All the Wall Street Money

There’s another one of those “who will be Wall Street’s champion in 2016” articles up at Bloomberg today, this one by Max Albelson, and one thing’s very clear: with Christie on the ropes, Jebbie’s The Man on Wall Street:

Bush, the son and brother of U.S. presidents, was Florida’s governor until 2007. That year he became a director of Orlando-based bank holding company CNLBancshares Inc. and a member of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.’s private-equity advisory board. He’s now a senior adviser at London-based Barclays.

“If Jeb says ‘I’m in,’ I think all the Wall Street money goes to him,” Potomac [Research Group]’s Valliere said. “Like, immediately.”

Trouble is, voters don’t much share that enthusiasm for a third Bush presidency; you may recall that ABC/WaPo poll from last week showing Jebbie with the highest level of “definitely would not vote for” numbers of any named 2016 prospective candidate. So what would “all the Wall Street money” do for him? It’s not like he needs to establish name ID; it’s rather the opposite problem: establishing that his name shouldn’t be held against him. I’m not sure exactly how one does that.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.