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David Brooks: Jeb Bush candidacy still a possibility
The Daily Caller ^ | December 17, 2011 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 12/17/2011 9:09:56 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Since it has been an unusual presidential election cycle with various front-runners throughout the horse race for the 2012 Republican nomination, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and New York Times columnist David Brooks say there is the possibility that anything can happen.

On Friday’s broadcast of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” in their regular weekly appearance, the two laid out scenarios that in any other election cycle would have been thought of as nearly impossible.

First, Dionne elaborated on a recent column about why he thinks former U.S. Ambassador to China and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman should not be ruled out as a winner in next year’s New Hampshire Republican primary.

“I said in the piece I was up in New Hampshire in Peterborough – I said it’s a bank shot, a long shot scenario,” Dionne said. “New Hampshire allows independents to cross over and vote in the Republican primary if they want to. Huntsman is well-liked among non-Republicans who see him as a reasonable guy. He’s actually much more conservative than all the liberals who like him realize, and that’s his second possibility, which is if Romney and Gingrich somehow destroy each other, or really go at each other – it creates an opening for another candidate. Is this a long shot as I said in the column? I wouldn’t bet $10,000 on it, but I think it’s at least a possibility.”

Brooks was skeptical of Dionne’s hypothesis, saying that Huntsman was “awkward” and lacked “crisp messaging,” “a theme,” and “a narrative.” However, he had his own long-shot prediction – the entry of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush into the race.

“I’m not holding out hope, but I do think it’s a remote possibility,” Brooks said of a Bush candidacy. “I do think the Republican Party is not going to nominate Newt Gingrich. If he emerges from the primaries, the early primaries as the front-runner, someone’s going to step in.”


TOPICS: New Hampshire; Campaign News; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2012; bush; gingrich; huntsman; nomorebush
Now there's a brain trust!
1 posted on 12/17/2011 9:10:01 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Terri Schiavo was unavailable for comment.

STAY OUT DA BUSHES!!
2 posted on 12/17/2011 9:12:12 AM PST by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No more Bushes. EVER. Put it in the Constitution.


3 posted on 12/17/2011 9:13:56 AM PST by montag813
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jeb Bush candidacy still a possibility

no it ain’t


4 posted on 12/17/2011 9:14:03 AM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: mkjessup

Two Bushes in the White House are enough!


5 posted on 12/17/2011 9:14:21 AM PST by Signalman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I wonder if Brooks, the Slimes's pet conservative dancing bear, has inspected Jeb's pantleg for creases.
6 posted on 12/17/2011 9:14:52 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“David Brooks: Jeb Bush candidacy still a possibility”

No. It really is not.


7 posted on 12/17/2011 9:15:03 AM PST by Grunthor (Unrepentant breeder.)
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To: mkjessup

Brother Jesse wuz right !


8 posted on 12/17/2011 9:15:48 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (If Newt Gingrich is a Reliable Conservative, Joe Biden is a member of MENSA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would probably not vote at all if the GOP choice was another G*d-damned Boosh.


9 posted on 12/17/2011 9:15:56 AM PST by risen_feenix
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How idiotic is David Brooks? Very. And very out of touch.

Jeb is probably the best of the Bushes - but thanks to his Dad and his brother, we will never have another Bush anywhere close to the White House.

That Brooks can’t understand that demonstrates his intellectual isolation from reality.


10 posted on 12/17/2011 9:16:17 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Moderator of Florida Tea Party Convention Presidential Debate)
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To: montag813

They’ll just change their name to Shrub.


11 posted on 12/17/2011 9:16:51 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (If Newt Gingrich is a Reliable Conservative, Joe Biden is a member of MENSA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t get it...wouldn’t he have to register on the ballot in the states to be on the primary. I read articles like Newt can’t even get on all the ballots, but they expect Jeb to be able to.

The more everyone spins against Newt the more I want him to win...just to stick it to everyone else.


12 posted on 12/17/2011 9:18:26 AM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: montag813

“No more Bushes. EVER. Put it in the Constitution.”

Post of the month! Bravo!


13 posted on 12/17/2011 9:18:47 AM PST by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: montag813

Amen to that one.


14 posted on 12/17/2011 9:19:42 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: C. Edmund Wright
How idiotic is David Brooks?

He's pandering to those people that don't lean towards common sense, let alone conservatism.

15 posted on 12/17/2011 9:24:23 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: fieldmarshaldj
They’ll just change their name to Shrub.

Arbusto.

