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  • Jeb Bush shows signs of second wind ahead of New Hampshire primary

    02/09/2016 6:48:25 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 2/9/16 | Adam C. Smith and Alex Leary
    Jeb Bush's stump speech started to take on a defensive, pleading tone in the days following his sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses last week. I know I've been written off, I know the end is near, I know all that stuff," the onetime overwhelming favorite for the Republican presidential nomination told a couple of hundred people in a school cafeteria in Concord. "You know what gives me confidence? New Hampshire. ... I trust you all. I've shown my heart. I've shown the depth of knowledge." Political reporters have been asking him about quitting the race and how his campaign...
  • Jeb Bush's Fall (or Maybe Rise)

    02/09/2016 6:41:10 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/9/16 | CANDACE SMITH
    On the eve of today’s New Hampshire presidential primary, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush finished his day at the Frank Jones Center on the seacoast, the same locale where another unlikely GOP contender, John McCain, once hosted his final town hall in a state that he ultimately won eight years ago. The former Florida governor joked that "the Bushes are getting acclimated" to New Hampshire again after his mother visited days ago, nodding to the state in which the family has collectively won four primaries. -snip- It’s no secret that the Bush campaign has gone all-in here. Supporters were shipped...
  • Everyone is underestimating Ted Cruz

    02/08/2016 12:23:15 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 147 replies
    Vox ^ | February 8, 2016 | Timothy B. Lee
    Ted Cruz won last week's Iowa caucuses, exceeding expectations and capturing an impressive 27 percent of the vote. Donald Trump took second place, while Marco Rubio took third. What happened next?...
  • Could embracing his awkwardness save Jeb Bush in New Hampshire?

    02/08/2016 11:11:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    The Week ^ | 2/8/16 | Jeva Lange
    Jeb Bush has a fighting chance of making an important second-place finish in New Hampshire's primary on Tuesday - a comeback that some believe can be pinned on his decision to embrace his inner bewildered goof. Writing for Slate, Franklin Foer argues that Bush has gone from being kicked-while-he's-down to emerging as a true contender in the Granite State thanks to his uncensored authenticity. "Bush may be the most authentic of the pack - patrician, goofy, a little flummoxed," Foer claims.
  • Why Jeb Bush shouldn't be counted out just yet

    02/08/2016 10:51:01 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/8/16 | Jennifer Rubin
    Impatient with Jeb Bush's attacks on Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a segment of the conservative punditocracy wants Bush to get out quickly so as to block both Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) from getting the nomination by virtue of a split among "somewhat conservative" Republicans. Saturday's debate, however, opened up an interesting possibility. Few before the debate expected Rubio to win New Hampshire; now, fewer do. But the expectation since Iowa has been that he would take second, by a comfortable margin. What if that does not occur because either Cruz or Ohio Gov. John Kasich effectively tie...
  • Jeb is angry

    02/08/2016 10:42:22 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/8/16 | GLENN THRUSH
    Jeb Bush is a nice guy, an optimistic guy, a substantive, forward-looking guy who just happens to be a little pissed off as his campaign bus rolls through the idyllic New Hampshire countryside. He's angry at Marco Rubio, thoroughly disgusted with Donald Trump, aggravated with the grubby, profane, uncivil tone of the Republican primary - and, above all, irate at the mere suggestion that he stop grinding this 2016 thing out until he finally convinces voters that he's the best guy to do the job.
  • Internal Polling Shows Marco Rubio Crashes, Burns After Horrendous Debate Performance

    02/08/2016 10:29:23 AM PST · by Rockitz · 72 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 8 Feb 2016 | Matthew Boyle
    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — At least two separate GOP presidential campaigns’ internal polling data shows a demonstrable and significant slide for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) after his widely panned debate performance—where New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie targeted him—Breitbart News has learned. A pro-Ohio Gov. John Kasich Super PAC published, via Politico, internal polling numbers showing a drop off for Rubio after Christie exposed him during the debate. In that poll, Rubio fell down to 10 percent and into fourth place. “Most of the polling conducted in the immediate days before the debate showed Rubio in second place,” Politico’s Alex Isenstadt...
  • WILL JEB BUSH BE NEW COMEBACK KID?

    02/08/2016 8:52:10 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 49 replies
    Florida Politics ^ | 2/8/16 | A.G. Gancarski
    Watching the Sunday talk shows, if I didn't "know" that Jeb Bush was considered washed up, I would have thought the other campaigns saw him as a real force in Tuesday's balloting. On ABC's "This Week," both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio laid into Jeb. Trump countered Bush scoring points on him in a Saturday night debate exchange on eminent domain. Rubio, meanwhile, felt the need to get to the right of Bush on abortions during "crisis pregnancy" scenarios. Bush has been left for dead by pundits in recent weeks and months. The seeming front runner status he enjoyed early...
  • Bush aims to just survive New Hampshire

    02/08/2016 5:15:06 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/8/16 | ELI STOKOLS
    His campaign is in overdrive. The family cavalry is en route. It may not be enough. The pundits think he's nearing the end. His donors are itching to jump ship. But Jeb Bush thinks he's about to take the first step toward an unlikely comeback. "You don't have to listen to the pundits," Bush told voters here. "In fact, you'll figure it out for the pundits." The Bush campaign enters its last day before New Hampshire votes with the single aim of delivering a top-five performance that justifies pushing south, where they say they believe a better organization and a...
  • Is Jeb Bush's Campaign Dying, or Just Getting Ready to Begin?

    02/08/2016 5:07:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Vice News ^ | 2/8/16 | John Surico
    It's 11 AM on Saturday morning in Bedford, New Hampshire, and Jeb Bush's staff has a problem: A police officer is saying that that McKelvie Intermediate School has reached its maximum occupancy. Hundreds of people-many wearing Bush '88 hats and W pins, the merch of a dynasty-have squeezed into the school's auditorium to see the latest Bush to seek the presidency speak. Other supporters are stuck outside, cheering the former Florida governor's "Safer, Stronger, Freer America" bus as it rolled in. While Bush takes selfies with the stragglers, Tom Ridge appears onstage inside. -snip- These aren't great times to be...
  • Jeb Bush eyes Florida for the win, vows to spend every dime

    02/07/2016 6:06:03 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/7/16 | NYDN Confidential
    Hope - and money - spring eternal for Jeb Bush, who isn't letting a lack of interested voters dampen his presidential aspirations. Sources close to the former Florida governor say that his sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucus was even worse than they were expecting, but they're vowing to take the buckets of cash their candidate has collected and win big in the Sunshine State. "Bush did another swing through Florida and raised $500,000 at four events," says an insider close to the GOP long shot. We're told that cash was collected over the course of six hours the week...
  • A Panic-Inducing Night for the GOP Establishment

    02/07/2016 1:14:42 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    newrepublic.com ^ | 2/6/16 | Brian Beutler
    At Saturday night's debate, Republicans wanted Marco Rubio to soar and Donald Trump to stumble. The opposite happened. The Republican establishment's fondest hope before Saturday night's debate was that Marco Rubio would deliver yet another solid (if unmemorable) debate performance, and that Donald Trump would fall on his face - compounding the damage he suffered in Iowa, and surrendering more, if not all, of his lead in New Hampshire over to Rubio, who's in second place and climbing. Instead, the establishment got almost exactly the opposite. The single biggest spoiler wasn't Trump, or even Ted Cruz, but New Jersey Governor...
  • Bush campaign manager warns aides to watch for 'dirty tricks' from Rubio camp

    02/07/2016 3:40:50 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/7/16 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    With the hours counting down until the New Hampshire primary, tensions between the Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush campaigns are intensifying. On Sunday afternoon, Bush campaign manager Danny Diaz convened top aides for an afternoon conference call in which he told them to expect "dirty tricks" from the Rubio campaign in the run-up to voting here, according to one source on the call. The source said Diaz, a hard-charging veteran operative, was not more specific.
  • Jeb Bush Promises to 'Beat Expectations' in New Hampshire

    02/07/2016 1:38:44 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/7/16 | ANDREW RAFFERTY
    Jeb Bush told NBC News' Chuck Todd on Sunday that his campaign will continue no matter how he finishes in New Hampshire, the state where he has committed most of his time and campaign resources. "We'll beat expectations. And we'll be in South Carolina. And I'm excited by that," Bush said on "Meet The Press." "In fact, of the governors at least, I'm the only one that has a national campaign."
  • NH Poll: Trump +16, Kasich in 2nd, Jeb Bush Surging

    02/07/2016 1:16:03 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/7/16 | MIKE FLYNN
    The latest Monmouth University poll of New Hampshire shows Donald Trump continuing to lead the GOP field by a double-digit margin. The poll, however, shows a very tight race for second place, with Jeb Bush surging 9 points since Monmouth's last survey in January. Trump leads the field with 30 percent support, essentially unchanged since Monmouth's last poll in early January. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is second with 14 percent support, also unchanged since early January. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has 13 percent support, up just one point in the last month. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has 12 percent, down...
  • The Return of Jeb Bush

    02/07/2016 1:08:02 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Slate ^ | 2/7/16 | Franklin Foer
    Why the goofy, patrician candidate is finally hitting his stride. George W. Bush never really suffered for his sins. But his kid brother sure has. The demise of Jeb Bush has been a source of immeasurable pleasure for, well, nearly everyone. His campaign is a nine-figure boondoggle that suckered cronies from Greenwich and Dallas into investing in a can't-miss-opportunity. That grating WASP aura of entitlement he wore melted nearly instantly with a choice piece of hectoring about his paucity of energy. Pundits took so much pleasure in Jeb Bush's plummet that they couldn't imagine it could ever be reversed. With...
  • Watch Donald Trump tell Jeb Bush to shut up

    02/07/2016 9:44:26 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    Vox ^ | 2/7/16 | German Lopez
    Donald Trump doesn't like being interrupted. At the Republican debate on Saturday, when Jeb Bush broke into one of Trump's answers, Trump turned around and shushed Bush. This was a continuation of how Trump has long handled Bush, often verbally bullying the Florida governor and characterizing him as weak. But this was also during a particularly tense conversation over eminent domain, in which the government takes over private property for other purposes. Trump defended the practice - specifically, calling it necessary to build roads and other infrastructure.
  • Jeb Bush: Media 'Coronated' Marco Rubio After Iowa

    02/07/2016 9:32:47 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2/7/16 | Newsmax
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, appearing weary of spending his interview time discussing rival Marco Rubio, told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace he isn't privy to the meetings of the press that have declared the Florida senator a big winner in the GOP presidential race. "Chris, there is some secret squirrel meeting that you guys get to where you decide who wins and who loses," Bush said on the program Sunday morning, a day after the latest GOP debate. "Marco Rubio came in third place in Iowa, and he was coronated. I can't control that. I'm just going to...
  • 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...
  • Trending question heading into debate: Will Jeb Bush drop out?

    02/06/2016 5:12:21 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/6/16 | Elliot Smilowitz
    The biggest question about Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush heading into Saturday night's debate: Will he end his campaign soon? The top trending question about Bush on Saturday, according to data provided by Google, is, "Will Jeb Bush drop out?"
  • GOPe Anti-Trump Super Pac Sends Out Smear Flyers Before New Hampshire Primary

    02/06/2016 10:46:09 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 02/06/15 | Jim Hoft
    GOP establishment hacks from TrumpQuestions.com sent out thousands of Anti-Trump flyers this week attacking the Republican frontrunner in New Hampshire. TrumpQuestions.com is an offshoot of Our Principles PAC.Our Principles PAC is an anti-Donald Trump super PAC founded by Katie Packer, a former aide to Mitt Romney‘s 2012 presidential campaign. The super PAC has sent mailers and aired television ads in Iowa criticizing Trump’s policies. The super PAC operates OurPinciples.com and TrumpQuestions.com.The GOP hacks are trying to smear Trump as anti-gun in their most recent flyers.** Donald Trump is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment. The anti-Trump PAC is hoping...
  • MOOOOOM STOP YOU'RE EMBARRASSING ME (Jeb Bush and Mom CBS Interview)

    02/05/2016 1:17:57 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    The Week ^ | 2/5/16 | Jeva Lange
    Jeb Bush defends himself against Barbara Bush: 'I've gotten better at interrupting, Mom, come on'. Former first lady Barbara Bush made a classic mom move on Friday's CBS: This Morning, scolding her son Jeb Bush for being too much of a pushover in the Republican debates. "He's almost too polite. I don't advise him, but if I gave him advice I would say, 'Why don't you interrupt like other people do?'" Barbara said. "I've gotten better at interrupting, Mom, come on," Jeb replied, sounding not so different from a mortified teenager. -snip- Watch Jeb and Barbara Bush's interview below, starting...
  • '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...
  • Anti-Trump super-PAC’s secret weapon: John McCain

    02/04/2016 5:29:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 4, 2016 | Jonathon Swan
    The anti-Trump super-PAC that spent more than $2 million slamming the billionaire in Iowa is preparing to launch a new secret weapon in New Hampshire -- John McCain. "Probably the only significant strategy shift is we are going to remind voters in New Hampshire about the disgraceful things that he said about John McCain," said the leader of Our Principles PAC, Katie Packer, who was Mitt Romney's deputy campaign manager in 2012. Trump offended many Republicans when he mocked McCain's Vietnam War service last July, saying "he was a war hero because he was captured. ... I like people who...
  • Marco Rubio 'Super PAC' Taunts Jeb Bush for Poor Showing

    02/04/2016 3:08:26 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/4/16 | NICK CORASANITI
    With negative ads being lobbed at their candidate from all sides, the "super PAC" supporting Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Conservative Solutions PAC, is broadcasting a spot calling Jeb Bush "Not the Answer." On Screen The famed (or infamous) exclamation point in the "Jeb!" logo switches to a question mark as the narrator asks, "What happened to Jeb Bush?" Stacks of televisions looking like a department store display each broadcast a different image of Mr. Bush. "He spent millions praising himself," the narrator says, "and his campaign tanked." A nail-biting image of Mr. Bush fills the screen. The words "Dishonest"...
  • Jeb Bush Tells All His Haters To 'Take A Chill Pill' (VIDEO)

    02/04/2016 1:35:39 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    TPM ^ | 2/5/16 | SARA JERDE
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Thursday that those who think he should drop out of the Republican presidential race just need to "take a chill pill." During an interview with NBC, Bush was asked what he would say to the people who think he should suspend his bid for the presidency.
  • Jeb Bush Turns to Mother Barbara for a Boost

    02/04/2016 9:06:41 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 2/14/16 | Kenneth T. Walsh
    Jeb Bush has decided to deploy a not-so-secret weapon as he struggles to create momentum in the Republican presidential race: his mother and former first lady Barbara Bush. After a poor fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses this week, Jeb is hoping for a breakthrough in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday. And he thinks his mom, still popular around the country, can help him. So Bush is scheduled to hold a town-hall meeting with his mother in Derry, New Hampshire, Thursday night.
  • Santorum can't name any of Rubio's Senate accomplishments

    02/04/2016 7:27:01 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 82 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/4/16 | NOLAN D. MCCASKILL
    Rick Santorum had one job to do in his appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday. He failed. The former Pennsylvania senator, who dropped his presidential bid Wednesday, told co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski he is supporting Marco Rubio's presidential campaign because the Florida senator is someone "who can work together with people." But Santorum struggled to name one accomplishment Rubio has had in the Senate. "He's been in the Senate for four years," Scarborough noted. "Can you name his top accomplishment in the Senate - actually working in the Senate doing something that tilted your decision to Marco...
  • Conservative Radio Host Hugh Hewitt Praises Obama for 'Superb' Mosque Address

    02/04/2016 7:00:19 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 64 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2/3/16 | Josh Feldman
    President Obama's address at a U.S. mosque today did not receive that many plaudits on the right, but conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt reacted to it with praise: Hugh Hewitt @hughhewitt POTUS speech at mosque is superb. Yes, you read that right. Superb.
  • PPP Poll Out Tomorrow - Trump lead lowers; Rubio tied for third (VANITY)

    02/03/2016 9:32:40 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 160 replies
    VANITY
    The Cruz/Trump wars are killing both candidates and moving Rubio up to prime Romney position. Here's the poll from PPP to be released tomorrow: Trump 25 Cruz 21 Rubio 21 Carson 11 Jebra 5 Kasich 5 Rand 5 Christie 3 Fiorina 3 Gilmore 1 Santorum 0 Rubio is calling on the party to 'consolidate' (guys behind me drop out and endorse me). The MSM is laughing about the Trump vs. Cruz war and encouraging it -- Karl Rove on Fox tonight telling Trump he was right; Trump did steal Iowa; go sue over it and keep imploding pursuing it. This...
  • Rubio endorsements: Another senator, Pat Toomey, signs on

    02/03/2016 9:03:31 PM PST · by entropy12 · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | FEBRUARY 3, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Not as important as Tim Scott’s support since Toomey’s not from an early state, but still significant big-picture. This isn’t just a case of Cruz losing out to Rubio on another endorsement among his Senate colleagues, it’s a litmus test of electability — or perceived electability. Why might a Republican from a purple state, whose seat is up this year by the way, prefer Rubio to Cruz or Trump? Hmmm:
  • Jeb on Obama Mosque Speech: ‘Appropriate to Do It’ — ‘Important for the President to Lead

    02/03/2016 7:56:07 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 67 replies
    Wednesday on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) offered his thoughts on President Barack Obama’s speech at the Islamic Society of Baltimore earlier in the day. Bush praised Obama for making speech, despite having not seen it. The former Florida governor called it important and appropriate.
  • MARCO RUBIO: Legalization of Illegal Immigrants Comes First – Then Border Security

    02/03/2016 5:10:27 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 180 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | February 3 | Jim Hoft
    The interview with Univision was in Spanish- Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) told Univision yesterday that legalization of illegal immigrants will come first and then new border security measures. The Examiner reported: In a Spanish-language interview Sunday with the network Univision, Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican on the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform group, made his strongest statement yet that legalization of the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants must happen before any new border security or internal enforcement measures are in place, and will in no way be conditional on any security requirements. "Let's be clear," Rubio said....
  • Pressure mounts on Jeb Bush to do well in New Hampshire primary or drop out

    02/03/2016 3:51:26 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Fox New Latino ^ | 2/3/16 | Fox News Latino
    Many Republicans and supporters of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are getting nervous as the New Hampshire primary approaches on Feb. 9. It comes down to this, they say, he must do better than Sen. Marco Rubio, his former mentee and fellow Floridian, in the next major presidential contest, or just pack up and drop out of the race, according to The New York Times.
  • Jimmy Carter endorses Donald Trump … over Ted Cruz

    02/03/2016 3:02:28 PM PST · by demshateGod · 112 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution Political Blog ^ | February 3, 2016 | Greg Bluestein
    "Coming soon to a Ted Cruz campaign ad near you? Former President Jimmy Carter, at Britain's House of Lords on Wednesday to deliver a lecture on the campaign to eradicate the Guinea worm disease, was derailed for a few minutes by a BBC reporter who asked about the presidential election. If he had to choose between Cruz and Trump for the Republican nomination, Carter chuckled, "I think I would choose Trump, which may surprise some of you." "The reason is, Trump has proven already he’s completely malleable,” Carter explained. "I don't think he has any fixed (positions) he'd go the...
  • Video Emerges Of Jeb Bush Asking NH Crowd To Clap For His Stump Speech

    02/03/2016 2:32:30 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    TPM ^ | 2/3/16 | ALLEGRA KIRKLAND
    MSNBC captured video of Jeb Bush asking a crowd to applaud him after wrapping up a stump speech at a New Hampshire hotel on Tuesday.
  • Paul Ryan to Tea Party: "You are the problem"

    02/03/2016 10:18:51 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 85 replies
    WP ^ | 2/3/2016 | Paul Waldman
    Today, Paul Ryan gave a fascinating speech at Heritage Action, a tea party-allied organization that has fashioned itself as the guardian of conservative purity. The speech called for unity. “To quote William Wallace in Braveheart,” he said, “we have to unite the clans.” But his speech was actually a repudiation of everything the tea party has done. Not only that, Ryan also took shots at the congressional Republican leadership, and even the current GOP presidential candidates. He didn’t call anyone out by name, but if you understand what’s happening now and the conflict that has roiled the Republican Party for...
  • Jeb Bush to unimpressed New Hampshire crowd: 'Please clap'

    02/03/2016 10:08:46 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 2/3/16 | Eric Levenson
    Jeb Bush is going to need more than an exclamation point at the end of his name to generate excitement in New Hampshire. During a speech at the Hanover Inn on Tuesday, Bush's "fiery riff" on protecting the country didn't generate the response he wanted, The New York Times reports: Mr. Bush finished a fiery riff about protecting the country as commander in chief - "I won't be out here blowharding, talking a big game without backing it up," he said - and was met with total silence. "Please clap," he said, sounding defeated. The crowd laughed - and then,...
  • Jeb Bush supporter Pete Sessions's brutal quote about Jeb Bush (TX Amnesty Pimp bailing on Jeb?)

    02/03/2016 9:49:56 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/14/16 | Amber Phillips
    To see just how far the once-odds-on favorite in the Republican presidential race has fallen, let's look back last year, when Rep. Pete Sessions (Tex.), a senior House Republican, endorsed Jeb Bush for president: -snip- "I'm endorsing Jeb Bush. But that was 10 months ago. He has since then not sold himself as well as he had wanted," Sessions told National Journal's Daniel Newhauser and Alex Rogers. "Everybody is weighing and balancing what they know now that they didn't know 10 months ago, and I think that the person who gets closest to me is a [Marco] Rubio."
  • Where Jeb Bush went horribly wrong

    02/03/2016 6:48:04 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/3/16 | Matt Latimer
    The other day Jeb Bush said something about the presidency so fundamentally wrong that it crystallized why his campaign has the vapors, sputtering to just 2.8% in Iowa. During one of many harangues against Donald Trump, Bush told a small gathering in New Hampshire, "We're not electing a personality. We're electing someone who has to sit behind the big desk and make tough decisions." Separately, he proclaimed himself an introvert, one who "would rather read a book than go out and get in a conga line and go dancing." (One wonders who gave him that choice of options.)
  • Jeb Bush, an Also-Ran in Iowa, May Be Pivotal in New Hampshire

    02/03/2016 6:41:00 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/2/16 | JONATHAN MARTIN and ASHLEY PARKER
    In the crowded New Hampshire primary, no candidate may shape the direction of the Republican presidential campaign more than the man who finished sixth in Iowa: Jeb Bush. With Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Donald J. Trump and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida each finishing more than 20 percentage points higher than Mr. Bush in the Iowa caucuses on Monday, the former Florida governor is facing growing pressure to either demonstrate his appeal to voters or leave the race. Specifically, many Republicans - including some of his supporters and donors - said Tuesday that Mr. Bush must finish ahead of...
  • RUSH LIMBAUGH: Rubio Is Not an Establishment Moderate

