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  • The More, the Merrier for the GOP in 2016

    12/18/2014 2:58:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 18, 2014 | Peter Wehner
    In the aftermath of President Obama giving the Castro regime diplomatic recognition, Senator Marco Rubio has been pretty much everywhere, including multiple television appearances and authoring this Wall Street Journal op-ed. According to Senator Rubio, “By conceding to the oppressors in the Castro regime, this president and his administration have let the Cuban people down, further weakened America’s standing in the world and endangered Americans.” Whether or not one agrees with Rubio’s position–and I’m sympathetic to it–he makes his case clearly, intelligently, and with passion. Despite some differences with him now and then–I found his advocacy for the tactics that...
  • Should Jeb Bush Switch Parties? - A Ruling Class ticket: Hillary and Jeb in 2016

    12/18/2014 2:10:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    Listening to all the stories about Jeb Bush and his angst over the conservative base of the Republican Party, the question occurred: Why doesn’t Jeb ease his conscience and his donors' wallets and just switch parties? Go now, become a Democrat—and then form an alliance with the wife of the man the Bushes affectionately call their “brother from another mother.” That being the woman George W. Bush has dubbed as being “like my sister-in-law”—Hillary Clinton.After all, the Bush/Clinton alliance has already been on display, as I unknowingly noted in this column when Governor Bush presented former-Secretary Clinton with the Constitution...
  • Jeb Bush: I’m going to try to persuade Republican voters to back immigration reform

    12/17/2014 9:56:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 17, 2014 | Allahpundit
    The key bit comes at 1:20. BuzzFeed headlines this clip, “Jeb Bush Thinks He Can Persuade The Republican Base To Get Behind Immigration Legislation.” Is that what Bush said? “A candidate gets to persuade,” Bush said to Miami’s NBC 6. “I think there’s a compelling case that if we want to be young and dynamic again, we have to make legal immigration easier than illegal immigration, that we control our borders, enforce the laws. But that we embrace our immigrant heritage and allow our country to take off. You gotta do both.” “You gotta protect the borders, enforce the law,...
  • Bill Maher is ‘all for’ Jeb Bush in 2016 because ‘he’s not Ted Cruz’

    12/17/2014 7:21:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | December 17, 2014 | Ashley Dobson
    Liberal comedian Bill Maher is “all for” a Jeb Bush run at the White House for one simple reason — He’s not Ted Cruz. Maher published a blog post Tuesday after Bush’s “actively explore” presidential announcement declaring this sentiment. “Jeb Bush is openly talking about a presidential run, and I, for one, am all for it. Because he’s not Ted Cruz,” Maher wrote. “If we had to have a Republican president, I’d prefer that it be someone who eats with a fork and a knife. As for the prospect of another Clinton-Bush race, and the rise of dynastic politics in...
  • Can Jeb Bush win Iowa? Operatives say he may be more formidable than is assumed

    12/17/2014 5:44:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 16, 2014 | James Hohmann
    The Bush family has had its share of disappointment and elation in Iowa and New Hampshire. George H.W. Bush finished a dismal third in the 1988 Iowa caucuses, before rebounding in New Hampshire. George W. Bush, however, won the 2000 caucuses, only to get thumped by John McCain in New Hampshire. Now, with Jeb Bush’s announcement on Tuesday, a third Bush seems to be preparing to face the demanding voters of the first two states in the presidential selection process, with uncertain expectations. But a chorus of top Republicans in Iowa and New Hampshire said that the former Florida governor...
  • JEB BUSH: "I HAVE NO PROBLEMS" PUSHING FOR AMNESTY BILL DURING GOP '16 PRIMARY

    12/17/2014 2:29:49 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 80 replies
    BREITBART ^ | Dec 17,2014 | TONY COOK
    Just hours after he announced his plan "actively explore" a 2016 presidential run on Monday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he would have "no problems" pushing for comprehensive immigration reform in a GOP primary.
  • Love, American Style: Iraq's Kurds are fans of all things US, Bush

