WaPo: Every Romney donor we’ve spoken to recently wants Jeb Bush for 2016

posted at 3:21 pm on February 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

There’s no way around it. America’s political establishment wants Bush vs. Clinton II.

Is resistance futile?

Every single Romney donor we spoke with this week listed the former Florida governor as their top choice…

Also, with solid name recognition and the Bush political machine behind him, Romney donors believe Jeb is the most electable of the potential Republican candidates. For Romney donors, electability is the single most important trait.

“If Jeb Bush is in the race, he clears the field,” said one major Romney donor. “You would have someone who has the talent that is equal to Mitt. The natural inclination for Mitt supporters would be to gravitate toward Jeb Bush because he’s a candidate that can win a national race.”

Another huge factor that would help Bush — who has contacted some donors about their receptiveness to a presidential bid and is believed to be seriously considering throwing his hat in the ring — is that his current gig as a senior adviser to Barclays Capital has helped him meet many of the Northeastern private equity types who filled Romney’s campaign coffers.

Christie’s Bridgegate crumble is contributing to Bush fee-vah, but like WaPo says, Christie had already burned some bridges with Mittworld by babbling praise for Obama over Sandy relief the weekend before the 2012 election. Bush has been waiting around for Christiemania to cool among Republican centrists, and now it is, so here we are.

Help me understand this, though:

“If Jeb Bush is in the race, he clears the field,” said one major Romney donor.

Which field? Crowning George Bush’s brother the new king of the Beltway Republicans isn’t going to scare tea-party candidates out of the race. Rand Paul would rather face Christie than Bush for various reasons — Bridgegate, lower name recognition, smaller donor network, plus the fact that Christie has antagonized many more Republicans over the last few years than Bush has — but there are advantages to running against Jeb too. Now he gets to attack not just a RINO but a dynastic RINO, whose own mother thinks it’s poor form for the family to monopolize Republican nominations. Paul’s brand is that he’s a new kind of Republican; nothing would underscore that like running against a Bush, which means he might attract some voters who have issues with him but nonetheless want fresh faces in the party’s leadership. (I’m one of them. I like Paul but doubt I’d support him in the primaries — unless we’re given a stark “old guard versus new guard” choice.) And Paul may relish running against Bush even though it would make his task harder. If you want to shift the Republican Party’s foreign policy paradigm to noninterventionism, you can do worse than have George W. Bush’s brother as your opponent.

What the donor quoted by WaPo probably meant was that Bush would clear the centrist field. No more Christie: He’d conclude that he’s too badly damaged to beat a well-funded Jeb and decide to support him instead. No more Rubio: The Florida Republican establishment would swing behind Jeb, leaving Rubio with no operational base. Probably no more Paul Ryan either. Even if he was inclined to run, it’d be hard to make bank with Mitt’s old donors stampeding towards Bush and hard to turn to grassroots righties for support given that they’re peeved at him over amnesty and last year’s budget. But … what about Scott Walker or Bobby Jindal, who seems like he’s quietly building a proto-campaign? They’d make the same calculation that Paul will — that some segment of Republicans will blanch at the thought of nominating another Bush, whether out of objections to dynasticism or because they fear the “Bush” name is unelectable at this point, and jump in. They’d sell themselves as the Goldilocks option, more conservative than Crown Prince Jeb and more mainstream than Paul, and pull donations from both sides of the party. If/when the center and right reach a stalemate on Bush versus Paul, Walker or Jindal will be there as a compromise choice. The field won’t clear, unless your idea of “the field” runs no further to the right than Rubio.


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No.

Dingbat63 on February 28, 2014 at 3:23 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Thank you, WAPO, for your touching concern.

Please do not not trouble yourself on our behalf in this matter.

perries on February 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I like to think of myself as a loyal Republican.

Another Bush heading up our ticket is a line they dare not cross…

JohnGalt23 on February 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Hey, why don’t we try a conservative this time?

John the Libertarian on February 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Good Lord folks we are grasping here, let’s get serious and someone who can win.

hip shot on February 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

No.
We’ve had enough Bushes – and Clintons.