    02/02/2016 3:10:43 PM PST · by presidio9 · 282 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | February 02, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I have to say one thing, one more thing, one more time. I do not like -- and I've got a Reuters story: "Marco Rubio Emerges Champion of Battered Republican Establishment." Another Reuters story, headline: "Republican Cruz Calls Iowa Win a Victory for Conservative Grassroots." I do not like, speaking for myself, I don't like this idea that Marco Rubio is all of a sudden being labeled as an establishment candidate. I know that Rubio's got the baggage of that Gang of Eight bill and I know that in many people's minds he's got the baggage of wanting...
  • Post Iowa Caucus Results – Winners and Losers…

    02/02/2016 8:06:27 AM PST · by Bratch · 19 replies
    The Last Refuge/Conservative Treehouse ^ | February 2, 2016 | sundance
      Post Iowa Caucus Results – Winners and Losers… Posted on February 2, 2016 by sundance There may indeed be a feeling of disappointment amid many political followers who support Donald Trump today. A sense of disappointment because he did not win the Iowa caucuses. However, long-time readers here will probably not hold as much angst at the result; and just about all of us are overly familiar with the sense of futility against it all. These 2016 events are predictable, very predictable.  They are so predictable we outlined exactly how they would take place back in 2013, more than two years ago....
  • Marco Rubio’s Surprise Surge in Iowa

    02/02/2016 5:53:55 AM PST · by Rockitz · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1 Feb 2016 | Charlie Spiering
    In the hours before the Iowa caucuses opened, supporters of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) began hinting that the Florida senator would perform better than expected — and better than the latest polls were showing. The Des Moines Register Poll released right before the Iowa caucus showed Rubio at 17 percent, and support was fading in the closing days before the caucus. Rubio’s team correctly predicted a third place win for their candidate. Few predicted, however, that he would finish one point behind the frontrunner Donald Trump, who had 31 percent in the latest poll but only 24 percent in the...
  • Rubio Love Fest on Fox

    02/01/2016 7:39:59 PM PST · by Barney Gumble · 178 replies
    self | Me
    Watching Fox News, I see Cruz has 28% and is the winner, but you'd never know it, because it's been "Rubio is the real winner" and now they've been playing the Rubio 3rd place speech for the last 20 minutes.
  • Fix in for Rubio? (Vanity)

    02/01/2016 6:43:53 PM PST · by Fido969 · 59 replies
    Drudge ^ | today | me
    Cruz 29 Trump 25 Rubio 21
  • BREAKING! Bush Loses Iowa!!

    02/01/2016 5:32:37 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 83 replies
    Just wanted to be the first to say it!!
  • Jeb Bush Money Juggernaut Blows an Axle

    02/01/2016 3:05:42 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/1/16 | MIKE FLYNN
    Jeb Bush, the one-time presumptive Republican nominee, is facing a very real money crunch. His campaign raised only $7 million in the last three months of last year. Fundraising for his once mammouth Right to Rise super PAC has also dried up. Without a big surge in New Hampshire next week, Jeb's campaign will come to an end very soon. According to FEC reports, Jeb Bush's campaign raised just $7 million in the 4th Quarter, the period encompassing October-December. This is less than half the amount raised by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) ($14 million), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) ($15 million),...
  • Bush's farewell message to Iowa: Stop Trump

    02/01/2016 2:46:21 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/1/16 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Jeb Bush, trailing badly in polls here and itching to get to New Hampshire, used his farewell Iowa campaign event to ask caucus-goers to do what he couldn't: Stop Donald Trump. "You have a chance to define the next stage of this race," Bush told a ballroom full of supporters in an Embassy Suites hotel on Monday afternoon. "I'm counting on you and I trust you." The former Florida governor has essentially conceded Iowa, where polls show him in the low single digits. Bush will not be holding a caucus night party, instead leaving the state this afternoon for New...