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  • Voters Unlikely to Care Much About the Hillary Clinton Email Furor

    03/04/2015 9:06:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 4, 2015 | Brendan Nyhan
    The report Monday that Hillary Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state raises a number of important questions about government transparency and access to public records. Unsurprisingly, however, the conversation quickly veered from matters of policy into ominous speculation about the political consequences for Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic Party presidential front-runner, including hyperbolic suggestions that the emails could “shake up the 2016 race,” cause irreparable damage to her, cause her to lose the general election, or even help force her out of the race.
  • Media Matters founder wants New York Times 'correction' on Hillary emails report (90s nostalgia)

    03/04/2015 8:58:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 4, 2015 | Eddie Scarry
    David Brock, founder of the liberal Media Matters watchdog and a Hillary Clinton loyalist, said on Wednesday that a New York Times report on Clinton's email practices while secretary of state was "sloppily done" and "based on a false premise." "The piece didn't stand up to scrutiny after it was published," said Brock on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where he called on the Times to issue a correction to the report, which was written by Michael S. Schmidt and published Monday night.
  • Is Scott Walker Ready for Prime Time?

    03/04/2015 6:29:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/04/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Prepared or not, the Wisconsin governor is now the 2016 front-runner. Any chef will tell you that you need great ingredients to pull off a great meal. Less discussed but just as true: You need to cook the ingredients in the right order. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has nearly all of the right ingredients to win the GOP nomination. He is popular among both anti-establishment activists and the big donors of the establishment. He has working-class appeal (desperately needed for the GOP), and he’s battle-tested in his home state — a state many believe the Republicans could finally pick off...
  • The Goldman Sachs primary

    03/03/2015 5:50:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | March 2, 2015 | Ben White
    Forget the Democratic and Republican primaries: The two biggest names in the 2016 presidential race are competing directly against each other in an elite forum, the halls of Goldman Sachs. Jeb Bush will be back in New York raising money next week with his sights set on Goldman, the wealthiest and most successful bank in Wall Street history. He has a pair of events scheduled for next Wednesday with current and former Goldman executives, sources familiar with Bush’s plans said.
  • Jeb Bush 'Will Not Sign Any Pledges' in 2016

    03/01/2015 5:52:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 28, 2015 | Jonathan Karl
    Anti-taxman Grover Norquist recently told ABC News he believes Jeb Bush will likely sign his no-new-taxes pledge if and when he officially becomes a candidate for president. But, as Dana Carvey might say, "Not gonna happen." Norquist may have had good reason to believe Bush would sign the Taxpayers Protection Pledge, where candidates vow to oppose "any and all efforts to increase taxes." After all, the vast majority of Republican candidates for national office and many for local and statewide office have been signing it ever since Norquist started Americans for Tax Reform in 1985.
  • Dozens of CPAC Attendees Walk Out on Jeb Bush

    02/27/2015 12:15:43 PM PST · by C19fan · 112 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 27, 2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    Scores of CPAC attendees began to file out as soon as Jeb Bush started speaking with talk show host Sean Hannity this afternoon,which did eventually garner plenty of applause. After exiting the main auditorium at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the protesting attendees began chanting “USA, USA” and “Stand with Rand.” Despite the sign of defiance, the main ballroom was as packed for Bush’s talk as it had been for any other 2016 contender, including Scott Walker and Rand Paul. Bush’s comments attracted cheers from some parts of the ballroom, which was more packed than it had been at any...
  • Republican power brokers think Scott Walker just isn’t ready. Do they have a point?

    02/27/2015 7:27:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 95 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/27/2015 | Noah Rothman
    The first instinct of many upon reading this headline will be to dismiss it. Presumably, “Republican powerbrokers” can be understood to mean Jeb Bush’s stable of handwringers for whom nothing is more frightening than an outspoken conservative who governs like one. But if we step back and suspend disbelief, it is not hard to see where Walker’s critics have a point. First off, who are Walker’s critics? Well, outside of the political press and the nation’s editorial boards, which have determined that the Wisconsin governor is a “panderer of the first order” because the media is not the target...
  • CHRIS CHRISTIE ADMITS ‘REGRETS’ ADOPTING COMMON CORE, SAYS NJ NEEDED THE MONEY

    02/27/2015 6:37:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 26, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    In an interview at CPAC with conservative show host Laura Ingraham, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) acknowledged why many governors likely adopted the unproven Common Core standards were dangled before them by the Obama administration: He signed onto them because his state needed the federal funds that would come in exchange for adopting the unpopular education reform. Ingraham asked Christie about his prior support for the nationalized standards, and observed that he did sign his state’s Race to the Top application for the federal funds.
  • Bush Campaign’s Demand for Fidelity Ruffles Some Republican Rivals

    02/27/2015 5:45:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2015 | Michael Barbaro and Maggie Haberman
    The prestigious consulting firm, known for its close ties to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, was orchestrating an extensive effort to remake his image and prepare him for the 2016 presidential campaign. But that was no deterrent for Jeb Bush. His team hired the firm anyway and quickly made it clear that it wanted undivided allegiance. The company, FP1 Strategies, soon severed ties with Mr. Perry, startling his staff.
  • Jeb Bush: 'I'm not backing down' from immigration stance

    02/27/2015 5:36:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 26, 2015 | Byron York
    In perhaps his most campaign-style speech so far, not-yet-official GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush vowed Thursday not to alter his views on immigration despite intense opposition among some parts of the Republican base. "If I go beyond the consideration of running, I'm not backing down from something that is a core belief," Bush told a gathering of the conservative Club for Growth in Florida. "Are we supposed to just cower because at the moment people are all upset about something? No way, no how."
  • Jeb Bush’s Sense and Sensibility

    02/26/2015 11:24:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Time ^ | February 26,2015 | Joe Klein
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  • Religious Faith to Be Key Piece of Possible Jeb Bush Run

    02/26/2015 5:21:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 29, 2015 | Beth Reinhard
    A memo from a top adviser to Jeb Bush gives a clue as to how he could connect with the conservative base of his party if he runs for president: talking about his religious faith. Faith is listed as one of nine “issues you care about” in a memo to Mr. Bush’s supporters from Sally Bradshaw that quotes Mr. Bush on each topic, offering an on-message preview of his potential bid for the Republican nomination. Referring to his conversion to Catholicism, Mr. Bush says, “My faith was strengthened when I converted to my wife’s faith…It gives me a serenity that,...
  • VPOTUS, CJOTUS, Hello? Obama Suggests He's Only Official of All USA

    02/25/2015 6:48:32 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Wonder if the MSM will notice that, in his overweening ego, during his MSNBC townhall today President Obama seemed to falsely proclaim himself the only official representing the whole of the United States. Vice-President of the United States. Chief Justice of the United States. Hello? Now, to be precise, President Obama did say that his was "the only office in which you are the president of all the people." Well, yeah, the president is the only president. But surely the prez didn't intend that trivial tautology. Presumably he meant to say his is the only constitutional office with responsibility for...
  • Clinton ’16 Would Give Gender More of a Role Than Clinton ’08 Did

    02/25/2015 7:06:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 24, 2015 | Amy Chozick and Jonathan Martin
    The last time Hillary Rodham Clinton ran for president, she seemed torn over whether to emphasize her chance to make history, or to play down her gender and reassure voters that she was tough enough for the job. This time there is no question: Mrs. Clinton’s potential to break what she has called “the highest and hardest glass ceiling” is already central to her fledgling 2016 presidential campaign. But rather than the assertive feminism associated with her years as first lady, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign message will be subtler. It will involve frequent references to being a mother and grandmother and...
  • Fiorina Is Quietly Making an Impression in New Hampshire

