Great news from Jeb Bush: I’ll govern like Lyndon Johnson did

posted at 5:21 pm on May 15, 2014 by Allahpundit

You’d think a guy who’ll be attacked endlessly for his brother’s policies on Iraq wouldn’t want to tie himself to the president responsible for Vietnam too.

In fairness, he’s talking about governing style here, not policy substance. But why he’d feel obliged to mention LBJ at all in making this point, I have no idea.

Bush did not address Johnson’s Great Society and War on Poverty programs, about which Ronald Reagan once famously quipped, “We had a war on poverty, and poverty won.”

Instead, he was referencing Johnson’s mastery of the so-called sausage-making process in Congress.

He vowed to approach the presidency as “master of the Senate,” as biographer Robert Caro described Johnson.

“He went and he cajoled, he begged, he threatened, he loved, he hugged, he did what leaders do, which is they personally get engaged to make something happen,’’ Bush said of Johnson. Bush cited Caro’s latest book about Johnson, The Passage of Power, which covers the first part of Johnson’s presidency.

He went on to say that it’s “completely un-American” to let illegals live “in the shadows” because of course he did. Needless to say, his LBJ comments are a knock on Obama, who’s frequently compared to Johnson by lefties who are unhappy with the pace of what O’s achieved. LBJ knew how to schmooze and terrorize Congress to get what he wanted; The One, ever aloof, is too remote to get his hands dirty like that. On a basic level, all Jeb’s saying here is that he’ll be hands-on. But as a Twitter buddy pointed out, if he wanted to make the point that he’ll be a dealmaker as president, he could have reached for an example that’s far more appealing to conservatives — namely, Ronald Reagan. The fact that he reached back to the Great Society instead, knowing that conservatives already view him as suspect, is baffling. Jonah Goldberg wrote a column the other day expressing his mystification at the fact that Jeb seems to feel no need to woo the righty base at all. Granted, he’s not going to be the conservative choice in the primaries, but neither was Romney and he managed to win enough righty votes to build a winning coalition with centrists. More importantly, the more alienated conservatives feel from Bush, the less likely they may be to help his campaign in the general if he’s the nominee. There are plenty of righties, I think, who’ll grudgingly vote for the most “electable” candidate even in the primaries, despite their personal preference for someone who’s more conservative — so long as they feel that candidate is interested in their votes. As it is, you’ve got Jeb running around praising Lyndon Johnson and babbling about amnesty to anyone who’ll listen right at the moment that voters are starting to pay attention. What’s wrong with this picture?

Via the Corner, here’s Jonah talking about this at length. One quibble with what he says, though: I’m not sure that Jeb is DOA in Iowa or New Hampshire if he’s totally estranged from conservatives. It’ll make his task much harder, but there’s a fair chance that, between Christie’s troubles and Rubio’s hesitation if Bush runs, Jeb might clear the field in the party’s center if he jumps in. If that happens and the conservative field ends up crowded with Pauls and Cruzes and Pences and Carsons and Perrys (and Wests?), the righty vote could split enough to let Jeb squeak through. I have no idea why he’d want to gamble on all of that happening, but maybe he does.


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I’m wondering if Jeb Bush thinks in Spanish, such that when he speaks in English, he’s expressing his actual beliefs, gets a bit confused about who he’s speaking to…let’s it slip what he’s really thinking.

Well, whatever, at least we’re hearing what’s on his mind now and not after a horrible, hypothetical election of him to the WH. Better to air it all now and avoid an awful mistake in ’16.

Lourdes on May 15, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Don’t worry guys. Jeb is just like the rest of the GOP leadership, firm and resolute in their support and dedication to the election of Hillary Clinton and her democrat party to federal office.

NWConservative on May 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

davidk on May 15, 2014 at 5:40 PM

As seems to be typical lately, the HotAir staff is missing or ignoring all the best sotories out there that would be great threads.

South Carolina man dies after test of bulletproof vest fails

Parents rail against ‘ridiculous’ Common Core math homework

Dept of Agriculture Orders Submachine Guns with 30 Round Magazines

Fast food workers rally for higher wages

Book News: Rush Limbaugh Wins Children’s Book ‘Author Of The Year’ Award

Any one of those would be better post bait than what HA is putting out here.

dentarthurdent on May 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Lourdes on May 15, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Jeb was a great governor but he lost me at Bush. Fair? Probably not but there it is.

