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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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To: Timber Rattler
“I am here to catch up with folks and promote education reform,” he said, smiling.

Education reform? Didn't W reform education during his eight years with No Child Left Behind. Everybody reforms education, but nothing much goes up except education budgets.

51 posted on 11/26/2012 4:53:36 PM PST by Will88
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To: Timber Rattler

I don’t think the GOP is really interested in ever winning another election!


52 posted on 11/26/2012 4:54:56 PM PST by lu shissler (an take his naiv)
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To: tennmountainman

He’ll get big corporate, finance money. Rent seekers and Tory/Whig mercantlists wanting their hunk of Fedgov pork.

But first we have to be researched so that they know what conservative boob bait buttons to push.


53 posted on 11/26/2012 4:55:04 PM PST by Leisler (A trillion+ dollars a year printing fiat script=2% GDP. What happens when it stops. Or doesn't?)
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To: Timber Rattler

No. No. And NO again.


54 posted on 11/26/2012 4:55:06 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: freekitty

Or Clinton!!


55 posted on 11/26/2012 4:56:13 PM PST by Orange1998 (Please DO NOT PRESS CTRL W)
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To: Windflier

He had unprecedented support from the Right back then, too. We have 49 million peopl eon food stamps who vote. Wait until it is 69 million.


56 posted on 11/26/2012 5:00:58 PM PST by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: Timber Rattler
“I am here to catch up with folks and promote education reform,” he said, smiling.

Education reform? Didn't W reform education during his eight years with No Child Left Behind. Everybody reforms education, but nothing much goes up except education budgets.

57 posted on 11/26/2012 5:00:58 PM PST by Will88
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To: Timber Rattler

No. No. And NO again.


58 posted on 11/26/2012 5:01:36 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Mercat

It’s not purity we’re asking for. ...It’s Constitutionality! None of the current elite of the GOPe represent that. ...None.


59 posted on 11/26/2012 5:01:39 PM PST by Nonplussed
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To: Timber Rattler

The stupidity of this site is on full display...Its a free country is it not?
I doubt that Bush can clear the hurdles but if he does...... more power to him


60 posted on 11/26/2012 5:05:58 PM PST by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: Nonplussed

“It’s Constitutionality! None of the current elite of the GOPe represent that”

All Jeb has to do is promise the GOP that he can bring in more of the Latino vote than Rubio can. That’s all there is to it.

Strange fellows that politics. Jeb and Marco were once allies.


61 posted on 11/26/2012 5:07:27 PM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: Perdogg
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016

No.

I'm sure Mr. McClintock is a great guy but Congressional Representatives have no business running for President. Sorry, but if you don't have "State Governor" somewhere on your resume, you're simply not qualified for the job.

62 posted on 11/26/2012 5:08:45 PM PST by Drew68
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To: forgotten man

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

We think alike. On another thread I suggested there might be a great-nephew or something, maybe a “Jeb Hoover,” we could run.


63 posted on 11/26/2012 5:15:36 PM PST by WilliamIII
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To: Timber Rattler
As though it's not bad enough having an anti-American marxist just get reelected, we now have to endure a drum beat for another CINO loser so we can anticipate another shellacking in 2016?
64 posted on 11/26/2012 5:34:54 PM PST by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Windflier
‘Goldwater was a couple of elections ahead of his time. He'd have unprecedented support from the right today.’
And the Conservatives of today have forums to defend him.
Today, the GOP is the Third Party, it has local candidates and no national presence.
Romney/McCain 2016
Romney/Bush 2016
TWB Bush/Dole 2016
???
I am starting to think that the GOP will not have a national 2016 campaign.
65 posted on 11/26/2012 5:37:18 PM PST by TWhiteBear (Sarah Palin...The Flame of the North)
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To: TWhiteBear
I am starting to think that the GOP will not have a national 2016 campaign.

I'm starting to think the next GOP candidates will be running for election in a newly formed union of red states.

Let the GOP-e run Jeb Bush in the old blue union. Good luck, RINOs.

66 posted on 11/26/2012 5:44:09 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
Now we know for certain why the Bushes were so adament in their support of Romney and why Barbara Bush was so anxious to put the loss behind us and start looking to 2016. If Jeb Bush does run and gets the nomination - I’m all about voting for a third party candidate.
67 posted on 11/26/2012 5:45:52 PM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: Timber Rattler
I'll say it right here and right now: There's just no way in hell I'll vote for Jeb Bush, period.

Forget the fact the GOP-E want him to run. The fact is simply this: The Bush family has become the Republican version of the Kennedy's.

I do not believe that Family/Political Dynasties are the right thing for this country. Just HELL NO from me.

While I'll NEVER vote for a Democrat for office, I'll vote third-party (preferably TEA Party) if Jeb Bush runs and "wins" the nomination.

I don't think I need to explain why "wins" is in quotes.

68 posted on 11/26/2012 5:51:17 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
We must work within the framework we already have...


