Rumors Of His Demise...

After the election mess, the pundits said Jeb Bush was toast. But they forgot to tell the folks in Florida

During the Florida recount fiasco, which Tallahassee Republicans call "the recent unpleasantness," national pundits consigned Governor Jeb Bush to the chad heap of history. They clucked last month when he fought with his brother the President over oil drilling off Florida's Gulf Coast (W. wants to; Jeb does not). And they dished last week when Jeb denounced the "sickening" (and apparently unfounded) rumor that he'd had an affair with a state official, once a Playboy bunny.

The talking heads can't explain the polls' giving Bush a 56% approval rating, down just 3% from before the recount. No wonder Bush, who has...

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