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  • What does Jeb Bush get for $20 million in TV ad buys? Not much.

    11/22/2015 9:59:34 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    SPB ^ | 11/18/15 | Phil Ammann
    Jeb Bush and his supporters have spent more than twice that of any other candidate or outside group on TV ads in the 2016 presidential race. And what does the former Florida governor get for nearly $20 million, asks Mark Murray of NBC News. Apparently, not much. Bush's poll numbers are currently languishing in the single digits both nationally and in the early primary states. Right to Rise, the pro-Bush super PAC, has made $19.5 million in ad spending for Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Murray notes that the campaign also spent another $438,000.
  • World View: Obamacare in Death Spiral as UnitedHealth Announces Pullout

    11/21/2015 11:13:13 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/20/2015 | John J. Xenakis
    UnitedHealth Group, the country’s largest health insurer, announced on Thursday that it was expecting to lose $600 million on Obamacare policies in 2016 from the health insurance exchange websites, and may terminate its Obamacare business by 2017. This was a sudden turnabout for the company. It was just a month ago that the company had said in an earnings call that they expected to expand their Obamacare coverage in 2017. According to Dave Wichmann, president and CFO, on October 15: The annual care ratio is being modestly affected by the performance of our new [Obamacare] public exchange benefit programs which...
  • Jeb Bush Proves Money Isn't Everything In Politics

    11/19/2015 7:07:15 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/19/15 | Peter Overby
    The superPAC backing Jeb Bush seemed to have everything it needed. It went into the primaries with the most money by far. Right to Rise USA had raised $103 million by June 30, with plenty of help from Bush before he officially announced his candidacy and could no longer legally ask for big contributions. In September, Right to Rise put the money to work, announcing it would buy $24 million worth of TV ads in the first three nominating states: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. -snip- But Bush didn't get the intended result. On Labor Day, the Real Clear...
  • Colorado will accept Syrian refugees, Hickenlooper says

    11/17/2015 12:50:44 PM PST · by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton · 46 replies
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  • Trump, Carson continue to lead GOP field; Jeb Bush dips to 3% support

    11/10/2015 3:06:03 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    YouGov ^ | 11/10/15 | Kathy Frankovic
    The latest Economist/YouGov poll indicates Jeb Bush may have fallen out of the Republican top tier As the Republican candidates for President get ready for their next debate tonight, the potential 2016 GOP voters continue to express their support for non-traditional candidates. Businessman Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson maintain their lead in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll as the top choices of registered voters who identify as Republicans. Carson pulls even with Trump when Republican voters name their second choice: just about four in ten say each man is their first or second choice.
  • Pro-Jeb Bush super PAC drops $6 million on Fox News ads

    11/09/2015 11:36:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Sunlight Foundation ^ | 11/9/15 | Melissa Yeager
    After struggling to gain traction in the 2016 race, Jeb Bush's campaign announced last week it is relaunching the campaign. It appears his super PAC is doling out some significant cash to encourage the campaign to lift-off. According to independent expenditure disclosures that we spotting on Sunlight's Real-Time Federal Campaign Finance tracker, it appears Right To Rise USA is doubling down and going after the Republican base by placing more than $6.6 million dollars in ads exclusively on the Fox News Channel. The super PAC spent $18,932 producing those commercials, which were placed by a Virginia-based firm known as Oath...
  • "Mystery" Ballistic Missile Test Lights Up Sky Over California, Leads To Social Media Panic

    11/08/2015 2:33:43 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 68 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | November 8, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Late on Friday there was a surprising announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration according to which night-time flights to and from Los Angeles International (LAX) would avoid flying over the Pacific Ocean to the west of the airport, the second busiest in the US.(snip)...thousands of reports from Los Angeles and San Diego flooded social networks with reports of a mysterious bright light in the sky that sent Californians into panic. The San Diego Union-Tribune said police were inundated with calls "reporting everything from a flare to a comet to a nuclear bomb". The newspaper said the light was seen as...
  • Bush's 'Jeb Can Fix It' tour appears to be changing few minds in New Hampshire

    11/08/2015 9:09:01 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/6/15 | Noah Bierman
    As Jeb Bush attempted to reintroduce himself to presidential primary voters in New Hampshire this week, the former Florida governor had a problem: Many had already met him. "There's a whole negative air about Jeb amongst the people I know," said Myrna Greene, a retired school secretary who chairs the New Boston Republican Committee. Bush launched a "Jeb Can Fix It" tour intended to reboot his faltering presidential campaign in the crucial primary state after several missteps, notably a subpar debate performance. Bush has been to New Hampshire 17 times over the last two years, for a total of 30...

