Back in the day, we had a Florida governor who, though he didn't much like the press, appreciated the role of reporters and the idea of advancing ideas – even if it meant soiling his hands with the ink-stained wretches.
Jeb Bush never seemed to shy away from speaking a mind full of facts and figures, sharpened by study and by challenging himself and others. His talking points were his own, not those cooked by others in some faraway political kitchen and then handed to him a la carte.
Press availabilities with Bush were always news events. And reporters who didn’t bring their A game, who didn’t study up, got dismissed, dissed, ripped up by Bush, whose disdain for the press was matched by his interest in debating it, like a cat toying with rats.
A stark reminder of all this is below in a video clip of a press conference with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal where Bush lets loose with his defense of Common Core education standards, which have become the new fluoride for some on the far right and the new Bush bugaboo for left-leaning union types who never much liked anything from the mind of Jeb (or “Jeb!” as his campaign signs read).