    02/25/2015 6:49:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 25, 2015 | Scott Conroy
    In New Hampshire, where tear duct-draining temperatures and a maze of towering snow banks continue to test even the heartiest winter trouper’s mettle, much of the talk these days centers around wistful plans for tropical getaways. But as growing numbers of Republican politicians from more temperate locales defy all climatic logic to travel to the Granite State this winter, talk of 2016 presidential politics has been picking up, too.
  • Walker Has Strong Early Lead In Iowa GOP Caucus [truncated]

    02/25/2015 6:02:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Quinnipiac University Poll ^ | Fenruary 25, 2015 | Staff
    An early look at likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants shows a strong conservative tilt as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads the pack with 25 percent, twice as high as his nearest rival, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters who identify as "very conservative" make up 45 percent of the caucus participants surveyed by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Tea Party supporters make up 32 percent of likely caucus-goers and Walker gets 33 percent of that Tea Party vote. There is a horse race for second place, with 13 percent for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, 11...
  • Walker breaks out in national GOP race

    02/24/2015 12:30:12 PM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | February 24, 2015 | Staff
    PPP's newest national Republican poll finds a clear leader in the race for the first time: Scott Walker is at 25% to 18% for Ben Carson, 17% for Jeb Bush, and 10% for Mike Huckabee. Rounding out the field of contenders are Chris Christie and Ted Cruz at 5%, Rand Paul at 4%, and Rick Perry and Marco Rubio at 3%. Walker has more than doubled his support since his 11% standing on our January national poll, and Carson has moved up 3 points. Bush, Huckabee, Paul, and Perry have largely stayed in place while Cruz has dropped 4 points...
  • Jeb Bush Looms Large for Marco Rubio in 2016 (He's In)

    02/24/2015 7:02:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 23, 2015 | Ashley Parker
    Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, stood in front of reporters before a book signing here, pondering the question that has dogged him ever since Jeb Bush announced his plans to pursue a presidential bid: How does a Bush candidacy complicate Mr. Rubio’s own Oval Office aspirations, especially among donors? “I’ve never had that question before,” Mr. Rubio said, with a laugh.
  • UT/TT Poll: In Texas, Walker Ties Cruz; Clinton Soaring

    02/23/2015 12:04:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 02/23/2015 | Ross Ramsey
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has erased U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s strong lead among Texas Republicans in the volatile and still-developing race for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Cruz’s 25 percentage-point lead over Walker in October has vanished: The Texan won the support of 20 percent of the state’s registered voters to Walker’s 19 percent — a statistical tie. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and author Ben Carson were tied at 9 percent, and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was next at 8 percent. “Scott Walker is clearly breathing some of the...
  • Scott Walker is officially the GOP frontrunner, and the media is out for blood

    02/23/2015 10:46:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/23/2015 | Noah Rothman
    How do you know that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has taken at least temporary custody of frontrunner status in the race for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016? Beyond, of course, the polls that show him rocketing to the front of the pack in critical early primary states like Iowa? The political press is coming down hard on him and his nascent campaign. After three unambiguous statewide victories in a Democratic state in just four years, Scott Walker is thoroughly vetted. If there were skeletons in his closet, the media and the myriad opposition researchers scrutinizing his past would...
  • Big hire for Jeb: Tim Miller as comms director (McCain/Huntsman man)

    02/20/2015 8:24:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | February 20, 2015 | Mike Allen
    Jeb Bush plans to name Tim Miller, executive director of America Rising PAC, as his top communications aide, Republican sources told POLITICO on Friday. Miller initially will be a senior adviser to Bush’s Right to Rise PAC, and is expected to become communications director if Bush launches his campaign. Kristy Campbell, who has been the PAC’s chief spokesperson, likely will be national press secretary of the campaign, or have some senior communications adviser role.
  • CLINT BOLICK: JEB BELIEVES IN AMNESTY BILL ‘WITH HIS ABSOLUTE HEART & SOUL’

