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  • Donald Trump's Hardcore Hater

    09/04/2015 4:43:28 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 54 replies ^ | September 3, 2015 | Chris Moody and Alex Lee
    Tallahassee, Florida (CNN)To Donald Trump's supporters, the real estate mogul-turned-presidential candidate is a refreshing reprieve from politics-as-usual, a man who shuns political correctness and the status quo. To Rick Wilson, a longtime Republican political consultant who has spent the past few months waging war on Trump's candidacy, The Donald is something else entirely. In Wilson's words, Trump is a "cancer," an "epic douche canoe," a "statist" with "a little delicious hint of fascism in the mix" whose presidential nomination will spell apocalypse for the Republican Party. And that's just the printable stuff.
  • CNN Panel: Jeb Bush’s Poll Numbers Show He’s in ‘Big Trouble’

    09/04/2015 12:38:10 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 9/4/15 | Alex Griswold |
    The Friday politics panel of CNN’s New Day agreed that Republican Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign was in trouble, citing his poor poll numbers and his wooden attacks on Donald Trump. CNN’s John King noted that while Trump’s poll numbers have gone up and Ben Carson more than tripled his support, Bush’s support has fallen from 12% down to 8% in the newest Monmouth poll. “There’s a reason that Bush better get ‘damn mad,’” King said, quoting Bush’s attack on Trump. “He’s in trouble.” “He’s in big trouble,” agreed AP’s Julie Pace.
  • Meet the New Anarchists: Us!

    09/04/2015 6:35:21 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 13 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-4-2015 | MOTUS
    Don’t you just hate it when the falcon can’t hear the falconer?So Trump signs the RNC pledge not to run as a spoiler. You would think today’s headline would be “Trump pledges not to facilitate a Hillary win.” Instead we get “Trump stumbles on foreign affairs.”Clearly the GOPe and MSM don’t get it yet: America doesn’t want another politician studied in the memes the media finds indicative of leadership qualities – such as a sharp creased trouser leg. The enduring popularity of The Donald continues to hijack media types like Peggy Noonan. In last week’s column, “America Is So In...
  • Jeb Bush Is Still Searching for His Best Political Self

    09/04/2015 6:12:28 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 9/3/15 | Benjamin Wallace-Wells
    It has still been possible, late this summer, to catch Jeb Bush on a good day. At these times, his stiffness subsides and the dimensions of his empathy become apparent. His interest in policy seems deeper and his grasp of it more intuitive than that of the rest of the Republican contenders for president. His comparative centrism seems not just tactical but felt. And it seems like those $120 million in campaign contributions did not just accrue to him by the accident of his family name but also because he actually represented a possibility: that conservatism might offer not just...
  • Jeb Bush on Trump: 'You're damn right I'm going to fight back'

    09/04/2015 6:07:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/3/15 | Ashley Killough,
    A fiery Jeb Bush ramped up his rhetoric against presidential rival Donald Trump Thursday night in yet another show of force as the former Florida governor changes tactics to go after the Republican front-runner. Taking questions from voters at a Veterans of Foreign Wars facility here, Bush pledged not to get personal but vowed to throw counterpunches if Trump goes for the jugular: his family. "I'm going to push back when he says things that are ugly, that I think will damage our brand, damage our ability to be successful," the former Florida governor said. "I'm sure as hell --...
  • Jeb Bush sets aside his 'joyful tortoise' persona to go after Donald Trump

    09/04/2015 5:57:07 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/4/15 | SEEMA MEHTA
    Thee self-described “joyful tortoise” in the race for the GOP presidential nomination is more angry than happy these days. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who promised an optimistic campaign focused on his record rather than attacks on his rivals, has departed from that approach and begun to forcefully confront front-runner Donald Trump. Just this week, Bush’s campaign released a video and an online quiz targeted at Trump supporters that played up Trump’s past support for abortion rights, universal healthcare and Democratic candidates, including front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. He also got personal, going after Trump’s well-known phobia of germs.
  • Donald Trump signs the wrong date on loyalty pledge

    09/03/2015 1:09:14 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 107 replies
    CBS News ^ | 9/3/2015 | Staff
    In a Thursday press conference, the Republican presidential candidate finally signed the RNC's pledge to not run on a third-party ticket - but as one crowd member pointed out, Trump listed the wrong date on the document.
  • Has the Republican Establishment Created a Monster?