69 posted on 11/26/2012 5:52:55 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Longbow1969
And you're going to do what? Start a new 3rd party when there are already plenty of 3rd party's to pick from?

I'm ready to rock and roll. Obviously, you're not. Enjoy your continued beating from the GOP-E.

70 posted on 11/26/2012 5:56:51 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Windflier

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

With all due respect, why didn’t that work with Todd Akin and Missouri voters?

He was a candidate as conservative as you are likely to find anywhere. Someone who “fearlessly championed” everything YOU believe in.

So what happened to him?


71 posted on 11/26/2012 6:25:55 PM PST by Road Glide
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To: Timber Rattler; All

A Jeb Bush run will mean the Dems take all 57 states...

This family has become the poster-children for arrogance. The Dems and the Liberal Media will never shut up about the “Bush failures”....and many Social Conservatives will stay home after Jeb Bush wimped out on Terri Schiavo and let her die....when he had the power and the authority to stop her government-mandated murder


72 posted on 11/26/2012 6:38:22 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Marco Rubio is not a Conservative. "Amnesty Liberals" are never Conservative)
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To: Timber Rattler

If Bush gets the nomination, Obama will win a third term by his biggest landslide ever.


73 posted on 11/26/2012 6:40:32 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Fiji Hill

Since the Republicans ran such a lifeless campaign, and since the Bushes did not say a THING defending anything during all the 4 years obama and the media have slammed him and us.... and because of that.. we will have lost our nation... and they want to run another Bush? NO!


74 posted on 11/26/2012 6:47:19 PM PST by frnewsjunkie
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To: Timber Rattler

The good ole boys in the GOP don’t mind that the communist are taking over America as long as they can prostitute themselves into power. Bush needs to stay home, this makes me sick.


75 posted on 11/26/2012 7:06:20 PM PST by Taggart_D
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To: Timber Rattler

Burn the bushes.


76 posted on 11/26/2012 7:11:20 PM PST by gotribe
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To: GlockThe Vote

Might as well donate to Hillary’s PAC, then, too.


77 posted on 11/26/2012 7:24:27 PM PST by Quickgun (I came here screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I can go out that way if I have to)
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To: Quickgun

I’m done w the Bush family. DONE DONE DONE


78 posted on 11/26/2012 7:25:59 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Road Glide

Exactly. Between 2010 and 2012, a fixation on “simon-pure” GOP candidates cost the Republicans 5 Senate seats they might otherwise have won easily. DE (2010) and IN (2012) are but 2 examples.


79 posted on 11/26/2012 7:27:18 PM PST by teflon9 (Political campaigns should follow Johnny Mercer's advice--Accentuate the positive.)
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To: Timber Rattler

No freakin way...they are already trying to tell us who.what,where,when..nooooooooooooo go away!


80 posted on 11/26/2012 7:59:22 PM PST by angelcindy ("If you follow the crowd ,you get no further than the crowd!")
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To: Timber Rattler

I doubt they’ll be letting us vote from the reeducation facilities anyway, so it’s probably a moot point.


81 posted on 11/26/2012 8:07:19 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Timber Rattler

“Romney’s old staff members and worthless political consultants “

They should be jailed. They sucked up campaign money and ran a amateur level campaign. As we said on the farm, worthless as tits on a boar.


82 posted on 11/26/2012 8:22:34 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Witty saying goes here...)
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To: Road Glide
“Give conservatives someone who fearlessly champions all we believe in, and that person will have support coming out of the woodwork.”

With all due respect, why didn’t that work with Todd Akin and Missouri voters?

He was a candidate as conservative as you are likely to find anywhere. Someone who “fearlessly championed” everything YOU believe in.

So what happened to him?

Uh, he let people know he's a disgusting pig when it comes to talking about rape victims?

83 posted on 11/26/2012 8:32:39 PM PST by ksen
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To: ksen

Ping:

Sarah Palin.


84 posted on 11/26/2012 8:36:04 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Timber Rattler
Can the GOP-E really be THAT FREAKING STUPID???

Jeb, if you love this country, DO NOT RUN!!!

85 posted on 11/26/2012 8:40:16 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: Timber Rattler
The last winning Republican ticket sans Bush was 1972.

The last winning 'rat ticket sans a Clinton (except for Obama) was '92. Hillary was all set for 2008 but Bamster tossed a monkey-wrench into things. Now Hillary is gearing up for 2016 and beyond.

Its enough to make me think these things are planned out and decided long before Americans pull the lever.

86 posted on 11/26/2012 8:40:32 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Ted Kennedy was the power broker in the Dim party and threw his weight behind Obama in a power play against the Klinton’s, in essence, to put them in their place . Ted’s now gone and the Kennedy power has waned, leaving the Klinton’s as the new power brokers of the Dim Party for the foreseeable future .

Like it or not ,on the Republican side, it’s Jeb’s if he wants it . There will be no other candidate that can match his power and money . He can, and will, pull a sizable amount of the Hispanic vote, which will be required to offset the lost single white female vote.
Again , like it or not , Rove and co. have the only modern day winning track record and will be a formidable force in 2016 if they choose to be .


