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Dinner with Jeb

Some coverage of last night’s dinner with Jeb Bush.

Here is the talk, and Q & A, on Real Audio and in MP3 format.

Discussions - 4 Comments

Words that often came out of the mouths of Ashbrook Scholars following the dinner: "Why didn't this Bush run for president instead of the other one?"


Witty, personable, thoughtful, and eloquent individual.


I'm not a fan of the guy (immigration), but he clearly has political talent. If it's true that he's eloquent, that's a rare asset in our party and it needs to be treasured and rewarded. Jeb lost in '94 ('94!) to a dirty campaign by Democrat Lawton Chiles. Had he been elected then, rather than '98, Jeb might well have been the Republican nominee in 2000. It goes to show that every loss or win at this level can end up being important nationally. And that a win now is often better than a win later.

That last bit of your comment is an astute and a good observation, David.

Very long essay deleted...bottom line Jeb Bush gives an excellent and prudent speech praising economics and the quantifiable, but perhaps neglecting because of the ceteris paribus assumptions of economics some insights from Hegel and Tocqueville. Everything in terms of discontent in politics today is about recognition and the question of whose ideas shall rule. Of course from the standpoint of economics I am overfitting. I would love to talk political economy with this guy.

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