    12/17/2014 2:08:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/17/2014 | Hollie McKay
    SULAYMANIYAH, Northern Iraq – The bald eagle, Old Glory and the almighty dollar are king in this portion of Iraq, where ethnic Kurds don’t hide their affection for the U.S. Shops peddle American flags, U.S. military gear is prized and the locals speak glowingly of the nation they credit with removing Saddam Hussein, the dictator whose heavy hand so often came down on the minority clustered in Iraq’s northern regions. "Imagine if America didn't exist,” said Kurdo Amin Agha, an accountant whose home is adorned with Israeli, American and Kurdistan flags, and who wears a U.S. Army shirt and Navy...
  • Limbaugh: Jeb Bush really running to kill tea party

    12/17/2014 12:40:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 16, 2014 | Joe Kovacs
    'It's all about us being the No. 1 enemy of these people' PALM BEACH, Florida – With the announcement Tuesday by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that he plans to “actively explore” a run for president in 2016, radio host Rush Limbaugh says the real reason Jeb is seeking the White House is to choke the influence of tea-party conservatives out of the Republican Party. “You want to know why Jeb Bush is thinking about running?” Limbaugh asked on his top-rated program Tuesday. “He’s … being looked at as savior by the big-money donor class and the consultant class –...
  • Jeb Bush’s Rivals Already Running

    12/17/2014 12:22:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    OpenSecrets.org ^ | December 17, 2014 | Russ Choma
    Former Florida Governor and ex-First Brother Jeb Bush announced his plans to start a fundraising committee next month, and immediately some big names in GOP money — such as Florida developer Mel Sembler — got behind him. Bush has recently proven his ability to raise big bucks, but some of Bush’s likely competitors for the 2016 GOP nomination already have a head start. Three of them — Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) — have the advantage of a national podium in the Senate and plenty of places to start stashing away cash. All three...
  • Hillary is early frontrunner: Poll says half of Americans support Clinton bid for White House

    12/17/2014 11:16:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 17, 2014 | Sara Malm
    * Hillary Rodham Clinton has the support of half of American voters * More than 80 per cent of Democratic voters say they would back her * In contrast only 31 per cent of U.S. voters would back Jeb Bush * Republican Bush announced he is 'actively exploring' running yesterday Hillary Rodham Clinton is the early frontrunner in the 2016 presidential election, a poll has said. Although the former Secretary of State has yet to announce her candidacy, 50 per cent of American voters have said they can see themselves supporting her if she runs. Mrs Clinton, 67, has said...
  • Jeb Bush Thinks He Can Persuade The Republican Base To Get Behind Immigration Legislation

    12/17/2014 10:10:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 67 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | December 16, 2014 | Andrew Kaczynski
    In his first interview since he announced Tuesday that he was actively exploring the possibility of running for president, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said he thought he could persuade the Republican base to support his position on immigration. Bush has advocated for Republicans to soften their tone on immigration, and has repeatedly called on Congress to address the issue with comprehensive legislation. “A candidate gets to persuade,” Bush said to Miami’s NBC 6. “I think there’s a compelling case that if we want to be young and dynamic again, we have to make legal immigration easier than illegal immigration,...
  • Jeb Bush Is Dismissing the GOP Base at His Own Peril

    12/17/2014 7:37:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 16, 2014 | Josh Kraushaar
    Six months after President Obama's 2008 landslide victory swept Democrats into power across the country, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and Eric Cantor sat down at a suburban Washington pizzeria to talk policy. They spent that May weekend arguing that the GOP's best path back into power was to improve the party's battered image by advocating reforms for education, immigration, and the economy. Cantor saw the session as a rebranding exercise, offering mostly platitudes about having a conversation with the American people. Romney used the event as early preparation for his second presidential campaign, mostly sticking to talking points. But Jeb...
  • Is Jeb Bush Too Liberal To Win The Republican Nomination In 2016?

    12/17/2014 6:28:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | December 16, 2014 | Nate Silver
    On Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he will “actively explore” a bid for the White House. While Bush has not yet formed a presidential exploratory committee, he’s “running” for president by any practical definition of the term. If he proves to perform poorly in the “invisible primary,” failing to gather support among donors and influential Republicans, he could withdraw later on, before the first votes are cast in Iowa. What might those influential Republicans think of Bush? He has sometimes been critical of his fellow Republicans, having questioned the GOP’s partisanship and lack of tolerance for dissenting...
  • Establishment Looks to Jeb to Stop Tea Party

