While the governor has been vague about his own plans, there are few secrets about where his sympathies lie for 2008. Two of his chief political operatives have allied themselves with Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, who is considering a presidential bid.
Mr. Romney is viewed as a social conservative, to the right of presumed Republican front-runner Sen. John McCain of Arizona. That dovetails with Mr. Bush’s view of himself: “I’m conservative admittedly and unashamedly. I don’t apologize for it.”