16 posted on 12/17/2011 9:25:14 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: fieldmarshaldj
They’ll just change their name to Shrub.

The Bushes ought to all get together and start a hedge fund.

17 posted on 12/17/2011 9:28:14 AM PST by CaptainMorgantown
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To: risen_feenix
"I would probably not vote at all if the GOP choice was another G*d-damned Boosh."

Ditto. And I'm going to have problems voting if it's Romney.

18 posted on 12/17/2011 9:29:06 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: CaptainMorgantown
LMAO, now THAT is funny!!!!
19 posted on 12/17/2011 9:29:36 AM PST by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jeb, do you remember Terri’s murder? I do.


20 posted on 12/17/2011 9:29:40 AM PST by duckman (Herman 2012 was Zero's worst night mare.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If true, the GOP will soon be the third party.


21 posted on 12/17/2011 9:31:08 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Signalman
Two Bushes in the White House are enough!

2 bushes in the WH = 2 too many

22 posted on 12/17/2011 9:33:50 AM PST by LouAvul
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would like to listen to what Karl Rove has to say on this subject. /s


23 posted on 12/17/2011 9:36:52 AM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

NO Bush’s
They are NOT conservatives.


24 posted on 12/17/2011 9:46:27 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: duckman

so do i


25 posted on 12/17/2011 9:57:46 AM PST by LauraJean (sometimes I win sometimes I donate to the equine benevolent society)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I always look to poofers for my political insights.


26 posted on 12/17/2011 10:09:49 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: mkjessup
STAY OUT DA BUSHES!!

For once, I agree with Jesse Jackson!

27 posted on 12/17/2011 10:14:00 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jeb was adopted. He was born in Hawaii. A birth certificate will be forthcoming as soon as the new Photoshop software is installed in his computer.

He is not REALLY a “Bush”, so it is OK for him to run.


28 posted on 12/17/2011 10:23:16 AM PST by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If his name was Jeb Stuart, he’d be leading the polls.


29 posted on 12/17/2011 10:43:28 AM PST by muleskinner
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To: muleskinner

If his name was Jeb Lincoln, he still would be considered too favorable to illegals by the people around here.

And, by the way, I hate this trashing of the Bushes on Free Republic. It’s tacky and sick and he deserves better.


30 posted on 12/17/2011 10:55:25 AM PST by altura (Perry 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Dave, is Sarah Palin really that scary to you?
31 posted on 12/17/2011 11:04:01 AM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: montag813

Take that idea, wrestle it to the ground and drive a stake in its heart. No more Bushes!!!!!


32 posted on 12/17/2011 11:24:14 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s look at the players: WaPo, NPR, and the Old Grey Whore.

When was the last time Leftists supported the idea of a Bush in the WH?

I’ll vote for Newt just to watch their veins burst.


33 posted on 12/17/2011 11:52:51 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: LouAvul
"2 bushes in the WH = 2 too many"

Bingo.

34 posted on 12/17/2011 11:57:15 AM PST by Godebert
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To: altura
"I hate this trashing of the Bushes on Free Republic. It’s tacky and sick and he deserves better."

I reckon we "don't have a heart".

35 posted on 12/17/2011 12:03:14 PM PST by Godebert
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To: mkjessup

STOP!! Jeb did as much for Terry Schiavo as was humanly possible!! What did you wwant him to do, defy a judge and cause a constitutional crisis??? Jeb doesn’t have any blood on his hands but Michael and the judge have BUCKETS of BLOOD on theirs!!


36 posted on 12/17/2011 1:03:41 PM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: altura

Amen!!! The Bushes are DECENT, PATRIOTIC people and I am shocked at how some Freepers are so classless in their contempt of them.


37 posted on 12/17/2011 1:07:06 PM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That would certainly make things simple for Obama’s reelection campaign. As long as he’ll be running against Bush anyway; it would be convenient if there was a Bush to actually be on the ticket.


38 posted on 12/17/2011 1:22:19 PM PST by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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"What" ... are these Washington D.C. elites SMOKING ?????


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39 posted on 12/17/2011 1:26:41 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t hate the Bushes and all their works with the white hot heat of a thousand suns. That said, the GOP primary electorate, and I think the electorate in general, is unlikely to be all that enthusiastic about voting for Jeb. If for no other reason that just four years after his brother stepped down, nominating him would be sort of like making “Christopher Hitchens meets Gulbuth The Rampant” jokes. It’s just too soon.


40 posted on 12/17/2011 1:37:36 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: Ann Archy

Thanks, Ann.

It seems to have become fashionable around here to diss President Bush.