    12/17/2014 6:09:08 AM PST · by servo1969 · 36 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 12-16-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I just got a note. "Hey, you know, this is a good thing that you're talking about here, the loss of honest media, targeting anything conservative. Do you do you take any hope in people seeing what you're talking about more and more?" Yeah, I do. Look at the last two midterm elections. I think the American people see clearly what's happening here and they don't like it. I think the American people are totally -- those voting, anyway -- are very aware of all of this. And they're voting to stop all of this stuff. All of this...
  • Jeb Bush: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Waterboy

    12/17/2014 2:37:14 AM PST · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-17-2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Allow me to unite America's left, right and center in just three words: No, Jeb, No. Former GOP Florida governor Jeb Bush made the obvious official this week when he announced on Facebook that he's "actively exploring" a 2016 White House run. Of course, he's running. That's what inveterate politicians do. Well, I hate to break it to Jeb Inc. There's no popular groundswell for Bush Part III. None, zip, nada. Independents, progressives and conservatives are all weary of the entrenched bipartisan dynasties that rule Washington and ruin America. Only in the hallowed bubble of D.C. and New York City...
  • Rand Paul is Already Running an Ad Against Jeb Bush

    12/16/2014 11:31:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | December 16, 2014 | Zeke J. Miller
    That didn't take long The 2016 Republican primary battle is up and running—at least on Google. Hours after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced he would “actively explore” a run for the White House, the political action committee for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who appears certain to announce a bid for the Oval Office in the coming months, took out a Google search ad on his name, with a not-so-subtle dig at the more moderate Republican. “Join a movement working to shrink government. Not grow it,” the ad states, with a link to RandPAC, Paul’s longstanding federal leadership committee, and...
  • Jeb Bush not so hot on social media

    12/16/2014 9:31:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 16, 2014 | Lucy McCalmont
    Jeb Bush may be top dog in the latest 2016 polls, but he’s woefully behind the rest of the GOP field when it comes to friends, likes and retweets. The former Florida governor took to social media Tuesday to announce that he will “actively explore the possibility of running” for president in 2016, tweeting a link to a statement on his Facebook page. Journalists and political junkies leapt at the news, but Facebook fans … not so much. As of early Tuesday afternoon, hours after Bush’s 10 a.m. announcement, his tweet had amassed 5,700 retweets and 2,200 favorites. On Facebook,...
  • Jeb Bush Is Running for President, But Obama Has Already Destroyed His Candidacy

    12/16/2014 7:37:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The New Republic ^ | December 16, 2014 | Brian Beutler
    Because the right never trusted him, Mitt Romney spent the entire 2012 presidential primary burnishing his conservative credentials, and spent much of the general election on unsure footing, never confident that the Republican base would be comfortable with his gestures to the broader electorate. If the next Republican nominee is going to find balance, it won't be as an establishment guy putting on a Goldwater impression. The question is whether he’ll be a party activist or another patrician who also happens to be comfortable in his own skin. Two weeks ago, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush weighed in for the...
  • Third Party Rumblings After GOP Squanders Election Landslide with Budget Deal

    12/16/2014 5:31:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | December 16, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here's Bob in Nashua, New Hampshire, as we head back to the phones. Great to have you with us, sir. Hello. CALLER: Yeah, thanks, Rush. Yeah, this theme of the GOP establishment that the Tea Party and conservatives are the main enemy not the Dems, it's nothing new. It goes back, really, to the 2008 presidential election when the Republican establishment -- or at least many in the establishment -- sabotaged McCain-Palin. Because, to them, Palin was the bigger threat, the bigger enemy than the Democrats winning. You know, the funny thing is now more than six...
  • President Trump? Says 'there's a substantial chance' he'll run & slaps Cruz for being born in Canada

    12/16/2014 2:23:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2014 | David Martosko
    * Trump has kept his spotlight hot and raised smirks by speculating about a White House run, but now he's scheduling speeches in early primary states * 'A lot of people believe I'm having fun with it, and I enjoy the process,' he said during an Economic Club of Washington event, but 'the country's in serious trouble' * He lashed out at potential opponents including Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz * Couldn't come up with a 'single nice thing' to say about Hillary Clinton and insists Sen. Elizabeth Warren will give her serious competition * Trump has flirted with running...
  • If you had to choose: Jeb Bush or Chris Christie as nominee? (Allahpundit relishing the trolling)

