Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush formed his exploratory committee today, and as both Eliana Johnson at National Review and Tim Alberta at National Journal reported yesterday, Senator Ted Cruz has all but entered the lists. (The diner conversation I moderated for the group that met with Senator Cruz was off-the-record, but not the dinner happening itself. The senator and I in fact discussed it on air before it convened.) No, I am not “in Cruz’s camp” as more than a few listeners have written me since these articles appeared. I am in “no camp” but eager to hear them all and introduce any of them that head west to friends and fellow conservatives.
Governor Bush will not doubt be a topic on today’s show, even though my guests include Governor Kasich of Ohio and Senator-elect Tom Cotton who was named to the Armed Services, Banking and Intelligence Committees yesterday in a display of great judgment by Leader McConnell and his team. So will be Senator Thune’s surprising “wait a minute” yesterday, But the key to the 2016 race is found deep in the Rockefeller bio I interviewed author Richard Norton Smith about yesterday (see below): Nobody knows anything at this point about how voters will be feeling in February 2016 after eight or nine debates and a couple of thousand eight hour news cycles, and the only way to win is to run. Hard. From the start.