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WaPo's Rubin: Wanted: Jeb Bush or another grown-up
Washington Post ^ | April 23, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 04/23/2014 2:18:12 PM PDT by maggief

Jeb Bush once again told a group he is thinking of running for president. The reason interest is high in an undeclared candidate with loud (if not numerous) opponents within the GOP is not hard to figure out. With each passing week it becomes more apparent that there is a gap in the GOP field, which Jeb or some other candidate needs to fill in order for the GOP to win the White House. That candidate may be among the group of governors who are considering a run, but we haven’t seen anyone step forward in commanding style to fill that role, which for lack of a better term we will call the center-right grown-up.

Such a candidate must be prepared and interested in national security. If that person is not already fully up to speed on the myriad of international challenges, the potential grownup should be hitting the books, talking to experts and traveling — now. I will be blunt: If the person is too busy now, either because there is a reelection campaign looming or his or her day job takes too much time, it is unlikely the person will be able to get command of the facts, articulate reasoned views and be able to go toe-to-toe with Hillary Clinton. If you wait until the presidential announcement date to learn history and geopolitics it will be too late. If potential candidates think they are busy now, wait until a presidential campaign comes along. Running for president may be the hardest thing they will ever do, and time for gaining national security proficiency will be virtually nonexistent.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: jebbush

1 posted on 04/23/2014 2:18:12 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Let’s not give Rube-in (AKA - The Rube, AKA - Jennifer Durbin) more attention than she deserves. A contemptible little Rovian vulture.


2 posted on 04/23/2014 2:21:14 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: maggief

Democrats love to pick our candidates for us, maybe, that’s why the lefties keep winning?


3 posted on 04/23/2014 2:21:29 PM PDT by exnavy (Fish or cut bait ...Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: maggief
NO! NO! NO! to Jeb Bush.

Bob Beckel is endorsing him too. I posted this on another thread:

Fox's Beckel: Jeb Bush Is Only Republican Who Can Win White House

NewsMax
Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 07:01 PM
By Greg Richter

4 posted on 04/23/2014 2:21:51 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: maggief

The Obama Media is always willing to drop more important work to help republicans pick their candidates.


5 posted on 04/23/2014 2:22:13 PM PDT by Iron Munro (NSA reports Malaysia Flight 370 black box signals detected in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: maggief; 2ndDivisionVet
Another Grown Up?

Okay, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Mike Lee, Rand Paul. I am sure we can come up with more. ANYONE BESIDES JEB BUSH!!!

6 posted on 04/23/2014 2:22:32 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: maggief

We tried it the Rubin/Rino way with Dole, McCain and Romney.
It doesn’t work.


7 posted on 04/23/2014 2:24:51 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: Jean S
Bob Beckel is endorsing him too.

That should help Jeb win over the "Arrogant, Obnoxious, Fat, Liberal, Slob" demographic.


8 posted on 04/23/2014 2:25:27 PM PDT by Iron Munro (NSA reports Malaysia Flight 370 black box signals detected in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: maggief

Wanted: A conservative columnist at the Washington Post.


9 posted on 04/23/2014 2:29:16 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: maggief
This is so utterly, blatantly transparent that it shouldn't warrant further discussion.

(1) Every four years, we get the same media leftists, consultants, strategists, and other concern trolls telling the GOP who they should pick (i.e. "This is the guy that the Democrats fear the most, I tell ya!")

(2) Then the drumbeat grows for said candidate.
(3) Real conservative candidates are disparaged, and are told they have no chance of winning.
(4) Liberals cross over and vote for the RINO in the primaries. The RINO and the GOP establishment swears up and down that this is proof that only a moderate Republican can win.
(5) The RINO wins the nomination, as the liberal media swoons.
(6) Hit pieces start occurring. Subtly at first; then there's a huge onslaught by the leftist media and Dims.
(7) The RINO loses in the general, and "graciously" concedes defeat.
(8) Same leftist media/Dims/consultants/establishment hacks say the RINO went "too far to the right," and needs to be more moderate.