    11/05/2015 9:12:06 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | 11/5/15 | KYLE MUNZENRIEDER
    Jeb Bush is desperately trying to reinvigorate his flailing campaign. He unleashed a new slogan, "Jeb Can Fix It," took a short tour through the friendly lands of his home state of Florida, and is now back in New Hampshire trying to re-sell his message to the first-in-the-nation primary state. It appears though that things have taken a turn for the odd. After being attacked by Donald Trump for being "low energy," Bush is trying to add some new verve into his appearances. The New York Times notes that apparently that involves using the word "damn" a lot more. "We're...
  • Jeb Bush to Donors: 'Chill Out'

    11/05/2015 6:31:40 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/4/15 | KASIE HUNT
    Jeb Bush is promising his donors that he'll get better at debating - and he's urging any "nervous Nellies" among his supporters to "chill out" as he embarks on a reboot of his campaign. "I'm going to win New Hampshire, I just feel it," Bush told donors on a conference call Wednesday, phoning in from his campaign bus in between stops in the Granite State. "I know in my heart that we're on the right track," he added, according to an audio recording of the call obtained by NBC News. But Bush also acknowledged the drubbing he's taken in the...
  • Jeb Bush: Pain Is Part of Life

    11/05/2015 5:44:18 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/5/15 | CANDACE SMITH
    On the second New Hampshire day of GOP candidate Jeb Bush's bus tour, he waded into murky waters, as old views resurfaced at a campaign stop. While at Hollis Pharmacy and General Store, Bush was asked about the growing drug problem across the country. He proceeded to talk about the FDA's allowance of prescribing oxycontin to children, Bush decrying the perils of over-prescribing. "We have to take a pause, we're not you know, pain is part of life that you have to monitor pain for sure and you have to deal with it but over-prescribing creates all sorts of adverse...
  • Jeb Bush's comeback tour sounds like a therapy session

    11/05/2015 4:05:28 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/4/15 | Philip Rucker
    Jeb Bush sat relaxed on a plush couch aboard his luxury "Jeb Can Fix It" bus as it rode here on Tuesday night, musing with reporters about his shortcomings. "I've learned to accept the simple fact that I'm imperfect under God's watchful eye," the Republican presidential candidate said. "I don't have a self-esteem problem, and I don't have an overstated-worth problem. . . . The adversity I turn into opportunity. It's an obstacle to jump over. It's an opportunity to get better." The next morning in Manchester, after a child asked what it was like to grow up the son...
  • Jeb Bush just told a bunch of 3rd-graders how his dad sent him into a deep, spiraling depression

    11/04/2015 10:45:38 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 66 replies
    The Week ^ | 11/4/15 | Jeva Lange
    Jeb Bush just told a bunch of 3rd-graders how his dad sent him 'into a deep, spiraling depression for days'. Can someone ask Jeb Bush if he's okay? During a Q&A with third-graders at a Manchester, New Hampshire, charter school, things took a sharp turn when the former Florida governor (and floundering Republican presidential candidate) began talking about his father, former President George H. W. Bush: -snip- Jeb on George HW: "All he would have to say is 'I'm disappointed in you' and it would send me into a deep spiraling depression for days" -snip- Jeb gives long answer on...
  • Jeb Bush: 'I'm not quitting'

    11/04/2015 6:22:48 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 66 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/4/15 | KELLY COHEN
    Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that he was not quitting the 2016 GOP race, despite his lackluster performance in several recent polls. GOP rival Donald Trump said early Tuesday that Bush should do what Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker did and "absolutely" drop out. But when asked on CNN whether he was quitting the race, Bush immediately pushed back. "Ha, no. I mean, do we have to talk about Donald Trump? No. I'm not quitting," Bush replied Wednesday morning on CNN's "New Day." "He's entertaining. He's fun. He says really funny things in the breaks,...
  • Poll: Jeb Sinks to 4 Percent

    11/04/2015 6:18:34 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/4/15 | MICHAEL WARREN
    Bush registers worst favorability ratings. The leading Republican presidential candidate in donor and establishment support is down to just four percent of the vote in a new national poll. Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, is in a far fifth place in the latest Quinnipiac poll, getting four percent and trailing Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and Donald Trump.
  • Jeb Bush plummets in latest national poll (Hits new low at 4%..)

