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  • Is Free Republic worth Saving? My Opus Part II

    05/02/2016 10:52:50 AM PDT · by The Bat Ladys Husband · 201 replies
    Free Republic ^ | August 30, 2013 | The Bat Ladys Husband
    My involvement with Free Republic began around 2000 when my wife began her vigil around the Texas governor’s mansion in support of GW against the challenge of Al Gore for the presidency. I generally provided the livelihood for the Bat Lady to be able to protest and surround the mansion against the leftists who were kept at bay across the street. While she was registered in order to post after action reports I was a lurker
  • WHY THE OBAMAS AND PRINCE HARRY ARE ‘FEUDING’ ON TWITTER [Pathetic PR Stunt, Media Drools]

    04/30/2016 4:21:53 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 4/30/16 | Stan Ziv
    [The clown and Michelle] mean business—arms crossed, game faces on, voices exuding no nonsense. “Hey, Prince Harry,” first lady Michelle Obama says with a menacing tone in a video posted to her Twitter account Friday. “Remember when you told us to bring it at the Invictus Games?” ..., the goal behind this very public “feud” lies in raising awareness for the upcoming Invictus Games, to be held May 8-12 in Orlando, Florida. The competition is “an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Service personnel,” according to the Invictus Games website.
  • Indiana University Students Mistake Priest for KKK Member

    04/06/2016 10:33:24 AM PDT · by detective · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Tom Ciccotta
    On Monday, students at Indiana University Bloomington mistook a priest for a Klu Klux Klan member, taking to social media to express their fear of the alleged Klansman, who they claimed was carrying a whip, and dressed in “white robes.”
  • TRUMP TOWER PROTEST LOUD, BUT NUMBERS SMALL

    03/19/2016 4:05:07 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 25 replies
    WND ^ | 3/19/2016 | JEROME R. CORSI
    Throngs of left-wing activists converged on Trump Tower on Saturday to protest the billionaire’s so-called “fascist” policies and “white supremacy.” Cosmopolitan Anti-fascists cast a wide net on its Facebook page earlier in the week for “New Yorkers from different backgrounds” to protest the presidential hopeful, but all it got was different shades of liberalism. Roughly 5,000 people pledged to attend the event, but fewer than 1,000 showed up.
  • Jeb Bush joins the Ford Edsel and New Coke as historic marketing flops

    03/16/2016 7:02:48 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/16/16 | PAUL FRIEDERICHSEN
    There is an old axiom in marketing: Good advertising makes a bad product fail faster. If you doubt that, may I submit Exhibit A: The 2016 campaign for the Republican nomination for President of Jeb Bush. It now joins the likes of the Ford Edsel and Coca-Cola's "New Coke" as a bona-fide marketing flop of an enormous magnitude. In each case, be it Edsel, New Coke or Jeb!, logic dictated a winner. Research for all three concluded a marketplace that was theirs for the taking. All three were rooted in strong family brand equity and even carried the brand name...
  • Islamic State militants accidentally blow themselves up in Afghanistan

    03/15/2016 7:15:40 AM PDT · by pabianice · 30 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 3/15/16 | Wellman
    KABUL, Afghanistan — At least a dozen Islamic State militants accidentally blew themselves up in eastern Afghanistan Sunday during a botched operation to plant a bomb, a local official said. “They were attempting to move an IED (improvised explosive device) to a crowded area of Achin, but it went off before they reached the planned place,” said Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar province’s provincial governor. Twenty-one other militants were wounded, Khogyani said. There were no civilian casualties. In recent months, Afghan security forces have been battling Islamic State loyalists in Nangarhar’s Achin district on the border with Pakistan. On Saturday,...
  • Jeb Bush's Right to Rise super PAC is shutting down; where did the money go? (Hidden compensation)

    03/09/2016 6:22:06 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 3/8/16 | Adam C Smith
    Right to Rise, the super PAC political committee supporting Jeb Bush is preparing to refund about $12 million in unspent money to donors who gave at least $1,000. -snip- It touts, "No open ended commissions. All vendor contracts included fee caps," though cynics about how the money was spent will note that contractors and vendors built their compensation directly into the prices they charged.
  • Mitt Romney Robocalls for Rubio

    03/09/2016 5:01:55 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    WIBC ^ | 3/8/16 | CNN
    Mitt Romney recorded robocalls for Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential campaign that are going out in all four states voting on Tuesday, CNN has confirmed. It's part of an escalating effort by Romney to block Donald Trump from securing the Republican presidential nomination. First reported by The New York Times, the robocalls do not represent an outright endorsement of Rubio, and a spokesperson for Romney indicated the 2008 GOP nominee would be willing to help Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich as well. "Gov. Romney has offered and is glad to help Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Gov....
  • Mitt Romney: 'I won't run for president'

    03/04/2016 8:10:24 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 68 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/4/16 | David Wright
    Mitt Romney said Friday he will not make an 11th-hour presidential run to try to stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican nomination, the day after sharply attacking the real estate mogul's candidacy. "I won't run for president," Romney told host Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" show. Lauer asked the 2012 GOP presidential nominee three times about his 2016 ambitions, pressing for an "unambiguous" response after Romney appeared to leave the door to a bid slightly open.
  • Why would anyone want Mitt Romney’s political advice?

    03/02/2016 6:43:48 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/2/16 | Post Editorial Board
    Mitt Romney is back, offering to share the sage political wisdom that won him the White House in 2012. Oh, wait. President Obama beat him — despite a sagging economy and terrible approval ratings. Indeed, Obama became the first guy ever to win a second term in the White House despite drawing fewer votes than the first time round. More than 3 million fewer — while Mitt added only 1 million to John McCain’s disastrous 2008 total.
  • Clueless MSNBC Reporter Goes to Gun Range; It Doesn’t End Well

    02/26/2016 7:31:18 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 41 replies
    A MSNBC correspondent on Tuesday decided to do a live report from a gun range. As one could guess, it didn’t go well. Reporter Kerry Sanders pointed at the gun-rights fans and began, "There are lots of folks here who believe that Second Amendment in this country is under attack.” Seconds later, the shooting started. The Second Amendment afficionados drowned Sanders out. He sounded like this: “A short distance away later today [BLAM] Donald Trump [BLAM] — protect the Second Amendment.” He soldiered on, shifting to other topics. But it came across as this: “Talking about [BLAM] Ted Cruz has...
  • Rove: Time's running out to stop Trump

    02/25/2016 6:44:45 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 77 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/25/16 | ELIZA COLLINS
    Karl Rove believes there is still time for Republicans who don't want Donald Trump to be the 2016 GOP nominee to get behind a candidate - but it's running out. In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal out Wednesday night, the former senior adviser to President George W. Bush took stock of Trump's recent string of victories. -snip- Before the op-ed was published on Wednesday, Trump was already going after Rove on his favorite medium of attack. "Big defeat last night in Nevada for Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. @KarlRove on @FoxNews is working hard to belittle my victory....
  • Bush apologizes to donors

    02/24/2016 2:46:09 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/24/16 | Jonathan Easley
    Jeb Bush and key members of his national finance team addressed top donors on Wednesday in a conciliatory conference call in which he expressed dismay over the outcome of the race. "I'm sorry that it didn't turn out the way that I intended when I launched the campaign," Bush said. The former Florida governor said he saw a path to win the nomination running as a "reform-minded conservative," but acknowledged that wasn't what the electorate was looking for in 2016. -snip- Also addressing donors on Wednesday's conference call were Bush national finance chairman Woody Johnson, who owns the New York...
  • Jeb Bush Apologizes to Donors for Failure of His Campaign

    02/24/2016 2:28:19 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/24/16 | Ashley Parker
    A tired-sounding Jeb Bush apologized to his major financial backers in a brief conference call on Wednesday afternoon, saying he never expected his presidential campaign to end so early, and in such disappointment. "I'm sorry that it didn't turn out the way that I intended," Mr. Bush said, according to an audio recording of the call. "When I launched the campaign in front of three or four thousand people in Miami, I anticipated a different result."
  • The paradox of candidate Jeb Bush: He seemed most comfortable in his second language

    02/23/2016 2:30:34 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/23/16 | PATRICIA MAZZEI
    On what turned out to be the last full day of Jeb Bush's presidential campaign, a man with a distinctively English accent stood to ask him a question. "Can you vote?" Bush interrupted with amusement. "I don't think so," the man responded. "I've had the privilege of reporting for the Times of London - " "Oh, you're a reporter, too!" Bush cut in again. (The man was a columnist.) And then, there in Greenville, South Carolina, Bush said something that left no doubt he was still Miami Jeb: "This is going from Guatemala to Guate-peor!" I laughed, but few others...
  • The Last Days with Jeb Bush: "Like a Funeral" (Video)

    02/23/2016 7:53:31 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/22/16 | Jordan Frasier
    The Last Days with Jeb Bush: "Like a Funeral" (Video) NBC News Campaign Embed Jordan Frasier has been following the Bush campaign for seven months.
  • Did the Head of a Pro-Bush Super PAC Make $14 Million? (Mike Murphy)

    02/23/2016 4:41:41 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 2/22/16 | Martin Matishak
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush dropped out of the Republican presidential primary two days ago, prompting campaign officials and supporters to look for a scapegoat for the debacle. They may have settled on a pricey one, indeed. Political strategist Mike Murphy, head of the pro-Bush super PAC Right to Rise USA, is under fire for allegedly giving himself a salary and compensation package that totals $14 million. "He made minimum of $14 million," a Bush campaign bundler told CNN.
  • Consultants reaped windfall from failed Bush campaign

    02/23/2016 4:37:55 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Fox New ^ | 2/23/16 | Fox News
    When Donald Trump pointed the finger at Jeb Bush at the last debate and claimed he's got nothing to show for the millions his campaign has spent, he wasn't kidding. A review of how Bush and his allies spent over $125 million in his failed campaign shows the main thing to come out of it was a lot of consultants and local TV stations made a lot of money. A Washington Post review of Bush spending shows more than 95 percent of the advertising budget - from his campaign and the separate super PAC, Right to Rise - went to...
  • Report: Bush PAC Donors Angry as Mike Murphy Walks Away with $14M After Blowing $100M

    02/22/2016 11:23:32 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/22/16 | JOHN NOLTE
    Mirroring the donor-backlash against Karl Rove after his American Crossroad/Crossroads GPS super PACs raised upwards of $300 million and produced a dismal 2012 success rate, Mike Murphy, the man in charge of the Jeb Bush Right to Rise USA super PAC is now in the crosshairs. Right to Rise's dismal results became painfully obvious when Bush dropped out of the race Saturday night after only three primary contests. CNN reports that donors are not happy: In the armchair quarterbacking following Bush's departure from the race Saturday night, Murphy is facing countless questions about the efficacy of the PAC spending tens...
  • Jeb Bush's Biggest Mistake

    02/22/2016 11:09:43 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 2/22/16 | Ed Kilgore
    One byproduct of Jeb Bush's long, agonizing slide out of the 2016 presidential race is that, by the time he finally packed it in this weekend, plenty of postmortems had almost certainly been prewritten. -snip- as donor grumbling became loud enough to penetrate even the most insular campaign, the guy handling all of Jeb's money, Right to Rise super-pac director and alleged strategic genius Mike Murphy, granted an unusual two-part interview to Bloomberg's Sasha Issenberg. It was designed to shame into silence anyone who'd been stupid enough to pay attention to anything that had happened thus far. Murphy described Donald...
  • Why Did Jeb Bush Lose? There Are Many Theories

    02/22/2016 11:00:26 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 58 replies
    NPR ^ | 2/22/16 | Sam Sanders
    After disappointing finishes in presidential nominating contests in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Jeb Bush suspended his campaign for president Saturday night. It was the end of a run that had seemed doomed for months: countless gaffes, merciless attacks from the likes of Donald Trump, seemingly limitless spending from a superPAC he couldn't control with horrible returns from those investments and perhaps above all, a candidate who seemed uncomfortable on the trail at best, and at worst, frustrated and unhappy. Already, the post-mortems are almost writing themselves.
  • Jeb Bush's presidential campaign was a success - for its consultants (Mike Murphy paid millions)

    02/22/2016 8:16:01 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/22/16 | Adam Sheingate
    With apologies to Winston Churchill, the tale of the Jeb Bush campaign might be summarized as "Never before have so few spent so much to achieve so little." -snip- Although the vast majority of this money - more than $100 million - went to purchase air time on local television stations, the advertising barrage probably generated several million dollars in consulting fees and commissions Why did Bush spend so much on ads, especially given how little it seemed to help his ill-fated campaign? One reason may be because the super PAC Right to Rise was run by Mike Murphy, a...
  • Jeb Bush bundler: Mike Murphy will make a "minimum of $14 million" from this year's campaign

    02/22/2016 6:41:24 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 2/22/16 | CNN
    One Bush bundler told CNN's Dana Bash that when it came to Murphy, "strong knives are out." "He made minimum of $14 million," the bundler said, requesting anonymity to speak freely about campaign strategy. The details of Murphy's compensation package at Right to Rise are not publicly known.
  • The 17 saddest moments of Jeb Bush's very sad campaign

    02/21/2016 8:28:36 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 66 replies
    Vox ^ | 2/20/16 | Dara Lind
    Jeb Bush launched his presidential campaign's exploratory committee on December 16, 2014, the presumptive Republican nominee. He ended his campaign on February 20, 2016, a broken man. Bush's campaign (and the pro-Jeb super PAC Right to Rise) spent over $100 million on his campaign. He won no states. And for the last several months, he's been in the news mostly for all the wrong reasons: desperate donors, misspent money, jokes-that-aren't-really jokes. He's been a loser for almost as long as he was a presumptive winner. The slow, torturous twilight of Jeb's campaign offers a couple of lessons. For one thing,...
  • Jeb, the Unluckiest Bush

    02/21/2016 8:03:35 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/21/16 | MATT LATIMER
    I'm feeling bad for Jeb Bush. I've never been a supporter of a third Bush presidency-having endured the highs and lows of the second up close-but I can't help but think about this coming Easter or Thanksgiving, or the next event when the whole Bush family is gathered around in one place. The Bushes may come across as kindly, low-key aristocrats. But have no doubt: They are ruthless competitors. When I worked for President George W. Bush, he was racing Karl Rove to see who could read the most books in a calendar year. His father used to challenge people...
  • Jeb Bush's doomed campaign

    02/21/2016 7:51:48 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/21/16 | Ashley Killough
    Jeb Bush always remained optimistic. From the beginning of his candidacy last June, he pledged to run with "joy" and adopted a tortoise-and-the-hare strategy, earnestly believing that he would prevail in the end despite a crowded field of candidates. Even as his chances became grim over the past eight months, he started handing out tiny toy turtles from his pockets to children, telling them that "slow and steady wins the race." But in 2016, "slow and steady" was the opposite of what the country wanted. There's plenty of blame to go around for Bush's fall, but the central theme is...
  • The long unraveling of Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign

    02/21/2016 7:43:20 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/21/16 | PATRICIA MAZZEI
    For Jeb Bush's loyalists, the first moment of palpable panic - and there would be more than they ever expected in the months to come - built over four days last May when their not-yet-presidential candidate struggled repeatedly to utter a one-word answer - No - to an utterly predictable question: Should the U.S. have invaded Iraq? -snip- From the start, the campaign hired extensively and paid handsomely. That money, though, couldn't come from Right to Rise, which had pulled off a record $103 million haul in six months. The campaign needed to raise the cash itself. It couldn't keep...
  • Fall of the House of Bush: How last name and Donald Trump doomed Jeb

    02/21/2016 7:14:24 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/21/16 | Ed O'Keefe, Dan Balz and Matea Gold
    For Jeb Bush's campaign, August was a cruel month. Donald Trump's attacks on the former Florida governor as a "low-energy" politician were beginning to stick, and the two were bickering over immigration. The issue before the Bush team was what to do about it. -snip- Mike Murphy, the chief strategist for Bush's super PAC, Right to Rise, explained what had happened this way on Sunday. "Our theory was to dominate the establishment lane into the actual voting primaries," he said. "That was the strategy, and it did not work. I think it was the right strategy for Jeb. The problem...
  • Jeb's 2016 departure draws out Mike Murphy critics (Jeb donors paid Murphy more than $14 million)

    02/21/2016 3:14:30 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/21/16 | Maeve Reston
    In the unsparing judgment of the Twittersphere, there was one clear loser after Jeb's Bush's graceful exit from the Republican presidential race Saturday night: political strategist Mike Murphy and the Bush-allied super PAC Right to Rise USA, which he directed. Murphy has long been one of Bush's closest advisers -- and the political world was in awe last year when Right to Rise raised $100 million just as Bush was launching his candidacy. Now, the super PAC will go down in history as yet another failed Murphy juggernaut. -snip- "He made minimum of $14 million," the bundler said, requesting anonymity...
  • It's a Sad Day in Bushville: Jeb's Family and Friends Rally Around Him After He Pulls Out of GOP

    02/21/2016 3:53:53 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 61 replies
    People Magazine ^ | 2/21/16 | KATHY EHRICH DOWD
    It's a Sad Day in Bushville: Jeb's Family and Friends Rally Around Him After He Pulls Out of GOP Race. Shortly after Jeb Bush announced his departure from the presidential race Saturday evening, brother George W. Bush issued a statement congratulating his younger sibling on his efforts – and for remaining above the fray in an unprecedented election cycle. "Tonight I talked to my brother and congratulated him on his campaign for the Presidency," the 43rd president said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. "I told Jeb how proud I am of him and his staff for running a campaign...
  • Jeb Bush: Inside the Demise of the One-Time Frontrunner's Campaign

    02/21/2016 3:47:22 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/21/16 | CANDACE SMITH
    On a sweltering day in Miami last June, surrounded by a diverse group of supporters, Jeb Bush announced his candidacy for president of the United States. "My message will be an optimistic one," Bush promised. "I will campaign as I would serve: Going everywhere, speaking to everyone, keeping my word, facing the issues without flinching and staying true to what I believe." In a remarkable turn of events, eight months later, Bush -- the son and brother of presidents -- suspended his campaign, flanked by his tearful wife and youngest son. But in a race for the Republican nomination marked...
  • Turns out, Jeb Bush isn't very good at politics

    02/21/2016 6:16:39 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 2/20/16 | Adam C Smith
    What were they thinking? In hindsight that may be the biggest question: How did Jeb Bush and his once-savvy political team so badly misunderstand today's Republican electorate? The bold - and, yes, high-energy - governor who transformed Florida government and politics in the 1990s was thoroughly unprepared for today's far more conservative, far more angry Republican Party than when he governed. It was absurd for thoughtful and thin-skinned Bush ever to think he could run a "joyful" campaign for president in this political environment. He ran honorably, but as he gave in to reality Saturday night and suspended his campaign,...
  • The overhyped rise and spectacular fall of Jeb Bush, in 19 devastating quotes

    02/21/2016 6:04:01 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 78 replies
    The Week ^ | 2/21/16 | Becca Stanek
    Jeb Bush has finally put his presidential campaign out of its misery. But it wasn't so long ago that Jeb was widely seen as the candidate to beat in the Republican presidential primary. Pundits predicted that Bush was almost as inevitable a nominee as Hillary Clinton was. Commentators cast Bush as the Republican Party's best chance at leaving Clinton shaking in her boots. Between his "rock star name" and the gusher of money he had flowing into his campaign before even announcing, Bush was thought to have the nomination nearly at his fingertips. Then reality intervened. The former Florida governor...
  • Nearly $100 million in super PAC money couldn't save Jeb Bush (Murphy spent 80% of his donors' cash)

    02/21/2016 5:53:20 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/20/16 | Matea Gold
    As former Florida governor Jeb Bush suspended his presidential bid Saturday night, new details were trickling in about the massive investments the Right to Rise super PAC made to prop up his candidacy. As of Saturday, the group had raced through at least $95.7 million out of the $118.6 million it had collected by the end of January, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Almost $87 million went into a barrage of television ads, online videos, slick mailers and voter phone calls. The group flew an airplane with a banner mocking Donald Trump over a rally of his supporters, produced...
  • Jeb! Puts Himself Out Of His Misery

    02/21/2016 5:46:50 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 2/20/16 | Betsy Woodruff
    It ended without an exclamation point. On a mild Saturday night in South Carolina, Jeb Bush took to the stage at his victory party (using those two words in the least literal sense) and told supporters that he was out. It wasn't supposed to be this way. When Jeb jumped in, Tea Partiers panicked and grassroots conservatives lit their hair on fire. He carried an air of inevitability after all-at its onset, his campaign practically drowned in shock-and-awe money and big name endorsements. But from its inception, there were cracks. When he spoke at CPAC a few months before his...
  • Here's how Jeb Bush ran out of cash

    02/21/2016 5:38:29 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 2/19/16 | Rick Newman
    His campaign started out stuffed with money. By last July, Jeb Bush had raised $103 million for his super PAC, Right to Rise, an astonishing sum that seemed to foretell the most lavishly funded campaign in American history. No super PAC had ever raised so much cash so early in an election cycle. In fact, Right to Rise alone outraised all the super PACs combined at the same stage in the 2012 elections. Now, after primary elections in just three states, Bush is out. He finished sixth in the Iowa caucus, fourth in the New Hampshire primary, and now, fourth...
  • Watch Jeb Bush's Saddest Campaign Moments

    02/21/2016 5:29:41 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 2/20/16 | Daniel White
    Jeb Bush’s campaign has fallen short of expectations. At one time the Republican front-runner with substantial money behind his campaign's super PAC, the former Florida Governor was the man to beat. Then, billionaire Donald Trump emerged as a more serious contender than his veteran team had anticipated. Bush never quit figured out how to deal with him, and finished well behind him Saturday in South Carolina.
  • Inside Jeb Bush's $150 Million Failure

    02/21/2016 5:21:02 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/20/16 | ELI STOKOLS
    Jeb Bush, the Republican establishment's last, best hope, began his 2016 campaign rationally enough, with a painstakingly collated operational blueprint his team called, with NFL swagger, "The Playbook." On page after page kept safe in a binder, the playbook laid out a strategy for a race his advisors were certain would be played on Bush's terms - an updated, if familiar version of previous Bush family campaigns where cash, organization and a Republican electorate ultimately committed to an electable center-right candidate would prevail. The playbook, hatched by Sally Bradshaw, Mike Murphy and a handful of other Bush confidants in dozens...
  • Jeb adviser dances around exit question

    02/19/2016 10:22:05 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/19/16 | NICK GASS
    A top Jeb Bush adviser on Friday morning repeatedly dodged the question of whether the former Florida governor will stay in the presidential race if he disappoints in South Carolina, instead saying the campaign is laser focused on Saturday's primary. At the outset of the interview on "New Day," host Chris Cuomo asked Michael Steel, Bush's adviser for policy and communications, whether his candidate is finished if he does not finish in second or third place in Saturday's South Carolina primary. The on-screen chyron: "IS SOUTH CAROLINA THE END OF THE ROAD FOR JEB BUSH?" "Look, we're excited about South...
  • Will South Carolina Be Jeb Bush's Last Stand?

    02/19/2016 10:15:02 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/19/16 | JORDAN FRASIER
    A senior advisor to Jeb Bush seemed non-committal Friday when asked definitively if the former Florida governor's presidential campaign will move forward after Saturday's South Carolina primary. "I can say we're looking forward to a good result here in South Carolina and we'll move on from there," Michael Steele eventually said on CNN after first dodging the question. Bush is publicly scheduled to attend two events in Nevada ahead of that state's caucus: a town hall Sunday evening in Las Vegas and another Monday evening in Reno and the campaign insists they will move on regardless of the outcome Saturday....
  • Rio Has Given Up On Its Goal To Clean Up The Water In Time For The Olympics

    02/18/2016 4:42:50 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    Deadspin ^ | February 18, 2016 | Tom Ley
    Rio Has Given Up On Its Goal To Clean Up The Water In Time For The Olympics When bidding to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Jaineiro promised the International Olympics Committee that it would eliminate 80 percent of the sewage found in the city's notoriously filthy water, and would fully regenerate the lagoon in which rowing and kayaking events will be held. Now a few months from the start of the games, Rio has given up on keeping those promises. Outside The Lines' Bonnie Ford has a thorough examination of the current state of Rio's water pollution, and...
  • Why Republicans Need Jeb Bush to Put Himself Out of His Misery

    02/18/2016 7:53:51 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 2/18/16 | Eric Levitz
    All of the color has bled from the face of Jeb! 2016. The campaign is bedridden, confused, moaning in agony. At this point, the best thing for Jeb Bush and everyone around him would be to let his candidacy die with dignity. In Nevada, Jeb Bush has become the candidate of the one percent - literally, he has one percent of the vote there. In Quinnipiac's most recent national poll he's at 4 percent, which puts him in a tie for last place with Ben Carson, who barely has a campaign and spent much of a nationally televised town hall...
  • Will Jeb’s Hired Gun Take Out His Rivals—Or Murder His Campaign?

