Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush are leading the field of potential GOP presidential candidates, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

Romney and Bush, both considered establishment candidates, received 19% and 14% of the vote respectively, but if Romney decides not to run, Bush would take over the lead with 16%.

The poll also stated that Hillary Clinton tops Romney by double digits.

“Clinton, 53%, has a 12 point lead against Romney, 41%, among registered voters nationally,” the poll stated.

It certainly appears the powers-that-be are readying the public for another establishment vs. establishment presidential election which results in no real change in U.S. policy despite the change in administrations.

“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers,” establishment insider Carrol Quigley advocated in his book Tragedy and Hope. “Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy.”

The Obama administration made this strikingly obvious by continuing the vast majority of Bush administration policies, including the drone wars in the Middle East, despite running a presidential campaign based on “change.”

“The election of President Obama was in no small part, a referendum on the administration of George W. Bush, and his victory was interpreted as a sound rebuke to eight years of open ended warfare, a vast and growing police state, the destruction of civil liberties, disregard for the Constitution, unchecked executive power, lies and broken promises, hypocrisy and arrogance, a lack of transparency in government, out-of-control federal spending, fever-pitch fearmongering, rampant corruption, and some really stupid gaffes, but what have we gotten instead? More of the same,” journalist Wes Messamore wrote. “A lot more of the same.”

“In fact, every negative aspect of the Bush administration has come back with a vengeance in the presidency of Barack H. Obama,” he added. “Everything the American people detested so strongly about Bush has not only characterized the presidency of his successor, it’s gotten much worse.”

And if either Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney were to become president, not much would change even if they framed their campaign as a referendum on President Obama.

It’d just be more of the same regardless of the party label which misleads voters into thinking establishment candidates viciously oppose each other when in fact they play on the same team.

“We were both Southern governors and we both like each other,” former president George W. Bush said about former president Bill Clinton. “He’s fun to be around.”

“I hope he would say I’m fun to be around.”

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