    11/04/2015 5:15:59 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/4/15 | NICK GASS
    Jeb Bush's support among Republicans nationally has plummeted to the low single digits in the latest Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday, as the former Florida governor's campaign seeks to hit refresh with its "Jeb Can Fix It" tour. Donald Trump and Ben Carson, meanwhile, continued to lead the field, with Carson outperforming Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical general-election matchup. In the latest poll, conducted after last week's third GOP debate in which Bush delivered a mediocre performance, just 4 percent of Republican and independent Republican-leaning voters said they would support Bush in their state's primary.
  • A Texas Man Bought JebCanFixIt.Com Because the Bush Campaign Forgot To

    11/03/2015 4:58:55 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11/3/15 | Josh Feldman
    Jeb Bush's new slogan is "Jeb Can Fix It," and despite all the mockery it's received, you would think maybe they would quickly nab They did not. Which is why a Texas man was able to snatch it up. Jimmy Flannigan ran for Austin City Council last year with the slogan "Flannigan Can Fix It." And it came along with this pretty remarkable campaign ad:
  • Campaign 2.0: "Jeb Can Fix It" Flops Hard

    11/03/2015 1:58:29 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 11/3/15 | Amy Miller
    I officially feel sorry for Jeb Bush. In the wake of the CNBC debate, I said without hesitation (for about the 55th time) that he simply doesn't want to be president. I've seen nothing out of him that convinces me he really wants this. (This is one of those "feature/bug" scenarios. I don't think there's anything wrong with the fact that he doesn't want the White House - I wouldn't- other than the fact that he's wasting his and our time with a multimillion dollar campaign.) The Bush campaign has gone from lukewarm, to tragedy, and finally to farce -...
  • Texas Man Claims Jeb Bush Stole His Campaign Slogan

    11/03/2015 1:13:21 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    Fortune ^ | 11/3/15 | Ben Geier
    It hasn't been a great few weeks for Jeb Bush. He had a rough go in last week's CNBC debate, with many seeing him as losing his battle with Marco Rubio. Lately he's been using the slogan "Jeb Can Fix It" to tout his credentials to fix the Obama economy, but that is backfiring on him in more ways than one. First, Twitter users took the hashtag #JebCanFixIt and turned it into a massive joke, resulting in posts like these: -snip- Now things are getting worse as a former city council candidate from Texas is claiming that Bush stole this...
  • Jeb Bush Hires TV Wizard to Save Campaign - Exclusive Video!

    11/03/2015 11:29:40 AM PST · by ifinnegan · 21 replies
    Exclusive Proprietary Video ^ | 11/3/15 | Jeb Bush, Mr Wizard
    Jeb Bush Hires TV Wizard to Save Campaign - Exclusive Video! See link for video ---- FR reference article
  • To Save Campaign, Jeb Bush Hires TV Wizard Who Trains Fox News Anchors

    11/03/2015 10:35:23 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 11/3/15 | Gabriel Sherman
    After a series of disastrous cable-news interviews and three anemic debate performances, Jeb Bush is finally getting serious about improving his television image. And to do it, he's turning to the man Roger Ailes hires to train Fox News anchors. According to a source close to the campaign, Bush will be media-coached by Jon Kraushar, a legendary image-maker who's worked with Ailes for decades. In the 1980s, Ailes and Kraushar were business partners at Ailes Communications, the political-consulting shop Ailes founded. It was during this time that Ailes and Krashaur famously coached Jeb's father and Dan Quayle to the White...
  • Jeb Bush’s #JebCanFixIt Fiasco

    11/03/2015 9:48:22 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 11/3/15 | Steve Tobak
    When the Jeb Bush for President campaign relaunched with a modified slogan, "Jeb Can Fix It," on Monday morning, the hashtag #JebCanFixIt started immediately trending on Twitter (TWTR) , garnering nearly 30,000 Tweets by the end of the day. Sounds great, right? Not if you're a Bush supporter. The hashtag was instantly hijacked by thousands of trolls with Tweets like this:
  • JEB BUSH FADES IN NH DESPITE AD BLITZ (Mike Murphy flop alert)

