The inevitable “draft Jeb” campaign shifts into high gear

posted at 9:31 am on March 30, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

The chore of determining who is the inevitable candidate for Republicans – at least in the minds of beltway insiders and the media – is clearly becoming more difficult. But the Washington Post takes a swing at the problem this weekend as they delve into the number of big donors who are now courting Jeb Bush to get off the bench and toss his hat in the ring.

Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.

Concerned that the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal has damaged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political standing and alarmed by the steady rise of Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOP’s brightest hope to win back the White House…

Many if not most of 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s major donors are reaching out to Bush and his confidants with phone calls, e-mails and invitations to meet, according to interviews with 30 senior Republicans. One bundler estimated that the “vast majority” of Romney’s top 100 donors would back Bush in a competitive nomination fight.

One fly in the ointment is that Bush is still insisting that he won’t be making a decision until the end of this year, or possibly the beginning of next year. It’s not an unreasonable position, since people are still working hard on the upcoming mid-terms, but it looks as if it’s frustrating to some of the serious bundlers who want to get to work early. For his part, Bush is still telling reporters that his decision will hinge on whether or not he can “run joyfully” for the nomination, since Republicans will need a standard bearer who can lift their spirits and bring a positive message.

That may not play well with the base these days, though. Bush isn’t just rusty from more than six years on the sidelines. He’s also racked up some serious hits among conservative voters for his positions on immigration and Common Core, among other things. Upon reading this piece, Dan Gainor of Media Research Center immediately took to Twitter with the following:

I wouldn’t be too shocked to see more of that popping up. But in order for this next primary cycle to play out according to the preordained script, we have to have a big, conventional wisdom, establishment candidate to face down the grassroots upstarts, right? And if turns out that Christie is damaged goods and it’s not Bush, then who would it be?


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How about a Don’t Draft Jeb campaign?

birdwatcher on March 30, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Did it take this long for the Whigs to get the message a die out?

FrankT on March 30, 2014 at 9:37 AM

And if turns out that Christie is damaged goods and it’s not Bush, then who would it be?

Don’t know but you can be certain there are no circumstances under which I will vote for a Bush or a Clinton for anything. You can add Kennedy’s to that mix and there are probably others. It is time for one of these parties to embrace anti-nepotism. Thank people for their service, if you are happy with it, but it’s time for other people to be given the chance to take office.

Rocks on March 30, 2014 at 9:39 AM

How about a Don’t Draft Jeb campaign?

birdwatcher on March 30, 2014 at 9:36 AM

YES!!! I’m in…where do I sign?

HDFOB on March 30, 2014 at 9:40 AM

I can’t think of a better way to hand Obama (or his closest facsimile) a third term.

Dumbasses…

Alberta_Patriot on March 30, 2014 at 9:40 AM

NO WAY!!!!! Is that good enough for the establishment??!??

ConservativePartyNow on March 30, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Are we so bereft of leadership as a nation that only someone from the Bush or Clinton family can serve us?

At what point does this become the 21st version of a ruling aristocracy?.

There are much better choices than Jeb Bush.

Marcus Traianus on March 30, 2014 at 9:44 AM

No way, Jose.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 9:44 AM

enough clintons, bushs and kennedys in politics as it is. How about a draft Scott Walker or Ben Carson movement instead?

Mini-14 on March 30, 2014 at 9:44 AM

NO WAY!!!!! Is that good enough for the establishment??!??

ConservativePartyNow on March 30, 2014 at 9:40 AM

No, it isn’t. They arrogantly think they are entitled to be dictators. If it isn’t Bush, it will be someone philosophically akin to him.

rickv404 on March 30, 2014 at 9:45 AM

And if turns out that Christie is damaged goods and it’s not Bush, then who would it be?

Rubio, Ryan, Paul, and Walker have all received major accolades from establishment figures.

Stoic Patriot on March 30, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Rubio, Ryan, Paul, and Walker have all received major accolades from establishment figures.

Stoic Patriot on March 30, 2014 at 9:46 AM

The Republicans have a much, much better bench than the Democrats who seem to have only Hillary.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign

By the way, at what point did we as a nation cede our rights as citizens to “insiders and financiers”.

