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  • Jeb Bush Sides with Jorge Ramos

    08/28/2015 2:34:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | August 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Trump is doing an informal press thing right now, and I see it on, and without even listening to it, just started laughing. He's having such a good time, it's infectious laughter. Turns out that what... I saw there was a chyron graphic, "No, I can't criticize Cruz or Carson 'cause they're being nice to me." (laughing) He's really continuing to go after Jeb Bush. He says he's gonna forgo a third-party run. He told this to the Republican... His lawyer... Actually Michael Cohen, the Trump top aide didn't go so far as to confirm that Trump...
  • The GOP Field That Failed

    08/27/2015 9:08:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Politico Magazine ^ | August 26, 2015 | Rich Lowry, editor, The National Review
    The rise of Donald Trump is, in part, a function of a vacuum. He is thriving in a Republican field that is large, talented and, so far, underwhelming. There’s 17 candidates and nothing on. Except Donald Trump. Now, this has much to do with the media, and with Trump’s unique qualities as a showman. He has the advantage of not caring, about anything apparently — the facts, his reputation, or, ultimately, winning the presidency. In consequence, he is a free man. The Jorge Ramos incident was Trump in microcosm. He did what no other Republican politician could get away with...
  • Jeb Should Drop Out of the GOP Primary

    08/27/2015 4:19:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Ricochet ^ | August 25, 2015 | Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    Moderates in the GOP establishment class introduced Jeb Bush to Republican voters as a fait accompli. No other candidate could compete with his zillion-dollar war chest. No one else could field competitive organizations in so many early primary states. No grassroots-fueled insurgent could best Team Jeb’s coalition of Wall Street money, Beltway insiders, and seasoned consultants. Considering these massive advantages, Jeb viewed the primary race as a formality to endure until he faced his friendly rival Hillary late next summer. Considering himself the most conservative Bush family member, the aggressively pro-life and pro-school choice Florida governor tacked sharply to the...
  • Trump questions why Lehman Brothers paid Jeb Bush '$1.3 million a year for a no-show job'

    08/27/2015 2:21:23 PM PDT · by Mariner · 41 replies
    The Week ^ | August 27th, 2015 | Becca Stanek
    Donald Trump's latest comments earned him a rebuke from a Jeb Bush spokesman for "trafficking in false conspiracy theories" about the former investment bank Lehman Brothers, where Bush worked for a stint after leaving the governor's office in Florida in 2007. Amid Trump's 33 attacks against the Bush family in a 35-minute interview with The Washington Post, he managed numerous times to drop his suspicions that Bush's high salary from Lehman was a "reward for helping direct Florida state funds to the firm, whose collapse in 2008 helped kick off the Great Recession," The Post reports. "That’s a Hillary Clinton...
  • Breaking: Eric Cantor will endorse Jeb!

    08/27/2015 1:36:43 PM PDT · by hcmama · 93 replies
    Politico ^ | Ausgust 27, 2015 | Politico
    POLITICO ‏@politico 12m12 minutes ago #Breaking: Eric Cantor, former House majority leader, will endorse Jeb Bush on Thursday http://politi.co/1KaycCU
  • The most damning part of Donald Trump’s political rise

    08/27/2015 7:26:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Washington Post's PostEverything ^ | August 27, 2015 | Professor Daniel W. Drezner, Tufts University
    Remember when the 2016 field of Republican presidential candidates was supposed to be so deep and talented? Then why is a reality TV clown beating all of them? The hard-working staff here at Spoiler Alerts has begun to notice that Donald Trump isn’t going away anytime soon in the polls. Which poses a bit of a writing quandary. There is no denying that Trump stump commentary generates a lot of traffic — I mean, just tremendous, quality clicks. But this incoherent gasbag has been blathering on for more than two months now, and there’s only so much one man can...
  • Prediction Markets: Jeb Bush Likely to Beat Donald Trump for 2016

