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His recommendation to replace Mr. Morgan: the brilliant “InstaPundit” and Tennessee-based attorney Glenn Reynolds.


Barbara Bush is adamant that none of her close relatives will run for president any time soon, reasoning that another family should have a turn in the political pantheon. Fans of her son Jeb Bush — not to mention his son George P. Bush, now running for a state office in Texas — would perhaps politely differ with the former first lady.

But a curious dynamic has surfaced.

During an appearance before the Long Island Association on Monday, Jeb Bush told the audience that his name is “an issue for sure,” suggesting that they’re might be voter fatigue with yet another Bush, or even a Clinton, in the White House. But wait. This runs counter to every marketing tenet known to Madison Avenue. Name recognition pays off, particularly in the already chaotic landscape of the 2016 presidential season.

“I get the point. It’s something that, if I run, I would have to overcome that,” Jeb Bush said. “And so will Hillary, by the way. Let’s keep the same standards for everybody.”

Indeed, his potential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton also would have instant name recognition. But Mrs. Clinton is not likely to soft-pedal the family name any time soon; it is part of a plan for an emerging family legacy — what with Bill Clinton pining to be the First Husband and daughter Chelsea in full civic mode as fundraiser and do-gooder.

A very polite note to Jeb Bush then: The Bush family name is an asset, not an “issue.”


He was known as “Dutch,” but he’s a grand Irish-American. We’re talking one Ronald Wilson Reagan, who has just been inducted in, yes, the Irish American Hall of Fame, through the efforts of the historically-minded Irish American Heritage Center up there in wee and windy Chicago. Also among the honorees: Commodore John Barry, an officer in the Continental Navy during the Revolutionary War; Hall of Fame baseball manager Connie Mack; Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, the nation’s first televangelist; and the ace lunar-minded astronaut Michael Collins.

Four hundred famed folks were nominated; the nine inductees will be honored at a gala in April.


A grand debut on Monday: That would be the brand new “Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo” on the Fox Business Network. The two-hour, live roundup of world market openings, significant stock moves and key business headlines of the day is an morning asset for viewers seeking smart delivery, authentic insider stuff and yes, some charm.

“Every morning at this time I’ll be bringing you the latest word on your money straight from the decision makers on Wall Street, in the C suite and Washington,” Ms. Bartiromo said during her first moments on a Fox camera.

“She breaks down what viewers need to know both before and after the opening bell rings,” the network says

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