Is Jeb Bush a lock for the Republican nomination in 2016? Well that seems to be the $64,000 question at this point. The 2016 primaries are many months away but the time of speculating and prognosticating are here. Every pundit hoping to look like that smartest person in the room when all is said and done. Former Florida Governor John Ellis Bush is no doubt a very strong contender for the Republican nomination but he has a number of hurdles to jump before he waltzes into any general election. Bush must find an equilibrium with conservatives, or at least a truce. Bush has come out as a supporter of common-core, and amnesty. These two are non-starters for many conservatives. Bush will have to find a way to move to the right on both of these issues before any non-aggression pact with conservatives will be signed. The reality is that Bush has an obvious advantage when comes to the biggest problems when running for any political office, name recognition and fund raising. The Bush name is part of an American political dynasty and the Bush money machine is legendary in Republican circles. Jeb Bush may indeed be that “cross-over” candidate that American voters are looking for after 8 years of the far left politics of Barrack Obama. Bush was a popular two term governor in the “purple” state of Florida. That alone gives him the advantage of understanding the dynamics of a split political culture.