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  • The Psychiatric Gulagization of Sarah Palin

    08/14/2014 9:15:25 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 44 replies
    Common Sense of the Jones of the World ^ | 8/14/2014 | Sacra Pizza Man
    Nicolle Wallace, former adviser to the McCain-Palin 2008 presidential campaign who worked with Steve Schmidt, appeared on The View on Thursday (3/10/2014) and gushed over Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and even Bill Clinton. Predictably, however, she trashed Sarah Palin.
  • Jeb Bush quietly ramping up potential presidential bid

    08/06/2014 7:13:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 67 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/31/14 | Ian Mohr
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been traveling to New York in the past month to quietly meet with high-flying business leaders to ramp up interest in a potential presidential bid, sources tell Page Six. “He’s been meeting with groups of up to 15 people at private homes to tell them about some of his moderate points of view,” a source said.
  • Familiar names lead 2016 presidential race in South Carolina poll

    07/27/2014 2:25:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Forgive South Carolina voters if the looming 2016 presidential contest is giving them a strong sense of deja vu. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading the Democratic pack among this state's voters, according to a new Palmetto Politics poll, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is receiving the most love here on the GOP side. "I think it's hilarious," College of Charleston political scientist Gibbs Knotts said. "This is not 1992 all over again, but we've still got Bush and Clinton. Of course, we're talking about a different Bush and a different Clinton." About one-third of 1,000 likely...
  • Act of Love? Jeb Bush, ‘Moderate Republican,’ Calls for Deportation Of Migrant Children

    07/26/2014 8:25:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | July 26, 2014 | Eric Shapiro
    Remember when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the consummate “moderate Republican,” shocked everyone by calling immigration an “act of love?” It looks like he’s changed his mind. On Thursday, he called for nearly all of the 50,000-plus immigrants in limbo on our Southwest border to be sent home. That is, “except for those deserving few who may demonstrate a true case for asylum.” Deserving few? Someone should ask Bush which of the children fleeing impoverished and violent countries (where they have a 1 in 15 chance of being murdered) like Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras “deserve” to be sent home....
  • Jeb Bush: Use Border Crisis To Pass Amnesty Bill

    07/24/2014 12:02:28 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/24/14 | Tony Lee
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who said that illegal immigration is an "act of love" that should not "rile" up Americans, now believes most of the illegal immigrant children from Central America should be sent back. But he also called for Congress to use the border crisis to pass comprehensive amnesty legislation. -snip- But he also urged Congress to "demonstrate leadership" on the border crisis by passing amnesty legislation. "Congress should not use the present crisis as an excuse to defer comprehensive immigration reform," Bush said. Bush, who has pushed amnesty legislation while considering a 2016 presidential run, called for...
  • Jeb Bush: Send Majority Of Unaccompanied Minors Back Home

    07/24/2014 12:42:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/24/2014 | by CHARLIE SPIERING
    In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, co-author and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush argued that it was important to send the majority of the 50,000 unaccompanied minors back home. “Except for those deserving few who may demonstrate true cause for asylum or protection from sex trafficking, these children must be returned to their homes in Central America,” he wrote in the op-ed, which was co-authored by Clint Bolick. Bush argued that the 2008 anti-trafficking law - allowing children to stay in the country - should be changed to help stop the flow of children crossing the border, who then claim...
  • Jeb Bush weighs in on immigration influx and urges House Republicans to push comprehensive reform

    07/24/2014 5:31:51 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 52 replies
    politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Kevin Bohn
    Washington (CNN) – After several weeks in which the influx of tens of thousands of undocumented children illegally crossing the border into the United States has dominated the headlines, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wrote an op-ed about the issue, calling for a change in how the children are handled after they are arrested - and also urging his fellow Republicans not to use this as an "excuse" to abandon comprehensive immigration reform. His Wall Street Journal opinion piece that published Wednesday evening is similar to the statement he released to CNN last week and is just the second time...
  • Rand Paul Leads the GOP Pack for 2016

    07/11/2014 10:34:44 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 31 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | July 11 2014 | EPJ
    A new Zogby Analytics poll of likely Republican primary voters in 2016 shows Rand Paul starting to build a lead over better known – and more establishment – GOP figures. In the poll, Rand polls 20%, followed by “Establishment” candidates New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 13% each. In fourth place is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with 8%, then Florida Senator Marco Rubio 7%, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindahl 4%, and New Mexico Governor Suzanna Martinez, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley all with 1% each. Rand does well among all...
  • ‘Border is NOT open to illegal migration,’ Obama’s Homeland Security chief says

