Skip to comments.Jeb Bush is wrong: Ronald Reagan could have won the 2012 Republican nomination easily
Posted on 06/11/2012 9:34:32 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
Jeb Bush says that if Ronald Reagan was alive today he would struggle to win the Republican presidential nomination. I should think so the great man would be 101 (that gag is copyrighted to Jonah Goldberg).
What Bush meant was that Reagans history of compromise with Democrats would make him unacceptable to the GOP base. He told Bloomberg reporters that Reagan and Bush's father, President George HW Bush, "got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan support. [Reagan] would be criticized for doing the things that he did. The remark is electoral gold for Obama as it conforms to the narrative of Republican extremism vs Democratic centrism. It confirms a widely held view that the GOP, thanks to the Tea Party, is more Rightwing than ever before. Ronald Reagan would struggle to get nominated today and George HW Bush wouldn't have a hope in Hell.
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Well, he's got that part right. We wouldn't have Gulf War II going on all this time if his daddy would have finished Gulf War I.
Look at the screeching tantrum that team Romney threw when Santorum encouraged union members to vote for him.
Mitty would have a had a stroke over Reagan walking into union shops and campaigning directly to them.
Struggle against who? He was certainly more conservative than the field we just voted on.
Reagan would have cleaned Romney’s clock.
And crushed Zero the commie. I would love to see Reagan take on Zero. Reagan was better at crushing commies than anyone, and Zero and his commie friends would have presented a target rich environment.
This is such nonsense. The left can take whoever they want to consider the most rabid Tea Party extremist out there and I dare them to show me where that person’s platform differs from Reagan’s in the slightest.
You missed an “H”.
All Bushes, and Clintons, are always wrong. They belong to a deluded group known as Merovingians, that believe that they rightfully posess a Life Estate on positions of authority, because they are descended from Jesus Christ.
This is no joke; they truly believe that. If you wish to waste your time, pray for their eternally lost souls.
Easily? Even against RINO Romney forces’ millions of dollars & their scorched earth primary campaign? Mitt would have demonized Reagan in the GOP primaries even worse than Dems did back in the 1980 general.
“We wouldn’t have Gulf War II going on all this time if his daddy would have finished Gulf War I.”
It was the price we paid for forming/entering a UN coalition the Dems demanded. We could have easily kicked Hussein out of Kuwait and removed him from Iraq, without the aid of all those other countries, but the Dems wanted cover.
The UN coalition demanded the limited objective of freeing Kuwait and forbad eliminating/removing Saddam in exchange for their cooperation. HW should have said FUUN, but as an honorable/ethical man HW didn’t. HW’s biggest fault was in believing the Donks were patriots, instead of the partisan socialist liars they were.
The the future, especially since the advent of Obama, such naivete in a president is a luxury we can no longer afford.
If we had had conservative nominees instead of the two Bushes, we could have avoided federalizing the number of handicapped parkings spaces throughout the fifty states (the ADA) (Bush I) and the federal prescription drug benefit, invasion of Iraq and “global democratic revolution” (Bush II), among other things.
Reagan was known as a true radical right winger when he ran in the tail end of 1960s/Vietnam/Watergate America in 1979, his challenge was to overcome fear of the dangers of taking a chance with someone so genetically conservative.
Today, candidate Reagan would be much more conservative because the political climate would allow it, with rebellion stirring, the tea party, Palin, a republican Congress, republican Governors and state legislatures, knowing that he would probably be getting a republican Senate.
The reason that it was so important to get Romney in for the GOPe is to try to dampen down and end this conservative energy.
Reagan would have been in hog heaven with this political climate and with such a large conservative activist base, he would be using his economic degree and expertise to take the right to a 63% victory.
and Reagan would have turned it right around on Mitt, just like he did GHWB and any other establishment favorite of the time. New players today, but the same game. The tepid DC insiders vs. principled, bold leadership. Reagan had it, just as the tea party movement does today.
ATTENTION JEB BUSH!
Please go away - Your 15 minutes is up.
Not the first time Jeb missed the mark.
Please do NOT nominate Jeb as V.P. , no more RINO B.S.
He needs to go away and take the rest of the rino’s with him.
Some Republicans will never get Reagan. That being the case, I wish they’d re-register as a Democrat and be done with it.
I expect these types of comments out of Carter, Clinton, and Obama. I don’t expect them out of middle-aged Republicans who should know better.