(9) GOP establishment takes notes, and the cycle repeats again.

10 posted on 04/23/2014 2:29:29 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO WISCONSIN BADGERS GO!)
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To: Viennacon

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http://www.wbtw.com/story/22217297/bill-gates-jeb-bush-and-warren-buffett-meeting-at-sc-island Bill Gates, Jeb Bush, Oprah and Warren Buffett meeting at SC island Posted: May 10, 2013 10:39 AM CST

CHARLESTON, SC - Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft and one of the richest people in the world, is spending time in the Lowcountry.

WCBD confirmed the American business magnate is at the Sanctuary on Kiawah Island.

Suspicion was raised when nearly 20 very expensive jets were seen lined up at the Charleston International Airport on Johns Island.

Officials with the Beach Company confirmed to WCBD that other big names such as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, TV host Oprah Winfrey and Billionaire Warren Buffet flew into the Charleston Executive airport on Johns Island Wednesday night.

Other prominent people said to also be staying there this weekend are Jeb Bush and Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The famous guests were attending a two day long conference led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Officials say the meeting was about the foundation Gates and his wife Linda run.

The meeting rented out the entire Sanctuary Hotel on the gated island. Security has been high throughout the entire week, keeping the public away from the hotel.

WCBD spoke to the Mayor of Kiawah by phone who said the town is happy to serve as host to the event.

“We wish them luck with what they’re doing,” Mayor Charles Lipuma said. “If they want to play golf, they couldn’t have picked a better weekend. We are glad we could offer them great weather.”


11 posted on 04/23/2014 2:31:37 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Clearly, there is a growing sense of desperation among the GOP-e.


12 posted on 04/23/2014 2:44:15 PM PDT by okie01
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To: maggief
I thought Jeb was a better governor and a more conservative governor than Dubya.

Jeb's big problem is his last name.

13 posted on 04/23/2014 2:49:32 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Jean S
NO! NO! NO! to Jeb Bush. Bob Beckel is endorsing him too.

It's funny because someone like Beckel would NEVER vote for a Republican. He's just picking the most liberal Republican out there now that John McCain won't run again. But like I said, he would NEVER vote for him. Greg Gutfeld needs to find the most conservative democrat - one democrat don't like - and 'endorse' him.

14 posted on 04/23/2014 2:51:29 PM PDT by GOPJ (Democrats are waging war on white middle class men...)
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To: colorado tanker

Jeb has more problems than his last name.

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Jeb-Bush-immigration-amnesty-Republican/2014/04/11/id/565010/

Potential presidential contender Jeb Bush defended his “act of love” comments about illegal immigrants on Thursday while also saying he believes immigration laws must be enforced.

The former Florida governor came under fire from GOP conservatives this week for saying that people who had come to America illegally to provide a better life for their families “broke the law, but it’s not a felony, it’s an act of love.”

On Thursday night, he attempted to explain his controversial remarks during a speech in Connecticut at the annual Prescott Bush Award dinner named after his grandfather, according to Politico.

“This past weekend, I made some statements about immigration reform [that] generated a little more news than I anticipated,” the younger brother of former President George W. Bush told the 700 guests.

“You know, I’ve been saying this for the last three or four years. I said the exact same thing that I’ve said regularly. And the simple fact is, there is no conflict between enforcing our laws, believing in the rule of law and having some sensitivity to the immigrant experience, which is part of who we are as a country.”


15 posted on 04/23/2014 2:54:40 PM PDT by maggief
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To: Jean S
Bob Beckel is endorsing him too.

If ever there was an indicator that you should sell your house and everything you own and give all the proceeds to whoever is running against Jeb, this is it.

16 posted on 04/23/2014 2:55:06 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Please excuse the potholes in this tagline. Social programs have to take priority in our funding.)
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To: SamuraiScot

“Wanted: A conservative columnist at the Washington Post”

would that be an Rubenesque?


