As governor of Florida, Jeb Bush flew in Ivy League social scientists for daylong seminars with his staff and carved out time for immersive brainstorming sessions he called “think weeks.”
A voracious reader, he maintains a queue of 25 volumes on his Kindle (George Gilder’s “Knowledge and Power” among them, he said) and routinely sends fan mail to his favorite authors.
A self-described nerd, he is known to travel with policy journals and send all-hours inquiries to think tanks. (A sample Bush question: What are the top five ways to achieve 4 percent economic growth?)
I hate to dig too deep into how Jeb chose what books to tell the NYT stenographer he was reading — lest I sound like that Slate article on Hillary Clinton’s iPod — but it includes “Their Eyes Were Watching God” and some book by Bill O’Reilly.
I don’t believe that our Galtian overlords will succeed in installing Bush III but it appears that the aspens are turning.