If it wasn't for the fact that the Bush family has caused such hellacious problems for America, they'd just be the biggest hoot. Unfortunately, Reality has a way of rearing its ugly head, and the Bush family is not the biggest hoot. Yet here comes the third one, hot on the heels of Poppy Bush whining about how badly he felt about his son after Hurricane Katrina (never mind the poor victims), putting his foot in his mouth and pandering to the public.
As I titled that piece from only yesterday when I reworked it for the Huffington Post, "The Bush Family: The Gift That Keeps Giving," that family never seems to fail. For so it does. It gives and gives and gives. While the rest of us take the hits.
"So going forward -- we wrote this last year -- going forward," Jeb Bush told MSNBC of his new book about a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, which he was for before he wrote in his book that he was against it, which now on the first day of publication he's refuting and is for, sort of, but not exactly, "if there is a difference, you can craft that in law where you can have a path to citizenship where there isn't an incentive for people to come illegally, I'm for it. I don't have a problem with that. I don't see how you do it, but I'm not smart enough to figure out every aspect of a really complex law."
Forgetting for a moment that whole, "He's for it and against it and for it, sort of, maybe" thing, Jeb Bush's concern is that he wants to prevent "a magnet" that would draw immigrants illegally to the United States so they could subsequently get legal citizenship.
"I don't have a problem with that," he says (whether or not it's true. Who knows at this point?), "I don't see how you do it, but I'm not smart enough to figure out every aspect of a really complex law."
Hmmm. Well, y'know, here's one way you could do it -- write into the law that a Path to Citizenship only pertains to people currently in the United States at some specific date. January 1, 2013, or whatever. Yes, I know that's a "really complex" thing to do, but hey, sometimes you just have to roll up your sleeves.
Mind you, I'm not suggesting that the whole immigration bill and debate is that easy. It's not. Nor am I suggesting that that particular solution is The Best one. I don't know. I'm just saying that for someone to be for something, then against it, then for it -- sort of kind of maybe -- but use the crutch of "I'd be really for it if you could solve this one problem" to hide behind, and that one problem you're hiding behind does have at least one really easy solution, then you're not someone who is as serious or substantive or honest or compassionate as you're trying to suggest. Especially when you clearly want to be the third Bush to be President of the United States. Been there, done that.
By the way, to be clear, compared to his brother, George W., Jeb Bush is far more serious and substantive and maybe honest and perhaps compassionate. But to be equally clear, that's a really low bar to get over.
As for me, seeing yet another one on the big stage, I'm just Bushed out.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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