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Exclusive: Jeb Bush Meets with Former Aides near White House (NO!)
National Review Online ^ | November 26, 2012 | Robert Costa

Posted on 11/26/2012 3:36:01 PM PST by Timber Rattler

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush met Monday with a group of his former staffers at the J. W. Marriott hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, just steps from the White House. Bush, a potential 2016 presidential contender, spent an hour in the hotel’s Cannon room, reminiscing and entertaining questions about his political future.

In an interview with NRO, Bush did not rule out a presidential run. “I am here to catch up with folks and promote education reform,” he said, smiling.

When asked again whether he will issue a Sherman-type statement about his future, Bush remained coy. “We have an alumni group that I like keeping in touch with,” he said. “I’m here to focus on educational reform, and that’s what I’m going to tell people.”

Neil Newhouse, Mitt Romney’s campaign pollster, among other GOP operatives, was at the meeting.

On Tuesday, Bush will host a national summit on education reform. Education secretary Arne Duncan, former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, and Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, among others, will speak at the event.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2016; bush; bush2016; gope; jeb; jebbush; nononono; norinos; tokyorove
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And so the GOP's cycle of political suicide begins anew.

It'll never learn.

It's high time that we send it the way of the Whigs and start a real Conservative Party, without any more Bushes, Roves, or Romneys.

1 posted on 11/26/2012 3:36:13 PM PST by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler

stay out of the Bushes!


2 posted on 11/26/2012 3:38:13 PM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: Timber Rattler

The treadmill of the RINOs continues.


3 posted on 11/26/2012 3:39:38 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Timber Rattler

We’ve had about enough of them, when will they go away?


4 posted on 11/26/2012 3:40:06 PM PST by madison10 (“Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion.” ~~Pravda)
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To: Timber Rattler

The GOPe gives brand new meaning to the term ‘tin ear’.


5 posted on 11/26/2012 3:40:22 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Timber Rattler

This is a scare job. The insiders want to scare away ryan.

If this was serious they could also mention the JW Marriot is across the street from the Ronald Reagan center.


6 posted on 11/26/2012 3:40:50 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Timber Rattler

Isn’t it Jeb’s turn?


7 posted on 11/26/2012 3:41:39 PM PST by OwenKellogg
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To: headstamp 2
Yeah, and you just know that Romney's old staff members and worthless political consultants are all out looking for their next pay checks, and Jeb now has the money.

Repeat process.

8 posted on 11/26/2012 3:42:06 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

Yep... why in the world would he want the same team as McLame and Lamley?


9 posted on 11/26/2012 3:43:04 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Timber Rattler

What will never end is how the Republicans/conservatives hammer away at people who are our people. This website hammered Romney unceasingly and were it not for so called conservatives like those on this board being so negative for so long, we might be saying president elect Romney. I’m really sick of people bashing the Bushes. If they win, then they win. If you want purity, enter a monastery for crying out loud.


10 posted on 11/26/2012 3:43:04 PM PST by Mercat
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To: skeeter

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No more Bushs EVEr EVER EVEr!!!!

I will write in the green party or write in mickey mouse


11 posted on 11/26/2012 3:44:15 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Timber Rattler

Jeb must be delusional to the point of insanity. When people can’t find their keys they think it’s the fault of somebody named Bush. In 2016 there will be new voters who won’t even know who GW Bush was but will know that it is Bush’s fault. Kind of like people asked, in Atlas Shrugged, who is John Galt without knowing who he was.


12 posted on 11/26/2012 3:44:23 PM PST by all the best (`~!)
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To: Perdogg

He doesn’t stand a chance in 2016. After two losses with moderates, conservatives won’t be fooled again by the ‘electability’ mantra. Not enough for Jeb to stand a chance anyway. The question is, who will it be?


13 posted on 11/26/2012 3:46:41 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: all the best

Four years is an eternity in politics, particularly if the economy continues to sour.


14 posted on 11/26/2012 3:46:48 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: Timber Rattler

Nope. the ‘conservatives’ (as they call themselves) will scream bloody murder for 3 years. However, with a few months to go before the election, they will turn on anyone who does not suddenly throw their principles to the wind and embrace the man they themselves spent said 3 years fighting against.

This will be followed by silence when their candidate loses.

THAT will be followed by a rediscovery of those principles for 3 years...until the GOP threatens them with more doom/gloom and offers up the next and even less conservative candidate.

See the past several election cycles for unarguable documentation of the above.


15 posted on 11/26/2012 3:49:24 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Timber Rattler
It's high time that we send it the way of the Whigs and start a real Conservative Party, without any more Bushes, Roves, or Romneys.