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

JohnGalt23 on February 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I wish the media would stop picking the candidates.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

The money always wants the RINO, but conservatives won’t vote for them which pretty much assures us of Hillary ’16.

cajunpatriot on February 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

The moron lobby flexes its muscles.

ebrawer on February 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

315,000,000 people in this country, and we have to keep going back to the same (very few) families for President, and Congress?

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

There’s no better way to reignite the full-throttle, August 2009-style, grassroots fury of the Tea Party than for Jeb Bush to run for President.

Robert_Paulson on February 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Perfect finishing move to a long overdue suicide by the GOP.

Go for it.

nobar on February 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Clears the field or salts the earth?

Fallon on February 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Welcome back!

John the Libertarian on February 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Gag!

idesign on February 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Is resistance futile?

Nice passive-aggressive there, RINOpundit. :)

Midas on February 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Si senor!

Bishop on February 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

This says more about Romney Donors than anything else.

LegendHasIt on February 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM

John the Libertarian on February 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

election time is gearing up again. I hope to see the snark of Allah come alive soon.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Interesting … all the Obama donors I’ve spoken to say they want Arlen Specter for 2016.

darwin on February 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM

I like to think of myself as a loyal Republican.

JohnGalt23 on February 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I used to think of myself that way. Now it’s a toss-up daily as to whether I loathe the DNC or GOP more.

Midas on February 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

There’s no way around it. America’s political establishment wants Bush vs. Clinton II.

Is resistance futile?

3rd party time? Seriously, why would anybody think that nominating Jeb Bush is a good idea? His name alone would disqualify him in the general election.

midgeorgian on February 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

315,000,000 people in this country, and we have to keep going back to the same (very few) families for President, and Congress?

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

It’s called consolidation, ya dumb homophobe, and it’s good for the nation.

It used to be known as oligarchy but that term has become passé
and was upgraded; read a book sometime, ‘winger.

Bishop on February 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Shockingly Jessie Jackson said it best “Stay out of the Bushes”. Jeb may have been good for FL as governor but he’ll be horrible for the election and the country. He’s nothing but a continuation of the ‘status quo” in D.C

journeymike on February 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

I’ve been doing some research on Jeb and so far I am liking what I am seeing. He’s different from his brother or his dad and he impresses me as a lot smarter.

I don’t have a problem with him. I know there are people out there who seem to believe that everyone from the same family is exactly the same. Is that true with your own family?

But there are a lot of people I like in addition to Jeb. Just saying I wouldn’t have a problem if he were the nominee.

crosspatch on February 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

I am a strong admirer of George W. Bush. But having said that, no more Bushes, please.

Jack_Burton on February 28, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Good Lord these people are hopeless. Another Bush?

therightwinger on February 28, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Bush has been waiting around for Christiemania to cool among Republican centrists far-right K-Street/Wall-Street corporatists, and now it is, so here we are.

FIFY

FloatingRock on February 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM

having a hispanic wife helps. could be worse

gerrym51 on February 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM

You know what’s really funny? The left won’t say boo about this dynastic crap because their frontrunner is The Wicked Witch of Wellesley. Now if she drops out watch for the leftist media suddenly realize they don’t like political dynasties anymore.

NotCoach on February 28, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Bishop on February 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

The new royalty.

“You must present valid patents of nobility to enter the jousting arena get your name on the ballot, otherwise, go away you worthless peasant…”

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

WaPo: Every Romney donor we’ve spoken to recently wants Jeb Bush for 2016

Was that one or two? Or none at all.

viking01 on February 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

The Bush AND Clinton names are the third rail…

vnvet on February 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

so when did WAPO donate to romney?
we all know they are the ones that want bush

dmacleo on February 28, 2014 at 3:40 PM

You know what’s really funny? The left won’t say boo about this dynastic crap because their frontrunner is The Wicked Witch of Wellesley. Now if she drops out watch for the leftist media suddenly realize they don’t like political dynasties anymore.

NotCoach on February 28, 2014 at 3:37 PM

*cough* MOOCH *cough*

Bishop on February 28, 2014 at 3:40 PM

No more Rubio: The Florida Republican establishment would swing behind Jeb, leaving Rubio with no operational base.

posted at 3:21 pm on February 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

Rubios Senate seat is up for reelection in 2016 anyway – as is Pauls btw. Do you seriously believe that they would run for president without a political safety net, Allah?