    02/19/2015 10:24:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 19, 2015 | Tony Lee
    A top Jeb Bush ally said that Jeb Bush will not back down on his support for comprehensive amnesty legislation and is willing to win or lose the GOP nomination based on the issue. On Thursday, Clint Bolick, who co-wrote Immigration Wars with the former Florida governor, said Bush “is either going to win or lose with a mandate on immigration.” “He’s not going to shift his position on this,”Bolick told MSNBC’s Jose Diaz Balart. “He believes in this with his absolute heart and soul.”
  • Jeb Bush Defends NSA Mass Surveillance as 'Hugely Important'

    02/19/2015 8:07:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 55 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 18, 2015 | Dustin Volz
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday offered a vocal defense of the National Security Agency's mass collection of U.S. phone call data, saying the program is "hugely important" to keeping Americans safe from terrorists. During a foreign policy speech in Chicago, the likely Republican candidate for president said the mass surveillance is an essential ingredient in the fight against those seeking to do harm to the United States. "That requires responsible intelligence-gathering and analysis, including the NSA metadata program, which contributes to awareness of potential terrorist cells and interdiction efforts on a global scale," Bush said. "For the life...
  • Jeb Bush could raise more than $4 million in Chicago on Wednesday

    02/19/2015 7:05:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 18, 2015 | Ed O'Keefe
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush could be poised to raise more than $4 million in the Windy City on Wednesday as he prepares to run for president, according to people helping to organize two fundraising events there. "It will be a blockbuster day in Illinois," said one, who said Bush's total haul "should be north of $4 million."
  • Scott Walker's immigration problem: He backed the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill [truncated]

    02/19/2015 7:02:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 112 replies
    Politico ^ | February 18, 2015 | Gabriel Debenedetti
    Scott Walker was definitive when asked about his position on illegal immigration earlier this month: “We need to secure the border. I think we need to enforce the legal system. I’m not for amnesty,” he told ABC News. “I’m not an advocate of the plans that have been pushed here in Washington.” But the likely presidential candidate apparently stood on another side of that debate as the Milwaukee County Executive in 2006. That year, he signed a resolution calling on Congress to pass the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act, a bill authored by John McCain and Teddy Kennedy that...
  • Going back to the future in 2016?

    02/18/2015 8:47:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | February 18, 2015 | Jennifer Agiesta
    Who among the nascent field of 2016 contenders represents the future? For half of Americans, it's Hillary Clinton. Asked in a new CNN/ORC poll whether seven possible candidates better represent the future or the past, 50% said Clinton evoked the future, more than said so of any other candidate. By contrast, Joe Biden and Jeb Bush, whose names have been in the political conversation even longer than Clinton's, were each seen as representing the past by 64% of Americans.
  • Jeb Bush’s foreign policy team is eerily familiar, in one Venn diagram

    02/18/2015 8:42:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 18, 2015 | Phillip Bump
    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will announce his foreign policy vision in a speech Wednesday in Chicago. Accompanying that speech is a rollout of a slate of experts who will help guide the candidate on foreign policy issues. If Bush's goal is to present himself as his "own man," that list of advisers undermines the point somewhat: 19 of the 21 people on it worked in the administrations of his father or brother. We've identified the roles each played in the past three Republican administrations, divvying them up as needed in the following Venn diagram.
  • Inside Jeb Bush's ‘shock and awe’ launch

    02/18/2015 6:20:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | February 18, 2015 | Ben White and Marc Caputo
    In November 2013, Jeb Bush took to the rostrum at New York’s Marriott Marquis for the annual meeting of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, alongside such industry stars as Goldman Sachs’ Lloyd Blankfein and Blackrock’s Larry Fink. Bush’s remarks, and his chatting afterwards, left many attendees convinced he was preparing to run for president. Word of Bush’s interest ricocheted around the political world. But Bush, a private citizen for eight years since leaving the Florida governor’s mansion, had no real infrastructure to handle such an endeavor. And as the third member of a storied political family to seek...
  • 2016 Polls Show Clinton Leads in Key States, GOP Field Wide Open (Huck, Bush, Walker tied in Iowa)