    07/06/2014 6:13:04 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 70 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/6/14 | ADAM EDELMAN
    DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said the President would ‘stem this tide’ of illegal immigration but was repeatedly unable to offer specifics on how Obama’s forthcoming executive actions — announced last week but still vague — would help improve the immigration crisis in the U.S. Just days after pledging to reform federal immigration policies through a series of executive actions, the Obama administration made it clear Sunday that the U.S. border is “not open” to undocumented immigrants. “Our message to those who come here illegally: Our border is not open to illegal migration and we are taking a number of steps...
  • The Paranoids are Back

    06/28/2014 9:02:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    "American politics has often been an arena for angry minds." So begins "The Paranoid Style in American Politics," a classic work that the historian Richard Hofstadter wrote in 1964, another time of deep division and mutual suspicion. In that essay, he traced the roots of an American style that goes back at least to the late 19th century, when a plethora of mass movements kept finding new candidates for the source of all our troubles. It might be International Bankers one year and the gold standard the next as older scapegoats -- Catholics, immigrants, Masons -- gave way to...
  • 5 Reasons Conservatives Should Not Vote for Jeb Bush

    06/24/2014 12:59:24 AM PDT · by summer · 15 replies
    My opinion | june 27, 2014 | summer
    It's been so long since I've posted here I've almost forgotten how. But I am posting this thread because some people may remember I once supported Jeb Bush. I don't any more. There are more than five reasons why I think conservatives should not vote for Jeb Bush, and, frankly, why no one should vote for Jeb Bush. Here are five reasons, and I realize some of you may find these somewhat odd or weird. Others may understand completely: (1) Jeb Bush is a phoney in that he is not in any way, shape or form interested in following God's...
  • Two reasons why Democrats should fear a Jeb Bush 2016 presidential run

    06/22/2014 10:59:44 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 95 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 20, 2014 | Lanny Davis
    ... Jeb Bush’s positions on two issues, in my view, make him formidable against a Democratic presidential candidate in 2016: education reform and immigration policy. ...
  • Jeb Bush -- A Formidable Candidate for President

    06/19/2014 3:09:38 PM PDT · by detective · 171 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 06/19/2014 | Lanny Davis
    OK, OK. To the Bush family, and particularly to former two-term Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: Don't worry. Let me start, up front, by saying: I would never vote for Jeb Bush for president. He is way too conservative for me. Now that that's over with, I think Bush is a really good guy -- a good person, good father, good husband, good brother (to my Yale College friend, two-term President George W. Bush) and good son to his great, great dad, former President George H.W. Bush. Jeb Bush's positions on two issues, in my view, make him formidable against a...
  • Could Jeb Bush's Views On Immigration Cost Him A Presidential Primary?

    06/18/2014 2:21:10 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 46 replies
    WLRN ^ | 6/17/14 | MATT LASLO
    Some conservatives say the recent primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) shows a Republican like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush cannot win a presidential primary because of his views on immigration. Bush and another Florida politician hoping for the presidency are taking very different approaches to the issue. As the dust settles on Cantor's stunning primary loss, some analysts say he was ousted because he was seen as a Washington insider. Others say Virginia’s open primary allowed Democrats and independents to sabotage his race. But conservatives, like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), say it shows their party's base...
  • Jeb Bush for Veep?

    06/18/2014 2:18:30 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    National Journal ^ | 6/16/14 | Tom DeFrank
    Speculation among Republican strategists is that Bush won’t run for president in 2016, but might be willing to be a strong conservative’s running mate. Even before Eric Cantor’s seismic loss to a political novice backed by the tea party last week, many Republican elders had concluded that Jeb Bush, who really wants to become the third President Bush, won’t run in 2016. The emerging consensus explains why some of these party mandarins have launched a new political boomlet touting the ex-Florida governor: Jeb for Veep. At first the notion seems a little weird. While a reliable ideological conservative, Bush is...
  • Common Core Protesters Give Jeb Bush a New Hashtag: #StopJebNow

    06/17/2014 6:14:17 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Beth Reinhard
    rotesters gathered Monday in Cincinnati, where Mr. Bush was headlining a fundraiser for the Republican National Committee. Some placards wielded the hashtag #StopJebNow. “Gov. Bush led on higher standards long before Common Core was in the picture, and he won’t back away from higher standards just because some pundits question their political impact,” said Sally Bradshaw, Mr. Bush’s former chief-of-staff and a current political adviser. “That’s just not how he rolls.”Nearly every one of his possible GOP rivals in 2016 have assailed Common Core (Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Rick Perry...
  • Jeb Bush for Veep?

