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  • As in 2012, Romney Can Do No Right in Murdoch’s Eyes (Hearts Jeb)

    01/27/2015 9:44:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Amy Chozick and Michael Barbaro
    The usually grim-faced media mogul practically swooned in his seat. Moments after Jeb Bush delivered what many in the audience described as an unremarkable talk at a conference in Washington, Rupert Murdoch turned to his seatmate, Valerie Jarrett, the White House adviser, to gush over its content and tone. Mr. Murdoch was pleased that Mr. Bush, the former governor of Florida, had listed the economic benefits of overhauling the nation’s immigration system, confiding in Ms. Jarrett that Mr. Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, had said all the right things on the fraught issue, according to three people with firsthand...
  • Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker stocks rise after Iowa appearance

    01/26/2015 5:13:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-25-15 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    For the last several months, the likes of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have dominated the media coverage of the still-nascent contest for the White House. But when the 2016 Republican presidential race roared to life this weekend with twin events in Iowa and Louisiana, two lesser-known contestants left indelible impressions on the GOP faithful. Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and current American Conservative Union Foundation Chairwoman Carly Fiorina and battle-tested Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left the crowds stirring after a nonstop ten-hour festival in Des Moines that exposed voters to 27 speakers and at least 10...
  • Jeb Bush: We Need to Control Border By Politely Asking Illegals to Leave

    01/25/2015 9:16:15 AM PST · by Rockitz · 47 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 25 January 2015 | Pam Key
    This weekend in San Francisco while speaking to the National Automobile Dealers Association, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said, “First and foremost we need to control our border,” ...
  • Donald Trump slams Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush as possible presidential candidates at GOP event

    01/24/2015 11:59:23 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 25 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Jan 25 2015 | Rich Shapiro
    The Donald doesn’t think much of Mitt or Jeb. Donald Trump came out guns blazing at a high-profile GOP event in Iowa on Saturday — blasting possible presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush. “It can’t be Mitt, because Mitt ran and failed. He failed,” Trump bellowed, drawing cheers from the riled-up audience at the Freedom Summit. “He choked. He had that election won.” Trump was equally blunt in assessing former President George W. Bush’s younger brother. “You can’t have Bush,” Trump said. “The last thing we need is another Bush.”
  • Jeb Bush speaks up for immigrants as Republicans flock to conservative confab in Iowa

    01/24/2015 10:14:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jon Ward
    Bush was one of several likely Republican presidential candidates to avoid an event Saturday hosted by immigration hardliner and Iowa congressman Steve King.When Jeb Bush said that to win the presidential election a Republican candidate might have to lose the primary, he probably had a weekend like this one in mind. In Iowa, a host of second-tier possible presidential candidates — and a few big names — flocked to the first major event of the Republicans’ 2016 cycle: a cattle call of party speakers hosted by western Iowa congressman Steve King. King, whose often personal and derogatory criticism of undocumented...
  • Jeb Bush previews 2016 run, promising ‘adult conversations’ on big issues

    01/24/2015 6:45:07 AM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 49 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | anuary 23 at 8:46 PM | Philip Rucker
    AN FRANCISCO — Jeb Bush previewed the ideas at the heart of his likely presidential campaign, delivering a sweeping address here Friday about the economy, foreign affairs and energy exploration, and challenging the country to question “every aspect of how government works.”
  • The extraordinary story of Columba Bush as Jeb bids to make her the first Hispanic first lady

    01/22/2015 11:36:08 AM PST · by dennisw · 47 replies
    dailymail. ^ | Jan 22 | By Nick Fagge In Leon, Mexico
    EXCLUSIVE: An illegal immigrant, warring parents and a bitter rift with the father she did not see for 40 years – extraordinary story of Columba Bush as her husband bids to make her the first Hispanic first lady Columba Bush was born and raised in Leon, 250 miles outside Mexico City, where she met Jeb Bush and married him when she was 20 Her father was born to a peasant family and entered America illegally to work He had a stormy marriage to her mother and the couple divorced – but Columba's account differs from his and his relatives' in...
  • Mike Huckabee: Jeb Bush More to Right Than His Brother (facepalm)