    12/16/2014 1:12:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 93 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 16, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I asked this on Twitter and naturally 50 people instantly responded “SMOD.” Sorry, we’re not that lucky. With Jeb in the race, Christie very likely to get in, and Romney and Rubio now likely to pass, the field of loud-and-proud centrists appears to be set at two. And since the donor class loves centrists and the donor class tends to get its way in presidential primaries, that means one of these two guys is likely to be nominee. If it comes to that, whom do you prefer? And before you say “I’ll stay home,” let me note: (1) conservatives say...
  • Jeb Bush just jump-started the 2016 election

    12/16/2014 10:33:53 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 87 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 16, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    Jeb Bush became the first big-name potential GOP presidential candidate to make a major 2016-related announcement Tuesday, announcing that he will "actively explore" a run. Generally, this kind of announcement will be accompanied by an "exploratory committee" — which is both legally and practically the same thing as launching a campaign, and is usually just an excuse to have two separate campaign announcements. The former Florida governor isn't quite going that far; he says he will launch a new leadership PAC in January instead. But make no mistake: Bush just sent a clear signal that he's very serious about running...
  • BREAKING: Jeb Bush is formally exploring 2016 White House bid

    12/16/2014 7:55:08 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 169 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2014 | Seth McLaughlin
    Jeb Bush is exploring a 2016 presidential bid. The former Florida governor said in a post on Facebook Tuesday that over the Thanksgiving holiday there was a lot of discussion about the future of the nation. “As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States,” Mr. Bush said. Mr. Bush said he plans to establish a Leader PAC next month to “help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical...
  • Don't run for president, Jeb

    12/15/2014 4:42:18 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 26 replies
    THEWEEK ^ | 12-15-14 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    "Jeb Bush looks like he's in. That's the real import of a well-reported Politico article on Mitt Romney considering another presidential run in 2016. The case for Jeb goes something like this: The GOP needs a nominee that can unite the party's wings, and credibly run to the middle. He was a successful economic manager and cheerleader for Florida, as governor. And Jeb Bush has always been the most polished of the Bush clan: the most accomplished policy-thinker, and the best campaigner."
  • Which Potential Candidates Speak Spanish—and Will It Matter? (Bush speaks only Spanish at home)

    12/14/2014 5:20:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 14, 2014 | Eleanor Clift
    Jeb Bush does. The Democrats’ Castro brothers do not. Ted Cruz knows ‘Spanglish.’ But fluency and being able to talk to Hispanics are two entirely different matters.The ability to speak Spanish is a prized commodity on the campaign trail, a way to prove your bona fides with Hispanics—the fastest-growing bloc of voters—and to show your inclusiveness in a rapidly changing country. Lots of Anglos are proficient in Spanish. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a potential presidential candidate, speaks nothing but Spanish at home, and has for years. His wife, Columba, is from Mexico. A more recent phenomenon in the political...
  • BUSH 45: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE JEB BUSH PRESIDENCY

    12/14/2014 1:16:44 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 14, 2014 | Virgil
    January 21, 2025 Now that Jeb Bush—known widely as Bush 45, or Bush cuarenta y cinco, or, simply, El Jefe Jeb—has completed his two terms in the White House, we can look back and summarize some of the major events of his administration. As we know, America has seen great change during the third Bush presidency, starting with its population, which has grown by some 30 percent these past eight years. Indeed, today, well more than 400 million people live in America—most of them either citizens, or citizens-to-be. And while establishing Spanish as the Second Language of America has not...
  • Reports: Jeb Bush Asking John McCain How to Win Without Conservative Vote

    12/14/2014 9:42:30 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 December 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is doing opposition research on himself and asking Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) about how he can potentially win the GOP presidential nomination without conservatives. Bush, who has said he would make a 2016 decision in "short order," recently said that a candidate must be "willing to lose the primary to win the general [election]." And he has reportedly "begun conducting opposition research on himself to identify any potential issues that could arise" in a potential presidential campaign. And According to a New York Times report, Bush recently visited McCain, who is often reviled by conservatives,...
  • Jeb Bush huddles w/advisors: How can I avoid being tripped up by conservative base in the primaries?

