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WaPo: Every Romney donor we’ve spoken to recently wants Jeb Bush for 2016
Hot Air ^ | February 28, 2014 | Allahpundit

Posted on 02/28/2014 9:51:13 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

There’s no way around it. America’s 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 he’s 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 Romney’s campaign coffers.

Christie’s 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 Bush’s brother the new king of the Beltway Republicans isn’t 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 it’s poor form for the family to monopolize Republican nominations. Paul’s brand is that he’s 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 party’s leadership. (I’m one of them. I like Paul but doubt I’d support him in the primaries — unless we’re 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 Party’s foreign policy paradigm to noninterventionism, you can do worse than have George W. Bush’s brother as your opponent.

What the donor quoted by WaPo probably meant was that Bush would clear the centrist field. No more Christie: He’d conclude that he’s 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, it’d be hard to make bank with Mitt’s old donors stampeding towards Bush and hard to turn to grassroots righties for support given that they’re peeved at him over amnesty and last year’s budget. But … what about Scott Walker or Bobby Jindal, who seems like he’s quietly building a proto-campaign? They’d 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. They’d 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 won’t clear, unless your idea of “the field” runs no further to the right than Rubio.


TOPICS: Campaign News; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2016; bush; gopdonors; gopestablishment; hillary; jebbush; liberalagenda; rino; romney; romney2decide4ever; romneyagenda; romneycare4ever
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1 posted on 02/28/2014 9:51:13 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
No, no, no, no, hell no, and frack NO!

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

2 posted on 02/28/2014 9:52:16 PM PST by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

NO WAY!
NO moderates!


3 posted on 02/28/2014 9:54:05 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“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 he’s a candidate that can win a national race.”

Is this satire? Mitt lost. Yeah, we need someone who is equal to Mitt. (face palm)


4 posted on 02/28/2014 9:54:07 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
WaPo: Every Romney donor we’ve spoken to recently wants Jeb Bush for 2016

Sounds like someone is speaking to retards.

5 posted on 02/28/2014 9:54:57 PM PST by doc1019
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

America will become the laughingstock of the world if the voters make it a Bush vs. Clinton presidential election, in 2016.


6 posted on 02/28/2014 9:55:00 PM PST by PaulCruz2016
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IMHO, nowadays, their names are either Ted Cruz OR Sarah Palin.

PLEASE Make Your Donation!!
GO Monthly, if you possibly and reliably can.
No kidding, everyone, we're truly going to need FR now, more than ever before.

7 posted on 02/28/2014 9:55:03 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“You would have someone who has the talent that is equal to Mitt.

Doesn't anyone remember that Mitt didn't always lose, he did serve a term in office, and it was a disaster.

8 posted on 02/28/2014 9:56:24 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d vote for Hillary over another Bush.


9 posted on 02/28/2014 9:57:47 PM PST by DManA
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To: onyx

Can you say “write-in anyone but bush””? These rino/gop-e types really are fools.


10 posted on 02/28/2014 9:58:02 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: onyx
NO moderates!

All the GOP "advisers" tell the candidates that you have to win the "moderates" in order to win the election. So that is where they spend all their money and completely ignore the base with the attitude - "where else are they going to go"?

How about stay home? That is what happened in 2012.
11 posted on 02/28/2014 10:00:21 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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?


12 posted on 02/28/2014 10:00:37 PM PST by faithhopecharity (" uri)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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?


13 posted on 02/28/2014 10:02:24 PM PST by jocon307
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I donated to Romney while holding my nose. No way would I donate to, or vote for another shrubery.


14 posted on 02/28/2014 10:06:23 PM PST by MtnClimber (I'l trade this poem for your BMW! Pelosi has M-series empowered me.)
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To: Pining_4_TX

I think Bob Dole should make a comeback. He’d clear the field!


15 posted on 02/28/2014 10:06:34 PM PST by glorgau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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?


16 posted on 02/28/2014 10:07:29 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: All

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.


17 posted on 02/28/2014 10:09:15 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; wku man; onyx; Pining_4_TX; doc1019; PaulCruz2016; ansel12; DManA; hal ogen; ...
I would make a better candidate than Jeb Bush…
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18 posted on 02/28/2014 10:10:41 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll withold my vote and let the democrap win!


19 posted on 02/28/2014 10:10:44 PM PST by dalereed
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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

Christie/MittTwit 2016

Huckabee/MittTwit 2016

Rubio/MittTwit 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 ???


