CORAL GABLES, FLA. -- Former Florida governor Jeb Bush could probably step into the GOP primary today and secure all delegates, even those that have been assigned to Mitt Romney.
Bound delegates aren't bound by unbreakable party chains.
Bush could even take the vice-presidential spot on the ticket and be assured a welcome and a winning shot.
Neither of these things is going to happen.
Bush, the two-term governor who remains perhaps the most popular Republican office-holder in Florida, rejected the idea of being Romney's running-mate during a Thursday broadcast interview; and he admitted that his time to run for office at the head of the ticket may be coming to a close.
Bush was reminded that many people within the GOP had been hoping he would run for office, and they felt that 2012 could have been his year.
He questioned whether those hopes were altogether realistic, though he appreciated being one of the GOP's 'Most Wanted.'
As far as a future run for the White House was concerned, Bush left that open for debate.
But he admitted that there is a "window of opportunity" for events in a life, and this may have been his.