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Lourdes on May 15, 2014 at 6:05 PM

LOL!

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2014 at 6:09 PM

I’m not voting for Jeb Bush. Period.

Kensington on May 15, 2014 at 6:10 PM

dentarthurdent on May 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I’m not to sure about the Rush award being a story unless you want to mention that people, like me, who have never even seen his book voted for it. No regrets, just the truth.

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2014 at 6:10 PM

If any halfway sane person was considering voting for this guy, this ought to change their mind.

Jeb Bush: All of the Negatives of his Father and Brother… With NONE of their good points..

L.I.B.

LegendHasIt on May 15, 2014 at 6:11 PM

He’s just trolling us now.

Resist We Much on May 15, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Has to be it.

But lock up your beagles, just to be safe.

de rigueur on May 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Why must we always choose from “republican” contenders that take such pride in kicking their supposed supporters flatly in the nuts? This guy does it with such gusto only MSNBC could vote for him without feeling sick.

MechanicalBill on May 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

The only sense I can make out of Jeb Bush’s latest inane garbage is that he’s trying to make Rubio look acceptable by contrast. Then if Rubio becomes President he will steer tens of millions of government payoffs to Bush.

VorDaj on May 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

I like Perry, too, but Perry supported (and leveraged) in-state classification for illegal aliens in TX as to education; not sure what his stand on their “right” to DL in TX but that wouldn’t surprise me if so, but certainly would put Perry on the likely-untrustworthy list for me.

Lourdes on May 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM

California yanks the chain of the nation.

Texas made that decision after losing the supreme court case…and that instate tuition law is subject to periodic review by the legislature.

Perry says the primary issues is border security and enforcement of federal law.

He also thinks pushing immigration reform before secure borders is cart before horse…and that immigration reform will become passé as Mexico undergoes an economic boom.

This push for immigration reform especially by Net Barons and Chamber of Commerce is about cheap labor…creating a permanent under class at the expense of the native population and for democrats creating a permanent super majority in congress.

Perry also said we need a 21st century Monroe Doctrine for the northern hemisphere and maybe expand border security to Mexico’s guatemalan border…But John Kerry said the Monroe Doctrine is dead.

workingclass artist on May 15, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Good grief! Our country is hanging by a thread, and here comes Jeb braying every day like some rebellious idiot. Go figure!

mobydutch on May 15, 2014 at 6:13 PM

In other words… he’d be a more refined, classy, dignified, Spanish speaking steaming pile of Obama.

/I’ll pass. It would be the first election I sat out in my entire life. Not that it matters to the Country Club Clowns

Key West Reader on May 15, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Oh dear Lord

gophergirl on May 15, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Memo to Jeb…Johnson was a putz…do your homework…

crosshugger on May 15, 2014 at 6:15 PM

So, we’ve had Dog-Eater president, Jeb wants to be the Dog-Ear-Puller president… I’m seriously thinking of voting for the dog– assuming Hillary’s the nominee.

de rigueur on May 15, 2014 at 6:15 PM

The only sense I can make out of Jeb Bush’s latest inane garbage is that he’s trying to make Rubio look acceptable by contrast. Then if Rubio becomes President he will steer tens of millions of government payoffs to Bush.

VorDaj on May 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Eggxelent point. Rubio was elected by the Country Class, now he’s in the Country Club. Big difference.

Pffft.. Rubio.

Key West Reader on May 15, 2014 at 6:16 PM

I’m not to sure about the Rush award being a story unless you want to mention that people, like me, who have never even seen his book voted for it. No regrets, just the truth.

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2014 at 6:10 PM

I’m just throwing out a few of the headline stories that HA is completely missing – that would likely generate far more posts than what they’re giving us.
That IS their business basis isn’t it?

I’ve been seeing this nearly every day for awhile now, that they keep missing the best stories.

dentarthurdent on May 15, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Single term? Just trying to figure this all out little Jebby.

Bmore on May 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Dept of Agriculture Orders Submachine Guns with 30 Round Magazines

Any one of those would be better post bait than what HA is putting out here.

dentarthurdent on May 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

O/T: Wow, hadn’t seen that one yet. Yeah, those corn fields and waves of grain can be DANGEROUS, YO. Those Dept. of Ag swat teams better NEO up.

Seriously, each and every department or agency should undergo immediate top-down review and the vast majority of them need to be DISARMED immediately. Many of them have no business even having weapons, let alone SWAT teams and armored vehicles.

Meople on May 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Jeb
Please listen to Babs. Stay away. Far away, please. You are an amnesty supporting and common core supporting POS.

RWRFAN on May 15, 2014 at 6:20 PM

He’s got a ‘Big Head’…

Nosmo on May 15, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Oh dear Lord

gophergirl on May 15, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Memo to Jeb…Johnson was a putz…do your homework…

crosshugger on May 15, 2014 at 6:15 PM

My sentiments exactly GG

Cross, if I recall LBJ was a one termer who couldn’t handle not being “liked”.

/No thanks – I’d sit out the election and let it burn. Looking at land in Montana LOL

Key West Reader on May 15, 2014 at 6:21 PM

WTF?

This guy is scary.

darwin on May 15, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Meople on May 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Marxists and Statists usually starve their people, Meople.

Key West Reader on May 15, 2014 at 6:22 PM

No way in hell this Bush kid could ever lie like Ly-don Jonhson.

LBJ Kind of all liars now and forever.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 15, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist!

/Now there’s a ticket.

Key West Reader on May 15, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Quiet ! We’ll all be in reeducation camps by morning .

Lucano on May 15, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Quiet ! We’ll all be in reeducation camps by morning .

Lucano on May 15, 2014 at 6:25 PM

The reeducation camps wouldn’t be half bad if they weren’t adopting common core.

Kensington on May 15, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Hide your beagles!

corona79 on May 15, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I’m thinking Republicans are getting real comfortable looking at a relatively effortless GOP boon this fall. The deck is stacked, so they can go full RINO on us all without any consequences. And we’ll vote for them anyway.

Dongemaharu on May 15, 2014 at 6:28 PM

He’s got a ‘Big Head’…

Nosmo on May 15, 2014 at 6:21 PM

It’s empty, or full of hot air.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 6:29 PM

^Lol, what you mean we?

Seth Halpern on May 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM

“He went and he cajoled, he begged, he threatened, he loved, he hugged, he did what leaders do, which is they personally get engaged to make something happen,’’ Bush said of Johnson.

So President Jeb will be great friends with the Democrats as he passes their agenda.

No, Thanks!

RJL on May 15, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Jeb Lyndon Baines “Act-of-Love” Bush for president… of Syria.

DrDeano on May 15, 2014 at 6:34 PM

The deck is stacked, so they can go full RINO on us all without any consequences. And we’ll vote for them anyway.

Dongemaharu on May 15, 2014 at 6:28 PM

I’ve been a reliable GOP “zombie” since at least 1994, and I’m telling you — they’d better not get too heavily invested in this presumption because I am at my wit’s end with them.

Kensington on May 15, 2014 at 6:35 PM

That’ll be all Jeb … your 15 minutes are up!

kregg on May 15, 2014 at 6:36 PM

If Bush is the nominee, I’m going to write in Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho.

ReaganWasRight on May 15, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist!

/Now there’s a ticket.

Key West Reader on May 15, 2014 at 6:24 PM

I could vote for that ticket.

To be stranded in the middle of the Everglades.

RickB on May 15, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Don’t worry guys. Jeb is just like the rest of the GOP leadership, firm and resolute in their support and dedication to the election of Hillary Clinton and her democrat party to federal office.

NWConservative on May 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

That sure looks to be the case.

Lourdes on May 15, 2014 at 6:37 PM

And if the conservatives are too stupid to rally around one candidate then they deserve Jeb Bush and President Hillary Clinton!

redware on May 15, 2014 at 6:38 PM

He will constantly use the N word and cheat on his wife? I agree with his mama. No more Bush’s

neyney on May 15, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Just like his brother. These Republicans don’t even pretend to be an alternative to Democrats any longer.

rickv404 on May 15, 2014 at 6:42 PM

After hearing Jeb Bush’s two recent — and ridiculous — remarks (“illegal immigration is an act of love” and he’d be ‘like Johnson’ if elected as President), I’ve concluded that his daughter’s, wife’s and, yes, son’s weird actions are not so difficult to understand.

It’s like they’re the Bush Family Weeds.

Lourdes on May 15, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Fox News Poll: Trust in government down 44% among GOP in last decade

Gee… wonder why?

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist!

/Now there’s a ticket.

Key West Reader on May 15, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Hahaha…

Hey, what about: Jeb Bush and Michael Bloomberg?

aaaiiieeee….

Lourdes on May 15, 2014 at 6:45 PM

He’ll govern like LBJ.

If he really said that, can someone please tell this jackass to go away?

I’d bet even Hillary wouldn’t be as bad as LBJ.

The GOP pandering to minority micro-constituencies has to end.

JEM on May 15, 2014 at 6:46 PM

And the kinfolk said “Jeb! Be a billionaire!” So he loaded up the truck and he moved to DC. Pennsylvania Avenue that is. Lobbyists. Donor cash. Annexing Mexico…

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Imagining Mrs. Jeb Bush’s major focus as “first lady” if hubby elected to WH: “Let’s all learn how to pack our suitcases properly!” Seconded: “how to write your own medication orders!”

Lourdes on May 15, 2014 at 6:49 PM

So another Viet Nam and a Great Society? At least the music was good.

Bertram Cabot Jr. on May 15, 2014 at 6:49 PM

And the kinfolk said “Jeb! Be a billionaire!” So he loaded up the truck and he moved to DC. Pennsylvania Avenue that is. Lobbyists. Donor cash. Annexing Mexico…

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 6:48 PM

lol

bazil9 on May 15, 2014 at 6:52 PM

I’m going to buy a Jeb Bush voodoo doll .

Unaffiliated4P on May 15, 2014 at 6:58 PM

If The Onion goes defunct, a beat won’t be skipped given the usual headlines now on HotAir

ShainS on May 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM

So another Viet Nam and a Great Society? At least the music was good.

Bertram Cabot Jr. on May 15, 2014 at 6:49 PM

¡Ya Apocalipsis!

de rigueur on May 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM

If jeb gets the nomination, Hillary wins because the Conservative base will stay home. I’m thinking of starting a web site or facebook page – Conservative Only. People who commit to staying home if the Republicans don’t nominate a true Conservative. If we had 2 or 3 million who would commit to staying home if another Rino is nominated, we might be able to stop it.

Or maybe we commit to voting for the Democrat. That doubles the vote count – instead of the Republicans losing 2 or 3 million votes, they lose 2 – 3 million and the Democrats gain 2 – 3 million.

Time for the Tea Party to play as rough as Rove and the political class.

huckleberryfriend on May 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Great news from Jeb Bush: I’ll govern like Lyndon Johnson did

Hey Jeb, Perhaps Republicans will return the favor and vote like Johnson Democrats!

RJL on May 15, 2014 at 7:05 PM

So Jeb’s going to hold staff meetings while he’s sitting on the toilet, then?

Mr. D on May 15, 2014 at 7:12 PM

I still don’t see Jeb running..:)

Dire Straits on May 15, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Wow, all the more reason to reject Jeb.

sadatoni on May 15, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Or maybe we commit to voting for the Democrat. That doubles the vote count – instead of the Republicans losing 2 or 3 million votes, they lose 2 – 3 million and the Democrats gain 2 – 3 million.

Time for the Tea Party to play as rough as Rove and the political class.

huckleberryfriend on May 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Yes, but vote Conservative Party or Libertarian Party. Adding to Democrat totals will just make them think the Democrats came out in force and we stayed home. They need to see the votes they could’ve had.

Looking forward to writing in “Kim Kardashian” if Jeb is nominated. At least she managed to build a media empire out of having, as Joel McHale says, “a big ass and a sex tape.”

mintycrys on May 15, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Can I get a govern like a Woodrow Wilson?

Brock Robamney on May 15, 2014 at 7:18 PM

huckleberryfriend on May 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM

That’s a great idea.

If it got some national exposure/marketing (via talk radio, blogs like this, etc.), I suspect there’d be significantly more than 3 million at this point …

ShainS on May 15, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Time for the Tea Party to play as rough as Rove and the political class.
huckleberryfriend on May 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Got my support.