    06/17/2014 2:44:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    National Journal ^ | 06/17/2014 | Tom DeFrank
    Even before Eric Cantor’s seismic loss to a political novice backed by the tea party last week, many Republican elders had concluded that Jeb Bush, who really wants to become the third President Bush, won’t run in 2016. The emerging consensus explains why some of these party mandarins have launched a new political boomlet touting the ex-Florida governor: Jeb for Veep. At first the notion seems a little weird. While a reliable ideological conservative, Bush is a dreaded mainstream Republican. Worse yet for many on the Right, he’s a fervent booster of comprehensive immigration reform. That provokes apoplexy among many...
  • Jeb Bush Not Backing Away From Common Core

    06/17/2014 7:46:48 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 40 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 17 Jun 2014 08:13 AM | Melissa Clyne
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush remains a major supporter of the nationwide education standards known as Common Core despite Republican criticism. The GOP mostly favored Common Core standards when they were released four years ago, with the vast majority of states signing on to participate. Common Core establishes standards in English language arts and math for K-12 students. But when President Barack Obama tied federal election grants to states’ adopting the standards, many conservatives changed their tune, arguing it’s the states’ place – not the federal government's – to decide local education standards, according to U.S. News & World Report....
  • A wake-up call for GOP, Bush

    06/12/2014 5:14:34 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 36 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 6/12/14 | Adrianna Cohen
    If Jeb Bush was considering a White House run in 2016, he’d better think again. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning loss Tuesday night to underfunded Tea Party candidate David Brat in Virginia has sent shock waves through the Republican Party — including to Jeb Bush, who will now have to reassess whether he even has a shot at the Oval Office. Cantor’s remarkable defeat was a nationwide wake-up call that not only is the Tea Party formidable, but that Republican voters are not happy with the GOP’s 
establishment position on 
amnesty for illegal immigrants and other hot-button issues fracturing...
  • Jeb Bush and Chris Christie Hold Hillary Under 50% in New Zogby Analytics Poll Matchups

    05/29/2014 9:28:37 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/27/14 | John Zogby
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton still leads two major possible 2016 Republicans opponents by double digits but is held under 50% for the first times in Zogby Analytics polling. The new nationwide poll of 902 likely voters, conducted online May 21-22, shows Mrs. Clinton leading former Florida Governor Jeb Bush 49% to 32%, with 14% saying they prefer to vote for “someone else”, and 5% not sure. In another matchup, she leads New Jersey Governor Chris Christie by 14 points, 47% to 33%, with 14% selecting “someone else”, and 6% undecided. -snip- And despite being married to a Latina...
  • Jeb Bush hints at 2016 run, talks up faith in his only commencement address this year

    05/22/2014 8:20:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/17/2014 | Robert Costa
    In his lone commencement address of the year, former Florida governor Jeb Bush urged students at a Christian liberal arts college Saturday to reaffirm their socially conservative values, a sign that he is underscoring his own as he considers running in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. “Remain true to your convictions and your faith,” Bush said, speaking at Grove City College in northwestern Pennsylvania. “This may seem a little challenging today, where we have a federal government that is willingly violating the religious freedom of its citizens. But we don’t have to accept it.” Dropping a possible hint about his...
  • Rand Paul tops 2014 campaigns’ wish list

    05/19/2014 2:59:16 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | May 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Titus
    Challengers see themselves in the Texas senator, even in races where their odds of an upset are considered steeper than Cruz’s surprise victory over a GOP establishment figure two years ago. He’s made endorsements in the Oklahoma and Nebraska Senate races, plus the Nebraska gubernatorial race, and sent almost $26,000 to federal candidates through his leadership PAC. “Ted Cruz would be extremely helpful as an endorser and a fundraiser,” said C. Edmund Wright, a consultant to longshot South Carolina Senate hopeful Lee Bright, in an email. “Rand Paul and Mike Lee would be great also.” But, he said, “the reason...
  • An animated Jeb Bush impresses New York audience