Why do we need to start another 3rd party? There are plenty of 3rd party's already in existence. Take your pick. You can join the Constitution Party, or the Libertarian Party, or FR's own EternalVigilance's America's Party, etc, etc. Adding another one to the list isn't going to make this 3rd party nonsense any more successful.

And so the GOP's cycle of political suicide begins anew.

I agree another Bush would be a disaster. Saying that, we have primary's to sort these things out. If Jeb Bush wins the nomination it will be because enough GOP primary voters elected him. There is nothing stopping real conservatives from running from within the GOP. They are not going to win the nomination if they are poor candidates though, and that is precisely what happened last time.

16 posted on 11/26/2012 3:49:24 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: Viennacon

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016


17 posted on 11/26/2012 3:49:37 PM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: Timber Rattler

Jeb Bush??

His wife tried to smuggle in thousands of dollars worth of designer clothes from Europe.

Aren’t there any decent people in politics?


18 posted on 11/26/2012 3:49:59 PM PST by ladyjane (For the first time in my life I am not proud of my country.)
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To: Timber Rattler

I am surprised that the GOPe does not find a descendant of Herbert Hoover and run him or her for president.


19 posted on 11/26/2012 3:50:06 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Timber Rattler

It’s over. I mean REALLY over!
I gave theses clowns one more one-more chance with Mittens.
I swear, no more lesser of the two evils.
The GOP is a shriveled up pile of crap.
This country is so damned divided there will never be a bringing together of the masses. How many demographic groups are there now? Think about it.
GOPe, you can stick it in your ear! I will think of you as I do the leftist commies.
If there are any conservative, constitutionalist, God-fearing, America loving men and women left in that party of fools I suggest you get out now. Before they ruin you too. Join the Tea Party and let’s get this ball rolling.


20 posted on 11/26/2012 3:51:13 PM PST by mark3681
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To: Norm Lenhart

I fear that you’re right, Norm. See post #10 above for confirmation.


21 posted on 11/26/2012 3:52:55 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Mercat
If they win, then they win. If you want purity, enter a monastery for crying out loud.

If by 'purity' you mean a candidate that doesn't hold what I believe in contempt, then yes I want purity.

22 posted on 11/26/2012 3:53:14 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Norm Lenhart

At some point they will ineffectively pray, thinking they are effectively acting to influence political events


23 posted on 11/26/2012 3:54:17 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Timber Rattler

I can’t even imagine on what grounds people should object to people meeting, or for that matter running for any office they want. Can someone tell me a mechanism by which this would be prevented?

As for republicans, how can you have faith in any of them, after Newt, Jindal, etc., immediately denounced the notion that Obama bought his constituencies with government handouts? Cravens, every one of them.


24 posted on 11/26/2012 3:55:46 PM PST by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: Longbow1969
Why do we need to start another 3rd party?

Well, you can stay with the GOP-E and keep on getting the same results and treatment. Acting like an abused spouse and coming back for more is NOT an option for Conservatives anymore.

25 posted on 11/26/2012 3:58:09 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Mercat
What will never end is how the Republicans/conservatives hammer away at people who are our people.

"Our people"? You have seriously missed the boat if you think Romney, McCain, and Dole are "our" people.

Don't you understand that they lost because they could not make the sale to conservatives? What is so hard to grasp about the fact that people will vote for someone who strongly reflects their values, and that they'll only give grudging and lukewarm support to those whose records prove they do not?

Give conservatives someone who fearlessly champions all we believe in, and that person will have support coming out of the woodwork.

26 posted on 11/26/2012 4:02:46 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Timber Rattler

As I keep saying, if you don’t like Bush, work to develop other candidates. At least he seems to be announcing, or at any rate, giving strong indications, which will at least give us one candidate by the primaries. We had nobody lined up last time and we need to change that.

We need to have several good candidates. He could certainly be one (because there are people who like him) but there should also certainly be others. Start working on it.

(And fantasy candidates who tease but will never run need not apply.)


27 posted on 11/26/2012 4:03:43 PM PST by livius
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To: Perdogg

You didn’t say that right: Stay out da bushes!


28 posted on 11/26/2012 4:03:53 PM PST by old school
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To: Timber Rattler

It’s hard to respond without swearing....


29 posted on 11/26/2012 4:05:32 PM PST by magna carta
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To: Timber Rattler

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooo! (runs away screaming)


30 posted on 11/26/2012 4:06:00 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Timber Rattler

The pubs haven’t learned a thing. Or, maybe they have.


31 posted on 11/26/2012 4:08:35 PM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: GeronL
Yep... why in the world would he want the same team as McLame and Lamley?