AH_C on May 15, 2014 at 7:26 PM

What a Maroon!
Did his older brother drop him on his head too many times when they were kids?

Another Drew on May 15, 2014 at 7:27 PM

He went on to say that it’s “completely un-American” to let illegals live “in the shadows”

In the shadows? Really? I keep hearing this but then I see illegals out there protesting in the streets and marching in parades and climbing over border fences in broad daylight! What shadows? Heck.. even the illegal murderers and rapists that were jailed for their crimes are being put back out on the streets!

Hey.. you know who feels like they’re are being forced to live in the shadows? It’s tax paying law abiding conservative Americans! They have to be careful what they say in public about their political positions and religious convictions because they might just get themselves fired or harassed by the left! How about standing up for some of them for a change!

JellyToast on May 15, 2014 at 7:28 PM

He is a bigger idiot than his brother. LBJ is responsible for much of the welfare problem we have today. His War On Poverty and Great Society created poverty. He was mainly responsible for getting over 50,000 killed in Vietnam with an endless number of lives ruined. To even evoke LBJ shows what an idiot Jeb is.

alanstern on May 15, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Dept of Agriculture Orders Submachine Guns with 30 Round Magazines

dentarthurdent on May 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Since most of the Dept of Agriculture’s budget is food stamps, one has to wonder why on earth it would need ‘submachine’ guns with 30 round magazines.

It’s not as though Obama is ever going to order Ag’s agents to descend on WalMart with guns blazing the next time that the EBT programme crashes and there is another free-for-all (except taxpayers).

This country has grown exponentially more fvcked up since I’ve been here and the pace has accelerated at a staggering and dangerous speed under Obama. When you no longer can tell the difference between our troops on the battlefield in Afghanistan and police or other government agents, then you’ve got a serious problem on your hands and a police state around the corner.

Resist We Much on May 15, 2014 at 7:39 PM

As Nixon was being sworn into office Jeb’s daddy was missing the ceremony. He was at Andrews Air Force Base seeing LBJ off. He was the ONLY Republican there, a gesture LBJ did not forget.

GHW Bush went to see LBJ before he ran for the senate to ask for his grace. LBJ was one of his father Prescott’s BFF. Prescott Bush considered LBJ a master manipulator.

Little Jebbie’s daddy was invited to LBJ ranch often and he grew up around the old, lying, conniving, warhorse.

Lying is what you do to get what you want and that’s fine with the Bushes.

Corrupt dinosaur politicians, is that what conservatives want? I don’t think so.

Jayrae on May 15, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Total jerk.

nobama1267 on May 15, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Say, Jeb, have you spent any time as Majority Leader in the Senate?

Because, you know, LBJ DID. That is why he was ‘Master of the Senate’.

You, however, are the Doofus of the Bush clan and need to spend some quality time with your extended family for the rest of your natural life. I’d send you two cents to buy a clue, but I’m afraid you are stuck in adumbass land of the clueless, a desert place, a place without sense.

ajacksonian on May 15, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Yeah, I’m not a big fan of LBJ,except for his savvy and his down-to-earthness. Seriously, back in the days of operators, he was dialed the wrong number, and wound up chatting with the random person on the other end. Yet two great disasters are laid at his feet, possibly three: the Viet Nam War (Robert McNamara, the guy in charge of the Edsel?!); the Great Society; possibly JFK being assassinated.

But I think it’s because Jeb read the mention biography recently, so it’s on his brain.

RockinRickOwen on May 15, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Imagining Mrs. Jeb Bush’s major focus as “first lady” if hubby elected to WH: “Let’s all learn how to pack our suitcases properly!” Seconded: “how to write your own medication orders!”

Lourdes on May 15, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Now that’s really low …….and very funny !

Lucano on May 15, 2014 at 7:59 PM

One of the worst presidencies in the history of the Republic. The country nearly collapsed under his watch, but hey.

K. Hobbit on May 15, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Is he aware that LBJ was an old leech in the mold of a JFK or BJ Clinton?

Kissmygrits on May 15, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Annexing Mexico…

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2014 at 6:48 PM

I’ve actually though about that. It make a certain amount of sense.

