Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

The inevitable “draft Jeb” campaign shifts into high gear
Hotair ^ | 03/30/2014 | Jazz Shaw

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 Party’s 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 Christie’s 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 GOP’s brightest hope to win back the White House…

Many if not most of 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s 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 Romney’s 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?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016election; 2016gopprimary; bush2016; bushfamily; election2014; election2016; jebbush; jebbush2016; potus; stayoutdabushes
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-62 next last

1 posted on 03/30/2014 12:04:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
NO MORE BUSHES.

NOPe to GOPe

2 posted on 03/30/2014 12:05:38 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

no no no no. no more Bsuh’s.


3 posted on 03/30/2014 12:06:12 PM PDT by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is a feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing corksucker.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zuben Elgenubi

Resulting in a hildebeast shoe-in?


4 posted on 03/30/2014 12:06:25 PM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Redneck. Race: Daytona 500)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

I smell democrat behind this draft Bush movement.


5 posted on 03/30/2014 12:08:01 PM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

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.


6 posted on 03/30/2014 12:09:31 PM PDT by wewereright
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t he a little old for the military now? Stay out of the Bush’s!


7 posted on 03/30/2014 12:11:32 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Ask your self this: Who ELSE can you see the GOP establishment supporting?


8 posted on 03/30/2014 12:11:44 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

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.


9 posted on 03/30/2014 12:11:59 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

NO WAY.

NO BUSH EVER.


10 posted on 03/30/2014 12:12:37 PM PDT by Ray76 (Profit from the mistakes of others, you'll never live long enough to make them all yourself.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

F the ruling class!


11 posted on 03/30/2014 12:13:08 PM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Mike Pence? John Kasich? Would either be acceptable to the GOPe power brokers?


12 posted on 03/30/2014 12:13:23 PM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

“Circus. Circus. Jackasses. RINOs. All under the bigtop.”

ps: Leave your children home. Please?


13 posted on 03/30/2014 12:14:14 PM PDT by onedoug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

daft Jeb.


14 posted on 03/30/2014 12:14:53 PM PDT by Paladin2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Did not know there were so many ‘stupids’ in the GOP.


15 posted on 03/30/2014 12:15:07 PM PDT by mulligan (I)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bigbob

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.


16 posted on 03/30/2014 12:15:19 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

I recently saw George P. Bush in person. Wow. He came across as a “conservative.”

Beware of the Bushes. Very slick, they are.


17 posted on 03/30/2014 12:16:49 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Blowback (Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily).)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

HOPe gonna B loosers, again.


18 posted on 03/30/2014 12:16:56 PM PDT by Paladin2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

But the GOPe’s ‘electable’ is never electable!


19 posted on 03/30/2014 12:17:35 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Paladin2

daft Jeb.

//////////////
Word!


20 posted on 03/30/2014 12:17:43 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Blowback (Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily).)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: wewereright


(Hat tip Diogenesis for the pics.)

21 posted on 03/30/2014 12:17:52 PM PDT by Ray76 (Profit from the mistakes of others, you'll never live long enough to make them all yourself.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

The astroturf roots are coming!


22 posted on 03/30/2014 12:18:39 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: be-baw

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.


23 posted on 03/30/2014 12:20:03 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: 9YearLurker

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.


24 posted on 03/30/2014 12:21:06 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
I don't believe anyone backs Jeb.

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...

25 posted on 03/30/2014 12:25:49 PM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

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.


26 posted on 03/30/2014 12:26:56 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

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.


27 posted on 03/30/2014 12:27:06 PM PDT by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

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.


28 posted on 03/30/2014 12:28:15 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

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).


29 posted on 03/30/2014 12:28:21 PM PDT by FerociousRabbit
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bigbob
Ask your self this: Who ELSE can you see the GOP establishment supporting?

Fat boy. He's even more of an azz than Jeb, so I bet they like him even better.

30 posted on 03/30/2014 12:30:42 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: rktman
resulting in a hildebeast shoe-in?

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.

31 posted on 03/30/2014 12:31:35 PM PDT by grania
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: 9YearLurker

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.


32 posted on 03/30/2014 12:32:00 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

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.


33 posted on 03/30/2014 12:32:27 PM PDT by Ray76 (Profit from the mistakes of others, you'll never live long enough to make them all yourself.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

How tone deaf can they possibly be? Stay outta da Bushes!


34 posted on 03/30/2014 12:34:21 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (2001-2008: "Dissent Is Patriotism!" 2009-2016: "Dissent Is Racism!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Not a chance. Sorry, can’t do it. No more Bushes. And Jeb’s the most liberal of the lot, and then some.


35 posted on 03/30/2014 12:35:40 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: grania

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?


36 posted on 03/30/2014 12:36:06 PM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Redneck. Race: Daytona 500)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: be-baw
John Kaisch

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.

37 posted on 03/30/2014 12:37:09 PM PDT by grania
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: grania

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.


38 posted on 03/30/2014 12:40:24 PM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: be-baw

What about Scott Walker?


39 posted on 03/30/2014 12:41:14 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert (She accomplished nothing: should have stayed at home and baked cookies)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Another Bush for president, thread #179.


40 posted on 03/30/2014 12:43:25 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Looks as it is time for a now healthy (back) Rick Perry to get into the race :)


41 posted on 03/30/2014 12:43:58 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bigbob

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.


42 posted on 03/30/2014 12:46:08 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert (She accomplished nothing: should have stayed at home and baked cookies)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

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.


43 posted on 03/30/2014 12:46:38 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

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.”


44 posted on 03/30/2014 12:57:07 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DLfromthedesert

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.


45 posted on 03/30/2014 12:59:48 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Bushie and Fat Boi can run in the ‘Rat party. Both are worthless DemocRats.


46 posted on 03/30/2014 1:02:07 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

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.


47 posted on 03/30/2014 1:03:41 PM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

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.


48 posted on 03/30/2014 1:17:24 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Take these bastards over already and throw the rino rats out. Rolling out the carpet for hilldabeast


49 posted on 03/30/2014 1:27:24 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (Im missing a jumbo jet with 235 passengers has anyone seen it?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

I’m tellin’ ya, y’all want this SOB?
I’ll stay home, and clean my, uh, toys!, yeah, toys.


50 posted on 03/30/2014 1:30:38 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-62 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson