Skip to comments.WaPo: Every Romney donor we’ve spoken to recently wants Jeb Bush for 2016
Posted on 02/28/2014 9:51:13 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Theres no way around it. Americas political establishment wants Bush vs. Clinton II.
Is resistance futile?
Every single Romney donor we spoke with this week listed the former Florida governor as their top choice
Also, with solid name recognition and the Bush political machine behind him, Romney donors believe Jeb is the most electable of the potential Republican candidates. For Romney donors, electability is the single most important trait.
If Jeb Bush is in the race, he clears the field, said one major Romney donor. You would have someone who has the talent that is equal to Mitt. The natural inclination for Mitt supporters would be to gravitate toward Jeb Bush because hes a candidate that can win a national race.
Another huge factor that would help Bush who has contacted some donors about their receptiveness to a presidential bid and is believed to be seriously considering throwing his hat in the ring is that his current gig as a senior adviser to Barclays Capital has helped him meet many of the Northeastern private equity types who filled Romneys campaign coffers.
Christies Bridgegate crumble is contributing to Bush fee-vah, but like WaPo says, Christie had already burned some bridges with Mittworld by babbling praise for Obama over Sandy relief the weekend before the 2012 election. Bush has been waiting around for Christiemania to cool among Republican centrists, and now it is, so here we are.
Help me understand this, though:
If Jeb Bush is in the race, he clears the field, said one major Romney donor.
Which field? Crowning George Bushs brother the new king of the Beltway Republicans isnt going to scare tea-party candidates out of the race. Rand Paul would rather face Christie than Bush for various reasons Bridgegate, lower name recognition, smaller donor network, plus the fact that Christie has antagonized many more Republicans over the last few years than Bush has but there are advantages to running against Jeb too. Now he gets to attack not just a RINO but a dynastic RINO, whose own mother thinks its poor form for the family to monopolize Republican nominations. Pauls brand is that hes a new kind of Republican; nothing would underscore that like running against a Bush, which means he might attract some voters who have issues with him but nonetheless want fresh faces in the partys leadership. (Im one of them. I like Paul but doubt Id support him in the primaries unless were given a stark old guard versus new guard choice.) And Paul may relish running against Bush even though it would make his task harder. If you want to shift the Republican Partys foreign policy paradigm to noninterventionism, you can do worse than have George W. Bushs brother as your opponent.
What the donor quoted by WaPo probably meant was that Bush would clear the centrist field. No more Christie: Hed conclude that hes too badly damaged to beat a well-funded Jeb and decide to support him instead. No more Rubio: The Florida Republican establishment would swing behind Jeb, leaving Rubio with no operational base. Probably no more Paul Ryan either. Even if he was inclined to run, itd be hard to make bank with Mitts old donors stampeding towards Bush and hard to turn to grassroots righties for support given that theyre peeved at him over amnesty and last years budget. But
what about Scott Walker or Bobby Jindal, who seems like hes quietly building a proto-campaign? Theyd make the same calculation that Paul will that some segment of Republicans will blanch at the thought of nominating another Bush, whether out of objections to dynasticism or because they fear the Bush name is unelectable at this point, and jump in. Theyd sell themselves as the Goldilocks option, more conservative than Crown Prince Jeb and more mainstream than Paul, and pull donations from both sides of the party. If/when the center and right reach a stalemate on Bush versus Paul, Walker or Jindal will be there as a compromise choice. The field wont clear, unless your idea of the field runs no further to the right than Rubio.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
You would have someone who has the talent that is equal to Mitt. The natural inclination for Mitt supporters would be to gravitate toward Jeb Bush because hes a candidate that can win a national race.
Is this satire? Mitt lost. Yeah, we need someone who is equal to Mitt. (face palm)
Sounds like someone is speaking to retards.
America will become the laughingstock of the world if the voters make it a Bush vs. Clinton presidential election, in 2016.
Doesn't anyone remember that Mitt didn't always lose, he did serve a term in office, and it was a disaster.
