As you may have heard, George P. Bush – grandson of George H.W. Bush, has filed paperwork to launch a political campaign in Texas in 2014. George P. is young, energetic and half Latino. He may be just what the national GOP needs.
We really have to pause and think about how long the Bushes have been a part of Texas politics. Bush 41 was first elected to Congress from the Houston area in 1966. He was a rare breed indeed – a Texas Republican. The state was then entirely dominated by Democrats. He sought office for the U.S. Senate but did not win.
So, since the 1960’s, there has been a Bush on the ballot at least every decade. George H.W. Bush dominated the ballot during the 60’s, 70’s, and the 80’s. George W. Bush was elected Governor of Texas in 1994 so he dominated the 90’s and then was elected President in 2000, thus dominating that decade as well.
You didn’t really think we would let this decade slip by without a Bush on the ballot did you? No way. By the time George P. runs, it will have been 6 years without a Bush on the Texas ballot and that must absolutely be corrected.
All the same, George P. is a fresh face and may be a remedy for the Republican party as it strives to update its image and to be more current with voters. He is handsome, part-Latino, articulate and has worked hard to organize younger Republicans. Word has it that he is a bit of a charmer as well.
2014 may still seem a long way away to you but in the world of politics, it is tomorrow. There is much discussion on all fronts regarding who will seek what seat and will Rick Perry run again?
Watch for lots of politics at play once the Legislative Session begins.
And, of course, stay tuned to Ponderings…….