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  1. Bush and Rubio: The Next President and Vice President?
    I was watching ABC Evening News on Monday, April 13, 2015, as Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked the newly-declared presidential candidate, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, how he could run against his friend and mentor, former governor of Florida Jeb Bush, and still remain friends! Without blinking, Rubio said there was no problem whatsoever. Rubio lamely claimed he was not running against his mentor, but rather the two of them were vying for the same position! At first, it sounded like doubletalk, gobbledygook. Rubio was implying even Jeb could have run against his brother, George, for the presidency in 1999, and still remain “brothers!” Then I momentarily recalled Florida was about 26 per cent Hispanic. Moreover, Jeb Bush’s wife is from Mexico. It dawned on me that there was an “unholy alliance” in the making.
    Presumably, sometime in mid-December, 2014, just a few days before Christmas and everyone was busy shopping and getting ready for Christmas, Rubio sneaked into a modest Dorchester Hotel in Palm Beach, FL, where Jeb Bush was waiting for him in Room 404. After small talk, Bush went straight to the point: He told Rubio despite his reported presidential aspirations, he didn’t stand a chance. The presidency is a WASP position (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant), and male, he must have added. With Catholics amounting to about 25 per cent against 51 percent Protestant, virtually every president, except JFK, has been protestant. That’s why a Mormon like Mitt Romney didn’t stand a chance either, Bush added by way of elaboration. As if it was necessary, he stated an African-American has better chances of becoming president than a Latino: As former slaves and southern economy builders, African-Americans are more American than Hispanics. And, above all, Rubio lacked the name, deep roots, and old money. Bush also mentioned in passing that, thanks to week-day voting day, Latino daily wage-earners cannot afford to take the day off. He didn’t need to mention that, unlike the United States, many countries hold elections on Sundays to be more inclusive.
    What about Hillary Clinton, Rubio wondered, implying they were both minorities. Bush did not beat around the bush: The nation — womenfolk included — was not yet ready for a female president. Such as notion has not yet become part of the national consciousness. Besides, he added, in the book, “An African Student in Russia,” it is stipulated that unless there is 50-50 male-female representation in each branch of government, including male-female president/vice-president arrangement, democracy has yet to exist in America, or elsewhere for that matter. Only Rwanda is coming close, with over 50 percent females in parliament. Thus, in the current “homocracy” (male rule), the presidency will be the domain of men until there are mass marches to Washington to demand establishment of true democracy. Besides, some women resent the idea of a female president out of envy and/or pettiness.
    When Rubio asked if Bush was indirectly urging him give up the presidential aspirations and stay put in the Senate, he was flabbergasted when Bush stated he would very much want him to run for the presidency. Anticipating a look of incredulity in his protégé’s eyes, Bush elaborated: Rubio would run for the presidency like all the rest, but end up with better chances of becoming Bush’s vice president. In due course, Rubio would maximize his chances of becoming president in 2020.
    Then Bush laid down the uncanny plan. Rubio and others would run against Bush during the primaries, including going at him like no body’s business. The goal was to split the Republican votes among as many contenders and pretenders as possible. At the end of the day, Bush would emerge the winner. And here is the sweet part: Even if Rubio comes in last, he would make him his running mate.
    When Rubio wondered as to why Bush would not select the runner-up to be his vice president, Bush explained the division of labor between the two of them stood a better chance of guaranteeing victory than any other combo. Rubio was all ears, ready to hear what Bush had in mind: Geographically, whereas Bush’s responsibility would be to win New England, the Mid-West and parts of the South, Rubio’s mission was to bring in the states with considerable Latino populations, notably his home state of Florida (23% Latino, with 29 electoral votes), New Mexico (47 %, 5), California (38%, 55), Texas (38%, 38), Arizona (30 %, 11), and Nevada (27%, 6 electoral votes). It was unfortunate that, with 99 percent Latino, Puerto Rico does not have electoral votes, Bush lamented. If Rubio could win over at least the total of 144 electoral votes, Bush was sure of adding at least the remaining 126 votes to reach the required 270 electoral votes and voila, they are in the White House.
    When it came to the target groups and districts, Bush’s responsibility would be to go after Wall Street where the moneymen are, while Rubio would concentrate on the Main Street where the family values are based. Bush would aim at the immigrants of yesteryears, while Rubio would target those of yesterday. Bush would hobnob with the hard-core conservatives, while Rubio would rub shoulders with soft-core Republicans and Centrist Democrats. Bush would cajole old money, while Rubio chases after the new rich. As Bush plays golf with the old generation, Rubio would shoot some hoops with young adults there. Men will be Bush’s constituency, while young women would Rubio’s. As Bush shows up in conservative media outlets, Rubio would frequent the liberal ones, including spending extra time at Telemundo and Univision. As Bush jokes with folks in suburban and rural America, Rubio would pay visits to blue color factory workers in inner cities. As Bush spends time in monolithic states with Anglo-Saxon majority populations, Rubio would hop from one multicultural state to another. The one issue they ought to tiptoe around it together will be the slippery rights of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) populations. They will push the matter away from the federal platform toward the states, without openly agreeing, or disagreeing, with their demands for equal rights.
    The Bush-Rubio dynamic duo would most likely face the Clinton-Chafee uncompromising team. This is when the claws will really come off. Bush’s responsibility would be to attach Clinton’s foreign policy, Benghazi and all, while Rubio would discredit her domestic policy initiatives, including her leading role in the abortive 1993 task force on national health care reform. While Bush attacks her usage of personal email account to conduct affairs of the state, Rubio should feel free to bring up old and seemingly redundant issues, ranging from whitewater, travelgate, and filegate scandals, down to White House counsel Foster’s death during the Clinton presidency. While at it, Rubio could play dirty and challenge Hillary as to why she did not rightfully sue Monica Lewinsky for infringing on her marital “real estate!”
    As the meeting concluded, Rubio seemed to be happier than Bush for being more sure of becoming the vice president than winning the presidency. Jeb Assured him that, come 2020, the Bushes would join forces and whisk him to the White House by hooks and crooks if needed. That would make for a perfect story of a descendant of immigrants from Communist Cuba. The unholy alliance is executing its mission as you read this sentence.
    Onesphor Kyara

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