    05/14/2014 7:22:25 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 49 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 5/13/14 | Alex Leary
    Jeb Bush gave an impassioned speech before New York's top political donors, casting immigration reform as a way to grow the economy, warning of a declining American Dream and pressing back on Common Core critics. "We cannot go back and dumb down our standards," Bush said at a Manhattan Institute dinner at Cipriani, across from Grand Central Station.
  • Jeb Bush Friends Say Whether He'll Run For President Depends On His Wife, Columba

    05/18/2014 3:57:17 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 5/15/14 | Fox News Latino
    Several years ago, Columba Bush was at a Republican women’s gathering in Jacksonville, Florida, looking like she wanted to bolt for the exit. Tom Slade Jr. – former chairman of the Florida GOP and a friend of Columba and her famous husband, former Gov. Jeb Bush – recalled how she seemed utterly ill at ease. Her dislike of being in the spotlight, and at events where people go to see who’s there and to be seen, is well-known among those who know the Bush couple. Columba Bush, who is 60, has endured it, Slade told the Washington Post, because the...
  • A Jeb Bush campaign would have family considerations

    05/18/2014 3:49:33 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Florida Times Union ^ | 5/18/14 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    Jeb Bush can trace some of his most appealing qualities as a potential presidential candidate for a diversifying electorate to his 40-year partnership with his Mexican-born wife, Columba. The couple speak Spanish to one another, and their lives have been immersed in Hispanic culture and the immigrant experience. But Columba’s intense distaste for the public arena is one of the issues weighing most heavily on the former Florida governor as he grapples with whether to run for the White House in 2016, according to interviews with friends, former staffers and GOP donors close to the family. -snip- Columba Bush at...
  • Bloomberg: Hillary Is A 'Spectacular Candidate'

    05/18/2014 1:58:15 PM PDT · by kingattax · 38 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 5-18-14
    Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation," former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Hillary Clinton would make a "spectacular candidate" for president in 2016. “I think she would be a spectacular candidate on the Democratic side. Bloomberg also praised former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) and Govs. Chris Christie (R-NJ) and Scott Walker (R-WI) pointing to their "executive experience"on the potential candidates on the Republican side of the ticket.
  • National Park Employee Brutally Beaten by Illegal Alien and Left for Dead (Video)

    05/17/2014 3:55:32 PM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 16 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 05-17-2014 | Jason DeWitt
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsA park employee left for dead at the Chiricahua National Monument is speaking out about her attack.Karen Gonzales, 60, was viciously beaten in broad daylight in one of the park restrooms.She suffered a brain injury and is now walking with a limp. She tells News 4 Crime Trackers, “I will never forget his face coming at me.”Gonzales was cleaning the women’s restroom at the Faraway Ranch Campground when she heard a noise, looked up, and saw her attacker come at her with a rock.The DNA evidence left behind identified 33-year-old Gilbert Gaxiola as her attacker. The...
  • ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT KILLS COP DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE FREEWAY DRUNK

    05/16/2014 1:24:05 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 86 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 May 2014, | CAROLINE MAY
    An illegal immigrant who killed a police office while driving the wrong way in on an Arizona freeway Monday had a blood-alcohol level almost three times the legal limit, the Associated Press reported Friday. Raul Silva Corona had driven 35 miles in the wrong direction on three freeways with a blood alcohol level of .238 percent in the wee hours of Monday morning before he killed Mesa Police Officer Brandon Mendoza, according to the AP's report. In Arizona, a driver is considered intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent. Mendoza, who served for thirteen years at the Mesa Police...
  • Would you vote for Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton for president?