    09/03/2015 1:09:04 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Slate ^ | 9/3/15 | Jim Newell
    They wrote big checks to Jeb Bush before they knew what type of candidate he would be. Now he may become the spoiler they fear. Last fall, when Jeb Bush was still mulling a bid for the presidency, Bloomberg Politics reported on what was considered then—and is still considered now—Bush’s greatest advantage as a presidential candidate: His ability to separate wealthy donors from vast sums of money quickly. “Unlike his competitors,” the thinking went, “Bush could lure donors off the fence in a hurry, without undergoing a hazing trial to test skill and stability.” That is precisely what happened. Instants...
  • Woman nods off during Jeb speech

    09/03/2015 10:44:35 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/3/15 | NICK GASS
    One woman seemed rather low on energy during a town hall event for Republican candidate Jeb Bush on Thursday, struggling to keep her eyes open and yawning during part of Bush's event. A 108-second video posted to YouTube shows a woman seated behind Bush, sporting a Boston Red Sox cap. She is alternately closing her eyes and yawning as Bush discussed health care insurance at a town hall at Foss Manufacturing in Hampton, New Hampshire. Resting her head on her left hand, the woman is turned slightly to her left, facing away from Bush's back. "But I think the norm...
  • Donald Trump Meeting With RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Today -- Possible Pledge Ultimatum From RNC

    09/03/2015 4:34:26 AM PDT · by Sontagged · 34 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | September 2, 2015 | Sundance
    On August 6th, in front of a national audience, Donald Trump refused to pledge support for any GOP candidate, and refused to pledge he would not run an independent campaign. In my opinion, it was the most publicly brave political act witnessed in the last two decades. It takes remarkable courage and commitment to principle to stand on the national stage and be the only person to raise your hand. It would have been easier, more politically favorable, and essentially irrelevant in the long term, for Trump to make the pledge. But he didnÂ’t, he took the path of principle....
  • WaPo/ABC Rush To Control Narrative On Pro-Trump Deportation Poll (Twitter assist by Frank Luntz)

    09/03/2015 12:45:15 AM PDT · by Sontagged · 16 replies
    The Conservative Treehous ^ | September 2, 2015 | Sundance
    The MSM no longer even tries to hide their bias when polled results in average America don’t match their narratives. Turn up the dials – increase the gaslighting. Two days ago, Investors Business Daily published an extensive poll showing 59% of Americans favored forced deportation if needed in order to gain control of illegal immigration. The latest IBD/TIPP Poll asked 913 adults coast to coast if they “support or oppose mandatory deportation of illegal immigrants in the U.S.” Not surprisingly, 87% of Trump supporters back the proposal. What’s surprising is that 59% of the overall public does as well. Mandatory...
  • Bush Gets Personal With ‘Germophobe’ Attack on Trump

    09/02/2015 7:26:01 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 9/2/15 | Zeke J Miller
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is escalating his all-out campaign against GOP front-runner Donald Trump with a new ad campaign and quiz on social media designed to highlight Bush’s conservative credentials in contrast with the businessman’s past embrace of the Democratic Party. -snip- In a strikingly personal attack, the quiz asks voters whether they would prefer a candidate who “is a germophobe when it comes to shaking hands,” a reference to Trump’s documented phobia, Bush, meanwhile is cast as a candidate who “strives to shake every hand everywhere.”
  • A Once-Sunny Jeb Bush Appears Irked in Donald Trump’s Shadow

    09/02/2015 6:35:14 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/2/15 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. — When Jeb Bush stopped by the Hampton Synagogue here on Saturday, he was expected to offer a critique of the Iran deal and a short version of his stump speech to the Orthodox congregation. But something else was on his mind: the insults hurled at him by Donald J. Trump. “I’ll just give you a little taste of the ‘low energy’ candidate’s life this week,” said Mr. Bush, referring to the stinging taunt Mr. Trump has repeatedly used to describe him. Mr. Bush then spent a minute and a half reeling off the cities he had...
  • BREAKING: RNC Is Talking With #BlackLivesMatter Activist Leaders

