Skip to comments.The inevitable “draft Jeb” campaign shifts into high gear
Posted on 03/30/2014 12:04:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The chore of determining who is the inevitable candidate for Republicans – at least in the minds of beltway insiders and the media – is clearly becoming more difficult. But the Washington Post takes a swing at the problem this weekend as they delve into the number of big donors who are now courting Jeb Bush to get off the bench and toss his hat in the ring.
Many of the Republican Partys most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.
Concerned that the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal has damaged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christies political standing and alarmed by the steady rise of Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOPs brightest hope to win back the White House…
Many if not most of 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romneys major donors are reaching out to Bush and his confidants with phone calls, e-mails and invitations to meet, according to interviews with 30 senior Republicans. One bundler estimated that the vast majority of Romneys top 100 donors would back Bush in a competitive nomination fight.
One fly in the ointment is that Bush is still insisting that he won’t be making a decision until the end of this year, or possibly the beginning of next year. It’s not an unreasonable position, since people are still working hard on the upcoming mid-terms, but it looks as if it’s frustrating to some of the serious bundlers who want to get to work early. For his part, Bush is still telling reporters that his decision will hinge on whether or not he can “run joyfully” for the nomination, since Republicans will need a standard bearer who can lift their spirits and bring a positive message.
That may not play well with the base these days, though. Bush isn’t just rusty from more than six years on the sidelines. He’s also racked up some serious hits among conservative voters for his positions on immigration and Common Core, among other things. Upon reading this piece, Dan Gainor of Media Research Center immediately took to Twitter with the following:
Post has big article about push to nominate Jeb Bush for GOP. I won't EVER vote for Jeb. If he gets nomination, mark me down as busy.
— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) March 30, 2014
I wouldn’t be too shocked to see more of that popping up. But in order for this next primary cycle to play out according to the preordained script, we have to have a big, conventional wisdom, establishment candidate to face down the grassroots upstarts, right? And if turns out that Christie is damaged goods and it’s not Bush, then who would it be?
NOPe to GOPe
no no no no. no more Bsuh’s.
Resulting in a hildebeast shoe-in?
I smell democrat behind this draft Bush movement.
Just unbelievable! Another liberal republican? No way! The RINOS will do anything to hold onto power So they can keep the American middle class enslaved while they suck every last dollar out of our pockets. No more Clinton’s and no more of the Bush family.
Isn’t he a little old for the military now? Stay out of the Bush’s!
Ask your self this: Who ELSE can you see the GOP establishment supporting?
The party elite wants someone moderate and electable.
The base wants someone principled and conservative.
In the end, the party elite will get it their way.
NO BUSH EVER.
F the ruling class!
Mike Pence? John Kasich? Would either be acceptable to the GOPe power brokers?
“Circus. Circus. Jackasses. RINOs. All under the bigtop.”
ps: Leave your children home. Please?
Did not know there were so many ‘stupids’ in the GOP.
Indiana’s Mitch Daniels or Wisconsin’s Scott Walker.
But Bush has the name recognition, he comes from a state with a big bushel of electoral votes and he is a safe choice.
I think it’ll be Jeb unless someone else gains serious traction.
I recently saw George P. Bush in person. Wow. He came across as a “conservative.”
Beware of the Bushes. Very slick, they are.
HOPe gonna B loosers, again.
But the GOPe’s ‘electable’ is never electable!
(Hat tip Diogenesis for the pics.)
The astroturf roots are coming!
You’ve lost once you’ve started negotiating with them.
Pence won’t run and Kasich is too much of a loose cannon for them—even though I expect they’d both be pro-amnesty and so end up taking us to the same liberal result.
Jeb won twice in a swing state. He can carry FL. I think its going to go to a Democrat with any one else on the ticket.
We’re in for a tough race in 2016 no matter who the GOP ends up nominating.
Our media is so corrupt that they can only come up with muckrake pieces like this for the sole reason to anger people.
The real potential candidates are those folks that the drive-bys think are beneath themselves therefore can't be considered by them...
You’ve got to be kidding me!
The pro-amnesty, pro-common core throwback to everything Bush?
The only candidate in the country that takes Hillary’s proto-dynasty, yesterday’s news disadvantages off the table?
That’s even worse than Romney as the only candidate who took Obamacare off the table in 2012.
What’s worse, is he’d probably end up worse for the country than Hillary. At least the GOP House would resist Hillary’s amnesty.
Yeah, yeah, yeah...I remember how the press in 1980 kept saying that Reagan couldn’t win. He wasn’t “electable”. I will not vote for Jeb Bush as he’ll be a replay of liberalism no matter what he claims during an election.
Pretty much agree. Much as I like Walker, he’s got some vulnerabilities, and as with Palin, the “John Doe” ethics allegations will go on and pull him into the muck regardless of innocence. And because he never graduated from college, they’ll call him “quitter” etc ad nauesum.
Daniels would be a very good candidate, he’s got the academic and administrative credentials and a solid track record that’s relatively free from controversy. The biggest question is whether he’s god the “fire in the belly” and is a strong enough personality to become a national candidate.
Either is preferable to the slate that ran in 2012. The best Republican Presidents have been governors or military leaders, I’m not sure it isn’t time to add “business leader” to that list but it’s getting almost too late for a contender to emerge.