    05/16/2014 1:20:15 PM PDT · by ncfool · 156 replies
    St. Louis Business Journal ^ | 5-16-2014 | St. Louis Business Journal
    Who would you vote for in 2016 St. Louis Journal Business Journal poll....
  • Jeb Bush praises Lyndon B. Johnson: ‘He did what leaders do’

    05/16/2014 12:43:18 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 132 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 15, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    Jeb Bush hasn’t announced whether he’s decided to run for president in 2016, but the former Florida governor has promised that if he does he will strive to govern like former Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson. Speaking at Saint Leo University in San Antonio, Fla., the Republican praised Mr. Johnson last February, not for his “Great Society” programs that conservatives blame for significantly expanding the size and scope of the federal government, but for his forceful, hands-on leadership, The Miami Herald reported at the time.
  • Bush Embarrassed By Wife's Run-in With Customs (1999 Columba Bush Flashback)

    05/16/2014 6:20:51 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 46 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 6/22/1999 | DAVID COX and JOHN KENNEDY
    Florida first lady Columba Bush made a mistake and "feels horrible" about her embarrassing run-in with U.S. Customs agents late last week, a chagrined Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday. "I can assure you it was a difficult weekend at our house," the governor said. "She knew that what she did was wrong and [she] made a mistake." Columba Bush was briefly detained and fined at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport on Thursday after her arrival following a five-day shopping spree in Paris. The governor was not with her. She declared only $500 worth of merchandise on a Customs form at the...
  • Bill Maher pitches Clinton-Warren 2016 ("Granny ticket" -wants carbon tax for AGW)

    05/16/2014 1:01:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 15, 2014 | Jonathan Topaz
    Bill Maher said he would “love” to see Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) run as part of a 2016 presidential ticket with Hillary Clinton, calling the potential duo “a granny ticket.” Speaking on Ora.tv’s PoliticKING with Larry King, the liberal comic called Warren one of the “most gutsy” people in politics. When asked by King whom he thought would be able to lead the country to address climate change, Maher said: “I think someone like Elizabeth Warren, one of the most gutsy people I’ve seen in politics in a long time. She’s somebody, I think, who would really say what she...
  • Jeb Bush: I Would Govern Like Lyndon Johnson as President

    05/15/2014 2:03:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 162 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Feb 2013 | Tony Lee
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he would strive to be like Lyndon Johnson, the Democrat famous for expanding the U.S. welfare state through the "Great Society," if he were elected president. According to the Miami Herald, Bush made those comments Wednesday night in San Antonio, Florida at Saint Leo University, while speaking about education, immigration, and energy policy. Bush did not address Johnson's Great Society and War on Poverty programs, about which Ronald Reagan once famously quipped, "We had a war on poverty, and poverty won."
  • Jeb Bush's inner circle: Sally Bradshaw, Mike Murphy

    05/15/2014 6:19:00 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/13/14 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    For a two-term governor of a political hotbed who’s openly mulling over a presidential bid, Jeb Bush is unusually reliant on his own counsel. But to the extent Bush has a kitchen cabinet, two figures have seats at the head of the table: Sally Bradshaw, Bush’s no-nonsense, ex-chief of staff, and Mike Murphy, the Republican consultant and “Meet the Press” mainstay who’s taken up residence in Hollywood. -snip- Jeb Bush has always been part of Murphy’s Holy Trinity of clients; the others are Mitt Romney, whose 2002 gubernatorial run Murphy advised, and Sen. John McCain.
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s ‘get out of jail free’ card for illegal aliens

    05/14/2014 7:32:41 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/14/14 | Washington Times
    Barack Obama opens the prisons as Round 1 in his amnesty scheme A few thousand murderers, rapists, kidnappers and other violent thugs are on the streets, thanks to Barack Obama for handing out a “get out of jail free card” to aliens in the country illegally, no matter how many felonies he or she may have committed. The Center for Immigration Studies provides proof that, last year, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials “freed 36,007 convicted criminal aliens from detention who were awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings.” Those 36,000-plus perps weren’t in jail for jaywalking or keeping a...
  • Jeb Bush: Opposing Amnesty 'Makes No Sense to Me'

    05/14/2014 6:14:59 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 107 replies
    Bush addressed a Manhattan Institute crowd along with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who has also embraced amnesty legislation, and doubled down on his support for an immigration reform bill that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers while not securing the border. "For the life of me I have a hard time understanding why people are fearful of our own heritage, our own history," Bush reportedly said. "The rules are you come to this country, you pursue your dreams, you create value for yourself and your families and others and great things happens to you...
  • Jeb and Hillary Are the Wrong Candidates for 2016