    12/12/2014 6:27:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 12, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Good question, but the question Jeb should be considering is how do you survive two tons of ROMNEYMANIA dropping square on your head. ‘Cause it’s comin’, son. No, seriously, with each passing day this sounds more like Huntsman II. But with lots, lots, lots more money involved. “I just said to him, ‘I think if you look back, despite the far right’s complaints, it is the centrist that wins the nomination,’” Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican, said he told Mr. Bush. In the past few weeks, Mr. Bush has moved toward a run for the White House. His family’s resistance...
  • Grover Norquist, then and now on "washed up" Jeb Bush

    12/12/2014 1:39:33 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | Adam Smith
    The Wall Street Journal's Beth Reinhard chatted with Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist about Jeb Bush's refusal to sign Norquiest's pledge never to raise taxes and his comments a few years ago that he could support a deficit reduction deal that entailed $1 in tax increases to every $10 in spending cuts: ....Mr. Norquist said the 2012 hearing came at a time when “Republicans were all holding out on not raising taxes, and he was a guy from Florida, a former, washed-up politician from Florida not involved in that fight…and he jumps in says, ‘I’d raise taxes.’ You’re either...
  • Dem Rep: America should apologize to suspected terrorists who underwent enhanced interrogation

    12/11/2014 7:44:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 11, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    And here we go: Right off the deep end. It’s as predictable as the sunrise. As those who are genuinely and honestly outraged over the revelations contained within the Senate Intelligence Committee’s “torture” report strain themselves in the effort to adopt a posture of unparalleled indignation, they inevitably overreach. So far, the best example of this kind of indulgence in regrettable hyperbole in the pursuit of moral preening is Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). In an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday, Speier reacted to the release of the SSCI’s report on the CIA’s Bush-era enhanced interrogation program by saying America’s clandestine...
  • The GOP base will win the ’16 primary (So wrong he's right)

    12/11/2014 11:12:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's GOPLifer blog ^ | December 11, 2014 | Chris Ladd
    For fifty years the Republican nominating process has been the avenue through which the party chooses the nominee for the next election season. This year’s nominee is never in doubt. Whoever finished second last time simply steps up for his turn. If the second-place finisher from the last campaign decides not to run, as in ’68 and ‘00, the nominee is appointed by the party leadership and presented for ratification in the primary process. This is no historical accident, but rather a product of the institutional structure of the party. That institutional structure has broken down. Priorities and practices that...
  • Jeb Bush Has a Mitt Romney Problem [Link Only]

    12/11/2014 6:39:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | December 11, 2014 | Joshua Green
    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/features/2014-12-11/jeb-bush-has-a-mitt-romney-problem
  • News roundup: Jeb Bush may have himself a Mitt Romney problem

    12/11/2014 6:11:28 AM PST · by RummyChick · 16 replies
    salt lake tribune ^ | 12/11 | Salt Lake Tribune
    Link Only http://www.sltrib.com/home/1935667-155/news-roundup-jeb-bush-may-have
  • UN experts call for prosecution over US torture

    12/10/2014 11:18:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    GENEVA (AP) — All senior U.S. officials and CIA agents who authorized and carried out torture like waterboarding as part of former President George W. Bush's national security policy must be prosecuted, top U.N. human rights officials said Wednesday. The U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, said it is "crystal clear" under international law that the United States, which ratified the U.N. Convention Against Torture in 1994, now has an obligation to ensure accountability.....
  • Why is Saddam’s nuclear materials (WMD) Heating America Homes this Winter?

    12/10/2014 10:36:02 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/10/14 | Andrew G. Benjamin
    Story that the Left, progressive media are covering up even today for political reasons. Covering it up for themselves, covering up their incompetence, their partisanship, and their total corruption At his 2003 State of the Union message George W. Bush spoke these 16 words: “The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa .” After a majority House and an unanimous Senate vote passed Bill Clinton’s IRAQI LIBERATION ACT of October 1998, followed by Bill Clinton signing off on the Act that was ratified after Clinton arm-twisted congress, the liberal world remained silent....
  • Our View | Jeb Bush: true conservative

    12/10/2014 10:35:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Longboat Key Observer ^ | December 10, 2014 | Staff
    Is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush too moderate for the Republican Party? That is all the talk. But here’s a surprise: Adam C. Smith, political editor of the liberal Tampa Bay Times, authored this piece last Friday refuting with evidence that Bush as governor was “arch-conservative” and far from a “moderate squish.” — Ed. Respected Ronald Reagan biographer Craig Shirley told the Washington Examiner recently that Jeb Bush is the latest in a line of Bushes who oppose Reaganism. Radio host Mark Levin has dismissed Florida’s former governor as “a very good moderate Democrat,” while pioneering conservative activist Richard Viguerie...
  • Early 2016 GOP Coronation Not in the Cards