These people are obviously fools and knaves. Until the people get a candidate they want, instead of some insider handmaiden, this will continue to end in a predictably bad way.

Marcus Traianus on March 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

I can’t think of a better way to hand Obama (or his closest facsimile) a third term.

Dumbasses…

Alberta_Patriot on March 30, 2014 at 9:40 AM

As we’ve learned from Mark Kirk recently, only radical, right-wing extremists want to run and win and against Democrats.

Doomberg on March 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

And if turns out that Christie is damaged goods and it’s not Bush, then who would it be?

Scott Walker. Mike Pence. Susana Martinez. Rick Perry. Bobby Jindal. John Kasich. Rick Snyder.

Look to the current governors, especially those with a record of reform and economic success.

Ed Morrissey on March 30, 2014 at 9:50 AM

@dangainor

Post has big article about push to nominate Jeb Bush for GOP. I won’t EVER vote for Jeb. If he gets nomination, mark me down as busy.

That says it all right there.

Common Core is getting hammered in Florida by parents (mostly mothers) who oppose it. I don’t see any way Jeb Bush would even be able to take his own state in the primary nomination.

Flora Duh on March 30, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Are we so bereft of leadership as a nation that only someone from the Bush or Clinton family can serve us?

At what point does this become the 21st version of a ruling aristocracy?.

There are much better choices than Jeb Bush.

Marcus Traianus on March 30, 2014 at 9:44 AM

There are, but the oligarchs donors want reliable crony capitalists at the helm.

Punchenko on March 30, 2014 at 9:50 AM

If Jeb runs versus Shrillary I guess I’ll just write in Ross Perot Jr.

Flange on March 30, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Scott Walker. Mike Pence. Susana Martinez. Rick Perry. Bobby Jindal. John Kasich. Rick Snyder.

Look to the current governors, especially those with a record of reform and economic success.

Ed Morrissey on March 30, 2014 at 9:50 AM

My top 2, except in reverse order.

Flora Duh on March 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

The Republicans have a much, much better bench than the Democrats who seem to have only Hillary.

This^. And they are very worried about it- as they should be.

Republicans should already be defining Hillary to the greater public. Ultimately, she is not a likable figure who has many flaws as candidate.

But Reince and the other so-called party “leaders” are sitting on their thumbs. Again.

Marcus Traianus on March 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

“He’s the most desired candidate out there,” said another bundler, Brian Ballard, who sat on the national finance committees for Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008. “Everybody that I know is excited about it.”

A quick Google show Ballard is a multi millionaire Florida lobbyist who would be tickle pink to have his boy in the White House. Why just as happy as the now indicted Raleigh mayor with the jerk there now.

Marcus on March 30, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Who would it be?

I think Rand Paul is going to be very, very, hard to beat. He is building up a huge organization that crosses party lines, especially with young people, and those are the poor, dumb, slobs you want working hard for you free of charge and showing up to vote. Look how much support Obama got from them and you can make a good case that they were the primary reason why he won, twice. Paul is NOT stupid and he noted that. That is why Paul is going to great pains to cultivate the youth vote.

Also, after two wars in the Middle East, Americans are turning into a bunch of isolationists and are finally demanding that our “allies” start pulling their own weight militarily. Obama’s failure in Syria showed the world just how fed up Americans are with the Middle East and their endless wars.

And it’s about time. NATO, especially, has been getting a free ride off of our backs for decades now. If they aren’t so concerned about Putin, why should we be? Alliances are supposed to be two-way streets and partnerships. It’s about time the other countries in the world start kicking in to pay for the cost of freedom.

Libertyship46 on March 30, 2014 at 9:53 AM

The original Washington Post headline on the Draft Jeb story:

Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race

The correct, updated version of that headline:

Influential progressives working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race

MidniteRambler on March 30, 2014 at 9:53 AM

ugh

kringeesmom on March 30, 2014 at 9:54 AM

No Phony Aristocratic Political Dynasties…NO! to Bush Inc.