    01/20/2015 5:05:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 06:53 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee—who’s mulling another run for president—says his potential rival, Jeb Bush, is a lot more conservative than people think—even further to the right than his brother, George W. Bush. Asked Tuesday on The Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV whether the former Florida governor was a true conservative, Huckabee said: “Jeb will have a lot of issues that he’ll make front and center. He was an excellent governor of Florida. He was a very conservative governor of Florida. We’ve served contemporaneously during the late ’90s and early part of 2000. So when people say, well, ‘Jeb...
  • Thomas Suddes commentary: Republicans, take note: Bush could carry Ohio

    01/18/2015 12:20:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | January 17, 2015 | Thomas Suddes
    Until the next turning point in world history — Ohio State’s Sept. 7 football opener at Virginia Tech — political Ohio will distract itself speculating about 2016’s presidential nominees. As every TV anchor knows, Ohio is pivotal in presidential elections. And the Constitution won’t let President Barack Obama seek a third term. Hillary Clinton likely will be Democrats’ nominee, though there’s many a slip between cup and lip: It took liberal Democrats a while, but they’ve figured out that the Clintons have no particular problem with Wall Street, assuming the right donations go to the right campaign committees. As for...
  • Stacking the Deck (2016 GOP Nominee Hopefuls)

    01/18/2015 9:40:45 AM PST · by parksstp · 14 replies
    Green Papers ^ | 01-18-2015 | parksstp
    If you're not familiar with the following website, you need to. These guys have systematically all of the data concerning the delegates and nomination process for the parties and how delegates are selected, what counts, and what doesn't count. I've reviewed the list and am currently working on an IA projection map of the caucus and potential vote but waiting until the straw poll when I can start filling in candidates. Yet, when I review the total states, I find it difficult to see how the Establishment loses if they are unopposed by other Establishment candidates. Red States for the...
  • Gay Magazine Praises Jeb Bush

    01/17/2015 2:34:14 PM PST · by juliosevero · 40 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Gay Magazine Praises Jeb Bush By Julio Severo Jeb Bush, the hope for American conservatives in the next U.S. presidential elections, is flirting with the gay agenda. In an illuminating article entitled “Why the Gay Agenda Is Praising Jeb Bush,” Peter LaBarbera says, “It is becoming apparent that Jeb Bush is the favorite Republican Party presidential contender of the Washington Blade-D.C.’s ‘gay news source’ — due to his politically-correct evolution on homosexuality and same-sex ‘marriage.’ The Blade and other liberal media report favorably every time the former Florida governor moves away from the conservative, pro-family, Republican platform defending marriage as between man...
  • Romney vs Bush may just open the door to Scott Walker

    01/15/2015 12:01:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 15, 2015 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    Put me down as someone who would really enjoy a contest between Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney. They are both serious and qualified men. I've always loved Romney's mixture of private and public sector experience. Jeb Bush ran a big state that looks a lot like the U.S. They are good patriotic men who have thought hard about the issues confronting the country. However, they have problems: 1) Romney lost in 2012. Fair or unfair, many people think that he ran a poor campaign. He seemed poised for victory after the first debate and then fell back. Also, a lot...
  • Jeb Is a Joke in Romneyland

    01/14/2015 11:53:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 14, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Not everyone thinks Jeb Bush is a strong presidential candidate, Republican donors say Mitt Romney is certain that ‘a Bush can’t beat a Clinton.’ When Jeb Bush jumped out early in announcing that he was putting together a presidential campaign, he was quickly anointed as the automatic front-runner. Donors were said to dash to their checkbooks to be the first to shower him with super PAC loot. Political operatives were polishing up their résumés in the hopes of being gifted with campaign jobs. The overstuffed GOP field was going to winnow in a hurry as would-be contenders decided the next...
  • Best-Positioned Rival to Jeb Bush

    01/12/2015 5:50:47 PM PST · by entropy12 · 61 replies
    NY Times ^ | JAN. 12, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    And for all of the talk about the depth of the Republican field, the opposition to Mr. Bush remains unclear and underwhelming. That is in part because many of the high-profile potential Republican contenders — like Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Rand Paul — are factional and flawed candidates with tough routes to the party’s nomination. Nonetheless, there will be demand for an alternative to Mr. Bush, even from within the so-called Republican establishment. Since Friday, attention has focused on Mitt Romney, who said in a meeting of top advisers and donors that he was considering a third run. But...
  • Michigan Political Points: Ted Cruz presidential bid pitched by prominent Republican strategist