    08/27/2015 6:33:28 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 43 replies
    newsweek ^ | 8-26-2015 | Reuters
    Real estate mogul Donald Trump is dominating polls and capturing headlines in the Republican presidential race, but rival Jeb Bush is still the favorite of traders in political prediction markets. While Bush has been eclipsed by Trump in opinion polls, the former Florida governor is riding high with online traders who give him a 40 percent chance to capture the party's presidential nomination, according to prediction market aggregator PredictWise.com. Florida Senator Marco Rubio is a distant second with a 15 percent chance, and Trump has risen to third in recent weeks with 14 percent, according to PredictWise, which aggregates about a...
  • Jeb Bush: Border Wall ‘Not Practical’

    08/27/2015 5:25:25 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 55 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | August 26, 2015 | Rob Milford
    Referring to Donald Trump and his proposals for a wall and immigration, Bush said, “How are you going to stop all of the remittances without violating their civil rights? This guy is now the front runner, he should be held accountable as I am, he should be asked how he should pay for it. Why don’t you prove to me it’s practical?” “I’ll tell you what they say on the border,” Bush continued, “it would tear apart their community, would hurt their economic activity, and it’s not needed, and there are better ways to deal with this…”
  • Jeb Bush Sides With Jorge Ramos Over Donald Trump: Deserved ‘A Little More Respect’

    08/27/2015 5:23:57 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 64 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | John Nolte
    After one of those town hall events where Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush tries to prove he’s not a “low energy person” by acting like a desperate camp counselor trying to excite a bunch of kids who are smarter than him, Bush told reporters that grandstanding, leftwing Univision anchor Jorge Ramos should have been “treated with a little more respect” by Donald Trump. Trump, the current Republican frontrunner (by a mile) had Ramos removed from a press conference Tuesday night after the leftwing activist became hysterical. Without being called on, Ramos stood up and started heckling the billionaire businessman. Trump,...
  • Donald Trump Is Going to Lose Because He Is Crazy

    08/26/2015 11:05:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | August 26, 2015 | Jonathan Chait
    Republicans, and observers of the Republican Party, have concluded that Donald Trump’s gonzo commandeering of their presidential primary has defied their attempts to suppress it because he is crazy. This is broadly true, but not quite in the way Trump’s befuddled critics mean it. What they say is that Trump is winning because he attracts voters with nonsensical ideas. Lindsey Graham calls Trump “a huckster billionaire whose political ideas are gibberish.” Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson tells Evan Osnos, in Osnos’s paraphrasing, “anyone who runs for office discovers that some portion of the electorate is available to be enraged...
  • Jeb Bush: Border Wall ‘Not Practical’

    08/26/2015 5:24:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | August 26, 2015 | Rob Milford
    Republican Presidential Candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told a group at a Florida rally about his Texas border trip and explained why a border wall wouldn’t be practical or conservative. Bush returned to the friendly turf of the Sunshine State on Wednesday, with a town hall style meeting in Pensacola. Pensacola is a solidly conservative town in the Florida panhandle. He spoke of his experience as the state’s former governor, but only answered a single question about the Border Crisis. “I went to McAllen, Texas, in Hildago County, last week and met with the Mayors, the County Judge,...
  • Jeb Bush's campaign looks to cut costs

    08/26/2015 3:12:25 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/25/15 | Bradford Richardson
    Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign is trying to trim back its spending as the Republican primary race heats up, according to The New York Times. “We have continued to look at how to make every department more efficient with the goal of being resourced well enough to win primaries and caucuses,” communications director Tim Miller said. Miller said the campaign has tried to run “as lean and efficient an effort as possible with one goal: winning the Republican nomination." Two people briefed on the matter also said some staff members took pay cuts as a part of the belt-tightening.
  • Rubio: Trump won’t be our nominee because we’re not an angry nation