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM

And if anybody out there still thinks that Rand Paul is a joke and can never be elected, just remember that the big DEMOCRATIC donors and money in 2008 just took it for granted that Hillary Clinton was going to be the nominee. They never dreamed at the start of 2008 that a young black Senator that nobody ever heard of had a chance in beating the established big-money candidate, Hillary Clinton. And guess what? All of Hillary’s big money and supporters couldn’t save her from losing.

Rand Paul doesn’t need the big-money donors or the establishment in the Republican Party. All he needs are a lot of small donors (like Obama had) that were willing to work hard for him for free (like Obama had). And Obama won TWICE using that same formula.

Jeb Bush is the Hillary Clinton of 2008. He will lose if he runs.

Libertyship46 on March 30, 2014 at 9:58 AM

The donors can spend all the cash they like. Splash it out there.

Best advice, Jeb: don’t hold your breath.

There are still some things that money just can’t buy… and my vote is at the top of that list.

thatsafactjack on March 30, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Somebody will probably immediately do a poll. I hope they call me.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Retread, Recycle, Pay no attention Americans to the quicksand in front of you. Forward march!

steveracer on March 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM

If they nominate Bush, I’m DONE! Same with other pro-am stiffs. I will never vote party line, never give benefit of doubt, never donate time or money. I WILL seek another party or start one. I WILL write in a candidate. I WILL push for article 5 convention ONLY! Jeez, these guys never stop. If they want to commit suicide, do it on your own dime.

SMACKRUNNER on March 30, 2014 at 10:03 AM

I’m leaning towards Rand Paul, with Ted Cruz as my second choice, but I am definitely not committed to anyone yet.

Much like the field of candidates in 2012, I wish I could make a composite candidate combining Cruz’s foreign policy outlook, Rand Paul’s domestic policies, Christie’s feistiness, and Jeb Bush’s WASPy reserve.

You can work out from there what it is I don’t like about each of those candidates.

MidniteRambler on March 30, 2014 at 10:03 AM

>>”Many if not most of 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s major donors are reaching out to Bush and his confidants.”

This entire story is so sickening and despairing it’s hard to comprehend.

rrpjr on March 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

My top 2, except in reverse order.

Flora Duh on March 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Ditto on Pence. He is almost certainly not running, though, and I can’t blame him.

Doomberg on March 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Scott Walker. Mike Pence. Susana Martinez. Rick Perry. Bobby Jindal. John Kasich. Rick Snyder.

Look to the current governors, especially those with a record of reform and economic success.

Ed Morrissey on March 30, 2014 at 9:50 AM

War on Womynz in Texas heats up…

“Rick Perry said today it’s “nonsense” to focus on equal pay for women when there are other more important pressing issues like job creation and cutting regulations for business. Perry made the rounds of the morning cable shows Tuesday in New York on his “I’m the Jobs Governor” tour in advance of the 2016 presidential race. Perry stumbled badly in his last race for the White House. But he says he’s looking at another run. “I used to be bucked off those ponies all the time, and my dad would say, ‘Son, get back on.’

Democrat Wendy Davis is making pay-equity an issue in the Texas governor’s race against Republican Greg Abbott. Perry vetoed a bill in the last legislative session that would have made it easier for Texas women to file suit if they’re paid less than men for the same job. An Abbott campaign spokesman says he would have vetoed the bill too – putting Abbott and Davis on opposite side of an issue important to women voters.

On the MSNBC show “Morning Joe,” Perry defended his decision to veto the bill. “Why do we need to muddle up our statutes when we already have laws on books that clearly take care of this?” said Perry. Federal law allows women to sue for equal pay when the discrimination is discovered. State law makes it harder to file suit. Women must go to court within 180 days after the discrimination began, not when it’s discovered. The bill was designed to give women filing suit in state court the same opportunity as in federal court. Perry and Abbott say that’s unnecessary.

Perry says women have fared well in his administration: “I’ve probably had more female chiefs of staff than anybody in Texas history and they get paid well because of the performance they do. I support and lift up women in the state of Texas.” As for the Davis/Abbott dustup over equal pay, Perry said, “If they want to talk about substantive issues in Texas in this governor’s race, then let’s talk about tax policy, regulatory policy, legal policies. But to go focus on this issue of a piece of legislation that we already have laws that protect, is nonsense.”

Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Emmanuel Garcia chided Perry for his comment and called on Abbott to publicly take questions on the issue. ”For Texas women and families, pay equality is a crucial economic issue. It’s time Rick Perry, Greg Abbott, and their Republican allies start treating this issue with the importance it deserves.”

As for lessons learned in his disastrous 2012 presidential bid and the infamous “oops” moment when he couldn’t remember the three agencies he’d promised to abolish, Perry said it was a bad idea to undergo back surgery just weeks before getting into the race, leaving him in physical discomfort and on pain-killers. He added, “I did not prepare well enough to run for president of the United States.”

Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski capped the interview: “You’re not on drugs today. That’s great.”

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/03/rick-perry-says-talk-of-equal-pay-in-texas-governors-race-is-nonesense.html/

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

I’m not going to vote for this Democrat.

Key West Reader on March 30, 2014 at 10:06 AM

>>”Many if not most of 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s major donors are reaching out to Bush and his confidants.”

This entire story is so sickening and despairing it’s hard to comprehend.

rrpjr on March 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Bush Inc. was behind Romney.

They don’t want conservatives to run…especially any conservatives from Texas (Cruz or Perry) who might be thinking about it.

It would cause a split in a big donor base.

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Jeb did a pretty good job as gov of FL until he messed with the education system. He should stay in Miami.

Kissmygrits on March 30, 2014 at 10:07 AM

But Reince and the other so-called party “leaders” are sitting on their thumbs. Again.

Marcus Traianus on March 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

He has been smacking at Hillary a bit, pointing out how she’s just another Obama and her starring role in Benghazi – on Facebook and Twitter. More or less, preaching to the choir.

Although it does get entertaining when Debbie Wasserman-Schultz takes umbrage with something he says.

Flora Duh on March 30, 2014 at 10:08 AM

What’s with this dem push for equal pay for women? I thought dear leader took care of that problem when he signed the Lily Ledbetter act into law. They’ve been working on this inequality for at least 40 years much like the poverty issue with the same results.

Kissmygrits on March 30, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Ditto on Pence. He is almost certainly not running, though, and I can’t blame him.

Doomberg on March 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

I’m hoping he changes his mind by 2015.

Flora Duh on March 30, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign

By the way, at what point did we as a nation cede our rights as citizens to “insiders and financiers”.

When we got stuck with comrades like these, who will eat any bs the insides and financiers sell us:

The Republicans have a much, much better bench than the Democrats who seem to have only Hillary.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

FrankT on March 30, 2014 at 10:10 AM

prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOP’s brightest hope

Just from the perspective of raw politics, how can these rich and presumably successful donors honestly believe that ANYONE with the surname of Bush would be able to pull off a win?

Putting aside Jeb’s ideological coziness with the CofC and their comfort with his progressive positions, the name itself is irretrievably damaged.

Fair or not, people do not remember the Bush years happily- can’t the “longtime operatives” come up with some other centrist Democrat willing to run as a Republican than Jeb Bush?

Come on, he’s chubby, he’s not charismatic and has no national reputation aside from his last name.

Even for the Not-Quite-As-Progressive Party illuminati, he’s a limp choice. For conservatives, of course, he’s not even in the top 20.

Pless1foEngrish on March 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I watch Common Core negatively impact kids here in California on a daily basis. I am no longer surprised at politicians like the new Bush who cozy up to rent seeking corporations, but I am disgusted by them.
I will not vote for Bush, ever.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 30, 2014 at 10:12 AM

The chore of determining who is the inevitable candidate for Republicans – at least in the minds of beltway insiders and the media – is clearly becoming more difficult.

No it isn’t. In the minds of the beltway insiders and the media, they are the ones who are going to determine the Republican candidate. The formula is simple. Find the least likely candidate to win. Build him up in the primaries and then destroy him in the general election. It’s worked well for the in the last two presidential elections. Sadly it hasn’t worked out well for American, or the rest of the world for that matter.

MrsGsBoyTommy on March 30, 2014 at 10:12 AM

ABAB: Anybody But Another Bush! I prefer one of the fiscally conservative guv’s. Walker, Kasich and even Perry (if he can keep the brain farts to a minimum). Jindal will do. ABAB!

vnvet on March 30, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Inevitable

.

Grrr…

Fallon on March 30, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Scott Walker. Mike Pence. Susana Martinez. Rick Perry. Bobby Jindal. John Kasich. Rick Snyder.

Look to the current governors, especially those with a record of reform and economic success.

Ed Morrissey on March 30, 2014 at 9:50 AM

The last two presidential cycles have shown that a majority of voters are willing to vote for a senator with no executive experience at the state level.

A GOP senator in and of itself won’t preclude his or her success.

It’s all about the issues and politics. GOP money men are only interested in the inside money game, not us.

FrankT on March 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Noooooooooooooooo

CW on March 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

These people have fallen into the rut of sucking up to their presumed victim groups. They don’t know anything else. We need to laugh at them, call them old fashioned and move on.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Living in Illinois, I’m figuring out that establishment Republicans like candidates with money, that’s it. finis. No other boxes need to be checked.

Fallon on March 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Go ahead and nominate Jeb – but I won’t vote for him. Really. (and I voted for McCain and Romney).

He is a Big Government Elitist who treats the average conservative with contempt.

Will Not Vote for Jeb.

Don’t blame me for ‘not supporting Jeb’ when he loses. You’ve been warned.

LilyBart on March 30, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Ditto on Pence. He is almost certainly not running, though, and I can’t blame him.

Doomberg on March 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Don’t count him out just yet, it’s way too early. If he’s really needed, I think he will give it a go. But then again, I thought Mitch Daniels was going to be the next president. Damn him caring about his wife so much.

MrsGsBoyTommy on March 30, 2014 at 10:17 AM

I can’t think of a better way to lite the fire of third-party movement than push this POS.

KirknBurker on March 30, 2014 at 10:17 AM

That tweet from Gainor makes him sound like an immature child.

That said there are better options than Bush, imo. Right now I like Paul better, and I think Scott Walker is a candidate I’d like to know more about.

But Bush running isn’t a bad thing, and if he somehow got the nomination I’d pick him over Hillary (or worse… President Biden? Warren? gah!) No question.

Dash on March 30, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Jeb has too much name recognition. The name Bush might thrill the Country Club crowd but it’s toxic in the rest of the country. I think the McCain,Mitt,Bush,etc. enclave are actually closet dims and want to see dim presidents.

rik on March 30, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Nobody outside of Cruz or Paul will do anything significant to reduce the size of the government, reduce its numbers of employees/contractors, reduce the regulations sharply, and lower taxes.

Only those two would give us a serious chance to actually reduce anything that grew under Obama.

KirknBurker on March 30, 2014 at 10:21 AM

GOP money men are only interested in the inside money game, not us.

FrankT on March 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM

It’s not all of the money men. It’s just those money men who do not care about the country. There will be plenty of big $$$ donors throwing their support behind a Jindal, Rand Paul, or a Scott Walker.

We need to be mindful that the WaPo is trolling and pushing the Another Bush meme this morning.

Punchenko on March 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Bush would lose, Hillary would win, America would lose and continue its fast disintegration. And I would eventually rise up out of the ashes and become….

Warlord of Omaha

in the new FPS/Role-playing game of Red State / Blue State conflict.

Seriously though, Bush would lose like Romney because he is a moderate and the base won’t show up.

It’s that simple.

KirknBurker on March 30, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Jim DeMint.

Dark horse.

Key West Reader on March 30, 2014 at 10:25 AM

AMNESTY! OPEN BORDERS! COMMON CORE! BIG GOVERNMENT!

JEB BUSH 2016!

Uh, no.

No one with a brain is going to vote for Jeb Bush, and if the GOP pushes this worthless porcine gasbag, it is only because they want to lose – and they will – AGAIN.

Pork-Chop on March 30, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I can’t think of a better way to lite the fire of third-party movement than push this POS.

KirknBurker on March 30, 2014 at 10:17 AM

They are Statists. They WANT to force a 3p movement to keep their buddy dems in power. The Country Club Class.

Remove them all.

Key West Reader on March 30, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Flora Duh on March 30, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Floridians will forget the Common Core crap if they even know about it .
” love Jeb ( he was a good governor ) .
Start the countdown ! 5 , 4 , 3 , 2 , 1 ……………..
OPEN BORDERS !
He’s pathetic . God help us .

Lucano on March 30, 2014 at 10:27 AM

If the no/low information voters want to continue their slide into Democrat destruction and my only choice is a status quo Republican…let it burn.

kagai on March 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM

I know the candidates need money but when they get into office I expect them to support our interests. It’s clear they aren’t. And it’s clear some of the pretendors won’t.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM

I think Rand Paul is going to be very, very, hard to beat. He is building up a huge organization that crosses party lines, especially with young people, and those are the poor, dumb, slobs you want working hard for you free of charge and showing up to vote. Look how much support Obama got from them and you can make a good case that they were the primary reason why he won, twice. Paul is NOT stupid and he noted that. That is why Paul is going to great pains to cultivate the youth vote.

Libertyship46 on March 30, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Rand is indeed a very smart man, and unlike his dad, he is not an isolationist, a conspiracy theorist, a goldbug, or a racist. No doubt he learned a great deal from watching his dad run though. Learned how to build a very dedicated support base amongst not just the young, but across the full spectrum of voters.

He learned how to build a coalition that crosses state lines at the genuine grass roots level. that will as you correctly pointed out, get out there and do the foot pounding hard work for free. He also no doubt learned from his dad, how to build a financial base not from the huge aristocratic donors, but from the average voter.

Rand Paul will no doubt be a very powerful force to be contended with. As long as the average American can separate Rand from his crazy father, Rand has more than an average chance.

No, I could not stand his father, or the vast majority of his fathers crazy followers, Rand on the other hand, I could easily vote for.

oscarwilde on March 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign

By the way, at what point did we as a nation cede our rights as citizens to “insiders and financiers”.

About 1775, when these folks found out Britain was about to send a commission to America to investigate smuggling with the powers to arrest and send the perps to Britain for trial. Folks like John Hancock got very nervous and so Lexington was created for the necessary bloodshed needed to cease all talk and get the rebellion under way.

BL@KBIRD on March 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Key West Reader on March 30, 2014 at 10:25 AM

I love Jim DeMint !

Lucano on March 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Rand on the other hand, I could easily vote for.

oscarwilde on March 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Yip.

Key West Reader on March 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Many if not most of 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s major donors are reaching out to Bush

From one inevitable to another…

Gohawgs on March 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM

I love Jim DeMint !

Lucano on March 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Me too. Keep your eyes peeled, I think he might throw his hat into the ring.

Key West Reader on March 30, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Nope. Nope. Nope.

stenwin77 on March 30, 2014 at 10:31 AM

It would be another ten years before a Bush would be okay to run for the White House again. Anti-Bush rhetoric is part and parcel of an 0bama narrative partisan Democrats and Black people will feel obligated to defend at this point in time. Not a smart idea.

Sekhmet on March 30, 2014 at 10:33 AM

I could vote for almost any of them.

My list of “never-will-I-vote-for-him” is:

Chris Christy

Juan McCain

Jeb Bush

Mike Huckster

John Kasick

stenwin77 on March 30, 2014 at 10:34 AM

oscarwilde on March 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM

It’s the amnesty thing with Paul that disturbs me .

Lucano on March 30, 2014 at 10:34 AM

It’s very easy to talk about immigration reform when your state is not bordering any other nation, Jeb. Now shut up and enjoy your retirement.

john1schn on March 30, 2014 at 10:34 AM

It’s the amnesty thing with Paul that disturbs me .

Lucano on March 30, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Then you’re not paying attention.

Immigration

I do not support amnesty, I support legal immigration and recognize that the country has been enriched by those who seek the freedom to make a life for themselves. However, millions of illegal immigrants are crossing our border without our knowledge and causing a clear threat to our national security. I want to work in the Senate to secure our border immediately. In addition, I support the creation of a border fence and increased border patrol capabilities.

Immigrants should meet the current requirements, which should be enforced and updated. I realize that subsidizing something creates more of it, and do not think the taxpayer should be forced to pay for welfare, medical care and other expenses for illegal immigrants. Once the subsidies for illegal immigration are removed, the problem will likely become far less common.

I support local solutions to illegal immigration as protected by the 10th amendment. I support making English the official language of all documents and contracts.

Millions crossing our border without our knowledge constitutes a clear threat to our nation’s security. Instead of closing military bases at home and renting space in Europe, I am open to the construction of bases to protect our border.

oscarwilde on March 30, 2014 at 10:37 AM

But…electability!

tdarrington on March 30, 2014 at 10:37 AM

oscarwilde on March 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Unless he gags and ties his daddy to a chair on some remote farm he won’t get too far because the media will bait his daddy and his daddy can’t resist that temptation.

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Our ancestors fought and worked to free us from an elite aristocracy.
No more Kennedys, clintons, Bushs.

The MSM drumbeat for Jeb is swinging into gear. Another milquetoast big government, special interest big business Republican candidate that they can easily defeat in the general election. Nice guy, he’ll be befuddled when the MSM suddenly turns on him and tears him apart after the Democratic convention. Like Dole, McCain & Romney he won’t fight back. Here in FL the press is writing glowing articles about Republican donors contributing to ex-Governor Charlie Crist against Rick Scott. Crist is “the voice of moderation” now that he’s a Democrat.

philw1776 on March 30, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Jeb Bush – Hillary Clinton

Leaders of the Uniparty

Count me out

Franklin100 on March 30, 2014 at 10:39 AM

oscarwilde on March 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Unless he gags and ties his daddy to a chair on some remote farm he won’t get too far because the media will bait his daddy and his daddy can’t resist that temptation.

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 10:38 AM

That is indeed a possibility, though, I also think Rand is smart enough to find a way to gag ole dad and prevent that from happening.

oscarwilde on March 30, 2014 at 10:41 AM

I do not like them, Progs o Lite.

I do not like, they do not fight.

Why do we buy what they always peddle?

For they only win the Silver medal.

faraway on March 30, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Pack up all the Bushes and the Clintons, then send them on a lifetime vacation to Bora-Bora. Enough!

rplat on March 30, 2014 at 10:42 AM

The only place this idea is “in high gear” is in the liberal establishment. And with Jazz Shaw (but I repeat myself).

its absolutely laughable. America will not vote for another Bush, especially since the last one handed us Obama and the previous one stunk as well. Get another trolling theme, Jazz; this one is getting weird.

MTF on March 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM

How about a Don’t Draft Jeb campaign?

birdwatcher on March 30, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Working on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8Fk5Ga6wCM

redguy on March 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Floridians will forget the Common Core crap if they even know about it.
” love Jeb ( he was a good governor ) .
Start the countdown ! 5 , 4 , 3 , 2 , 1 ……………..
OPEN BORDERS !
He’s pathetic . God help us .

Lucano on March 30, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Oh they know about it: FLORIDIANS AGAINST COMMON CORE EDUCATION
and I doubt they’ll forget about “the Common Core crap”, especially the parents who have pulled their kids out of public schools to start homeschooling.

MORE PARENTS CHOOSE HOMESCHOOLING DUE TO COMMON CORE

Flora Duh on March 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM

That’s if. I quit.

ronsfi on March 30, 2014 at 10:49 AM

It.

ronsfi on March 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Ditto on Pence. He is almost certainly not running, though, and I can’t blame him.

Doomberg on March 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Hm. You could be right, but why do you say he isn’t running?

It was pretty clear to me that he couldn’t get to the White House from his office on Capitol Hill, which is a big reason I think he went for the gov. position.

What would stop him from running in ’16, as his first term in Indy winds up?

cs89 on March 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Add my voice to the chorus of “no.” In fact, I’ll just add a “not only no, but HELL, NO” to it.

Palin, Cruz, Perry, Walker, Jindal, mmmmmaybe Rand. In that order.
Throw in Jim DeMint and even Mike Lee.