    01/03/2015 12:12:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Kalamazoo Gazette ^ | January 3, 2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI - While Michigan Republicans are still debating when to hold their 2016 presidential primary, some of the party’s top political strategists are making the case for potential candidates. Welcome to Michigan Political Points, my weekly roundup of news, views and YouTubes from the state Capitol and beyond. CRUZ NEWS: Former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis, now working as a political consultant, penned a column this week making the case for a Ted Cruz presidential nomination in 2016. “He’s the candidate many in the mainstream media and Washington chattering class love to hate,” Anuzis wrote. “He is demonized...
  • Carville: "Conservative Alternative" Romney Is Going To Get In And Challenge Jeb Bush From The Right

    01/11/2015 2:57:15 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 89 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 11, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    On Sunday's broadcast of ABC's This Week Democratic strategist and Clinton confidant James Carville predicted not only will Mitt Romney enter the presidential race, but that he will campaign as the "conservative alternative" to Jeb Bush. "Of course he's going to get in and he's going to run against Bush from the right," Carville said on the panel portion of This Week. "I think he has a strategy that he didn't have before. And his strategy is he's the conservative alternative." VIDEO at link.
  • For Jeb Bush, Evolving Views Over 2 Decades

    01/11/2015 11:53:34 AM PST · by Pelham · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAN. 10, 2015 | MICHAEL BARBARO
    Jeb Bush once called for building prisons and emphasizing “punishment over therapy” for juvenile offenders. Today, he supports reforming the criminal justice system, arguing that incarceration can harden low-level lawbreakers into career criminals. In the past, he stressed using deportation to rid the United States of unauthorized immigrants. These days, he describes crossing the border illegally as “an act of love” by migrant parents and supports a path to citizenship for those who have done so. He used to emphasize the rights of big landowners who felt cheated by environmental programs. Now, he is a champion of state-sponsored conservation, celebrated...
  • Jeb In 94: I Would Do ‘Probably Nothing’ For African-Americans

    01/10/2015 8:40:48 PM PST · by Bratch · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 10, 2016 | SCOTT GREER
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appears poised for a presidential run and is currently leading the polls among potential Republican candidates for 2016, but the comments he made in 1994 during his first run for Florida’s highest office may come back to haunt him.The Associated Press reports that Bush described himself then as a “head-banging conservative” and used fiery rhetoric — such as claiming he would do “probably nothing” for African-Americans if he became governor — in his ultimately unsuccessful bid. Bush made that statement in response to a question on what he would for African-Americans if elected to office.“It’s time...
  • Quotes of the day (More Romney & Bush vs. Ted drama)

    01/10/2015 6:25:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 10, 2015 | Allahpundit
    In a move that surprised his most loyal supporters and former staff, Mitt Romney told several donors Friday he is seriously considering a third run for the White House… “Mitt has been a terrific leader for the Republican Party, but if he runs again, he’ll have to earn it again,” said veteran Republican operative Phil Musser, a former Romney supporter. His firm is already handling preliminary campaign work for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, but Musser says he has not committed to a candidate… “Jeb Bush forced everyone’s hand,” said Barney Keller, a Republican strategist. “If he’s serious, Romney needs...
  • Mitt Romney Thinks Ted Cruz Will Destroy Jeb Bush’s Candidacy

    01/10/2015 11:42:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 155 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 10, 2015 | Dan Riehl
    A tidbit buried at the end of a Romney adviser’s longish rationalization of why Mitt Romney may yet again run for the GOP’s nomination suggests Romney does not think Jeb Bush has what it takes to win the GOP nomination. BuzzFeed reports: According to one former adviser, the biggest political question Romney will be considering as he makes his decision is whether Bush will be able to make it to the general election. “Look, Jeb’s a good guy. I think the governor likes Jeb,” the adviser said. “But Jeb is Common Core, Jeb is immigration, Jeb has been talking about...
  • Is Jeb Bush running for president of the media?