    12/09/2014 9:26:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 9, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    The Republican Party’s largest donors all seem to have the same idea. They’d like the 2016 presidential nomination race settled early on in the cycle. And, if you believe the reporting of the New York Times (and in this instance, it may be accurate), they’d like it to be one of the following three candidates: Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, or, wait for it, Mitt Romney. The conceit of the article is not crazy. If a critical mass of GOP fat cats gets together on a candidate, the odds will shift in favor of that person. But there’s a big problem...
  • Desperate Republican Are Stumbling Into Repeating Their Bush Mistake

    12/09/2014 9:30:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | December 9, 2014 | Sarah Jones
    Points of Light Chairman Neil Bush thinks his brother Jeb Bush should run for President in 2016 now that mom Barbara Bush is on board. Watch here courtesy of Bloomberg:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) While she had objected in the past, Neil Bush told Bloomberg’s Trish Regan on Street Smart that “many people have come up to her” to say that he should run because “this country needs leadership” and “he can bring the country together.” “So,” Neil Bush says, “Even my mom is starting to swing a little bit.” Yeah, it’s totally unifying to suggest the country doesn’t have leadership right now, just...
  • Jeb Bush Outlines Bizarre Strategy for Prospective 2016 Presidential Race [satire]

    12/09/2014 9:11:34 AM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) is reputed to be weighing his options for a possible bid for the presidency in the 2016 election. His statements, thus far, however raise serious questions regarding his grasp of the process. At issue is his avowed plan to win the general election by losing the primaries. In Bush’s view, the GOP primaries have been co-opted by the Party’s conservative base. The problem with this is that “the conservative base preaches a message of individual liberty that is at odds with the communitarian future I envision for America and the world,” Bush said. “The...
  • Obama Administration Transparency - “Shades Up; I Can’t See!”

    12/09/2014 6:30:10 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-9-2014 | MOTUS
    "This Is The Most Transparent Administration In History" - Barack Hussein Obama Q: When does the most transparent administration in the history of the world actually practice said transparency? A: When it can be used as an excuse to release their $40 million report on “enhanced interrogation” techniques used under George W. Bush’s watch. Otherwise our posture on transparency around here remains unshaken, which is to say, it get’s the three wise monkeys treatment. Except for, you know, my ban on simian references, so let’s go with this:The 3 wise otters see no, hear no, speak no evilYou can’t really...
  • 'Unconscionable': Top Republicans lash out ahead of release of CIA report

    12/09/2014 5:20:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 9, 2014
    out ahead of release of CIA report Published December 09, 2014 FoxNews.com Facebook418 Twitter638 livefyre5142 Email Print Now Playing Jon Stewart apologizes for error in police shootings segment Never autoplay videos Top Republicans are lashing out ahead of the release of a long-anticipated report on the CIA's interrogation techniques, calling the decision to disclose the documents “unconscionable.” Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, spoke out in a statement late Monday after lawmakers and Obama administration officials warned that releasing the report could lead to a backlash against Americans around the world. The White House nevertheless is backing the...
  • Jeb's too moderate the latest far-right fringe's war against the GOP

    12/08/2014 2:09:12 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | December 8, 2014 | By Douglas C. Lyons
    I shouldn’t be saying this since I’m obviously not a card-carrying conservative, much less a wild-eyed tea-party type. But, I’m confounded, if not amused, by this latest line of bull about Jeb Bush from the far-right fringe. How could the Jebster ever be dubbed a “moderate?” Isn’t this the same John Ellis Bush who as Florida’s governor often treated teachers’ unions, trial lawyers, statehouse reporters, civil servants and, at times, the courts, as pariahs? Heck, during his second inauguration speech, he looked up at the state government buildings and said he wished he could cut more staff and programs to...
  • Is Jeb Bush really prepared to lose in order to win?

