Reprinted from Smirking Chimp
"I would have invaded Iraq, and you would have too."
That is literally what Jeb Bush told Megyn Kelly in an interview set to air tonight on "Fox So-Called News."
Up until this point, Jeb has done everything he can to separate himself from his brother George W. Bush's disastrous eight years as president.
Just a few months ago, for example, he went out of his way to say during a speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that he was his "own man" and that his family's track record didn't say anything about what he would do as president.
The irony, of course, is that Jeb owes everything to his last name.
His connections, his money, the very fact that he's taken seriously as a candidate -- they're all because his last name is "Bush."
If his last name were anything other than "Bush," he wouldn't get anywhere near the amount of attention he's getting.
But even so, being the brother of the guy who got us into the Iraq mess is something voters actually do care about, which is why Jeb has tried really hard to distance himself from "W." and his policies.
That's what makes what he said to Megyn Kelly about invading Iraq so surprising.
It's a big break with his campaign strategy so far, which has been to sell himself as a "moderate" conservative who's learned from the mistakes of the past.
But here's the thing: If it is a break with campaign strategy, it's an honest break with campaign strategy.
That's because Jeb Bush isn't really a moderate.
Like his brother and dad before him, he's a neocon extremist.
The mainstream media has apparently forgotten this, but back in the late '90s, Jeb helped found the Project for a New American Century or PNAC, a neocon think tank that called for the overthrow Saddam Hussein and well, pretty much every other government that the US didn't like.