Yes, only certain names are now qualified for higher office. Of the 300+ million citizens of these United States only a handful of families are capable of governing.
With voter fraud, low information voters, and a political party that chooses to alienate its own base at every opportunity to join with the rest of the established ruling elite, we may as well select a king and be done with.
Let them then hire their retainers to wage internal wars for the right to the crown while the rest of us become serfs with no say in our own destiny (since it seems to be happening anyway).
Fat boy. He's even more of an azz than Jeb, so I bet they like him even better.
Resulting in an election like the last two in which it doesn't matter to the globalist elitist back-stabbing ptb which one wins.
Another factor is that things look so good for 'pubs this next election cycle that the elite don't think they need the constitutional conservative vote to win elections.
That’s the way they look at it.
And if history is any guide, the GOP will end up nominating the establishment candidate. With money and backing, it will get its man.
Then again, if Hillary is running, she’ll probably win anyway so the party elite wants to lose honorably.
Bush is an Amnesty kingpin. He and his associates have spun up a bunch of groups to push it. Supporting Amnesty is like helping a stranger rob from your family.
Bush supports Common Core.
Jeb “el Heffe” Bush wants a dumbed-down population dependent on handouts and ruled by an elite class.
To ad insult, Bush complains that Americans don’t work hard enough and are not fertile enough.
Look past the expensive suit, he’s an America hating Low Life.
How tone deaf can they possibly be? Stay outta da Bushes!
Not a chance. Sorry, can’t do it. No more Bushes. And Jeb’s the most liberal of the lot, and then some.
Yeah, the “conservatives” are pretty sure of themselves next go around. I’m praying we aren’t disappointed but the opposition forces are some devious pieces of scat. Not to mention, how many “conservatives” running will be the same old song and dance despite their promises to the contrary?
Kasich is bad news. He went for the increased Medicare eligibility to appease the bloated hospital interests in OH. I don't think he's encountered a construction jobs boondoggle he doesn't embrace. He gave extra money to Cleveland's school system and to museums, sports areans and such. He was strangely silent when the feds closed landmarks when he should've/could've kept them open.
He could easily lose the next election for governor. All of his generous handouts won't win him dem votes, but it sure will turn off conservatives.
Please understand I wasn’t promoting either Kasich or Pence. I was just responding to who might be acceptable to the moneychangers in the GOPe if neither Bush nor Christie runs.
What about Scott Walker?
Another Bush for president, thread #179.
Looks as it is time for a now healthy (back) Rick Perry to get into the race :)
What are Scott Walker’s vulnerabilities? I think he is the strongest candidate; I read his book and I believe he showed great courage in fighting the public service unions in his state; he even had to fight RINOs in his state legislature.
The murderer of Terri Schiavo.
Not only is the murderer of Terri Schiavo unfit for any public office, his murder of Terri Schiavo proves he will do nothing to oppose abortion that might displease Nancy Pelosi.
Conservatives must be crystal clear on this early on.
“We will not vote for Jeb Bush. We will not support him. We will not give any money to him. And if he is foisted on us, like other RINO losers have been, conservatives may go so far as to split the party. And while that is acceptable to RINOs, who would prefer a Democrat to win instead of a conservative, it will also mean that RINOs will no longer have a place at the table.
“They will be stripped of party power and denied funds, and their corporate sponsors will be left out in the cold, without any political allies. They will be denied government contracts, and their lobbyists might as well pack up and go home, because conservatives will not meet with them.
“You have demonstrated in past that your loyalties are not to the United States. So you should be prepared to face the punishment for this disloyalty.”
I don’t mean to say he couldn’t overcome, but they’d go after his so-called ethics issues, which so far have turned up nothing but you know how they wouldn’t care. Also, even though there are many positive signs in WI as a result of the budget reforms he pushed for, there’s been so much delay and obfuscation in implementing them that the results are mixed - at least it’s possible for opponents to find ways to say they haven’t produced the intended results (yet).
The biggest thing, which isn’t as bad as it might sound once you get into the details, is that his recent budget actually increases the size of state gov’t and spends 6.2% more than the previous year. But it built on the surplus that was created from the previous very tough budget and he’s bankinng on economic recovery to carry the rest. Plus, while there is increased funding for education, for example, it includes more charter schools and not just pouring money down the same old rathole.
I’d like to see him get a change to present his accomplishments and make the case. My comment only was to say that he’s drawn criticism from what should be a favorable crowd such as Tea Party conservatives.
Bushie and Fat Boi can run in the ‘Rat party. Both are worthless DemocRats.
The problem is.. it’s moderate OR electable.
They should have learned that by now. But there is a reason we call um the stupid party.
When the left is screaming “YOU NEED A MODERATE TO WIN!” it’s because they know.. you will lose.
Jeb Bush left the office with the highest approval rating of any Florida governor, IIRC 64%. Great. Now he should fade into history or take up a cause that supports the fundamentals of Republicans. But, another Bush for president...Nay.
Take these bastards over already and throw the rino rats out. Rolling out the carpet for hilldabeast
I’m tellin’ ya, y’all want this SOB?
I’ll stay home, and clean my, uh, toys!, yeah, toys.