    08/26/2015 3:04:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 124 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 26, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Is Marco Rubio sure about that? The 2016 cycle appears ready to boil down to the question of whether the US electorate is an angry one. Rubio’s betting on no — and strategizing on it as well: In his stump speech to fewer than 100 people in the northern part of the second presidential nominating contest, Rubio gently poked at the real estate tycoon who is towering over the Republican field in the polls, portraying Trump’s message as one of anger as opposed to the senator’s message of hope and opportunity. “There’s another gentleman running for president whose slogan is...
  • Jeb Clarifies ‘Anchor Babies’ Comments, Calls Himself ‘Bicultural’

    08/26/2015 2:03:56 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 87 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/26/15 | TRENT BAKER
    Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush clarified his “anchor babies” comments after being confronted by protestors in Englewood, CO Tuesday morning. -snip- “Look, my record is pretty clear. I’m married to a Mexican-American United States citizen. I’m immersed in the culture. I’m bilingual. I feel like I’m bicultural. I’m proud of the diversity of my own family.”
  • How Jeb Bush Funneled Pension Money to Lehman Before Getting a $1.3 Million a Year Consulting

    08/26/2015 12:37:39 PM PDT · by GilGil · 19 replies
    SilverDoctors ^ | 08/26/2015 | Michael Krieger
    For Florida taxpayers, the move by the administration of then-Gov. Jeb Bush to forge a relationship with Lehman Brothers would ultimately prove disastrous. Transactions in 2005 and 2006 put the Wall Street investment bank in charge of some $250 million worth of pension funds for Florida cops, teachers and firefighters. Lehman would capture more than $5 million in fees on these deals, while gaining additional contracts to manage another $1.2 billion of Florida’s money. Then, in the fall of 2008, Lehman collapsed into bankruptcy, leaving Florida facing up to $1 billion in losses. But for Jeb Bush personally, his enduring...
  • NEW NATIONAL POLL: DONALD TRUMP HAS BIGGEST LEAD EVER WITH CARSON A DISTANT 2ND…(40% to Bush 10%)

    08/26/2015 10:19:51 AM PDT · by xzins · 310 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | The Right Scoop
    A new national poll out today by OANN and Gravis Marketing has Trump up to 40%, his YUGEST lead ever over his Republican contenders. Here’s how each candidate rated: oann_trump_forty While Carson’s lead more than doubled, he’s still a distant second place with the rest of the GOP field behind him. Not that Jeb lost a bit as both Cruz and Fiorina gained. Here’s the info on the poll: Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm, conducted a random survey of 3,567 registered voters across the U.S. regarding the presidential election. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2%....
  • Trump Is Destroying Bush – Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert!

    08/26/2015 9:11:40 AM PDT · by Signalman · 48 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | 8/26/2015 | Dick Morris
    In this video commentary, I discuss how Trump is destroying Bush. Tune in! Click Here to give me your thoughts and continue the discussion.
  • Infamous Katrina figure visible in Jeb Bush campaign video

    08/25/2015 8:55:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 25, 2015 | Tal Kopan
    Jeb Bush's campaign on Tuesday put out a video highlighting his hurricane response record as governor of Florida as the nation marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. But at one point, the campaign spot features Bush standing next to then-Federal Emergency Management Agency head Michael Brown, one of the most infamous figures of the George W. Bush administration's widely criticized response to the disaster. The two-minute video features clips of hurricanes and Bush back when he was governor, interspersed with expert testimonials about Bush's leadership during disasters, which frequently affect the state he governed in the early to mid-2000s....
  • Former Trump adviser: Romney thinking about getting in

    08/25/2015 7:10:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 23, 2015 | Curt Mills
    Colorful former Trump adviser Roger Stone thinks 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney is thinking about getting back in the presidential race. Stone tweeted his suspicion, and told CNN he had heard that Romney was considering a run from his sources. The move could indicate Romney sees an opportunity to better confront and challenge front-runner Donald Trump. Some see current establishment standard bearer former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as flailing. Trump has mocked Bush for being "just flat" on the campaign trail and Sunday called him a "low energy" candidate. Romney publicly considered a third run as recently as January, but...
  • #YUGE! Massive Trouble For Jeb Bush – Campaign Support Collapse In New Hampshire – Polling 7%…