    According to the article the leader of BlackLivesMatter claims the RNC has reached out to him.
  • Jeb Fundraisers Abandon Ship

    08/31/2015 4:16:39 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 8/31/15 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: We spent some time on Trump, the polling data coming out of the Iowa, and the fact that three pretty big fundraisers have left the Jeb Bush campaign. I mentioned that sort of in passing in the first hour. Maybe just a little bit more detail. "Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly [quit] on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy..." Now, you might recall there was a story at last week, and the headline of the story was, "No Panic in Bush Fundraisers -- Yet." To which I said, "Well, then...
  • Jeb Bush’s foot-in-mouth problem

    08/28/2015 8:23:15 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/28/15 | Dana Milbank
    What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Jeb Bush has been stumping his way across the country, explaining what he would do as president. But nobody seems to understand what the heck he’s talking about. In July, he said that “people need to work longer hours” as part of an economic recovery. Then he said his remarks had been misinterpreted. A couple of weeks later he said “we need to figure out a way to phase out” Medicare. Then he complained that critics were taking his remarks out of context. A week or so after that, he proclaimed that...
  • Jeb, get ahold of yourself

    08/27/2015 5:19:05 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Yahoo Politics ^ | 8/27/15 | Matt Bai
    Despite what you may have read or watched or come across in a fortune cookie, Donald Trump isn’t actually running away with the Republican nomination, and the only thing he’s “dominating” right now is media coverage. Here’s some perspective for you: As late as October 2011, a pizza magnate named Herman Cain was leading the Republican field with roughly 30 percent of the vote, or about the same as Trump’s zenith in recent polls. The main difference is that Mitt Romney had locked down the establishment vote in 2011 and was running just a few points behind. Trump, on the...
  • Colorado Republicans Cancel Presidential Poll at Caucuses (GOPe strikes back?)

    08/26/2015 8:33:31 AM PDT · by JediJones · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/25/2015 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    The state party's executive committee voted Friday to eliminate the presidential preference poll held during the party's March caucuses. That means there will be no official count of who won that contest. The vote was unanimous and drew little attention until it was reported by The Denver Post on Tuesday. State GOP Chairman Steve House said the change was made in response to a new Republican National Committee rule that would have made the presidential preference poll binding. The executive committee decided that would bring too much formality to the caucuses, which have drawn criticism in the past for being...
  • Jeb Bush Falls Into a Trap

    08/26/2015 5:22:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/25/15 | The Editorial Board
    Jeb Bush went to the border town of McAllen, Tex., on Monday to raise money and to talk about immigration, in English and fluent Spanish. Because the Republican presidential campaign has been so fixated on border security and the immigrant peril — thank you, Donald Trump — it was a chance to see how the supposed expert on this fraught subject handled it. Short version: He was awful. In less than 15 minutes, Mr. Bush managed to step on his message, to give Mr. Trump a boost and to offend Asian-Americans, a growing population that is every bit as important...
  • The Problem with Jeb Bush

    08/25/2015 5:31:39 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/25/15 | Crystal Wright
    What in the world has happened to Jeb Bush? The man with a powerful last name -- who the Republican Party thought could leap into the 2016 nomination with a single bound -- looks more like a puny contender than a political Superman. According to a Rasmussen poll, 57 per cent of Republican voters believe that Donald Trump will be the GOP nominee. A mere two months ago, Trump ranked near the bottom of the 12 declared GOP candidates at the time. He now leads the field of 17 candidates. Jeb’s got the money and political dynasty but he doesn’t...
  • Bush embraces same state-based tuition-free plan as Obama

    08/25/2015 2:20:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/24/15 | Ben Kamisar
    Jeb Bush threw his support behind a Tennessee plan to give two years of community college to students tuition free on Monday, the same plan that helped inspire President Obama’s similar proposal earlier this year. “We’ve got to make sure that we can get a four-year degree done in four years,” he said in answer to a question Monday during a press conference after a meeting on the U.S.-Mexican border in Texas. “There are great programs around the country, one of the ones I most admire is a project called Tennessee Promise, where every student that participates gets their community...
  • Donald Trump sinks GOP’s 2016 dream team

    08/18/2015 8:55:14 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    Fox 8 ^ | 8/28/25 | CNN Wire
    They were supposed to be the dream team. When the 2016 White House race ignited, the glut of talented, experienced, charismatic, young-but-seasoned and authentically conservative candidates delighted grassroots Republican activists. It was the GOP’s deepest White House field in a generation. But Donald Trump’s summer surge has stolen the spotlight from these challengers for the conservative crown and left candidates such as Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul struggling for traction. -snip- Kevin Madden, a Republican strategist who worked for 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, said Trump’s opponents should be prepared to engage as a way of courting the...
  • Poll: GOP establishment candidates falling

    08/17/2015 4:20:50 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/17/15 | Eric Bradner
    A trio of Republican establishment favorites -- Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio -- are all losing ground in the party's 2016 presidential field, a new Fox News poll shows. Donald Trump, meanwhile, continues to dominate the race -- earning 25% support nationally while another outsider, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, is running second at 12%, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, known for locking horns with Republican congressional leaders, is third at 10%. Bush, the former Florida governor, has dropped to 9% -- fourth place, down from 15% and second place in a Fox News poll conducted earlier this month,...
  • Why Carly Fiorina’s polling bump is even better than we thought (Fio-RINO)

    08/16/2015 10:53:01 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/16/15 | Amber Phillips
    After Carly Fiorina's standout performance in the Aug. 6 Republican pre-debate, we were eager to see her polling numbers. Sure, she spoke in the so-called "kiddie table" debate -- really more of a 5 o'clock forum featuring the bottom seven Republican presidential candidates before the main stage of the top 10 -- and sure, her competition was six men who were pretty, well, lackluster that day. But the media, including us here at The Fix, made note of how well-spoken, versed poised she appeared. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO was one of the night's unequivocal winners -- of either debate. The...
  • Kasich: Yes on possibly allowing illegals to become citizens, no on attacking Hillary Clinton

    08/13/2015 10:47:59 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 64 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 13,2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking it too: Sign. Me. Up. In fairness to him, grassroots conservatives aren’t his target audience any more than they are Jeb Bush’s. If you’re a moderate who’s looking for someone with executive experience who’s not Jeb, maybe this plays: In an interview with National Journal, Kasich pledged another atypical tactic: He’s not going to attack any of his opponents—Hillary Clinton included—and will instead focus on offering solutions to the nation’s pressing problems. He lived up to that commitment in his town hall meetings this week, not mentioning Clinton’s name at all and...
  • Former Trump Advisor Roger Stone: "The Ruling Class is pissing their pants."

    08/13/2015 5:21:17 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 48 replies
    RCP ^ | August 12, 2015
    The New York Times reported that 3 of the other leading candidates considered boycotting this debate if Trump were there. Having studied the ballot access rule in 15 states, maybe it's 19, the Republican establishment can keep you off the ballot with the stroke of a pen, or in this case, not including your name. So, he said over and over on the stump if he's given a fair shot, if he has a level playing field, if the establishment doesn't gang up on him. Of course he wants to run as a Republican! He's the frontrunner for the Republican...

    08/12/2015 10:42:50 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies ^ | 8-12-2015 | DANIEL J. SCHULTZ
    Did you know that the Republican Party is only at half strength? “Half strength.” What does that mean? It means that in your voting precinct, where you live, the Republican Party only has, probably, one-half of the local, precinct-level, voting member slots of the Party filled with a warm body. These slots are called “precinct committeeman” in most states. And the reason conservatives have been pretty much impotent when it comes to having a voice “inside” the BEST political tool for defeating the Democrats – the Republican Party – is because not enough conservatives are “in” the Republican Party where...
  • Gop chairman defends Fox ,Megan Kelly and approves anti Trump moderator for next debate

    08/11/2015 8:00:01 PM PDT · by ncalburt · 55 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8-11-2015 | Jim Hoft
  • Jeb Bush’s flashes of presidential stature

    08/10/2015 8:57:08 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/10/15 | Jennifer Rubin
    When Jeb Bush is “on” — as he was at Liberty University, his kickoff speech and at the RedState Gathering on Saturday — he stands head and shoulders above the field. His command of policy, record of accomplishment in a purple state, inclusive message and refusal to pander make other contenders seem small and shallow. Bush’s biggest problem, however, is that he is not always “on.” Bush’s debate performance was solid on substance but lacked Sen. Marco Rubio’s eloquence and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s pugnaciousness. He made no errors and ably defended himself on immigration reform and Common Core...
  • Is Jeb Bush Shifting to the Right?

    08/10/2015 8:37:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 68 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/10/15 | ELIANA JOHNSON
    Jeb Bush’s most famous, or infamous, remark of the campaign season was that a Republican candidate must be willing to “lose the primary” in order to win the general election. For the most part, Bush has campaigned like he meant what he said: He’s defended his positions on immigration reform and Common Core, though they’re unpopular with much of the Republican base, and he angered conservatives on Capitol Hill by pushing for a confirmation vote on Attorney General Loretta Lynch, which some were trying to hold up at the time. But in the week leading up to the first Republican...
  • Carly Fiorina Attacks Cruz: 'No Honor' In Fight To Defund Obamacare

    08/09/2015 2:44:52 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 164 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/3/13 | Tony Lee
    Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO Northern California Republican who ran as a conservative to get the Republican Senate nomination in 2010, attacked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Wednesday, saying there was “no honor” in his fight to defund Obamacare. Fiorina made her remarks just days after she joined the American Conservative Union, an establishment organization on the right that supports comprehensive immigration reform. In an appearance on CNN’s The Lead, Fiorina blamed the government shutdown on Cruz and implied that Republicans would have been better off waiving the white flag from the beginning on eliminating Obamacare. -snip- Fiorina said she...
  • Trump’s crude gibe fuels calls in GOP for exit, apology

    08/09/2015 7:17:27 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 85 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 8/9/15 | Matt Viser and Annie Linskey
    Republicans across the party’s wide political spectrum, increasingly worried about the GOP’s ability to appeal to women voters, pointedly criticized Donald Trump on Saturday for comments that appeared to suggest Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly questioned him forcefully during Thursday’s debate because she was menstruating. Even in today’s rough and tumble politics, where a premium is placed on extreme language and biting discourse, some saw Trump’s latest rhetorical fusillade as vaulting past tolerable limits, even for a candidate who says he doesn’t have the time or inclination to be politically correct. Rivals for the Republican presidential nomination and other party...
  • White House was ‘grateful’ to Jeb Bush for helping with Common Core, says former Obama aide

    08/09/2015 6:37:00 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/9/15 | Valerie Strauss
    This canÂ’t be a tweet that Jeb Bush is going to like. Daniel Pfeiffer, a former senior advisor to President Obama for strategy and communications, expressed the White HouseÂ’s gratitude to the former two-term Florida governor on Thursday, the day of the GOP presidential contender debates were held in Cleveland. For what? For supporting the Common Core State Standards and even helping them to persuade states to adopt them. HereÂ’s the tweet Dan Pfeiffer âś”@danpfeiffer When I worked in the White House, we were always grateful to @JebBush for his efforts to help us urge states to adopt Common Core...
  • Jeb: Trump is driving voters away from GOP

    08/09/2015 5:59:18 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/8/15 | Mark Hensch
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Saturday said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is repelling voters by attacking Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Bush said Trump will not attract female voters in 2016 by speaking crudely about Kelly and other women. “What Donald Trump said is wrong,” he told listeners at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta. “Mr. Trump should apologize.”
  • Jeb Bush speaks at Barrington town hall meeting (Dozens of people in audience!)

    08/08/2015 2:14:56 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 48 replies
    WMUR ^ | 8/8/15 | Stephanie Woods
    A day after going toe-to-toe with his fellow GOP hopefuls, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is back in the Granite State. Bush held a town hall meeting for supporters in Barrington Friday night. Dozens of people packed the Turbocam International Hall.
  • Jeb Bush embraces role as voice of calm (2% in Drudge Poll)

    08/08/2015 1:01:11 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 63 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/8/15 | Prisca Pointdujour, Chris Cassidy
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sought to separate himself from the sound and fury of Donald Trump last night, portraying himself as the level-headed man of reason in a race so far dominated by the real estate mogul’s insults and outrage. “If you watched the debate last night, you noticed I’m not angry,” Bush told a crowd of about 200 people during a town hall here last night. -snip- “He actually did a fundraiser for me,” Bush said of Trump. “But just for the record, he never asked for anything because apparently you’re supposed to give him your money and...
  • Rove reviews: Donald Trump, Rand Paul struggled at debate

    08/07/2015 6:09:23 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/7/15 | Walbert Castillo
    Top political strategist for George W. Bush, Karl Rove was unimpressed with a couple of debate performances from Thursday night, critiquing the style and tone of Donald Trump and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. -snip- "If you like Trump, that's not going to necessarily turn you off but the issue is that 80% of the people are supporting somebody else," Rove said. "Language like that, attack on Megyn (Kelly, the Fox News debate moderator), his refusal to say I'm a team player -- all of those things create a ceiling on how far he could go, and I think we may...
  • Donald Trump: How I Won the Debate

    08/07/2015 9:35:23 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 8/7/15 | Olivia Nuzzi
    Trump has no need for spokespeople. He strode into the spin room himself to declare victory and force the GOP into an existential crisis. Donald Trump won the Republican debate, according to Donald Trump. “It’s the story of my life, I guess,” Trump told reporters after his performance. By that he meant: People are needlessly hard on him, but he is so great and so fabulous that he always prevails in the end. -snip- Before Trump even made it out to the “spin room,” (so titled because its purpose, established in 1984 by the Reagan campaign, is to give candidates...
  • Bush Debate Strategy "Accidentally" Leaked Before Debate(?)

    08/07/2015 7:30:38 AM PDT · by Sontagged · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 9 PM EST on 8/6/15 | ELI STOKOLS
    CLEVELAND —Jeb Bush, who has described himself as a joyful campaigner, may have accidentally laid bare his campaign’s planned attacks against his top GOP rivals. In the hours before the 2nd prime-time GOP debate featuring Bush and the other top 9 Republican contenders, Bush’s campaign inadvertently posted pages featuring bullet points contrasting his own record with that of Scott Walker and Marco Rubio. Read more:
  • Obama Roasts Trump

    08/07/2015 5:59:04 AM PDT · by Sontagged · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5/1/11 | YouTube
    President Obama mocks Donald Trump over his Presidential ambitions, birth certificate conspiracy & Celebrity Apprentice!
  • In night of introductions to national audience, Jeb Bush underperforms

    08/07/2015 4:59:34 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Yahoo Politics ^ | 8/7/15 | Jon Ward
    Jeb Bush was uneven and tepid in his first debate as a presidential candidate. The former Florida governor struggled to find a comfort zone in the debate setting, looking at times like he was trying to process a multitude of thoughts simultaneously, very unlike his more confident self on the campaign trail in less formal settings. If Bush is workmanlike in a speech, but animated and inspired in a question-and-answer session or a town hall setting, then in his first time on the debate stage he looked uncertain. “He’s got to look the part,” one of his advisers said before...
  • Republican Committee Quietly Rejects Anti-Gay Marriage Resolution

    08/06/2015 9:33:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Time ^ | August 5, 2015 | Zeke J Miller
    The Republican National Committee’s resolutions committee quietly rejected a pair of resolutions critical of homosexuality Wednesday. The controversial resolutions dealing with sex education and same-sex marriage threatened to cast a shadow on the first GOP presidential debate Thursday in Cleveland, as the party looks toward expanding its base in the key swing state. According to a member of the committee, both failed to gain support to be recommended to the full 168-member party governing body on Friday.
  • No ‘flash in the pan moments’ from Jeb Bush at debate (Talking points distributed)

    08/06/2015 9:09:10 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/6/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Ahead of tonight's debate, Jeb Bush's team is circulating some suggested talking points in hopes that supporters and donors in Cleveland will keep singing from the same song sheet. Clearly, there's a big focus on Bush's maturity, experience and preparation for a long campaign. "Jeb is in this for the long haul — not to score cheap political points at the expense of opponents, but to talk about why he has the leadership skills and record to be president," the document says. Later, the team adds: "Jeb is focused on delivering a message that will resonate with voters over the...
  • Heading into debate, Jeb Bush stumbles again