    11/03/2015 6:40:39 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/2/15 | MIKE FLYNN
    A new poll of New Hampshire Republicans by Monmouth University confirms the fading fortunes of the Jeb Bush campaign. Despite spending more on TV than all other candidates combined, Jeb has dropped to sixth place in nation's first primary state, a must-win for his Presidential ambitions. In July, Jeb Bush was second in New Hampshire. A great deal of Bush's candidacy was predicated on enjoying an enormous financial edge over his Republican rivals. When he launched his campaign this summer, an allied Super PAC announced it had raised just over $100 million to support Jeb in the primary. This announcement...
  • Jeb Campaign Resets For Fifth Time

    11/02/2015 10:35:31 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/2/15 | MICHAEL WARREN
    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, coming off a poorly perceived debate performance last week and struggles in the polls, appeared in Tampa Monday morning to "reboot" his campaign. Bush will define this new campaign shakeup with a mantra that he wants to come to Washington to "fix it." "After seven years of incompetence, corruption and gridlock in Washington, we need a president who can fix it. I can fix it," said Bush. Since the two-term Republican first began exploring a presidential bid at the beginning of the year, Bush campaign has seen five shakeups, resets, or shifts in course.
  • Jeb Bush cancels Tuscaloosa campaign stop (because he's running out of money?)

    11/02/2015 9:34:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Tuscaloosa News ^ | 11/2/1 | Stephanie Taylor
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has canceled plans to attend the Alabama football game against LSU in Tuscaloosa this Saturday. Bush was scheduled to attend the game as part of four Southeastern Conference game day visits called "SEC Tailgating with Jeb." Secretary of State John Merrill announced Monday that Bush campaign postponed the visit "due to redirecting their campaign efforts."
  • Jeb Bush hopes new e-book can help relaunch a struggling campaign (Amazon BestSellers Rank: #23,292)

    11/02/2015 6:16:06 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/2/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Desperately seeking to revive a campaign rocked in recent weeks by budget cuts and a poor debate performance, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is hoping that his political past can jump-start his political future. He will release a new e-book this week, "Reply All," a raw, exhaustive anthology of hundreds of self-selected e-mails he sent and received as Florida governor from 1999 to 2007.
  • Jeb Bush blames press for campaign woes

    11/01/2015 9:09:39 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/1/15 | RYAN LOVELACE
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush blamed the "cable shows" and "political press" for the struggle he has had connecting with Republican primary voters. Bush told NBC's Chuck Todd that he does not understand why his supporters think something is missing from his campaign. "Do you know why they think that [something is missing]?" Todd asked. "Probably because they watch the cable shows and they read the political press," Bush answered. "But if they followed me on the campaign trail, like last week in New Hampshire where we had 300 people totally connected, totally believing in me, I think they would...
  • Jeb Bush still doesn’t get why his terrible debate performance matters so much

    11/01/2015 9:04:26 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/1/15 | Chris Cillizza
    Jeb Bush, during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday morning, revealed that he doesn't really understand how damaging his lifeless performance at last week's debate in Colorado was to his presidential candidacy. Asked by "Meet" moderator Chuck Todd whether he understood why some of his supporters thought something was "missing", Bush responded: "No, I don't." When Todd followed up by asking why people might think that, here's what Bush said: Probably because they watch the cable shows and they read the political press. But if they followed me on the campaign trail, like last week in New Hampshire...
  • How Jeb Bush may have just outsourced a key part of his campaign (to Mike Murphy and Right to Rise)

    11/01/2015 8:52:04 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/1/15 | Philip Bump
    In what was already a grim week for the Jeb Bush campaign, a bit more bad news late Thursday night. After a meeting in Houston on Monday, the campaign sent parts of a presentation to reporters detailing how they saw the race moving forward. But the day after Bush's inept debate performance, U.S. News and World Report obtained the whole document, including detailed plans for what the campaign had -- or, really, hadn't -- done so far in Iowa. The Iowa Starting Line blog was stunned by what it saw. "[A] brief look at their Iowa numbers show extremely troubling...
  • Bush's bulldog (Danny Diaz, the Failed Romney, McCain operative running Jeb's campaign)

