If America was looking for a Republican with a long resume and was part of the Bush administration it missed out on a big opportunity. Senator Rob Portman has announced he will not run for President. On paper Portman looked like a strong contender – moderate in demeanor, solid conservative credentials, from the biggest swing state. His problem is that those are all strengths in a general election. In a primary he’s a disadvantage because he doesn’t really light a fire under people.
Bush Republicans will have to look elsewhere. Although Portman will definitely resurface as a likely VP choice.