Back when the first planning meetings for Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign were likely being held, in late 2013 or early 2014, an analysis of rivals to his nomination probably looked pretty sunny.
There were a bunch of retreads from 2012, with the most threatening being the actual nominee, Mitt Romney, who occupied a position on the ideological spectrum and in the esteem of party elites uncomfortably similar to Jeb’s. There was the 2008 redux Mike Huckabee. There were the governors—Scott Walker, John Kasich and Rick Snyder—who had to get through reelection battles of varying difficulty.
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