    11/01/2015 7:42:53 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/31/15 | DANIEL LIPPMAN and MARC CAPUTO
    One of the hardest-working men in politics is taking on the toughest job in the Republican race: Saving Jeb Bush. Danny Diaz, Bush's campaign manager, spent 15 years in the Republican trenches building a reputation as a top-notch "oppo man" - overseeing opposition research into rival campaigns and figuring out how to use pungent details to knock out rivals and change the story line of a campaign. Many who know the 40-year-old son of Spanish immigrants insist that the barrel-chested, tough-talking Diaz is just the man to jump-start the floundering Bush organization. Some wonder if anyone can rescue Bush at...
  • Chief Operating Officer Leaves Jeb Bush Campaign (Layoffs at Team Jeb)

    10/30/2015 11:59:14 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/30/15 | REID J. EPSTEIN and PATRICK O'CONNOR
    The highest-ranking official known to lose their job in Jeb Bush's flagging campaign is Christine Ciccone, the campaign's chief operating officer. News of Ms. Ciccone's departure comes a week after the Bush campaign announced a re-organization that it said would reduce payroll by 40%. Ms. Ciccone served as Mr. Bush's chief operating officer, effectively an office administrator responsible for logistics. "We are grateful to have had Christine on the team, we respect her immensely," Bush spokesman Tim Miller said.
  • The Daily 202: Can Jeb Bush pull out of the death spiral?

    10/30/2015 6:07:35 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/30/15 | James Hohmann and Elise Viebeck
    THE BIG IDEA: It's never good when you have to say that your campaign is "not on life support." "The Workingman's Hymn" - with the refrain "I know that we can turn it around" - blared at Jeb Bush's event yesterday in Portsmouth, N.H., as the defiant candidate tried to reassure panicked supporters he can get off the ground and dust himself off in the wake of his disastrous debate performance. "It's not on life support," the former Florida governor told reporters. "The end is not near." Meanwhile, showing that the Bush machine can still bring in cold hard cash,...
  • 'Jeb's Dead': Disastrous Bush campaign approaching its end

    10/30/2015 5:26:57 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 71 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 10/30/15 | Daniel Dale
    Two hours before the Republican presidential debate on Wednesday, a party strategist, Rick Wilson, posted a cryptic message on Twitter. "Man oh man," Wilson wrote. "The dumb, preplanned move a certain campaign is about to make in the big debate is campaign-ending stupid." Predictably, the candidate about to make the dumb, preplanned move was Jeb Bush. Within seconds of him actually doing it, pundits were declaring the end of his campaign. "Jeb's Dead: Adios Amigo," read a headline on the website of the conservative Weekly Standard. Ten months ago, the former Florida governor was the polling front-runner flush with so...
  • Jeb to donors: 'I realize I need to get better'

    10/29/2015 5:06:45 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 94 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/29/15 | Alex Isenstadt
    Just one day after a lackluster showing at the Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colo., Jeb Bush acknowledged to donors Thursday afternoon that he needs to improve his debate performance. "I realize I need to get better," the former Florida governor said, according to one person present on the call. Bush hosted the call along with top aides Sally Bradshaw and Tim Miller.
  • Jeb Bush: My campaign’s ‘not on life support’

    10/29/2015 2:10:04 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/29/15 | Anne Gearan
    His campaign in difficult straits after disappointing showings on the stump and the debate stage, former Florida governor Jeb Bush insisted Thursday that he has the skills and the staying power to withstand a downturn. "It's not on life support," he said of the once-formidable campaign operation he has been forced to trim back as a cost-saving measure. "We have the most money, we have the greatest organization," Bush told reporters following a brief campaign stop here. "We're doing fine." Bush spoke for fewer than five minutes to a small, polite crowd basking in an unusually warm, sunny afternoon. A...
  • Jeb Bush Continues “Death Spiral” At GOP Debate

    10/29/2015 1:57:25 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 11/28/15 | McKay Coppins
    An ill-fated attack on Marco Rubio was followed by a quiet, and at times awkward, performance for Bush - who badly needed a good night. Jeb Bush's beleaguered presidential campaign was dealt another blow at Wednesday's Republican primary debate when the candidate's high-stakes gambit to attack an opponent he once considered his protege badly backfired. Bush entered the CNBC-hosted debate with stubbornly lackluster poll numbers, unimpressive fundraising, and some of the worst press he has received all year - fueled by morbid anonymous quotes from skittish donors and allies. As one Bush fundraiser memorably told the Washington Post last week,...
  • Jeb Bush donors try to make sense of Wednesday night