    05/08/2014 1:14:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 6, 2014 | Josh Kraushaar
    Donors are overrating brand-name contenders and missing the vulnerability their insider credentials will carry. Far too often, political coverage is based on the thinking of consultants and donors, and doesn't pay enough attention to what the voters are actually thinking. It's why we focus on presidential horse-race numbers in Iowa and New Hampshire, which couldn't be less predictive, and are often slow to pick up on the issues driving grassroots anger, like Common Core. It's why immigration reform rates as a top legislative priority in the minds of strategists over proposing an economic agenda to assuage voter anxieties. And it's...
  • GOP Wants More Control Over Picking 2016 Nominee

    05/07/2014 2:01:05 PM PDT · by GregNH · 38 replies
    AP ^ | 5/7/14 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican National Committee wants to take more control over how the party picks a White House nominee. The RNC was to meet Wednesday in Memphis, Tennessee, to choose members who will effectively set the calendar for 2016's long list of potential presidential contenders. If the party's chairman, Reince Priebus gets his way, the GOP will pick its nominee more quickly than during past contests and have fewer debates in which candidates could criticize each other. The RNC also was expected to put penalties in place for candidates who don't follow the committee's plans.
  • Williams: House GOP walking into a trap

    05/06/2014 5:46:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 5, 2014 | Juan Williams
    What happens to the House Republican caucus if Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) forces a vote on immigration reform? Here are three predictions: 1. The bill passes. An overwhelming majority of Republicans vote for it. With Republican primaries finished by June, incumbents will be free from any far-right, anti-immigration threat to their seats. The GOP vote will be so large it will isolate right-wing talk radio hosts and the Tea Party opposition. 2. Boehner strengthens his position as the party’s leader in the House. He gains added financial backing from a business community that wants immigration reform. And he rises as...
  • Jeb Bush to aid key early voting state governor (to hold Florida fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Branstad)

    05/06/2014 2:58:46 PM PDT · by maggief · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | May 6, 2014 | CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn and CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser
    Washington (CNN) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will make allies in the key early presidential voting state of Iowa without even going there. Bush will host a re-election fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in Coral Gables, Florida on May 22, Branstad's campaign confirmed to CNN. "With Gov. Bush's popularity and unmatched record as governor of Florida, we believe this will be a very successful fundraiser, and Gov. Branstad is excited to attend. Branstad admires the work Bush has done to manage Florida's finances while focusing on growing the state's economy," Branstad's campaign communications director Tommy Schultz told CNN.
  • Jeb Bush edges up, Hillary Clinton slightly slides, in CNN 2016 poll

    05/06/2014 2:39:23 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 05-06-2014 | Paul Steinhauser
    BASED ON 287 RESPONDENTS WHO DESCRIBE THEMSELVES AS REPUBLICANS AND 186 WHO DESCRIBE THEMSELVES AS INDEPENDENTS WHO LEAN REPUBLICAN, FOR A TOTAL OF 473 REPUBLICANS -- SAMPLING ERROR: +/- 4.5 PERCENTAGE PTS. May 2-4 2014 Bush 13% Paul 13% Ryan 12% Huckabee 10% Christie 9% Perry 8% Walker 7% Cruz 7% Rubio 6% Santorum 2% Someone else (vol.) 4% None/No one (vol.) 4% No opinion 7%
  • The Numbers Don’t Lie: Jeb Can’t Win

    05/05/2014 7:28:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 155 replies
    Yahoo News via Daily Beast ^ | 05/05/2014 | By Michael Tomasky
    As we know, the search for an “establishment” candidate has been on in the GOP for a while now, a savior who can rescue the party from Rand Paul or Ted Cruz. That man, of course, is Jeb Bush. Last week on Hardball, Kathleen Parker said he is definitely running. She’s a conservative columnist but not a wacko, has establishment GOP credentials and Florida ties to boot. And she spoke with the air of someone who had had this nugget leaked to her specifically so that she would go out on national TV and blurt it out. So take the...
  • Tim Pawlenty cites John McCain, Mitt Romney in predicting Jeb Bush can win GOP nomination

    05/05/2014 1:00:00 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 108 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 04-30-2014 | David Sherfinski
    Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Wednesday he believes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush can win the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, dismissing the notion that conservatives wouldn’t elect an “establishment” candidate by pointing to the party’s standard bearer the past two presidential cycles. “See John McCain; see Mitt Romney,” Mr. Pawlenty, who ended his 2012 presidential campaign in the summer of 2011, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “In McCain’s case, a very compelling personal story and a gritty performance; in Mitt Romney’s case, obviously a man of great talent but also someone with a tremendous amount of campaign resources...
  • Jeb Bush courts religious right