87 posted on 11/26/2012 9:37:16 PM PST by Neu Pragmatist ( Focus 2014 - Hold the House - Retake the Senate !)
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To: Neu Pragmatist

Gotta disagree with you on that.

Just saying.

Rove scrapped out this election, very publicly.

And nobody wants any more Bushes.


88 posted on 11/26/2012 9:40:19 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Rove was merely playing on the periphery this past election . I don’t think he really wanted Romney to win , but he was keeping up appearances to stay in the good graces of the big donors that did want to win . He made money on it.
He’ll be back ...

After these next four years of Obama , who knows what the country will want ?


89 posted on 11/26/2012 9:59:11 PM PST by Neu Pragmatist ( Focus 2014 - Hold the House - Retake the Senate !)
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To: Road Glide
With all due respect, why didn’t that work with Todd Akin and Missouri voters? He was a candidate as conservative as you are likely to find anywhere. Someone who “fearlessly championed” everything YOU believe in. So what happened to him?

I think too many people on our side were rocked by the manufactured controversy over his abortion(?) remarks.

I also know next to nothing about the guy. I've never heard him speak, nor do I know what sort of track record he has in politics. He could just be one of those guys who's rock solid, but as exciting as a wet dish rag. Remember Duncan Hunter?

90 posted on 11/26/2012 10:45:16 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: GeronL
why in the world would he want the same team as McLame and Lamley?

I think most new congressmen keep the old staff even if a different party. Go figure.

91 posted on 11/26/2012 11:45:00 PM PST by itsahoot (Any enemy, that is allowed to have a King's X line, is undefeatable. (USS Taluga AO-62))
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To: Timber Rattler
What is your plan to win elections?

I live in Iowa and I have no intention of allowing the GOPe force me to vote for Bush. I have no fear at all of the GOPe. I choose to ignore them. I'll vote for whomever I want and there is no one else on FR who has to vote for anyone because the GOPe tells them to. Beat them at their own game--ignore them.

92 posted on 11/27/2012 5:09:20 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Neu Pragmatist
I voted for Romney, I encouraged others to vote for Romney, in the despairing days right after the election loss I even excoriated people who didn't vote for Romney.

I will not vote for Jeb Bush. I was fooled by the 'electability' tag the GOP-E ties to moderates this time around. I'll write in micky moose before I vote for Jeb Bush.

He will get creamed anyway. There is just no way another Bush could be elected. If Jeb Bush runs against Joe "the gaff-master" Biden, he'll lose.

93 posted on 11/27/2012 5:13:53 AM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: Timber Rattler

Sorry to say it, but Mitt may have been as good as it gets - the RNC can join the U.N. on my list of subversive agencies that need to be expelled from the Homeland.


94 posted on 11/27/2012 5:17:55 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Does the GOP never learn? Are they really going to engage in more tail-chasing by entertaining the thought of another Bush? I have given the GOP a lot of money over the years and I have now given up on the Party altogether. Unless they can find another Lee Atwater, I will vote Third Party or not vote at all.


95 posted on 11/27/2012 5:30:17 AM PST by AdaGray
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To: mark3681

I agree. It is over.


96 posted on 11/27/2012 5:32:58 AM PST by AdaGray
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To: mark3681

I agree. It is over.


97 posted on 11/27/2012 5:33:09 AM PST by AdaGray
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To: Neu Pragmatist

It depends greatly on what Republicans do.

The GOP is heavily invested in China.

Unfortunately, China is not likewise invested in America.

It is all one-way. This means we send billions, and billions, and billions of dollars to China. While China does squat - except get better and better and building things.

Once we run out of money, China will turn to arms. With a huge budget, and a massive manufacturing base.

Wake up people.


98 posted on 11/27/2012 5:47:11 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

No way .
Like it or not , the Bush machine has the ability to pull enough of the Hispanic vote to win . It will be needed to offset the single white female “fluke/dunham” vote that the Republicans will never come close to winning again .
The loss of that single white female vote is an electoral sea change that will be hard to overcome without an ethnic trade-off vote.


99 posted on 11/27/2012 7:40:31 PM PST by Neu Pragmatist ( Focus 2014 - Hold the House - Retake the Senate !)
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To: Neu Pragmatist
What is really needed is a color-blind, populist appeal to working-class voters. Tell them how illegal immigration is lowering wages of all races (white, black, hispanic) and how environmental regs, hostility towards coal etc. is raising the energy prices of the above folks. Also attack offshoring of manufacturing jobs. And lay off social issues. People are worried about their stomachs, not their souls. Problem with this eminently sensible approach (which would peel off many hispanic votes and perhaps 10 percent of black votes) is that both the Chamber of Commerce-types (who love outsourcing and cheap illegal labor) and Rush Limbaugh (who is genetically anti-populist) would not go along with this.
100 posted on 11/28/2012 8:51:18 AM PST by teflon9 (Political campaigns should follow Johnny Mercer's advice--Accentuate the positive.)
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