    10/29/2015 10:03:51 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 82 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/29/15 | Theodore Schleifer and Ashley Killough,
    Jeb Bush's reviews from Wednesday night's debate were universally poor. But the power players -- at least on the record -- say it's not time to turn out the lights yet, insisting that debates aren't Bush's strong suit anyway, and pointing to other factors such as the CNBC moderators and the high hopes and expectations coming in. The Republican debate had the potential to re-energize Jeb Bush's floundering presidential campaign, injecting it with optimism after deep spending cuts and continuing low poll numbers. Instead, Bush's fundraisers and backers were left trying to explain why the man they had poured so...
  • The agony of Jeb Bush

    10/29/2015 8:04:11 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/29/15 | Chris Cillizza
    He just isn't all that good at this. And he knows it. There's no other conclusion that you could draw after watching Jeb Bush flail in Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate. Bush looked overmatched and lost - an image made all the worse by the fact that he was positioned on the stage in Boulder, Colo., next to Marco Rubio, his one-time political mentee but now quite clearly his superior in the race. Bush's attempt to attack Rubio was a metaphor not only for his debate performance but for his campaign. Knowing he needed to land a clean punch on...
  • Jeb Bush's Campaign On Life Support After Rough Debate

    10/29/2015 7:04:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    The biggest story from last night's debate wasn't Marco Rubio's strong performance (which it was), Ted Cruz stealing a moment (which he did), or the candidates and GOP audience attacking the media (which most definitely happened). Rather, the most significant story from last night is that Jeb Bush's campaign now finds itself on life support, especially after Bush swung and missed when trying to hit Rubio over his Senate voting record. As one Republican operative told NBC's Peter Alexander, Bush had to demonstrate to his supporters and donors - after a rough last few weeks - that the former Florida...
  • Bush walks into Rubio's trap

    10/29/2015 5:11:41 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/29/15 | ELI STOKOLS and ALEX ISENSTADT
    For Jeb's supporters, it was a night of crushing disappointment. Jeb Bush needed a big debate performance more than anyone on the stage. Instead, he faded away, and his campaign isn't even bothering to argue otherwise. Banging on the CNBC production team's door halfway through the debate, campaign manager Danny Diaz reamed the debate host over how little time Bush was getting. In the end, the one-time front-runner scored less than seven minutes, worse than almost every other candidate. When the debate ended, Diaz and campaign advisor Michael Steel faced relentless questioning in the spin room about how long Bush...
  • Bush's lackluster debate showing likely to fuel more doubts

    10/29/2015 3:28:25 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/29/15 | Reuters
    Jeb Bush needed a strong performance at the Republican presidential debate to silence the doubters. He did not get it. Instead, his lackluster showing is likely to spur even more questions about his viability as a top-tier candidate, with his campaign manager immediately after the debate insisting that Bush would remain the race for the long haul. The former Florida governor came into the debate after having dramatically downsized his campaign staff and huddling with nervous donors to calm their fears, the result of persistent single-digit showings in opinion polls. Those donors are likely to be even more anxious following...
  • Jeb Bush needed a debate touchdown. He didn't come close.

    10/29/2015 3:19:22 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Reading Eagle ^ | 10/29/15 | AP
    Jeb Bush needed a touchdown. Instead, he was plagued by a series of false starts. The former Florida governor entered Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate with little margin for error in a race that has spiraled out of his control. He needed to make things right. But time and again, he failed to capitalize on the opportunities he created for himself. "I do like Jeb Bush," tweeted conservative blogger Erick Erickson. "He is a good person. But he needs to start thinking about his future now." Early in the debate, a moderator questioned Bush's friend-turned-rival Marco Rubio about the mounting...
  • Bush comeback strategy backfires in GOP debate

    10/29/2015 3:13:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    WSAV AP ^ | 10/29/15 | WSAV Staff
    Jeb Bush sought to calm anxious donors with a comeback strategy focused on taking down rival Marco Rubio. But Bush’s plan backfired badly on national television in the third GOP presidential debate. Instead of generating much needed momentum, Bush’s attack on his onetime protege raised new questions about his underwhelming candidacy in the primary contest he was once expected to dominate. And Bush’s continued struggles highlight a deepening sense of uncertainty settling over a 2016 Republican presidential race that remains crowded and without a clear front-runner. Even with an estimated $100 million in the bank, Bush headed into Wednesday’s primetime...
  • Incoherent Jeb Bush Flubs Being 'Bad Guy'