20 posted on 02/28/2014 10:11:02 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: hal ogen
Can you say “write-in anyone but bush””? These rino/gop-e types really are fools.

This crap makes me furious!

Of course Romney had to weigh in!

21 posted on 02/28/2014 10:11:37 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Cheerio
All the GOP "advisers" tell the candidates that you have to win the "moderates" in order to win the election. So that is where they spend all their money and completely ignore the base with the attitude - "where else are they going to go"?
How about stay home? That is what happened in 2012.

They never learn. They're in full-blown denial.

They imagine everyone thinks like they do, and they're dead-bang wrong.

22 posted on 02/28/2014 10:13:32 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Tennessee Nana

You forgot Romney/MCCain 2016.


23 posted on 02/28/2014 10:13:56 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: glorgau

Woo hoo! Dole/Ford... oops, I mean Dole/McCain 2016!


24 posted on 02/28/2014 10:15:06 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Pining_4_TX

Milt had a talent for being milquetoast.


25 posted on 02/28/2014 10:15:32 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Great. All we need is Theodore Roosevelt and the Republicans can go down like William Howard Taft in 1912.
26 posted on 02/28/2014 10:16:16 PM PST by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: OneWingedShark
Either of my Pekin ducks would make a better candidate than Jeb.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

27 posted on 02/28/2014 10:22:35 PM PST by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bush III v Clinton II in 2016


28 posted on 02/28/2014 10:23:11 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They can have whomever they want, but they can’t have my vote.


29 posted on 02/28/2014 10:23:35 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

“For Romney donors, electability is the single most important trait.”

Yeah. That’s it. Mitt was just so electable.


30 posted on 02/28/2014 10:25:39 PM PST by Luke21
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


31 posted on 02/28/2014 10:27:05 PM PST by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: OneWingedShark

I agree with you OneWing, you would make a better candidate than jeb.


32 posted on 02/28/2014 10:27:27 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: ponygirl

What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
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33 posted on 02/28/2014 10:28:18 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not my first choice but better Jeb than Hillary.


34 posted on 02/28/2014 10:30:39 PM PST by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way)
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To: ponygirl
There is no doubt that obama is attempting to start a world war. He undoubtedly thinks he can survive a nuclear weapons exchange. Should he survive I can see him coming on the few communications wires left and announcing he will not be leaving office. Who would there be to stop him after having had a nuclear exchange between nations?
35 posted on 02/28/2014 10:32:00 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Red White and Blue patriot
Gosh FRiend ... on that one all I can do is ask why on either? We do have choices I pray and not more failed experiments, don't we?
36 posted on 02/28/2014 10:34:21 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


37 posted on 02/28/2014 10:35:54 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --When you have them by the short hairs, the minds and hearts soon follow.)
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To: Red White and Blue patriot
Not my first choice but better Jeb than Hillary

For crying out loud.

Do you seriously believe that Jeb would win?

38 posted on 02/28/2014 10:36:19 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

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.


39 posted on 02/28/2014 10:39:59 PM PST by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way)
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To: Red White and Blue patriot
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.

40 posted on 02/28/2014 10:43:14 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

I’m pleading insanity.


41 posted on 02/28/2014 10:43:30 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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Your Honor, my client is insane!


42 posted on 02/28/2014 10:45:04 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: onyx

Which just proves that a Bush can win.


43 posted on 02/28/2014 10:45:05 PM PST by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Well, those donors chose poorly before and it looks like they will chose poorly again.

What's that old saying about repeating stuff over and over again and insanity?

44 posted on 02/28/2014 10:47:12 PM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: no-to-illegals

So you would vote Dem rather than for another Bush?


45 posted on 02/28/2014 10:47:15 PM PST by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way)
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To: Red White and Blue patriot

I’m done.

He’d better not be the GOP nominee or it’s good-bye REPUBLIC.

He’s a pro-amnesty RINO.


46 posted on 02/28/2014 10:48:03 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: no-to-illegals

LOL.
Yep ... I hear you, loud and clear.


47 posted on 02/28/2014 10:49:09 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Red White and Blue patriot

Gosh ... Want some purple berries?


48 posted on 02/28/2014 10:49:47 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: onyx

Like I said he is not my first choice. Hillary is a lot more than just pro amnesty.


49 posted on 02/28/2014 10:50:24 PM PST by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Putin = Hitler)
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To: no-to-illegals

Why don’t you answer the question? Jeb or Hillary?


50 posted on 02/28/2014 10:52:38 PM PST by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Putin = Hitler)
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