As for Jeb Bush: the fact that even conservative governors are smitten with this guy shows how wide and deep the chasm between base and leadership is.

Valkyriepundit on February 28, 2014 at 3:41 PM

It’s called consolidation, ya dumb homophobe, and it’s good for the nation.

It used to be known as oligarchy but that term has become passé
and was upgraded; read a book sometime, ‘winger.

Bishop on February 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

I’d challenge you to a duel for that tone of voice, youuuuu dirrrrty English kaaaaanigit…. but my dueling pistols recently jumped out of my fishing boat and alas, were lost to Davey Jones’ locker….

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Those big money have done so well the past two Presidential elections maybe they should listen to somebody else.

RickB on February 28, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Hahahahahahaha…..are these establishment goons for real? I didn’t vote for Romney, nor would I vote for BushIII. This is simply stupid. Next that scank Coulter will appear and start talking about how BushIII is the only choice. I’ll vote Libertarian again if the GOP can’t get someone that’s a real liberty supporting conservative.

MoreLiberty on February 28, 2014 at 3:41 PM

I’ve been doing some research on Jeb and so far I am liking what I am seeing.

crosspatch on February 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

So HotAir’s biggest RINO cheerleader for the GOP establishment likes Jeb Bush? How surprising! /not

FloatingRock on February 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

*cough* MOOCH *cough*

Bishop on February 28, 2014 at 3:40 PM

She ain’t gonna run. Not in 2016, anyways.

NotCoach on February 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Let’s review, please:

Mitt Romney lost.

What is this “most electable” crap? He wasn’t electable. He lost. And, while we’re on the subject, so did John McCain.

The GOPe brigade amazes me again and again. But I suppose, they’d rather lose than have someone who is not a squishy moderate. Just as I’d rather lose than have someone who is not a conservative. So we’re even.

Shump on February 28, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Ha ha ha ha…

I supported Perry for nominee the last time around and was told by my “Establishment betters” that Perry was a No-No because he reminded people too much of Bush.

The response I gave was that these same people arguing against a Perry candidacy would be gung-ho for a Jeb Bush candidacy.

So now, pray tell… I don’t care how smart or sophisticated Jeb Bush is. The question is: why will he fare any better than Romney or McCain? What argument is there for his candidacy?

It appears the two-headed party (RINO-Democrats) are intent on pushing another nominee that will ensure a conservative never sees the White House again. They are more than determined never to have a Reagan win again – no matter the cost.

TheRightMan on February 28, 2014 at 3:43 PM

She ain’t gonna run. Not in 2016, anyways.

NotCoach on February 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Hater.

Bishop on February 28, 2014 at 3:44 PM

These people realize Mitt Romney lost, right?

Because it sure doesn’t sound like they know that.

Dack Thrombosis on February 28, 2014 at 3:44 PM

“If Jeb Bush is in the race, he clears the field,”…

…for Hillary Clinton to win in a landslide.

…or for Elizabeth Warren to cruise to an early Election Night victory.

…or for Joe Biden (JOE BIDEN????) to run the table in the Electoral College sweepstakes.

The GOP establishment must be desperate to ensure Democrat success.

FlameWarrior on February 28, 2014 at 3:44 PM

but i want cruz…

Sachiko on February 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

WaPo: Every Romney donor we’ve spoken to recently wants Jeb Bush for 2016

Right. Because Romney worked out so well the first time around.

onesheep on February 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

look on the bright side — if he runs against the big H he will look like a Chippendale if she keeps fading. “BUSH! the eye candy you know you can’t resist”

Bradky on February 28, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Right. Because Romney worked out so well the first time around.

onesheep on February 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

We are so screwed.

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Media – Jeb Bush is it!
Result – 3rd party run by a conservative
Result of Result – Dumbocrat wins in landslide
Result of Result of Result – BIAS MEDIA THRILLED!

Why can’t people understand this basic concept?????

SDarchitect on February 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

but i want cruz…

Sachiko on February 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

He will be president of Texas by then….