    02/16/2015 6:47:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 15, 2015 | Mark Murray
    ess than a year before the first presidential contests begin, a trio of new NBC News/Marist polls show that the Republican race is wide open in the early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In fact, seven different possible Republican candidates get double-digit support in at least one of the states. But only two candidates — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — are in double digits in all three states.
  • High-Dollar Kravis Funder for Bush Raises ‘More Than $4 Million’

    02/14/2015 7:15:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    NY Observer ^ | February 12, 2015 | Ken Kurson
    On Tuesday, the Observer broke the story of a high-dollar fundraiser hosted by Henry and Marie-Josée Kravis where donors could meet Jeb Bush and contribute to Right to Rise, the PAC set up to enable a third Bush presidency. Later that day, Politico revealed that the requested dollar amount would be a staggering $100,000. The event went off as planned last night and according to one attendee was even better attended than expected. “More than forty contributors showed up, and it wasn’t just KKR people,” said the attendee, who insisted on anonymity because of the perceptions about paying such a...
  • Top 2016 Republican Fundraisers To Push For Immigration “Action”

    02/13/2015 2:01:56 PM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | February 13, 2015 | McKay Coppins
    Leading figures in Republican fundraising will hold a teleconference next week calling for an overhaul to U.S. immigration policy — a move that could put pressure on GOP presidential hopefuls as they head toward 2016. The Tuesday call, which will be moderated by longtime conservative immigration advocate Grover Norquist, will include Mitt Romney’s former finance director Spencer Zwick; California-based fast food CEO Andrew Puzder; and billionaire health care executive Mike Fernandez.
  • No longer a candidate, Mitt Romney seeking ways to play kingmaker in GOP presidential contest

    02/12/2015 10:16:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    AP ^ | February 11, 2015 | Steve Peoples
    A potential candidate no more, Mitt Romney is charting an aggressive course to help shape the Republican presidential field in 2016. The GOP's 2012 presidential nominee will be a keynote speaker at the Republican Jewish Coalition's spring meeting in Las Vegas, one of several high-profile appearances he has scheduled to try and remain relevant in party affairs despite his recent decision not to launch a third presidential campaign. "The thing that Mitt Romney has going for him is he has a microphone," said Spencer Zwick, who led the Romney campaign's massive fundraising operation and remains one of his closest advisers....
  • Huck v. Santo: The Cage Match for Iowa Evangelicals

    02/12/2015 8:31:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 11, 2015 | Ben Jacobs
    If Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee run for president, their Iowa supporters could have a choice between the head or the heart. Or vote for someone else. Santorum and Huckabee won remarkable victories in the Iowa caucuses, galvanizing social conservatives to pull off unlikely upsets against amazing odds. But while the two had very different paths to victory in Iowa, they achieved it with similar coalitions of social conservatives and evangelical leaders.
  • Poll: Hillary Clinton voter favorite in Virginia among presidential hopefuls

    02/12/2015 8:17:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    WDBJ7 ^ | February 12, 2015 | Staff
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the clear favorite in Virginia among potential presidential candidates, according to a Christopher Newport University poll released on Thursday. Clinton beats a lineup of potential Republican candidates in hypothetical head-to-head contests, with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush losing by the closest margin, 48 percent to 43 percent. The poll held mixed results for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He was the only other Republican contender in the poll to hold Clinton below a majority (49 percent to 42 percent), but his favorable rating among Virginia voters fell from 46 percent a year ago...
  • Jeb Bush’s eye-popping event: $100k per ticket

    02/10/2015 5:04:10 PM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | February 10, 2015 | Ben White
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will raise money on Wall Street on Wednesday at an eye-popping $100,000 per-ticket Park Avenue event hosted by private equity mogul Henry Kravis and his wife. The price of admission to the event, which will raise funds for Bush’s “Right to Rise” super PAC, surprised even Wall Street veterans used to high-dollar fundraisers.
  • How Long Will Jeb Bush Hold His Fire on His Republican Rivals? [Link Only]