    01/07/2015 10:39:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 7, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    Jeb Bush will have to overcome a number of hurdles in order to secure the Republican Party’s nomination for president in 2016. The most significant of these seems today to be the conservative base’s antipathy towards Bush’s positions on a variety of critical policy matters. But the former Florida governor clearly not concerned about the conservative base. He is, however, deeply concerned about winning the support of the Republican donor class and the press. On Wednesday, the media cooed over the political savvy evidenced by Jeb Bush’s decision to release 10 years of personal tax filings. That the political press...
  • Where Common Core Pay$

    01/08/2015 6:49:44 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 7, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It’s interesting that the people who are usually in a fruitless search for Republican fat cats have failed to notice the actual ones for whom Common Core math actually does add up. On September 20, 2013, Michelle Malkin reported that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s “educational foundation, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, is tied at the hip to the federally funded testing consortium called PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), which raked in $186 million through Race to the Top to develop nationalized tests “aligned” to the top-down Common Core program.” “One of the Bush...
  • Here's where 16 potential presidential candidates stand on (homosexual) marriage

    01/07/2015 11:16:53 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 28 replies
    Time ^ | 1/7/2015 | Tessa Berenson
    For the most part, the gay marriage debate now falls along partisan lines: Democrats support it, But within the crowded field of likely 2016 presidential contenders, there’s a lot of room for nuance. The would-be candidates have made much different arguments and have varying records on the issue. Meantime, the issue continues to change. On Jan. 6, Florida became the second-largest state to recognize gay marriage, bringing the total to 36. And on Friday, the Supreme Court will meet privately to decide whether to consider cases that could lead to a more definitive ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Here’s...
  • Jeb Bush’s early 2016 moves force other GOP contenders to speed up timetable

    01/07/2015 12:40:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/07/2015 | By Matea Gold and Robert Costa
    <p>Jeb Bush’s rapid moves to jump-start fundraising and organizing for a possible 2016 presidential run are accelerating the timelines of other prospective GOP candidates and creating tumult within the still-forming field.</p> <p>The actions by the former Florida governor, whose leadership PAC and super PAC were unveiled Tuesday, have put pressure on other contenders to reconsider how and when they will jump into the race.</p>
  • Has Jeb Bush shown Republicans a new way to talk about same-sex marriage? (Neighbor #2 gay in USA)

    01/07/2015 10:25:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2015 | Philip Rucker
    Has Jeb Bush offered the Republican Party a new way to talk about same-sex marriage? Fred Sainz thinks he has. Sainz grew up two doors down from Bush in Coral Gables, Fla., and counts the former Florida governor as an early mentor who got Sainz a job working for Bush’s father in the White House. But Sainz left the GOP in 2004 after George W. Bush, Bush’s brother, railed against same-sex marriage in his reelection campaign. Sainz, now a leader of the gay rights movement as a vice president of the Human Rights Campaign, sees an important evolution in the...
  • Why Is Jeb Bush Smiling?

    01/07/2015 6:07:25 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/7/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Mike Huckabee’s “exploration” announcement is good news for the former Florida governor. Jeb Bush is starting the new year with a smile. Former Arkansas governor and, until last weekend, Fox News host Mike Huckabee announced he would “explore” running for president. By the way, these “exploration” announcements are yet another example of the government encouraging politicians to lie. Exploratory committees disguise the fact that a candidate is running about as well as glasses conceal Superman’s real identity. They require a willful suspension of disbelief on the part of everyone watching. Politicians like this loophole because it drags out the time...
  • On gay marriage, Jeb Bush ready to move on

    01/06/2015 3:27:30 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 44 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/5/15 | Marc Caputo
    While opponents of same-sex marriage are vowing to fight on, former Gov. Jeb Bush sounds ready to move on as he considers a potential bid for president. “We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law,” Bush said in a statement Monday. “I hope that we can also show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue — including couples making lifetime commitments to each other who are seeking greater legal protections and those of us who believe marriage is a sacrament and want...
  • Jeb Bush: Republicans Must Respect “Rule of Law” on Gay Marriage

    01/06/2015 12:18:02 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 91 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 1/06/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    I’m glad there’s a moderate Democrat finally running for president. I just wish he were running on the Democratic ticket. Jeb Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, called for “respect” of same-sex marriages on Monday as his home state of Florida began allowing gays to wed following a court ruling. Bush, a former governor of Florida, said in a statement that even those like him who oppose same-sex marriage must “respect the rule of law” now that the state’s ban on gay marriages has been ruled unconstitutional. Do you know what else is the law of the land? ObamaCare. So...
  • Jeb Bush: Gay Marriage Should Be State Decision, but ‘Courts Overturned It, I Guess’