    08/05/2015 5:31:41 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/5/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    It’s been a rough week for Jeb Bush — and it’s not even half over. On Monday night, he stumbled over a question about his father — a reminder that the son and brother of former presidents still struggles to give polished answers about his family’s legacy. He also struggled to explain how he would combat Islamic State forces in Syria. And on Tuesday, Democrats quickly attacked him for suggesting that he was “not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues” — a comment he then retracted and sought to clarify. As he prepares to face...
  • Ohio Male RNC Member Calls Carley Fiorina "Hot Babe"

    08/05/2015 5:31:07 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies ^ | August 5, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    CLEVELAND, Ohio: As GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina took her seat in an interview with David Webb for a special which will air Wednesday evening on the David Webb Show, Webb asked the audience, “How many of you know what her Twitter handle is?”
  • Jeb Bush stumbles into debate night

    08/05/2015 3:55:39 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    CNN KXLF ^ | 8/5/15 | Maeve Reston
    After stumbling this week, Jeb Bush heads into Thursday's debate facing a key question: Is he ready to run for president in an era when every gaffe can go viral? Bush's latest challenge came Tuesday when the former Florida governor attempted to slam Planned Parenthood. But he appeared to veer off track when he said, "I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues," referring to the amount of money the federal government pays largely for low-income women's health services. Bush later said he "misspoke," but the line gave an easy opening to Democratic presidential front-runner...
  • GOPers frustrated by Jeb Bush gaffe

    08/05/2015 2:32:31 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 61 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/5/15 | ELI STOKOLS
    Democratic critics of Jeb Bush’s ad-lib Tuesday about cutting women’s health spending were joined by conservatives, who are annoyed that the inartful statement may undermine their efforts to finally score a win against Planned Parenthood. Despite his swift damage control efforts, Bush’s casual aside Tuesday afternoon that “I’m not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women’s health programs” threw the Democratic attack machine into overdrive. Hillary Clinton, who had tweeted at Bush about it Tuesday afternoon, savaged the Republican that evening during an appearance in Denver; Correct the Record, the organization heading up her campaign’s rapid response...
  • Jeb Bush camp launches store with hipster offerings

    08/05/2015 11:37:06 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/5/15 | Tal Kopan
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush jumped on the trend of offering cheeky, self-referential clothes and knick-knacks through his online store Wednesday morning -- including a shirt paying tribute to his father. The "My Dad" tee, offered for $25, is emblazoned with the quote, "My dad is the greatest man I've ever known, and if you don't think so, we can step outside," obviously referring to Bush's father, former President George H.W. Bush. Bush referenced the shirt in one of the more colorful moments coming from a New Hampshire forum earlier this week. "My dad is probably the most perfect man...
  • Jeb Bush says he 'misspoke' about women’s health being overfunded

    08/04/2015 5:28:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/4/15 | Rebecca Shabad
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he “misspoke” on Tuesday when he questioned the level of federal funding for women’s health services. “With regards to women’s health funding broadly, I misspoke, as there are countless community health centers, rural clinics, and other women’s health organizations that need to be fully funded. They provide critical services to all, but particularly low-income women who don’t have the access they need,” Bush said in a statement released by his campaign. Bush quickly came under fire on social media for his initial remarks about women’s health funding, with Hillary Clinton calling them “absolutely, unequivocally...
  • Chris Wallace, moderator of the first GOP debate, plans ‘some doozies’

    08/04/2015 8:27:39 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 100 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/4/15 | Krissah Thompson
    Chris Wallace tapped the black three-ring binder resting on the corner of his desk. “I’ve got some doozies in there,” he said, eyebrow raised provocatively. The unlabeled binder holds the veteran Fox News anchor’s questions for Thursday’s Republican primary debate, for which he will serve as a moderator. Clamped inside it are newspaper clippings, memos to his researcher and outlines of what the hodgepodge of presidential candidates vying to top the GOP field have been saying about the issues and about each other. It has become a primary-season ritual for Wallace, a fixture at Fox News for more than a...