    02/10/2015 1:50:48 PM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | February 10, 2015 | Michael C. Bender
    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-02-10/how-long-will-jeb-bush-hold-his-fire-on-his-republican-rivals-
  • Rubio, Eye on 2016, Hires a Coveted Former Aide to Romney

    02/10/2015 5:14:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 9, 2015 | Jonathan Martin
    Senator Marco Rubio has hired a coveted former aide to Mitt Romney to oversee his political activities in the Northeast and probably in a New Hampshire campaign, signaling that he is serious about a presidential bid. Jim Merrill, who directed both of Mr. Romney’s New Hampshire primary bids, is joining Mr. Rubio’s political action committee as a senior adviser, a position that would put him at the helm of the Florida senator’s campaign in the first-in-the-nation primary state.
  • In Iowa, Republican field wide open as moderates stake their caucus claims

    02/09/2015 10:06:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 8, 2015 | Robert Costa
    Less than a year before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, it appears that every Republican contender is making a serious play to win the state, setting up what is likely to be one of the most active, competitive campaigns here in recent memory. Political observers in Iowa say that the field is wide open and that numerous candidates have a legitimate shot to win or do well enough to come out with momentum. That is partly because moderates in the Iowa Republican Party, led by Gov. Terry Branstad, have reasserted themselves into the caucus process after watching social conservatives dominate in 2008...
  • Wall Street‘s ‘no lose’ view of 2016

    02/09/2015 9:41:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 8, 2015 | Charles Gasparino
    The early voting is in, and Wall Street loves what it sees and hears from its anointed 2016 front-runners — Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush (with Chris Christie as a fallback). The big-bank honchos feel they’re sitting pretty because, as one private-equity exec put it, “We’re in a no-lose situation” if the above are the real field. In fact, to the extent that Wall Street loves these three, they’re in trouble with the rest of the country.
  • New Hampshire Poll: Jeb Bush Grabs Narrow Lead [Link Only]

    02/08/2015 8:19:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | February 8, 2015 | MIchael C, Bender and Lisa Lerer
    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-02-08/bloomberg-politics-saint-anselm-new-hampshire-poll-jeb-bush-grabs-narrow-lead
  • Jeb Bush, Evangelicals and the Pandering Question

    02/06/2015 12:18:38 PM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 5, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    Jeb Bush, the early establishment favorite for the Republican nomination, has suggested that he doesn’t want to have to pander to the party’s base to win the nomination. He’s probably going to need to. A Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll painted an abysmal picture of Mr. Bush’s standing among the party’s Iowa caucus-goers: a well-informed microcosm of the conservative wing of the party, and perhaps a leading indicator of how conservatives will react as the primary season unfolds.
  • Mandy Grunwald to Join Clinton Team

    02/06/2015 10:33:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 6, 2016 | Jonathan Martin
    Mandy Grunwald, an adviser to the Clintons for over two decades and a top strategist to Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, is expected to serve as a senior adviser for communications to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s all-but-certain presidential bid. Ms. Grunwald will advise Mrs. Clinton on strategy and make some of the television ads along with Jim Margolis, whose firm, GMMB, is expected to take the lead on producing and buying the commercials. The pollster Joel Benenson is another senior adviser poised to work for Mrs. Clinton on her second White House run.
  • While Clinton and others joust with the press, Jeb Bush embraces it

    02/06/2015 7:42:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 5, 2015 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    Jeb Bush is setting the pace for press access in the 2016 campaign. And as political reporters, we love this. In the last 24 hours, Bush e-mailed a comment to a New York Times reporter for a profile of one of his top aides. He gave an interview to the National Journal. After his speech in Detroit, he also took questions from reporters and appeared quite comfortable in doing so. It is an echo of his first foray into his soon-to-be campaign, when he announced he would release a trove of e-mails from his two terms as Florida governor. (Of...
  • JEB BUSH: WE MUST ‘DRAMATICALLY EXPAND’ IMMIGRANTS COMING TO WORK