Cause he aspires to be the next "good loser" -- isn't that the GOP's function?? And BTW, isn't that second guy you cited actually named WrongMe?

32 posted on 11/26/2012 4:09:09 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: all the best
Jeb must be delusional to the point of insanity.

To us he is, but the GOP inside the beltway loves him. The Bush family has been in federal GOP politics for nearly 60 years and they are at the core of Republican Big Government.

He doesn't need to be loved or liked by us, just anointed by the GOP power brokers, then he'll lose the general election. McCain, Dole, and Romney have followed the same path.

33 posted on 11/26/2012 4:09:59 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Mercat
If you want purity, enter a monastery for crying out loud.

I'd agree with that. Anybody who can actually get the nomination is attacked for being a sell-out in comparison to candidates who can't get nominated or don't actually exist.

But perhaps Jeb may be a spoiler if he runs, splitting the moderate vote. If conservatives get behind one candidate maybe having Bush in the race could actually benefit that candidate.

34 posted on 11/26/2012 4:11:39 PM PST by x
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To: Timber Rattler

And noe for something completely different.....+

Go Jeb!


35 posted on 11/26/2012 4:12:03 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Still Thinking

Thank you for the correction


36 posted on 11/26/2012 4:12:11 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Timber Rattler

no way he could win a primary.... unless he changes his name.


37 posted on 11/26/2012 4:13:07 PM PST by mike_9958
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To: Still Thinking

Designated Loser


38 posted on 11/26/2012 4:14:29 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Still Thinking

Designated Loser


39 posted on 11/26/2012 4:18:04 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Timber Rattler

I cast my last vote for a Rino when I voted for Romney.
No more, no way will I vote for another Bush. Period.
I will stay home and let the illegals carry Bush over the finish line, if it is
To be.


40 posted on 11/26/2012 4:19:08 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Timber Rattler

Jeb’s gonna run. Oh Nooooooooooo! Hell Noooooooooooooo!


41 posted on 11/26/2012 4:23:08 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Dream on—ain’t gonna happen. We must work within the framework we already have but I am so pessimistic at this point that I don’t want any one of these Republicans. Why would they want to go through all this just to lose? They’re all nuts if they think they can defeat the press, the fraud, the idiot voters and the “third party” deserters.


42 posted on 11/26/2012 4:23:08 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Timber Rattler
Well, you can stay with the GOP-E and keep on getting the same results and treatment. Acting like an abused spouse and coming back for more is NOT an option for Conservatives anymore.

And you're going to do what? Start a new 3rd party when there are already plenty of 3rd party's to pick from? What happened to all the folks that talked up the Constitution Party? How did that go? It went nowhere. As of right now the Constitution Party didn't even get .1% of the vote. Heck, Roseanne Barr got over half as many votes as they did.

3rd party's do not work in our winner take all system that does not allow for coalition government. Even Ron Paul figured that out. Heck, the LaRouchies even know this which is why they run as Democrats. You can shake your fist in the air and scream till your vocal chords burst, but a 3rd party is not the answer. Even if the GOP was replaced by another party, it would simply become the 2nd leg of our 2 party system.

43 posted on 11/26/2012 4:23:51 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: OwenKellogg

Has Hannity brought on “The Architect” to explain how Jeb is the most electable 2016 candidate yet?


44 posted on 11/26/2012 4:28:59 PM PST by COBOL2Java (The GOP-e said "Beat a Marxist with a Liberal!" What a colossal blunder.)
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To: Windflier

I suppose Goldwater thought so.


45 posted on 11/26/2012 4:31:08 PM PST by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: Timber Rattler

Not sure about Jeb Bush’s plans. One thing that is fairly certain is that RINO types like Bush and Romney will run. Leftists like Hillary will run. We can’t control that. What conservatives can affect is recruiting better conservative personable candidates throughout government who can communicate and persuade. Right now I am not sure we have anyone lined up for President that can get it done.


46 posted on 11/26/2012 4:31:31 PM PST by plain talk
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To: forgotten man
Dig me up, I'm ready!
47 posted on 11/26/2012 4:34:30 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Timber Rattler

no more shrubs....


48 posted on 11/26/2012 4:40:48 PM PST by ptsal (E)
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To: MrChips
I suppose Goldwater thought so.

Goldwater was a couple of elections ahead of his time. He'd have unprecedented support from the right today.

49 posted on 11/26/2012 4:44:32 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Timber Rattler

The Bushes are no royalty. We do not need any more Bushes period.


50 posted on 11/26/2012 4:45:04 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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