Floridian on my feet enthusiastically cheering. In fact, we cheered harder for our former governor than we did for McCain.

Jeb still maintains great popularity in the state. A few months ago, Public Policy Polling reported that Bush was the only Florida potential candidate who would defeat Bill Nelson for the Senate seat in 2012, if he ran. This was before Nelson walked away from his seat on the Armed Forces Committee which may seal his 2012 doom no matter who he runs against.

George Bush won Florida in 2000 and 2008. In both elections, those 27 electoral votes would have been the difference between a Gore or Kerry Presidency. In 2008, Obama won Florida, but he could have afforded to lose it. I have little doubt that Florida would go the Republican’s way in a Jeb Bush presidential run.

But what about the rest of the country? For the other 49 states, Jeb is not even on the radar and the name Bush still scares a lot of people. On the other hand, as we face a third year with deficits in excess of a trillion dollars and war under Barack Obama, the name Bush isn’t quite as scary as it used to be.

Bush is fluent in Spanish and has a very good relationship with the Hispanic community. He has been quick to advocate for them and to point out how Democrats use that issue as nothing more than a political advantage. He also has been able to maintain a reputation as a moderate and a conservative; a tricky balancing act that voters can easily see through if not done right.

Bush does have some strikes against him with far right conservatives. He opposed the Arizona immigration law and supports state bankruptcy. This puts him in company with others like Pawlenty and Gingrich, but would certainly raise eyebrows in a 2012 primary that is certain to still be riding the TEA party sentiments of 2010.

Bush has sofar elected to stay out of the 2012 race, but has hinted that he may seek the nomination in the future. Given the political landscape going into this race, this may be a wise decision. While Bush is a solid conservative choice and a proven leader, the current issues and divisions on the right do not favor him. So far he has also opted out of the 2012 Senate race. But if a Bush could ever go back to DC in our lifetimes, it would be Jeb.

Jeb Bush. Secretary of Education or President?

Bookmark and ShareOver time, probably both.

While a third Bush presidency is probably not in the cards for 2012, it is not entirely out of the question in the future.

Yet if the potential crowded pool of talented Republicans do not actually come to the surface and run for President, Jeb Bush could actually throw his hat in the ring in 2012 and believe it or not, be a very viable candidate…… over time.

Once the shock of his name wore off and after what he had to say finally sunk in, Jeb Bush would be able to challenge people like Palin, Pawlenty, Paul, Barbour, and Romney and give them a run for their money……… over time.

However; with the wealth of talent that will undoubtedly fill the Republican field of candidates, it will actually be difficult to convince people that we need another Bush, so soon after the last one. And Jeb is not actually making any attempts to indicate that he is interested in running for President in 2012.

Instead, Jeb has been crisscrossing the country and discussing education in America and how to improve it.

The issue is one which he is most passionate about. As governor of Florida, Bush instituted the nation’s first statewide school voucher system, mandated standardized tests in Florida’s public schools, eliminated social promotion and established a system of funding public schools based on a statewide grading system.

Since leaving office as Governor of Florida, education has been the issue Jeb has dedicated his life to. He started out by creating an institute named the Foundation for Excellence in Education and since then, in addition to speaking out on the issue and organizing forums on it, Jeb has been touring the nation as he studies innovative programs, learns about the tools educators need to successfully teach students and develops new ways to deliver quality education to the nation’s students.

The latest stride Bush has taken in this area has been an effort that would bring about a more intricate integration of future technology innovations with current technology in public education. Called the Digital Learning Council, Bush and former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise have joined forces to create a panel of education experts that will help move digital learning to the forefront of education and away from the niche role they believe digital learning plays today.

The 60-member council includes Shafeen Charania, director of education product group marketing for Microsoft; Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators in Arlington, Va.: John D. Couch, vice-president of education at Apple Inc.; and state officials and members of education think-tanks.

According to a news release from the new group, more than 2 million K-12 students take courses online, and 1.5 million home-education students take online courses, but that barely scratches the surface of what is possible through technology.

In an interview with Education Week, Former Governor Bush told Education Week magazine that digital technology’s disruptive nature for good has not been applied to our education system. If you look at how technology has improved our lives, it has only been an accessory in education. The blueprint created by the Digital Learning Council will move us towards a more customized learning environment where more students learn at their maximum pace.

This latest initiative to enhance education in America is just one of many Jeb has taken since he firstbecame Governor of Florida back in 1998. In total, his record on the issue is impeccable and to date, he has done more to improve education in America more than most people of the day. And interestingly enough aside from demonstrating a great government model for teaching and learning, much of Bush’s work has demonstrated how we can improve the quality of education through private sector initiatives, as much, if not more, than government initiated demands.

Jeb’s efforts in the area of education are truly keeping him busy. He has turned the cause into a fulltime job. But it is a job that can certainly set him on the path to other employment opportunities.

Being aBush brother, timing may not allow him to become President in 2012 and he knows it, but a smart man can take time and turn it from an enemy, into a friend. And that is what Jeb is doing to the time he has. Currently, time is on his side. And should the next President in 2012 be Republican other than him, expect Jeb to be a member of that person presidential cabinet.

If the next President does not do away with the Department of Education, expect them to tap Jeb Bush, education’s best friend, to become Secretary of Education and once the President who appoints him to that position is no longer in office, anticipate former Governor and Cabinet member Jeb Bush to become the President after them over time.

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