It wasn’t done when he was president. He served two honorable terms and did a few things along the way that annoyed some people, but I would give anything if we had a man that good in the White House right now.

And if anybody uses the sad, tired old term heartless to me again, I can’t be responsible for what I will say.

I’m cranky anyway, as I bought too many presents and now I have to wrap them (and pay for them)


41 posted on 12/17/2011 3:01:13 PM PST by altura (Perry 2012)
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To: Ann Archy; All
STOP!! Jeb did as much for Terry Schiavo as was humanly possible!! What did you wwant him to do, defy a judge and cause a constitutional crisis??? Jeb doesn’t have any blood on his hands but Michael and the judge have BUCKETS of BLOOD on theirs!!

First of all, get off of your Bush-worshiping podium and listen to some facts:

Let's start with the Constitution of the State of Florida:

"All natural persons, female and male alike, are equal before the law and have inalienable rights, among which are the right to enjoy and defend life and liberty, to pursue happiness...No person shall be deprived of any right because of race, religion, national origin, or physical disability."

The fact that a second rate probate judge (George W. Greer) made rulings that were used to kill Terri Schiavo does NOT negate the State Constitution, which Jeb Bush took an Oath to uphold. He did not do so. He chose to hide behind the CIVIL case and did NOT push the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to pursue a CRIMINAL investigation of the circumstances surrounding Terri Schiavo's condition, because there has NEVER been a criminal investigation into the whole sordid affair in Pinellas County Florida.

Governor Jeb Bush (and every Florida governor) was the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the entire State. It was upon HIS shoulders that the fate of Terri Schiavo rested, and he could at any time, have directed the Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida National Guard, to surround that 'nursing home' and take Terri Schaivo into protective custody. A team of former federal prosecutors with the Thomas More Law Center provided then-Governor Bush with a legal opinion that he could take action, and in the months leading up to Terri's murder, he could as I have already stated, have directed the FDLE to begin a criminal investigation, and such an investigation would have mandated that Terri's life be preserved, as she would certainly be considered 'state's evidence' in such an action.

You prattle away about "did I want him to defy a judge and cause a constitutional crisis?" and I say HELL YES, why are you more concerned about defying a little pipsqueak runt of a judge in some Florida backwater, and the public image of former Governor Jeb Bush, instead of the life of Terri Schiavo?

When a human life is at stake, when the most defenseless of society are depending upon the highest elected official in the State, judges and local podunk sheriff's be damned, I'll tell you what I would have done had my name been Jeb Bush, I would have mobilized a phalanx of FDLE vehicles, backed up by every Florida Highway Patrol Trooper available, and I would have personally led that force to Pinellas Park, ordered any and every local law enforcement officer to stand aside, and stand down (at the point of a gun if necessary), and I would have ordered that Terri Schiavo be taken into protective custody and removed to a hospital facility under armed guard.

THAT is what a Governor with a spine does, he takes the risk, he takes personal responsibility for a helpless woman being slowly murdered by her venomous snake of an ex-husband and the judicial fiat of a stinking, corrupt judge, and let the chips fall where they may.

So don't hand me or anybody else this crap about "Jeb Bush did everything he could", the only thing Jeb Bush did was to take the coward's way out, he did whatever was necessary to cover his own fat ass, and just like Michael Schiavo and 'Judge' George W. Greer, Jeb also has Terri's blood on his hands, and that stain is NOT going to wash out, not now, not ever.

THOSE are the facts of the matter, deal with it.
42 posted on 12/17/2011 6:22:09 PM PST by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front.)
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To: altura
And, by the way, I hate this trashing of the Bushes on Free Republic. It’s tacky and sick and he deserves better.

The Bushes rightly deserve contempt. In 88, the American people thought they were getting the third term of Reagan. Instead, a statist was revealed -- American with Disabilities act, read my lips, "no new taxes."

If Bush 41 served as a conservative we likely would not have had Clinton. Instead, his New World Order garbage, big spending, tax increaseds allowed Clinton to walk in.

Bush 43 was a disaster domestically -- no child left behind, Medicare Part-D, hardly ever using the veto pen, listening to that idiot Rove and not fighting back.

Again, the Statist governance of another Bush allowed Barack to waltz in.

41 and 43 clearly showed through their actions that they have NO reverence for our beloved Constitution. So, the Bushes rightly now deserve contempt. They are clearly on the side of Statists.

If our Republic is to survive, a conservative must be elected President.

43 posted on 12/19/2011 1:04:42 PM PST by sand88
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