    12/07/2014 8:22:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 6, 2014 | Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
    Jeb Bush might or might not run for president in 2016. If he runs, he might or might not emerge as a winner. But his formulation for how to think about waging a successful presidential campaign suggests he already is ahead of some of his potential competitors — in both parties. Bush, the former governor of Florida, spoke last week at a Wall Street Journal conference in Washington. In an interview conducted by Jerry Seib, the Journal’s Washington bureau chief, he said that anyone running for president should be prepared “to lose the primary to win the general [election] without...
  • Chris Matthews: "Mark My Words," Mitt Romney Will Beat Jeb Bush And Be GOP Nominee

    12/06/2014 5:31:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | December 5, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: Apparently back then when Romney was thinking of putting [Chris Christie] on the ticket when he was running, when he was running, he discovered there were some problems, alright? Do you think he might use those problems against him next time? DAVID CORN, MOTHER JONES: Well, that opposition book is rather thick. If Romney doesn't use it, somebody else will. MATTHEWS: And therefore -- but I keep thinking Romney is going to be the nominee after all this is over. CORN: No. MATTHEWS: Look, I'm pretty good at this. CORN: No. No... He's not going to run....
  • The ‘Why not me?’ race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 (Their list is laughable)

    12/05/2014 9:33:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | December 5, 2014 | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    If there's one think you can say about the 2016 Republican presidential field, it is this: It is going to be HUGE. There are currently 23 names on the long, long list of potential candidates. That's twice (!) as many people as have ever run for the GOP nomination in the past. Now, not all of those "candidates" will actually run -- Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and Rep. Marsha Blackburn don't make much sense as presidential candidates, to name just two -- but that's a huge field of prospective candidates. And while all two dozen names being mentioned won't make...
  • 2016–Mitt Romney: I'm the Establishment GOP Leader, Not Jeb

    12/05/2014 6:09:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 5, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former Massachusetts Governor and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not yet ready to relinquish his title as the head of the pale-pastels establishment wing of the Republican Party to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. "A senior Republican who has met with Mitt Romney" tells Politico that Romney is telling donors on Wall Street "not to commit to a candidate that is not their first choice and that they aren’t excited about. He does not think much of the current field and does not think it is jelling. He still views himself as the leader of the establishment wing of...
  • Karl Rove: GOP Standouts Busy Paving Way for Presidential Runs

    12/04/2014 2:43:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 4, 2014 | Elliot Jager
    Though the Republican presidential primaries are some 14 months away, the groundwork now being set will separate those who are likely to be serious contenders from the also-rans, writes veteran GOP strategist Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal. Rove calls this crucial stage-setting process the "invisible primaries" in which the candidates compete to distill their messages, raise cash, and put together cohesive campaign staffs. He dismisses current polling numbers — showing Mitt Romney way ahead — as reflecting "little more than name recognition." Rove lauds New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and Sen. Marco Rubio,...
  • On social media Clinton, Cruz lead 2016 potential presidential candidates

    12/04/2014 9:49:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | December 4, 2014
    In the world of Twitter and Facebook hashtags, the potential 2016 presidential candidates who generate the most buzz are former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, according to Politico. On Facebook, Clinton and Cruz together racked up 40 percent of posts and comments having to with the 2016 presidential race. On Twitter, both got 47 percent of mentions on the topic. And while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush attracts plenty of media attention, he’s virtually ignored on social media, getting a lowly 3 percent of Facebook mentions and 2 percent of tweets, Politico noted. Sen. Marco...
  • Jeb Bush: Republicans Don't Need Conservatives to Win White House, Should Not Defund Exec Amnesty

    12/02/2014 4:13:39 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 191 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec. 2, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Even though moderate Republican candidates lose presidential elections without the conservative base (see: George H.W. Bush '92, Bob Dole '96, John McCain '08, Mitt Romney '12), former Florida Governor and potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush thinks conservatives are not needed to win the White House. Bush believes that a presidential candidate who is "willing to lose the primary to win the general" has the best shot at the White House. *snip* Should Bush run, his embrace of comprehensive amnesty legislation and Common Core will put him at odds with conservative voters in the early primary states.
  • Valerie Jarrett, Rupert Murdoch, and Jeb Bush tonight at #WSJCEOCouncil (photo together)

    12/02/2014 12:21:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Twitter ^ | December 1, 2014 | John Bussey
    Valerie Jarrett, Rupert Murdoch, and Jeb Bush tonight at #WSJCEOCouncil