I’d vote for Hillary over another Bush.
Can you say “write-in anyone but bush””? These rino/gop-e types really are fools.
So we should follow advice from governor Romney’s backers? What campaigns have they won recently that they’re such wonderful experts all of a sudden?
Forget all the problems we conservatives have with Jeb Bush, do they really think that brand name has been rehabilitated?
Jeb Bush no doubt has some good qualities and political skills. But Cary Grant himself didn’t have the charm that would be needed to make this gig work.
And they need to face another fact too, if it comes down (heaven forfend!) to Bush III vs. Clinton II, Hillary wins in a walk.
Fairly or unfairly for the general public the memories of the Clinton years are going to be a lot rosier than the memories of the Bush years.
However if it comes down to Bush III vs. Clinton II the LEAST of our problems is going to be that one of them will win.
Very slight silver lining: would it be the perfect opportunity for a solid 3rd party candidate?
I donated to Romney while holding my nose. No way would I donate to, or vote for another shrubery.
I think Bob Dole should make a comeback. He’d clear the field!
Isn’t this the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again or in this case running the same thing over and over again and one is supposed to expect a different result ..... We’re doomed if the elites get their way one more time. Gee ... I think we should experiment with a fresh perspective. Please?
I was a Romney donor (albeit not a big $ donor) back in ‘08 and ‘12 - but I’m not convinced that I want Jeb Bush for 2016.
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I’ll withold my vote and let the democrap win!
of course ...
the liberal Willard doesn’t want a Conservative...
he wants one of his RINO homies..
maybe hes betting the odds in case he doesn’t get the GOP nod himself..
he can call in favors in the size of 2nd place on the ticket..
Jed Bush/MittTwitt 2016
stop me when youre ready to throw up..
Willard has said he will support any of these and he said so in the last month or so Jan/Feb 2014
but he has never listed even ONE conservative..
well didya thunk he would ???
This crap makes me furious!
Of course Romney had to weigh in!
They never learn. They're in full-blown denial.
They imagine everyone thinks like they do, and they're dead-bang wrong.
You forgot Romney/MCCain 2016.
Woo hoo! Dole/Ford... oops, I mean Dole/McCain 2016!
Milt had a talent for being milquetoast.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Bush III v Clinton II in 2016
They can have whomever they want, but they can’t have my vote.
“For Romney donors, electability is the single most important trait.”
Yeah. That’s it. Mitt was just so electable.
If we don’t do major damage to the DNC this year, it’s not going to matter who they run because I don’t think Barry will leave office.
I agree with you OneWing, you would make a better candidate than jeb.
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Not my first choice but better Jeb than Hillary.
Well it must be true, it was in the Washington Compost/Daily Worker.
Now when the New York Slimes reports the same we may as well put our money away, cancel the conventions and go straight to an election.
Is it TRUE that the RNC is going to funnel MORE money directly into Reids pockets by holding their convention in Las Vegas?
With Reids ‘pals’ (Union hotel workers etal) preparing the food etc will be an adventure in itself and ALL the rooms will probably by wired with videocams etc so the Libs will be able to pick up more dirt for future elections.
For crying out loud.
Do you seriously believe that Jeb would win?
Yes, he could. He is down my list, but I would support Jeb over any Dem any day and I’m confident most Americans will too.
You're kidding yourself.
We've already had two Bush presidents within a matter of mere years.
I’m pleading insanity.
Your Honor, my client is insane!
Which just proves that a Bush can win.
What's that old saying about repeating stuff over and over again and insanity?
So you would vote Dem rather than for another Bush?
He’d better not be the GOP nominee or it’s good-bye REPUBLIC.
He’s a pro-amnesty RINO.
Yep ... I hear you, loud and clear.
Gosh ... Want some purple berries?
Like I said he is not my first choice. Hillary is a lot more than just pro amnesty.
Why don’t you answer the question? Jeb or Hillary?