    02/05/2015 1:07:15 PM PST · by C19fan · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 4, 2015 | Pam Key
    Wednesday at the Detroit Economic Club, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said to “create high, sustained economic growth,” we need to “dramatically expand immigrants that are coming to work.” Bush said, “It seems to me we ought to be strategic about this about how do we create high, sustained economic growth And that is to shift away from family reunification being almost the sole driver of illegal immigration to narrowing that do what every other country has, spouse and minor children. And dramatically expanding immigrants that are coming to work. A guest worker program to deal in the areas where...
  • Jeb Bush moves to show he’s no Mitt Romney

    02/05/2015 8:37:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | February 5, 2015 | James Hohmann
    After a 2012 election dominated by Mitt Romney’s car elevator and his ill-considered quips about government dependency and firing people, Republicans are bent on becoming the party of the 47 percent. Jeb Bush is just the latest GOP White House hopeful to put the plight of the poor at the center of his candidacy, a dramatic course correction for a party that’s long been tagged as beholden to the rich. With Romney’s exit from the 2016 field last week, Bush is the only viable superwealthy Republican running for office — he has made millions working in private equity and sitting...
  • Is Jeb Bush a Republican Obama?

    02/05/2015 6:33:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 4, 2015 | David Frum
    Margaret Thatcher famously said that her greatest success as a politician was the rise of Tony Blair to lead a party he called New Labour: “We forced our opponents to change their minds.” As yet, Barack Obama can make no similar boast. Just the opposite: He radicalized his Republican opponents, and empowered most those who agreed with him least. With the presidential campaign of Jeb Bush, Obama can finally glimpse Thatcher-style success. Here, at last, is an opponent in his own image. What can the son and brother of a president, grandson of a senator, and great grandson of the...
  • Bush to pitch 'reform conservatism' in Detroit

    02/04/2015 8:30:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | February 4, 2015 | Dana Bash
    Jeb Bush on Wednesday will introduce the core principles of an economic platform that could become the central tenant of an eventual presidential campaign. In a speech to the Detroit Economic Club, the former Florida governor will tap into the struggles of "too many Americans (who) live on the edge of economic ruin," debuting what Bush dubs a "new vision" to create more economic opportunity in the U.S. and give Americans "the right to rise," according to prepared remarks.
  • Man of the people: Jeb Bush money-grubs with crony loser Eric Cantor

    02/03/2015 1:03:44 PM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Twitchy ^ | February 3, 2015 | Staff
    Got $25,000 to flush down the toilet? You, too, can be a member of a GOP host committee welcoming Big Biz GOP 2016 candidate Jeb Bush and Big Fail GOP ex-House Majority Whip-turned-lobbyist Eric “Cufflinks” Cantor. The tone-deafness. It burns.
  • WSJ editorial slams Christie on vaccines

    02/03/2015 7:40:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | February 3, 2015 | Lucy McCalmont
    The Wall Street Journal’s influential editorial board rapped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the knuckles for “meandering” on vaccines. “The real public health problem isn’t a lack of parental choice but a lack of common sense about vaccines,” the Journal said in a late-Monday editorial. It added that lawmakers should do more to promote vaccine use.
  • How Rand Paul bombed at Koch brothers gathering

    02/03/2015 7:35:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | February 3, 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Tarini Parti
    Some of the most influential players in big-money conservative politics gathered late last month to discuss government’s role in society, but their focus kept shifting to a less weighty topic: Rand Paul’s outfit. The Kentucky senator and prospective GOP presidential candidate — whose libertarian politics mesh with those of the billionaire megadonor brothers Charles and David Koch — appeared at the annual winter meeting of the Koch donor network wearing a boxy blue blazer, faded jeans and cowboy boots.