I don’t see the names Bush, Christie, Ryan or Rubio in that list, and I DON’T WANT TO.

theotherone on March 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Democrats are secretly behind this, right?
A joke started by Bill Clinton, maybe?

Is the slogan for this action: “Draft Jeb, Elect Hillary”

albill on March 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Does Harold Stassen have any progeny that is available?

celtic warrior on March 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Scott Walker. Mike Pence. Susana Martinez. Rick Perry. Bobby Jindal. John Kasich. Rick Snyder.

Look to the current governors, especially those with a record of reform and economic success.

Ed Morrissey on March 30, 2014 at 9:50 AM

….there’s a couple of senators I wouldn’t mind on the list either.

KOOLAID2 on March 30, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Does Harold Stassen have any progeny that is available?

celtic warrior on March 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM

I’ll look that up.

crankyoldlady on March 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I can’t believe it will take over $1,000,000,000. to win in 2016, which is “why” Jeb is mentioned.

Khun Joe on March 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I’d like to push back a little against the “alienating the base” part of this discussion.

We used to be the Republican base, we social and fiscal cons. But from my perspective, not any more.

You aren’t my party, you Republicans.

Some Republican politicians may share a few or maybe a lot of my values and address my concerns, but heck- there are a handful of Democratix pols that do too.

No matter if I felt that my only choice, even my preferred choice is a Pub on a particular ballot, in general I see that the Republican Party establishment shares more values with the Democratix than they do with me.

I owe no loyalty to the Republicans, although maybe they owe some to me. After all, I’ve been a faithful R voter all my life, and MY values haven’t changed.

I’m no longer persuaded by the “it won’t be quite as bad with a Republican Prez/Senate/House” argument. Even if were true in the past (demonstrably not so much), I’m not sure that’s true any more.

For example, I think if Jebbie were elected, he would hesitate to act too decisively overseas, lest he be labeled as acting like his brother. Hillary, on the other hand, is guaranteed to be aggressive in foreign policy, since she will be overcompensating for her gender and the previous administration.

Same for domestic issues- I guarantee Jeb will be manipulated by the media (if he needs manipulation) into signing off on every identity politics idea the Greater Progs come up with. Amnesty? You bet. Restrictions on Christianity? Sure. Criminalize thoughts not approved by the Greater or Lesser Prog culture? Yep yep yep.

Neither will be good for our country.

Now I’ll wait for the Merideaths and the MJBs and the petunias to tell me how incredibly stupid I am and how I’m such a drag on the Party and I am the reason McLame/Mitt/Cuccinelli failed (not to mention OMG OMG AKIN!! Angle!11!!!) and they hate me.

This is the argument the Republican establishment posters here use to persuade me I should be voting Republican. Clearly, just as much political savvy at the grassroots here at HA as at the national level//

Pless1foEngrish on March 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Does Harold Stassen have any progeny that is available?

celtic warrior on March 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM

I don’t know but there is a Ross Perot Jr.

Flange on March 30, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Flora Duh on March 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM

We’ve had a ‘ temporary tax ‘ a… Temporary property tax + for schools for a long time .
It got a 93% vote for extension in last Tuesdays election .
I read a lot about common core and I despise it on all levels but I’m not sure that the
demographics of Florida support it’s demise .

Lucano on March 30, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Oh they know about it: FLORIDIANS AGAINST COMMON CORE EDUCATION
and I doubt they’ll forget about “the Common Core crap”, especially the parents who have pulled their kids out of public schools to start homeschooling.

MORE PARENTS CHOOSE HOMESCHOOLING DUE TO COMMON CORE

Flora Duh on March 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM

No Child Left Behind…and now Common Core…Two Bush Inc. Policies.

How about abolish the federal dept. of education.

workingclass artist on March 30, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Im a really weathered, old bag and I have voted Republican all my life. I stayed home only once on an election day and that was in 2006, mainly because of Bushs amnesty shenanigans. In 2008 Barack Obama drove me back to vote for Republicans and in 2010 I thought the party finally got the message and that it would never ever happen again. And now they are back to another Bush and go for legalization again?

Valkyriepundit on March 30, 2014 at 10:59 AM

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