    01/05/2015 9:09:12 AM PST · by maggief · 67 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 5, 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Twenty-four hours in advance of a court deadline ordering clerks in at least one county to issue same-sex marriage licenses, former Sunshine State Governor and putative 2016 GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush shrugged his shoulders at the decision. “It ought be a local decision. I mean, a state decision,” Bush told the Miami Herald. “The state decided. The people of the state decided. But it’s been overturned by the courts, I guess.”
  • Jeb Bush: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce water boy

    01/05/2015 8:35:31 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 21 replies
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | December 16, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Allow me to unite America’s Left, Right, and Center in just three words: No, Jeb, No! Former GOP Florida governor Jeb Bush made the obvious official this week when he announced on Facebook and Twitter that he’s “actively exploring” a 2016 White House run. Of course he’s running. That’s what inveterate politicians do. Well, I hate to break it to Jeb, Inc. There’s no popular groundswell for Bush Part III. None, zip, nada. Independents, progressives, and conservatives are all weary of the entrenched bipartisan dynasties that rule Washington and ruin America. Only in the hallowed bubble of D.C. and New...
  • Hotline's GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Bush and Rubio Have Early Lead

    01/04/2015 7:56:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 4, 2015 | Tim Alberta, Scott Bland, Shane Goldmacher, Josh Kraushaar, Alex Roarty and Adam Wollner
    From the first day of 2011, Mitt Romney was the favorite to win the 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign. No one else was even close. The 2016 outlook could not be more different. Offered the choice to bet on one single candidate to win the nomination versus the rest of the field, the choice would have to be "the field." For the first time in years, there is no one next in line. And without a former vice president or powerhouse former candidate looking likely to run, Republicans are shaping up to spend the next year and a half fighting...
  • Common Core & 2016

    01/05/2015 6:08:42 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 2, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As 2014 drew to a close, at least three probably contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 have taken fairly clear positions on the Common Core education reforms favored by the Obama Administration. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, of course, has given C-squared his full throated support but he has been out of office for years. New Jersey, governed by Chris Christie, has officially embraced the Double C. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, meanwhile, is taking a different approach. “In a continued push to overturn the implementation of Common Core standards and testing in schools, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal joined...
  • Is the fix in? Has the establishment GOP already chosen the Republican nominee?

    01/04/2015 3:40:06 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 57 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/4/15 | Nick Sorrentino
    It is truly amazing is how hostile the leadership of the Republican Party is to the people who actually make up the Republican Party. I can tell you first hand that the establishment GOP types dislike the libertarian/conservative coalition aka The Tea Party at least as much as the Democrats do. Probably more. Why? Because the libertarian/conservative coalition is a real threat to their power. Do you honestly think that the GOP as it is currently constituted wants to reduce the size of government? Not a chance. A d this is why the party has been moving since 2012 to...
  • Whistling Past the Junkyard: The Establishment’s Attempt to Make Jeb Seem Inevitable

    01/04/2015 3:37:03 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/4/15 | C. Edmund Wright
    For several weeks now, the mainstream Jurassic media has been up to their old psychological warfare tricks, and naturally, the Republican establishment is falling for it hard. They always do, and this includes “the architect,” Karl Rove. This time it’s the media’s attempt to get Jeb Bush the Republican nomination for President in 2016. Articles that fawn over Jeb, either from a formidability standpoint or in the vein that he’s a “reasonable” conservative are everywhere. There has also been a release of meaningless polls touting Jeb’s strength atop the potential Republican field. These have all surfaced from many of the...
  • Degrees of separation from Steve King

    A flock of 2016 presidential hopefuls will be attending a major GOP event in Iowa this month co-sponsored by anti-immigrant gadfly Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has made outreach to minorities part of his appeal, won’t go. His office says there is a scheduling conflict. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush also begged off. What to make of all this? (SNIP) He is no David Duke, but his distasteful and flamboyant attacks on illegal immigrants are well known. (SNIP) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie headlined a fundraiser for King and reportedly announced, “I will be a supporter...
  • A Jeb Bush nomination means end of GOP

