Jeb Bush’s recent announcement that he will “explore” a presidential run in 2016 has led Time to pronounce the “one issue that will complicate his campaign” is Common Core.
“Common Core now represents a kind of shorthand among Republicans,” writes Haley Sweetland Edwards. “If you’re a real conservative, you’re against it; if you’re a faker, you’re for it.”
The problem for Bush, as Time sees it, is that he loves Common Core, and the Republican base hates it.
As Breitbart News observed in June, while Bush attended an Ohio fundraiser, Ohioans Against Common Core activists were on hand to #StopJebNow, pointing out that the Republican National Committee had passed resolutions rejecting the Common Core standards initiative.
Additionally, this past year saw some Republicans, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, and Louisiana U.S. Sen. David Vitter reversing their support for the controversial education reform initiative; while others, like Tennessee U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander avoided the topic altogether like the plague.
In fact, during the summer meetings of the National Governors Association (NGA) – one of the owners of the copyright to the Common Core standards – the Governors told the Wall Street Journal that the standards had become a “political minefield” and, essentially, “radioactive.”
The Common Core standards leave Bush in a “tricky position,” states Time.
“In order to win the Republican nomination, he’s going to have to win over the Republican conservative base, which hates Common Core with the fire of a thousand suns,” Time continues. “The easiest way to do that would be to disown Common Core. But that’s not likely to be in the cards.”