    02/11/2016 1:32:01 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 2/10/16 | Lloyd Grove
    Mike Murphy, who runs Jeb Bush's super PAC, has a lousy record in getting presidents elected-which makes Bush's faltering campaign a very personal crusade. "This campaign is not dead," Jeb Bush assured supporters Tuesday night as the results of the New Hampshire primary rolled in-a tentative diagnosis of political viability, perhaps, but hardly a ringing call to arms as the Republican presidential battlefield shifts to the Feb. 20 South Carolina primary. Bush's wan declaration was especially poignant given that his Right to Rise Super PAC, for which the former Florida governor expended blood, sweat and tears to raise more than...
  • Granholm: "Clinton Campaign Is Saying Not Any Woman, We Wouldn't Say Vote For Sarah Palin"

    02/09/2016 7:26:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 9, 2016
    FMR. GOV. JENNIFER GRANHOLM (D-MI): Young women do not want to be shamed into voting and that's very clear and nobody intended for that to happen. I think what they -- I'm from the next generation after, you know, Gloria and Madeline and we -- I've got their pictures on my wall, I mean, they are just -- they're total heroes. Of course they're going to say that we want to be able to see finally a woman as president after 227 years. But the Clinton campaign is saying not just any woman. We wouldn't say vote for Sarah Palin....
  • U.S. Blows $5.7 Bil on Cyber Defense System That Doesn’t Work (DHS)

    02/09/2016 3:18:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 9, 2016
    Reckless government spending is at full throttle with the example du jour a $5.7 billion cyber defense system created to protect computers at federal agencies against hackers. Despite its mind-boggling price tag the system is seriously flawed and uses features already available in much cheaper commercial-grade products, according to a federal probe made public recently. The problem, besides sticking it to taxpayers for the exorbitant cost, is that the multibillion-dollar system simply doesn't work. Nevertheless, the bloated agency handling this particular boondoggle, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), insists the program, National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS), is effective despite its...
  • Jeb Bush, the Un-candidate

    02/09/2016 12:59:32 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/9/16 | MICHAEL J. MISHAK
    Behind the would-be juggernaut lay a candidate who'd never won a competitive election. Jeb Bush banned me from the bus. It was October 2014, two months before Jeb would announce he was exploring a run for president, and I had come to west Texas as an Associated Press reporter to ask about his plans. The former Florida governor had taken a day off from campaigning for midterm candidates to enjoy a victory lap with his son, George P. Bush, who was cruising to election as Texas land commissioner. A Texas colleague and I were set to interview father and son...
  • Driver caught speeding to the Super Bowl on Pa. Turnpike Sunday afternoon

    02/07/2016 8:04:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Penn Live ^ | February 07, 2016 | Wesley Robinson
    A 50-year-old Philadelphia man was arrested on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Sunday evening, preventing him from making the 2,800-mile trip to the Super Bowl in California. Charles E. Robinson was pulled over for speeding at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday near mile marker 230 heading east on the Turnpike, state police said in a news release. Trooper Mark Gray said Robinson was going about 100 mph in a rental car. Robinson told Gray that he was traveling to the Super Bowl, according to the release. Gray wrote in his report that he "immediately detected a strong odor of marijuana," which led...
  • Bush loyalists concede the end may be in sight

    02/07/2016 6:10:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/7/16 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Frustration inside Bush world has begun to spill into open view, with even the most outspoken family loyalists admitting it may soon be time to move on. With the New Hampshire primary just days away and polls showing him still trailing Marco Rubio, there is an increasing sense that Jeb Bush is running out of time to demonstrate strength. Many donors and influential supporters, bound by a deep and longstanding connection to the patrician clan, say they will remain with Bush no matter what. Yet others, deeply distressed by the rise of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz and eager for...
  • What the Hell Happened to Jeb Bush?

    02/07/2016 5:25:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 60 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 2/7/16 | Stuart Rothenberg
    It must be more than a decade ago when I got a glimpse of the man often referred to as "George W. Bush's smarter, younger brother." Charlie Cook and I were scheduled to speak to a group of Florida business leaders during lunch, but before we began our shtick, the state's sitting governor, Jeb Bush, was to offer some remarks. Bush was running late that day, so when he finally arrived he blew into the room like a summer rain squall. He sat down, a bit out of breath as I remember it, and quickly turned to the group's executive...
  • 'Please clap': Jeb Bush's most awkward moments in one sad list

    02/05/2016 11:04:50 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Mashable ^ | 2/5/16 | Marcus Gilmer
    For Jeb Bush, the bar for awkward encounters is set pretty high. After all, his father once vomited in the lap of Japan's prime minister and his brother, George W., well, where do we even start? But, Jeb, oh, Jeb. We shouldn't have underestimated you. His campaign has been enigmatic from the get-go. On the one hand, there are times where he seems barely interested and would rather die than have to do another campaign rally. On the other, he showed fire whenever Donald Trump was around and he needed to defend the family honor. As the campaign has dragged...