    01/03/2015 4:56:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 2, 2015 | Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO)
    Exclusive: Tom Tancredo warns of scenario in which conservatives split their votes. Jeb Bush leads all other Republicans in early polls for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Without question, Bush is the anointed front-runner, and without question, the Republican establishment is ecstatic. The Republican Party should be happy about the prospect of Jeb Bush as its 2016 presidential candidate only if it has a death wish. Bush 41and Bush 43 dug a hole the party could not climb out of, so Bush 45 aims to fill it with the broken promises of the Republican platform: The Party of Lincoln, RIP....
  • Once Again Florida Could Decide GOP Nomination

    01/01/2015 9:01:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2015 | Matt Towery
    ST. PETERSBURG, FL. In recent presidential election cycles, Florida's primary has basically decided the Republican nomination. In 2008 John McCain received the endorsement of then-Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, and after winning the sunshine state's primary, never looked back. Even more dramatically, Mitt Romney reversed what seemed to be a potentially fatal loss to Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina primary by besting the former speaker just days later in the Florida contest. The fight in 2016 for Florida's rich number of delegates could once again bring an early and final decision in the race for the GOP nomination, especially...
  • Jeb resigns from all corporate boards; prepping for 2016 run

    01/01/2015 10:36:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/01/2015 | Rick Moran
    With a 10 point lead in the most recent polls, Jeb Bush has apparently decided that 2016 is his year. He has now resigned from all corporate boards, clearing the way for his run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. Washington Post: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, moving closer to a possible presidential run, has resigned all of his corporate and nonprofit board memberships, including with his own education foundation, his office said late Wednesday night. He also resigned as a paid adviser to a for-profit education company that sells online courses to public university students in exchange...
  • 2015 in Review...in Advance

    01/01/2015 8:44:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2015 | John Ransom
    Dateline: January 23rd, 2015: Washington: Republicans in the House and the Senate do THE slam dunk in the Democrats’ face by passing the Keystone XL Pipeline authorization. Not only does the bill authorize the controversial pipeline, but it also comes in at 11,571,283,475 pages long. “Take that, Pelosi!” Boehner shouts at the Rose Garden ceremony where Obama signs the bill. “Read that before you pass it byotch!”That’s right: Obama agrees to sign the Keystone bill in the Rose Garden because on page 2,351,546,379, buried in a footnote, the bill authorizes construction of the pipeline so long as no actual “pipes”...
  • Run, Mitt, Run

    01/01/2015 5:32:39 AM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 1, 2015 | Gene Schwimmer
    To the surprise of no one who has been following the will-he-or-won’t-he back-and-forth of the past few weeks, it looks he will. Jeb Bush is running for president. Okay, he’s not running; he’s just “actively exploring” running. And Napoleon was “actively exploring” invading Russia. Let us conservatives hope, then, that Jeb doesn’t meet his own Waterloo in 2016. The real surprise is that, almost before the pixels have dried on the pundits’ computer screen, Jeb Bush has moved to the head of the pack of presidential hopefuls, leading runner-up Christie by a full ten points according to a CNN poll....
  • At last: Ted Cruz wins a 2016 presidential straw poll - Rand Paul in second place

    12/29/2014 6:26:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2014 | Jennifer Harper
    A certain Texas Republican still has plenty of fans. Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Federalist Today Presidential Straw Poll with 26 percent of the nearly one thousand votes cast. The field included 16 potential candidates. “Placing a respectable second and third, Senator Rand Paul (22 percent) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (16 percent) showed that they also have considerable support among the ‘lovers of freedom and anxious for the fray’ Federalist faithful,” report David Corbin and Matt Parks, two analysts for The Federalist - a learned and vibrant online journal. “The political insider would, undoubtedly, not be impressed. Good...
  • Longtime Romney friend: He’s standing by to rescue the party from nominating Ted Cruz

    12/31/2014 9:01:14 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 298 replies
    I told you last night, there was only one way for this year to end on Hot Air. May one word ring in your ears as the ball drops, my friends: Romneymentum.Hopefully you’re all already liquored up sufficiently to dull the pain. “I know exactly what Mitt’s going to do,” [Ken] Gardner, a real estate developer who helped bring Romney to Utah to lead the 2002 Winter Olympics, told the Deseret News. “I think over the next few months, a lot of things will happen.”…“If it’s Ted Cruz that’s the candidate, he’s in. If it’s Jeb Bush, he’s probably not,”...
  • Why Jeb Bush Can’t Bypass Conservatives