    08/25/2015 1:19:13 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 63 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | 8-25-2015 | sundance
    August 25, 2015 #YUGE! Massive Trouble For Jeb Bush – Campaign Support Collapse In New Hampshire – Polling 7%… Sundance New Hampshire is supposed to be “Jeb’s People”. Jeb has campaigned heavily in New Hampshire. The planned GOPe 2016 road map kicks off in New Hampshire. However, with Jeb only polling 7% support, he becomes incapable of delivering the Wall Street goals. Donald Trump is doing something everyone said was impossible. Trump is dominating in every single region. THIS IS YUGE ! Trump is winning in the Mid-West, the North-East, Dixie, the Deep South, and every state in the SEC primary....
  • Jeb Bush’s Choice of Words Upsets Asian-Americans (now Yebbie's done it)

    08/25/2015 9:52:58 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    NYSlimes ^ | Alan Rappeport
    While trying to soothe feelings among Hispanics for use of the term “anchor babies,” former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida appears to have offended some in the Asian-American community. Mr. Bush said on Monday that it was “ludicrous” to suggest that he was using a slur to talk about Hispanics when discussing birthright citizenship. He went on to explain that he was largely referring to people from Asian countries who sneak into the United States planning to give birth. “No matter which ethnic group you’re referring to, ‘anchor babies’ is a slur that stigmatizes children from birth,” said Representative Judy...
  • Bush and Clinton: The Fading Dynasty Candidates

    08/25/2015 6:27:04 AM PDT · by xzins · 8 replies
    CHQ ^ | 8/25/2015 | George Rasley
    Much to the continued astonishment of the leftwing national media and the DC pundit class, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton, the Republican and Democratic “dynasty” candidates that were supposed to run away with their party’s 2016 presidential nominations, are fading in the early state polls. Jeb Bush Hillary ClintonOf course it takes more than being the wife of a President to make a “dynasty,” which implies generation-to-generation continuity, so there really is no such thing as a Clinton “dynasty” unless Hillary is elected. Thus talk of the Clinton “dynasty” is really just wishful thinking on the part of the hard...
  • The Second Arrow Hits The Target – Trump Hits Bush Deep Inside The Wall Street Fortress…

    08/25/2015 4:24:13 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 33 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Posted on August 24, 2015 | by sundance
    Much like the battle at Thermopylae Donald Trump chose the political landscape which removes the Jeb Bush numerical advantage. And today he just hit the lead general right where it hurts: (link to an external post, then) As we shared yesterday, Trump has three audiences. In this example he just nailed Jeb in his most exposed vulnerability. […] Donald Trump is talking to Wall Street. Like the RNC, Trump knows full well the preferred candidate for Wall Street is Jeb Bush. He needs to make their support for Bush a losing proposition; no-one on Wall Street likes to lose. In...
  • Jeb Bush’s Campaign Takes Steps to Rein In Spending

    08/24/2015 9:25:22 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 36 replies
    nyt ^ | Aug 24, 2015 10:08 pm ET | Maggie Haberman
    Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign has asked various divisions to be mindful of their spending, in a reminder that despite his giant “super PAC” bankroll, campaign dollars are ultimately more valuable. Campaign officials asked workers to tighten their belts a few weeks ago, according to two people briefed on the matter. In some cases, staff members’ paychecks shrank, these people said. The cuts were not a result of fund-raising shortfalls, these people said, but were intended to correct needless spending before the campaign gets into the heat of the election season.
  • National Council Of La Raza President: Trump’s Wall Will Be Between The GOP And Latino Voters