Bradky on February 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

These idiots don’t seem to get it. They’re like an act on the old Ed Sullivan Show. They had their run. Everybody has seen it. The ratings are down for the guy who spins plates on a stick….paint eyes on your fist and put a wig and some lipstick on it and have a conversation with it?..saw it…how about the guy who catches cigar boxes using other cigar boxes??…. HEY!…GOP!..try something new. Get a new act. Better yet, how about no “act” and put up someone who stands on principles?

Mimzey on February 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Ain’t gonna work. There is no way that another Bush can run and even come close to winning. The MSM will eviscerate him quicker than they did Palin.

Sorry, but this is a sure way to turn off half of the Republicans and motivate the heck out of the Dem base.

It’s a trap.

Johnnyreb on February 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

A bag of vomit would be an improvement on obama, and it would be entertaining to watch the media go insane, but still, no.

Ronnie on February 28, 2014 at 3:48 PM

but i want cruz…

Sachiko on February 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Me too – buuuuut – since I’m not a Romney donor, they didn’t ask me.

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Are these big money GOP Establishment donors seeing something in Jeb Bush that I’m not seeing–a special something that sings This is the man I want to be President? Is it his winning Jeb Bush charm? His dashing Jeb Bush good looks? His raw animal Jeb Bush magnetism? His irresistible Jeb Bush charisma?

No, sorry. Jeb Bush has LOSER emblazoned across his forehead like an indelible brand. He’s a middling former Florida governor with a somewhat better-than-average record whose last name happens to be Bush–and, unless people have forgotten, that surname does not exactly have a winning cachet.

If Jeb Bush’s oh-so-moderate and unobjectionable candidacy is shoved down our throats by sheer force of big donor money, I’m not doing it. No. Not happening. If that dumpy little squish wins the nomination, I’m advocating a third party split to separate us once and for all from these useless, weak, uprincipled, go-along and get-along Whig Republicans.

troyriser_gopftw on February 28, 2014 at 3:49 PM

I used to think of myself that way. Now it’s a toss-up daily as to whether I loathe the DNC or GOP more.

Midas on February 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

The problem is that it is, in most cases, not a choice between electing a Republican or a conservative; it is a choice between electing a Republican and a Leftist. And I’ll not stand by and let any conservative pretend it is otherwise.

That said, the Bush family has led to nothing but betrayal and defeat; betrayal of conservatism by Bush 41, and defeat of a GOP congressional majority, and the subsequent rise of the most Left POTUS in my lifetime, in the wake of an unpopular war and occupation by Bush 43.

Sorry Jeb. You’d have had your chance if you had beaten Lawton Chiles. You didn’t, and your less talented brother got the nod. Those are the breaks.

Maybe your son in twenty years.

Maybe…

JohnGalt23 on February 28, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Hater.

Bishop on February 28, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Yeah, Don Lemonade already informed me of that.

NotCoach on February 28, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Is resistance futile?

Ha, ha, ha. Resistance is going to be easier this time than anybody imagined. These GOPe fuc*kers have had their day. There is only so long you can impose your will when you have no vision, no courage and, worst of all, no ability to win.

Something which can’t go on forever, doesn’t. Time’s up.

rrpjr on February 28, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Uh, okay.

Pork-Chop on February 28, 2014 at 3:50 PM

*sigh* i have feared all along that it’s Jeb’s turn. Clearly the RNC is pushing for Team Hillary.

Laura Castellano on February 28, 2014 at 3:50 PM

RINOS wanting RINOS. Imagine my surprise.

neyney on February 28, 2014 at 3:51 PM

If it is Jeb Bush, I am done in 2016. I will fight like hell to stop him from getting the nom in my state, but if he wins the nom he will lose. No one is voting for another Bush.

NWConservative on February 28, 2014 at 3:52 PM

look on the bright side — if he runs against the big H he will look like a Chippendale if she keeps fading. “BUSH! the eye candy you know you can’t resist”

Bradky on February 28, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Howard Wolowitz qualifies more as eye candy than Jeb…..
But Shrillery, uuuughhhhh, shudder….

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Telling you now that if the GOP establishment picks Jeb Bush in 2016 he will not only lose but will have destroyed the GOP in the process.

Warner Todd Huston on February 28, 2014 at 3:53 PM

No Wapo. You want Jeb to run so the groper’s wife can win.

fogw on February 28, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Seriously, you want to run the brother of the guy our current President just stopped getting away for blaming the state of our country on.

God the RNC is the party of stupid and that is stating something when the DNC houses Biden and Hank Johnson.

melle1228 on February 28, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Good thing I’m going to a beer fest tonight. I’m going to need some drinks.

rbj on February 28, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Mimzey on February 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Ya – but that’s pretty much how Hollywood (the masters of our Dem overlords) operates these days.
How many original movie/TV ideas have you seen lately?

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Rubios Senate seat is up for reelection in 2016 anyway – as is Pauls btw. Do you seriously believe that they would run for president without a political safety net, Allah?

As for Jeb Bush: the fact that even conservative governors are smitten with this guy shows how wide and deep the chasm between base and leadership is.

Valkyriepundit on February 28, 2014 at 3:41 PM

By Kentucky law, Paul can’t run for both offices at the same time, so he needs to make a decision by this Summer or Fall on what he is going to do here. Run for his Senate seat which he will most likely win without serious opposition, or run for President.

Johnnyreb on February 28, 2014 at 3:54 PM

For Romney donors, electability is the single most important trait.

we can call them the trait(orous) wing of the party.

kcewa on February 28, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Seriously, you want to run the brother of the guy our current President just stopped getting away for blaming the state of our country on.
melle1228 on February 28, 2014 at 3:54 PM

I don’t think they’ve stopped using that yet…..

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 3:56 PM

I like to think of myself as a loyal Republican.

JohnGalt23 on February 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I like to think of myself as a loyal American. I don’t feel beholden to a party.

I think that GOP will have some decent choices, potentially. With Rubio, Paul, Ryan, maybe Jindal and maybe Bush there some possibilities.

MJBrutus on February 28, 2014 at 3:56 PM

I’m unsurprised. G.W. was very good for the donor class. Remember “I have to violate the laws of capitalism to save capitalism”? Didn’t that amount to just massive bailouts for donor class?

will77jeff on February 28, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Okay. So I’ll get to see another Bush get beat by a Clinton in my lifetime.

portlandon on February 28, 2014 at 3:59 PM

It’s because of you Teahadist that we can’t have nice things.

Jeb Bush/Liz Cheney 2016!!!

HumpBot Salvation on February 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Ya – but that’s pretty much how Hollywood (the masters of our Dem overlords) operates these days.
How many original movie/TV ideas have you seen lately?

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 3:54 PM

None that I can think of. Thats why it’s mostly background in the room.
Entertainment is entertainment but those jokers make up the rules and make out the bill and shove it in our faces.
They.Need.To.Go.

Mimzey on February 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM

I like to think of myself as a loyal American.

MJBrutus on February 28, 2014 at 3:56 PM

That’s kind of funny. What’s next? Claims that you believe in religious freedom, and the inalienable right to self defense?

NotCoach on February 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM

“You would have someone who has the talent that is equal to Mitt.

That’s the standard? The guy who couldn’t beat a vulnerable incumbent despite raising a billion in cash? The donor class lives in a bubble.

will77jeff on February 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Well there you go again,lsm, trying to pick our candidate.We will never,never vote for a rino.

tim c on February 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM

They wanted to enable Obama in 2012 and now they want to do the same for any Democrat in 2016… Now, is there a way to make these donors lose all their money before they can donate it?

astonerii on February 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

WaPo: Every Romney donor we’ve spoken to recently wants Jeb Bush for 2016

How nice, the WaPo is trying to help the Republicans pick their presidential candidate. It also just happens to be that it’s someone who they would never vote for and they will be orgasmic in destroying if it ever came to be.

RJL on February 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM

These people realize Mitt Romney lost, right?

Because it sure doesn’t sound like they know that.

Dack Thrombosis on February 28, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Exactly what I was thinking. Electability is their biggest concern and yet their bet on electability last time came up short and now they want to lather, rinse, and repeat.

Bitter Clinger on February 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM

I have a better suggestion than jeb bush, why not just give the election to the democrats

RonK on February 28, 2014 at 4:06 PM

“If Jeb Bush is in the race, he clears the field.”

Clear the field?

No.

Clear the polling location of conservatives like a vegan’s broccoli/brussel sprout/wheatgrass f*rt?

Oh yeah.

M240H on February 28, 2014 at 4:07 PM

I would vote for Jeb…

but only if the only alternatives were Huckabee and Santorum.

cool breeze on February 28, 2014 at 4:07 PM

I like to think of myself as a loyal American. I don’t feel beholden to a party.

I think that GOP will have some decent choices, potentially. With Rubio, Paul, Ryan, maybe Jindal and maybe Bush there some possibilities.

MJBrutus on February 28, 2014 at 3:56 PM

BWHAHAHAHA!!!

Yeah, just don’t put any Teeeeeeeeeee-Party types on that list.

Bitter Clinger on February 28, 2014 at 4:07 PM

But … what about Scott Walker or Bobby Jindal, who seems like he’s quietly building a proto-campaign?

My dream team. Seriously. I know neither one of them are ranked all that high with Conservatives. but they both have a huge amount of respect for the rule of law (which is a big deal right now, both socially and economically) and comprehend how to bring about the possible outcomes for the people they serve.

lineholder on February 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Clear the field?

No.

Clear the polling location of conservatives like a vegan’s broccoli/brussel sprout/wheatgrass f*rt?

Oh yeah.

M240H on February 28, 2014 at 4:07 PM

LOL– Don’t you just want to scream.. “are you fing idiots in Washington clueless?”

melle1228 on February 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM

These people realize Mitt Romney lost, right?

Because it sure doesn’t sound like they know that.

Dack Thrombosis on February 28, 2014 at 3:44 PM
Exactly what I was thinking. Electability is their biggest concern and yet their bet on electability last time came up short and now they want to lather, rinse, and repeat.

Bitter Clinger on February 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Romney lost? How can you tell?

kcewa on February 28, 2014 at 4:09 PM

If Jeb Bush had any political sense and cared about the Republican Party he would embrace his Mother’s wisdom on this and put an absolute halt to all talk of him being the Republican candidate.

If he manages to become the candidate he will go down in a Jimmy Carter crash and likely rip apart and destroy the Republican Party.

RJL on February 28, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Alternative headline:

“We Backed One Loser, So Give Us Another!”

PJ Emeritus on February 28, 2014 at 4:10 PM

NotCoach on February 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM

As a matter of fact, I do.

MJBrutus on February 28, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Jeb Bush/Common Core…….No thanks

“Jeb Bush routinely has dismissed those who protest Common Core’s increasing federalization of local control over schools as conspiracy-mongers. But it’s President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan who’ve made common cause with Bush and corporate elites in foisting Common Core standards, tests, technology and data-mining boondoggles on local school districts. Obama, Duncan and Bush have been meeting with deep-pocketed CEOs in Washington, not with ordinary parents outside the Beltway.”

http://michellemalkin.com/2013/09/20/jeb-bushs-latest-common-core-snit-fit/

Jeb Bush/Crony Republicans

“Jeb World is getting rocked not only by this mess, but by the nationwide, grass-roots revolt against his top-down Common Core scheme — which continues to grow despite Bush’s latest p.r. efforts to bamboozle talk radio and conservative pundits about his education racket.”

This is a battle not between left and right, but between right and wrong.

http://michellemalkin.com/2013/08/02/rotten-to-the-core-jeb-bushs-crony-republicans-against-higher-standards/

Green eyed Lady on February 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

With about half the country still blaming GWB for the current economy, I imagine the Democrats would be licking their chops to run against Jeb.

He would have pretty much the same coalition of voters that Romney had, with a large chunk of the base sitting it out. The only difference might be Florida – but it wouldn’t be guaranteed.

TarheelBen on February 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Romney backers giving advice on electability. Got it.

Lou Budvis on February 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM

I will happily vote for any Democrat. Done supporting Republican establishment candidates. Last Republican I was passionate about was Reagan. Knocked on doors for him…manned phone banks but the R’s can kiss my…if they think I will support anyone. To make my point I will vote Democrat.

JimBob on February 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM

TarheelBen on February 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM

The GWB thing is certainly his biggest liability. I think you’re right in that it is very doubtful that he could create enough distance.

MJBrutus on February 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM

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