    10/28/2015 4:43:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 10/28/15 | KATHLEEN PARKER
    When all else is failing, reinvent yourself. This is the new strategy of Jeb Bush's campaign. He's not going to be so nice anymore. Emerging from a weekend confab with family and donors, Bush is ready to rumble, loaded for bear. He'll dance like a butterfly, sting like a ... WASP? When Donald Trump goads him about his brother's presidency, Bush will punch him in the nose. OK, probably not, but can't a girl dream? It's a fantastically entertaining thought, but Bush is probably better suited to a duel at dawn, which is not an endorsement of gun violence ...
  • Hillary tells Colbert: 'Yes yes yes' I would let big banks fail

    10/28/2015 1:41:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/27/15 | Elliot Smilowitz
    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said she would be willing to let big banks fail a break from what President Obama did in 2009, according to CNN. Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Clinton was asked by Colbert, If you're president and the banks are failing, do we let them fail? Her response was clear: Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. First of all, under Dodd-Frank, that is what will happen because we now have stress tests and I'm going to impose a risk fee on the big bank if they engage in risky...
  • Why Jeb Bushs campaign has gone so wrong

    10/26/2015 4:18:34 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/26/15 | Dana Milbank
    The Bushes are burning as they consume the news. Bush family patriarch George H.W. Bush is “bewildered,” alarmed and “irritated,” the New York Times reported over the weekend, that his son Jeb is going so poorly in a Republican presidential primary battle dominated by Donald Trump. The 41st president summoned his son George W., the 43rd president, Jeb and Bush money men to Houston for meetings Sunday and Monday to sort out what has gone so wrong that Jeb is now cutting staff. They didn’t have to look far for an explanation. All they had to do was listen to...
  • Jeb Bush appears as "special guest" at super PAC event (Illegal coordination?)

    10/26/2015 4:08:32 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10/26/15 | STEPHANIE CONDON
    Former Florida Jeb Bush on Sunday night was the "special guest" at an event hosted by Right to Rise, the super PAC supporting Bush's 2016 campaign. Bush's appearance at the event illustrated just how closely a candidate can work alongside a super PAC campaigning on his behalf, even though any official "coordination" between a super PAC and an electoral candidate is illegal. The Right to Rise event, a retreat for its top donors, was incidentally held in the same Houston hotel where the Bush campaign was hunkered down for the weekend. "We have our own invitations, they're in different spots,"...
  • Jeb Bush Hopes for Reset Through New Tour, E-Book

    10/26/2015 5:54:45 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    WODI ^ | 10/26/15 | ABC Radio
    In the wake of widespread campaign cuts and tumbling poll numbers, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is attempting to take control of his own narrative, quite literally, by releasing it online. His e-book, Reply All, a tome of his email from two terms as governor of Florida, will be released next Monday. The same week, Bush will also try to bolster a faltering campaign by launching a Jeb Can Fix It tour all an effort to focus on his record as governor, an overarching principle of his campaign. The tour begins in Tampa, Florida, next Monday with remarks from...
  • Bush family gathers to rescue Jeb

    10/26/2015 4:45:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/26/15 | ELI STOKOLS
    This closed-door summit for Jeb Bushs richest donors was meant to be a pep rally, a reunion for loyalists eager to celebrate the family legacy with two former presidents. But as George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush draw supporters together under gray skies and unrelenting rains, the gathering has become a rescue operation for a candidate who looks unable to meet the expectations of the family brand. The patient is either in intensive care and in need of some good doctors who can save him or being put into hospice and were going to see a slow death," said...
  • Jennifer Rubin: "Worst Elements" Of Jeb Bush Coming Out

    10/25/2015 6:36:22 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    RCP ^ | 10/25/15 | RCP
    JENNIFER RUBIN, WASHINGTON POST: What strikes me is not only the outsider/insider, but how backward looking Jeb Bush's ad was. He's talking about what he's done. His family has an esteemed record, one of the great political families of our era. And it's not enough this time. I'm also struck in that opening segment that you showed, how small he seems. How petty, how put upon.