    05/03/2014 5:58:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | May 3, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may be laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run as he met this week with a top evangelical leader who could help him win votes from the religious right, according to reports. Bush, a Roman Catholic, sat down with Russell Moore, head of the Southern Baptist Convention's policy branch known as the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, at his Miami office on Friday, CNN reported. The Washington Post reported last month that the two were planning on meeting. "We'll talk about the concerns of evangelicals," Moore told The Post at the time. "He is...
  • Inevitable: Rich GOP donors warn Christie that their first loyalty is to Jeb Bush

    05/02/2014 8:55:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 2, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Can we really call it “news” if it’s something that everyone already knows? Imagine if all the tea-party energy of the past five years ends up in another Bush coronation in 2016. I don’t know if the party would fracture. But it should. In private conversations that are now seeping into public view, some of them are signaling to Mr. Christie’s camp that, should Mr. Bush enter the race, their first loyalty would be to him, not to Mr. Christie, according to interviews with more than two dozen of them… The family name, [Barry Wynn] said, remains a powerful draw....
  • George W. Bush wants Jeb Bush to run, says he'd be 'great president'

    05/01/2014 9:20:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Los Angeles Times' Politics Now ^ | May 1, 2014 | Daniel Rothberg - Reporting from Washington
    President George W. Bush said his younger brother Jeb Bush would make a “great president,” as speculation builds that the Republican former governor of Florida might mount a run for the White House in 2016. Jeb Bush, a favorite of the Republican establishment, has maintained a high public profile in recent weeks, appearing at GOP fundraising events and weighing in on debates over immigration and education policy. He has publicly backed at least two GOP candidates in 2014 races, including his recent endorsement of California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari. “I hope Jeb runs,” the former president said during an interview...
  • No, Jeb Bush won’t be president

    05/01/2014 1:29:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | April 30, 2014 | Joy-Ann Reid
    For Jeb Bush, who I believe really wants to be president, the theory of the case has always been this: At some point, his party, the Republicans, will break from the tea party. The angry fever that overtook the party when Barack Obama’s election produced its intended result: a universal healthcare bill, would break. And the movement, born on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to slag underwater homeowners, and harnessed by the GOP to break the spell of bipartisanship Obama rode into town on, would have so consumed the party base, that cooler heads within the party would...
  • Poll: GOP presidential race wide open; Hillary Clinton leads Jeb Bush in theoretical matchup

    04/30/2014 11:40:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/30/2014 | By Philip Rucker and Scott Clement
    The 2016 Republican presidential nominating battle is shaping up as the most wide-open in a generation, with a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showing five prospective candidates within four percentage points of one another at the top and a half-dozen more in the mix. The picture is very different on the Democratic side, where former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton is the clear front-runner. In a hypothetical matchup, Clinton leads former Florida governor Jeb Bush — seen by many GOP establishment figures as the party’s strongest general-election candidate — 53 percent to 41 percent. Clinton’s commanding position is fueled...
  • Running for President? A Known Name Can Help

    04/30/2014 9:49:06 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 04-30-2014 | Greg Holyk
    When it comes to running for president – at least at this early stage – a famous name sure helps. So it is in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, in which some of the most recognizable potential candidates – Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan – lead a crowded 2016 Republican field, albeit none with anything near a clear advantage. Moving on to a hypothetical matchup between Bush and Hillary Clinton, the Democrat leads, boosted by a huge gender gap and with a more popular clan, as well. Sixty-six percent of Americans express a favorable view...
  • Report: Wall Street Republicans Prefer Hillary over Ted Cruz, Rand Paul

    04/28/2014 5:34:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 28, 2014 | Tony Lee
    The permanent political class and their donors think a Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton battle in 2016 would be a win-win scenario, and many Republican Wall Street donors would rather have Clinton in the White House than Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) or Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). According to a Politico report, "the darkest secret in the big money world of the Republican coastal elite is that the most palatable alternative to a nominee such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas or Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky would be Clinton." “If it turns out to be Jeb versus Hillary we would...