    08/24/2015 10:18:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | August 24, 2015 | Adrian Carrasquillo, Political News Reporter
    NCLR president Janet Murguia blames Trump for the beating of a Hispanic man in Boston and says the GOP’s attacks on birthright citizenship and immigration will further damage its reputation with Latinos. Pointing to an assault against a Hispanic man last week allegedly inspired by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, National Council of La Raza (NCLR) president Janet Murguia said the GOP’s embrace of Trump and lurch to the right on birthright citizenship and immigration could damage them in 2016 with Latino voters. On Wednesday, two Boston white men with extensive criminal histories allegedly urinated on and beat a homeless...
  • Trump: Jeb ‘Talks About Civil Liberties,’ ‘People Came In Illegally’

    08/24/2015 7:07:47 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/24/2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump responded to fellow candidate former Florida Governor Jeb Bush arguing Trump’s plan would violate “civil liberties” with “We have illegal people, people that came in illegally” on Monday’s “O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel.
  • Jeb Says ‘Anchor Baby’ Was Meant To Criticize Asians, Not Mexicans [VIDEO]

    08/24/2015 7:32:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 55 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/24/15 | Blake Neff
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush rebuffed claims that the phrase “anchor baby” is offensive towards Hispanics, saying the media needs to “chill out” and that in any case the term is more targeted at Asians anyway.Bush first used the phrase “anchor baby” last Thursday on a conservative radio talk show, saying he supported greater efforts to prevent pregnant women from coming to the U.S. solely to give birth here. The term was dubbed offensive by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and much of the media suggested the term was anti-Hispanic.But at a Monday appearance in McAllen, Texas, a majority-Hispanic city...
  • Trump Uses Outdated 'Enough Bushes' Clip to Attack Jeb Bush

    08/24/2015 3:10:07 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 31 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 24, 2015 | Andrew Husband
    Donald Trump‘s campaign made use of a famous clip of Barbara Bush saying she didn’t want to see Jeb Bush to run for president since there had been “enough Bushes” in the White House. The attack ad popped up on Instagram Monday afternoon: (Video at link) Trump’s pull quote of choice comes from a famous interview on The Today Show back in 2013, during which Barbara was asked whether or not she thought Jeb should run for office. At the time, she said, “He’s by far the best qualified man, but no… There are a lot of great families, and...
  • WATCH: Trump Attack Video Uses The Words Of Jeb's Mom Against Him

    08/24/2015 1:33:14 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies
    Trump's video, which was posted to Instagram, used clips from a "Today Show" interview with Barbara Bush from April 2013, in which she said that she did not want Jeb to run for President. The attack took sound bites, and some video, from the interview — overlaying Barbara's words that the United States needs a different family in the White House — with a picture of Trump's family. “I think it’s a great country. There are a lot of great families," Barbara said in the clip Trump used. "There are other people out there that are very qualified, and we’ve...
  • Jeb Bush will talk border security during McAllen visit today (Won't visit border)

    08/24/2015 10:59:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 8/24/15 | Aaron Nelsen
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush visits deep South Texas today for a private meeting with local officials to discuss border security, the economy and other issues. Bush will also attend a campaign luncheon where contribution levels start at $1,000, while the highest level of $15,000 buys priority seating for two and membership in the so-called Texas Leadership Committee, comprised of generous Texas GOP donors. Before leaving the Rio Grande Valley, the former Florida governor will hold an afternoon news conference. Republican front-runner Donald Trump, who toured Laredo in July, commented Monday morning on “Fox and Friends” that Bush would find...
  • Inside Trump's Poll Numbers (vy interesting)

    08/24/2015 7:06:55 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 37 replies
    With the Iowa caucuses less than six months away, Donald Trump has taken a runaway lead among the GOP candidates. While Trump has a commanding position in poll after poll, some news outlets are doing everything they can to downplay his candidacy. Whether by comparing Trump to Herman Cain in 2012, citing his inability to garner the grassroots support needed to win the presidential nomination, or by publishing headlines that a majority of Republican strategists and operatives doubt his capability of winning in either Iowa or New Hampshire, the media loves to hate on the New York-based developer. *snip* After...
  • Is this GOP presidential nomination cycle only a choice between The Donald and Jeb Bush?

    08/24/2015 7:20:27 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 100 replies
    8/24/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    If there was a continual reference to Jeb Bush and another candidate (by this candidate's supporters and/or so on), would you then be persuaded to feel that this GOP presidential election cycle is only between The Donald and Jeb Bush, or would you think that there are other good candidates available, as in Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker or others? Must this be an either/or format? If so, is this a choice between what could be called a high-energy P.T. Barnum-like atmosphere and a low-energy campaign or are there other options available? Is it now a choice...
  • Why polls alone don't show the true leaders of the GOP race

    08/24/2015 12:26:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    NewsMachete ^ | August 24, 2015 | Newsmachete
    Who are the leaders in this crowded race for the GOP nomination? If you look at national polls, the top three are Trump, Bush, and Carson. If you look at New Hampshire, it's Trump, Kasich, and Bush. If you look at Iowa, it's Trump, Carson, and Walker, though I don't know how proud Scott Walker can be to be third in a state that should almost be giving him a home-state advantage. But these polls by themselves don't show who the leaders are in the race. To know the answer to that question, you have to look at all the...
  • MSM, GOP Establishment Team Up to Target Ted Cruz

    08/23/2015 11:03:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 23, 2015 | William Bigelow
    The clear hatred of the Republican establishment for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and the mainstream media’s genuine fear that the articulate Cruz could be the nominee of the Republican Party in 2016 were clearly revealed in a telling exchange on NBC’s Meet the Press. Charlie Black—who worked on Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaigns in 1976, 1980, and 1984 before serving as senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H. W. Bush and chief campaign adviser for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008—bluntly told host Chuck Todd that Donald Trump will not be the nominee of the Republican Party....
  • Jeb Bush super-PAC blames shadow for oddly dark hand on mailer

    08/23/2015 7:26:54 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 54 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | August 23, 2015 | Dylan Stableford
    Mystery solved! Thousands of Iowans checking their mailboxes late last week were greeted by a photo of a smiling Jeb Bush on the back of a flier touting the former Florida governor and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful’s conservative bona fides. *snip* Online observers quickly pointed out that Bush’s left hand appeared to be black.
  • Why Jeb’s Not Catching Fire — And Probably Never Will

    08/23/2015 6:52:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Center For Individual Freedom ^ | August 20, 2015 | Troy Senik
    The good news for Jeb Bush is that he’s the perfect candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. The bad news is that he’s the perfect candidate in the year 2000. That’s the counterfactual scenario that most Bush-watchers have spun over the years. Had Jeb won the 1994 race in which he first pursued Florida’s governorship, the theory goes, it would have been him rather than his older brother who became the GOP’s standard-bearer in 2000. Instead, Jeb narrowly lost the ’94 race to Democrat Lawton Chiles, George W. won his contest in Texas in the same year and the younger...
  • Ranking the GOP Candidates by their Ability to Win the General Election

    08/23/2015 1:03:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 141 replies
    RedState ^ | August 23, 2015 | J.D. Rucker
    If you look on the surface, one might think that the polls indicate that Donald Trump is the best candidate to go up against the Democrats in the general election. As history has shown, the ability to get support within one’s own party is not always an indicator of ability to win in the general election. In fact, one can argue that either Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich were more likely to defeat President Obama in 2012, though we’ll never know. Before we get into the list of candidates, let’s look at general election “winning attributes” that work in...
  • Online Exchange Shows Jeb Bush as the GOP’s 2016 Favorite

    08/23/2015 9:58:04 AM PDT · by MitchMadison · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 21, 2015
    Donald Trump leads just about every public-opinion survey of the Republican presidential field, with one notable exception: PredictIt, the online marketplace for investors looking to buy and sell shares in an expected outcome. Among those prognosticators willing to put actual money behind their predictions, Mr. Trump trades at a lower price than former Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. As of Thursday night, it cost 24 cents to buy shares of the prospect that Mr. Trump will be the next GOP nominee and 41 cents to buy shares that it would be Mr. Bush. In other...
  • The First Postmodern Political Machine (The Clintons)

    08/22/2015 11:28:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The American Interest ^ | August 21, 2015 | Walter Russell Mead
    How do the Clintons, dogged by scandal and suspicion at every turn, not just stay afloat in American political life, but thrive? The contrast between the apparent inevitability that surrounded Hillary Clinton’s procession toward the Democratic presidential nomination for so long and the air of scandal and suspicion that seems to trail behind her wherever she goes is striking. And it points to something important: Hillary Clinton isn’t a candidate borne aloft on a wave of popular enthusiasm. She is no JFK, no Ronald Reagan. She is no George Wallace or William Jennings Bryan. The marching bands processing before her...
  • Ted Cruz gets enthusiastic greeting at Americans for Prosperity event

    08/22/2015 9:12:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | 7:49 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015 | The Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, OHIO — Texas’ Sen. Ted Cruz was the hands-down favorite of the Americans for Prosperity annual summit in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend, if the number and volume of ovations during the speeches of five presidential candidates who addressed the annual convention of tea party activists was the measure. The reception to former Gov. Rick Perry’s energetic appearance at the event was somewhat muted by the fact that he was its very last speaker. At the other end of the spectrum was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a newcomer to events financed by conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch. Bush...
  • 2016 Presidential Polls: Donald Trump Pulling Away As 30,000 Attend Republican Rally In Alabama

    08/22/2015 7:53:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | August 22, 2015 | Danny Cox
    Everyone thought that Donald Trump was way in over his head when he decided to throw his hat in the ring for 2016 presidential election. Now, there are not nearly as many people who think the same way, and that was evident when 30,000 people turned out for a Republican pep rally in Alabama on Friday. Now, he’s beginning to pull away from the rest of the field and very well could widen his lead in the 2016 presidential polls. Topped off in a red hat, Donald Trump stepped out before 30,000 supporters in Alabama on Friday night, and it...
  • Bush works hard to win support from tea party, Koch Brothers, wins polite applause

    08/22/2015 7:16:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | August 21, 2015 | Thomas Beaumont, The Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Casting himself as a tax-cutting, passionate government reformer, Jeb Bush drew merely polite applause Friday from thousands of the nation's most-active tea party conservatives gathered at the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers' summit. Only when the Republican presidential candidate wrapped up his 20-minute speech by calling for a military buildup did the more than 3,000 conservatives from around the nation join in a sustained cheer for Bush, a familiar face in American politics but a newcomer in front of the tea party crowd. "I promise you, if I'm elected president of the United States, I will restore the...
  • 5 reasons Bush isn't freaking out about Trump

    08/22/2015 6:42:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 21, 2015 | Marc Caputo and Anna Palmer
    Jeb Bush is sticking with the plan. Despite Donald Trump shooting ahead in the polls and Bush’s debate performance getting bad reviews — and amid signs of frustration on the campaign trail from the former Florida governor himself — his supporters aren’t panicking, multiple sources close to the candidate insist. The Bush camp is projecting confidence that the Summer of Trump will fade to winter, and that Jeb will prevail when it matters. Here are five reasons Jebworld isn’t freaking out: 1. ‘TRUMP V. SOMEBODY’ Trump is the man to beat, the undisputed leader in national and early-state polls. Even...
  • CEO Daily: Saturday, August 22nd

    08/22/2015 5:04:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Fortune Magazine ^ | August 22, 2015 | Tory Newmyer
    Saturday Morning Post: The Weekly View from Washington Hurricane Donald made landfall on the Gulf Coast on Friday night. And the front-running Republican candidate did not disappoint the thousands who turned out to see him in a college football stadium in Mobile, Alabama. Most were already gathered inside as TrumpÂ’s private Boeing 757 emblazoned with his name dipped over the stadium, where speakers were blaring the Rolling StonesÂ’ You CanÂ’t Always Get What You Want. The surreality of the scene evoked nothing so much as Nashville, Robert AltmanÂ’s 1975 movie that was both a critique and celebration of the collision...
  • Cruz Outshines Bush at Americans for Prosperity Summit

    08/22/2015 4:23:57 PM PDT · by PROCON · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 22, 2015 | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was the hands-down favorite of the Americans for Prosperity annual summit in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend, if the number and volume of ovations during the speeches of five presidential candidates who addressed the annual convention of tea party activists was the measure. At the other end of the spectrum was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a newcomer to events financed by conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch. Bush was attending his first national conference of Americans for Prosperity and was greeted with respectful but restrained applause by a group that rose essentially out of Republican dissatisfaction...
  • An October Surprise For the GOP?

    08/22/2015 3:05:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | August 22, 2015 | William Kristol
    Next year will be the most consequential presidential election in two generations. Given how difficult it is to hold the White House for three straight terms, and given President Obama's shaky approval numbers, Republicans will have a good chance to win. On the other hand, Democrats had a good chance to win in 1988, taking on an uninspiring successor to a twice-victorious incumbent. Indeed, the Democratic nominee was ahead in the polls into the summer of 1988. But that nominee was Michael Dukakis. Are we sure the GOP isn't on course to nominating their very own Dukakis? Are we confident...
  • The Trump Expansion Plan (“If I’m going down, then Bush is going down with me.”)

    08/22/2015 1:49:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | August 21, 2015 | Gabriel Sherman
    As the Republican-primary race moves into the fall, Donald Trump is exhibiting signs of becoming, if not a conventional candidate, at least a better-organized one. “I have a much more traditional campaign than people think,” he told me on August 18, two days after his campaign released the first in a series of position papers he’s set to unveil. The bar is low — anything beyond winging it would pass for a signal of a more traditional campaign. Trump knows this. His position paper, which calls for Mexico to pay for a border wall and America to eliminate birthright citizenship,...
  • Pro-Jeb plane flies anti-Trump banner across Trump’s Bama rally and it BACKFIRES big time

    08/22/2015 6:57:55 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 96 replies
    Maybe size does matter. Fellow 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush tried to steal Donald Trump’s thunder in Mobile, Alabama, on Friday, but the move proved to be full of hot air. As Trump electrified the largest crowd of the presidential campaign season to date, the pro-Bush Right to Rise super-PAC launched a banner message to fly over the event on a small plane. The message read “Trump 4 Higher Taxes, Jeb 4 Prez.”
  • Jeb Bush to take immigration fight with Trump to the border (Monday)

    08/22/2015 8:31:56 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 8/22/15 | Alex Leary
    Jeb Bush will travel to the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday to meet with local officials about immigration issues, his campaign said. Bush is to meet privately in McAllen and then visit a restaurant to discuss his visit with reporters.
  • Jeb Bush super PAC accused of pasting candidate's head onto black man's body in 'Photoshop fail'

    08/22/2015 7:56:27 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 53 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | August 22, 2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Jeb Bush super PAC accused of pasting candidate's head onto black man's body in 'Photoshop fail' Right to Rise, a super PAC support the presidential candidate, sent mailers to 86,000 households in Iowa In one picture Bush's left hand has a much different skin tone than his head and his other hand Mailer also appeared to put the candidate in front of a stock photo of Cedar Rapids, Iowa A group in support of Jeb Bush has been accused of committing an embarrassing Photoshop fail after sending out a flier with a strange visual contradiction. Right to Rise, Bush's super...