    12/31/2014 11:48:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 29, 2014 | W. James Antle III, Editor, The Daily Caller News Foundation
    Before Jeb Bush announced he was “actively exploring” a presidential bid came news he was just as actively seeking a way to avoid appealing to conservatives. (The Bushies prefer the word “pandering.”) The would-be King Bush III consulted one of the country’s foremost experts on excelling in the Republican Party without being too conservative: Arizona Sen. John McCain. “I just said to him, ‘I think if you look back, despite the far right’s complaints, it is the centrist that wins the nomination,’” McCain told Bush, according to The New York Times. It’s definitely true that the establishment candidate usually wins...
  • Jurassic Media Desperate for Jeb

    12/31/2014 5:09:27 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 12/31/14 | C. Edmund Wright
    First it was the Boston Globe. Then came the New York Times. Then Politico and Bloomberg – and now CNN. The Jurassic media is on the march, and their goal is to help the Republicans nominate Jeb Bush in 2016. In order to achieve this goal, they have started to soften the battlefield of ideas with their stockpile of shallow psychological tactics. This is just the same old psy-ops the left always tries. And why not? It almost always works on the Republican establishment in Washington. Inside the GOP-e in DC, reality does not matter -- only polls and media...
  • Kuznicki: Absurd Polls That Favor Jeb Bush

    12/30/2014 9:08:14 PM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies
    conservativeview.com ^ | Dec. 30, 2014 | Jen Kuznicki
    Jeb Bush is polling as the man to beat in 2016, and it's completely absurd.Most people outside of Florida have little idea what Jeb Bush has done in office and even fewer voters know what he plans to propose or the direction he seeks for the Republican Party. But in poll after poll, John Ellis Bush (J.E.B.), the privileged son of President G. H.W. Bush, brother of President G.W. Bush and grandson of a banker and Rockefeller-type Republican senator from Connecticut, Prescott Bush, is leading the list of Republican nomination contenders by a wide margin. So far though, he's the...
  • The Overrated Candidate: The Case Against Jeb Bush

    12/29/2014 7:57:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 29, 2014 | Larry Thornberry
    The political baggage he carries isn't likely to fly.Politically, Bushes are, like the value of the Ivy League degrees most of them have, vastly overrated. Jeb Bush, who recently, to the surprise of no one, all but announced he would run for president, is no exception. Ever since Jeb established an “I’m Thinking About Running for President Committee” (translation to English: I’m running for president) a week or so back, the conventional wisdom, whooped up by the chatterati and the various great mentioners, is that this latest Bush is a lock for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. They...
  • Robichaud: Republicans will be red hot in the new year

    12/29/2014 4:18:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | December 29, 2014 | Holly Robichaud
    Welcome 2015! It’s going to be an important political year with the Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate and the approaching open 2016 presidential election. The GOP’s extensive field includes Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Govs. John Kasich of Ohio, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Mike Pence of Indiana and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal. While Cruz is no favorite of the D.C. 
establishment, his political backbone in working to stop the Obama agenda will be an advantage. Unlike Speaker John Boehner, Cruz embraces November’s message that Americans overwhelmingly reject Obama’s policies, including amnesty. Paul should be...
  • Bush, Romney, Cruz, Paul, Perry or ?

    12/29/2014 2:35:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 29, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    Since forming a presidential exploratory committee earlier this month, Jeb Bush is being considered a serious Republican candidate for president. But as George Will astutely pointed out last week, Bush has two significant hurdles; his support for Common Core and immigration reform. Will correctly points out that his support for the latter is far more nuanced than people understand. Bush does not advocate for more immigration through family reunification, which is the agenda of radical immigration activists, but instead for meeting employment needs, and he supports a path to legal status instead of citizenship. However, his support for Common Core...
  • CNN/ORC Poll: Bush surges to 2016 GOP frontrunner

    12/29/2014 12:35:35 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | Alexandra Jaffe | Sun December 28, 2014
    Washington (CNN) -- Jeb Bush is the clear Republican presidential frontrunner, surging to the front of the potential GOP pack following his announcement that he's "actively exploring" a bid, a new CNN/ORC poll found. He takes nearly one-quarter — 23% — of Republicans surveyed in the new nationwide poll, putting him 10 points ahead of his closest competitor, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who tallied 13%.
  • Caption this old picture of Jeb and Dubya (circa 1980's)

    12/29/2014 12:41:47 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies