The Myth of Jeb’s Protégé

The Myth of Jeb’s Protégé

By S.V. Date – (Politico)

Plato and Aristotle. Freud and Jung. Obi-wan and Anakin. Jeb and Marco? Under today’s received political wisdom, the two Florida Republicans and would-be presidents are a first-ballot, sure-fire bet for the mentor-protégé hall of fame. It’s rare to see a mention of the two men of late that does not include “mentor” or “protégé” or both. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, 61, is the master, and Sen. Marco Rubio, 43, the disciple, faithfully bearing the conservative torch.

Much of this notion flows from the September 13, 2005, ceremony that officially designated then-state Rep. Rubio as the first Cuban-American House speaker in Florida history. Rubio delivered an eloquent speech accepting the honor, closing with a story about a young single mom and how all she wanted was to offer her baby a better life, and the state’s moral obligation to help her do that. He finished, and a choked-up Bush followed him to the House well.

“I can’t think back on a time when I’ve ever been prouder to be a Republican, Marco,” Bush said, before recounting the tale of “Chang.”

“Chang is a mystical warrior. Chang is somebody who believes in conservative principles, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism, believes in moral values that underpin a free society. I rely on Chang with great regularity in my public life. He has been by my side, and sometimes I let him down. But Chang, this mystical warrior, has never let me down.”

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