17 posted on 04/23/2014 2:58:12 PM PDT by topspinr
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To: maggief

Yeah, that act of love comment was pretty weird.


18 posted on 04/23/2014 2:59:02 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Iron Munro

You forgot alcoholic and “John”.


19 posted on 04/23/2014 3:00:57 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: maggief

A “grown up”? That’s funny coming from one spoiled little bi*ch.


20 posted on 04/23/2014 3:01:05 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conseravtives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: maggief

Could Terri Schiavo be reached for comment?


21 posted on 04/23/2014 3:02:30 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: maggief

I’m better off just not commenting on that Buddy-Buddy photo of the Bush’s with Obama. It’s just too much a disgusting exercise in jubilant self defeat for further contemplation.


22 posted on 04/23/2014 3:05:46 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: maggief

I feel a third party brewing...as that’s just not an option. Not just with Republicans who are sick of Bush’s destroying our party, but with independents and Democrats who will run enthusiastically away.

The campaign narrative is obvious. It is the Clinton 90s boom vs the Bush recession. I could write the Democrat’s campaign plan and win.

In Florida, I’d probably sit it out. The only modicum of benefit of a Jeb candidacy is that we would win back Florida by a mile and be able to focus on Ohio and Virginia.


23 posted on 04/23/2014 3:06:46 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: GOPJ
"He's just picking the most liberal Republican out there now that John McCain won't run again."

No, Beckel is picking the most polarizing candidate for GOP infighting and the softest target for the left to strike. Another Bush will anger a great number of conservatives and keep them home on their couches come election day.

24 posted on 04/23/2014 3:13:43 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: maggief

Bushies = Shamnesty = suck.


25 posted on 04/23/2014 3:14:46 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: colorado tanker

“Jeb’s big problem is his last name.”

Yeah, that and his ideas on immigration. Not sure which will kill his candidacy first.


26 posted on 04/23/2014 3:19:14 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: Jean S

Yeah, Bob Bechel, looking out for Republicans and Conservatives for decades... /s

Good grief!


27 posted on 04/23/2014 3:21:12 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: maggief

Jeb Bush once again told a group he is thinking of running for president.

Ron Doughty once again told a group he is thinking of not voting in 2016.


28 posted on 04/23/2014 3:24:23 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: colorado tanker

Mmmm, no, his biggest problem is that he’s a conservative hating liberal.


29 posted on 04/23/2014 3:37:45 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: colorado tanker
Jeb's big problem is his last name.

His biggest problem is that he stood by as Terri Schiavo was murdered by judicial fiat. HE is dead to me.

30 posted on 04/23/2014 3:51:29 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Tallguy

Jeb’s support for Common Core and unreconstructed neocon foreign policy/surveillance state are also major vote losers.


31 posted on 04/23/2014 4:56:58 PM PDT by Monmouth78
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To: colorado tanker
Yeah, that act of love comment was pretty weird.

That kind of spew comes straight from his father Poppy, the idiot who stabbed Reagan in the back in 1989 by calling for a "kinder gentler nation" and his profoundly mediocre brother who trashed conservatism by calling for a "compassionate" conservatism.

Let's face it. Time to call it like it is: The Bushes are elitist prima donnas who have no use for the common man and no appreciation for his struggles with the world these hot house Ivy League a-holes have created for them.

32 posted on 04/23/2014 4:57:54 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: KC_Lion

Your list looks good except for the inclusion of pro-illegal Rand Paul.


33 posted on 04/23/2014 5:05:09 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Iron Munro

The Obama Media is always willing to drop more important work to help republicans pick their candidates.


This is to be expected.

However, the thing that continually blows me away is the fact that so many presstitutes talk with gravitas about the need for foreign policy experience. Obama? Seriously?


34 posted on 04/23/2014 5:56:13 PM PDT by volunbeer
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To: Hatteras

You’re right... good points.


35 posted on 04/23/2014 8:09:19 PM PDT by GOPJ (Democrats are waging war on white middle class men...)
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