Who is John Galt on May 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM

…Jeb’s biting our ears!

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2014 at 8:19 PM

But why he’d feel obliged to mention LBJ at all in making this point, I have no idea.

Apparently the Bush III wannabe has very, very bad political instincts. I thought he was supposed to be the savvy one.

In my book only a Republican who is a moron would ever mention LBJ in a positive way, much less say he would be like him in any way.

This is simply a stupid thing to say. And right on the heels of his other idiotic comment about how illegal immigration is an act of love.

I guess he hopes to get some of the Donk Hillary! hating wing to vote for him instead of Clinton II. To make up for all of the GOP voters who won’t bother to cast a vote if the choice is Bush III or Clinton II.

farsighted on May 15, 2014 at 8:21 PM

It’s my understanding that we should vote for him and then ask him nicely to not do all the things he promised us he was going to do when we were voting for him.

rogerb on May 15, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Imagine a Democrat politician treating their base the way GOPe pols treat theirs:

* Mocking the base on gun control legislation.
* Talking about, but never intending to act upon, allowing same-sex marriage.
* Discussing how affirmative action is insulting to others and should be ended.

Of course the Dems don’t do that. They take the items that fire up the far left and push, push, push, push, push, push…continually. What do Republican pols do?

Fold like a lawn chair. But not before insulting their base. Repeatedly.

xNavigator on May 15, 2014 at 8:22 PM

I HAVE NO DOUBT JEB BUSH’S SOLE PURPOSE ON THIS EARTH IS TO MAKE US MISS MIKE HUCKABEE!!!!!!!!!!

SDarchitect on May 15, 2014 at 8:22 PM

You have to give him credit. If you aspire to be a traitorous, money grubbing, soul-less terd. Aspire to be the biggest one in the bowl.

bluesdoc70 on May 15, 2014 at 8:24 PM

There are no words. None that are printable anyway.

Murf76 on May 15, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Do you think the GOPe dopes like Jebby and them believe they will somehow peel off center-left Democrats who are a tad bit queasy at the Far Left tilt of the Dems? Their Not-Quite-As-Progressive Party declarations seem to indicate that they are speaking to a bunch of progs.

I mean, are they dreaming of those “Reagan Democrats” voting for their “centrist” Rubio/Crist/Crispie/Bush?

Its the only reason I can think of for the lack of interest in the conservative base; if they piss us off, so what?

So who else thinks Reagan Democrats will be voting Republican 2016?

Dolce Far Niente on May 15, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Thanks but no thanks,Jeb.

jaywemm on May 15, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Hey, hey, LBJ,
how many kids did you kill today?!

Who besides a complete idiot would want a term like LBJ’s?

Hey, hey, Bush named ‘J’
how many ______ you let in today?!

de rigueur on May 15, 2014 at 8:51 PM

In my book only a Republican who is a moron would ever mention LBJ in a positive way, much less say he would be like him in any way.

farsighted on May 15, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Ahem

Asked by host Neil Cavuto if he thinks Christie’s recent scandals make him seem “bully-esque,” Romney didn’t give in. “I consider it being a kind of strong, LBJ-type leadership style,” Romney said. “I think people want someone who is tough.”

steebo77 on May 15, 2014 at 9:10 PM

i watched the part of the speech wrt immigration. Sadly he frames the issue in terms of people ‘fear’ immigration…foreigners and all that. This just like barry’s view that people cling to their guns etc. because they are too dumb to vote in their own interest.

thanks jeb.

There are good points and bad about immigration…but a real politician would understand that the only fear is forty years of left wing hegemony with the likes of Schumer, Warren and Hillary in charge. Yeah, Jeb…that is what we fear.

but Jeb is down with the dissing of the American worker…but, hey, that’s a trend now-a-days…and who knows, maybe they are right…bunch of ignorant slackers with an entitlement ‘tude that just won’t quit.

r keller on May 15, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I’m sorry — can we just call this “living in the shadows” bullshit “bullshit” once and for all? No one’s living in any shadows — I want to barf anytime I hear anyone recite that tripe…

dpduq on May 15, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Jeb Has it all…

(1) He will pass full blown Amnesty
(2) He will conquer the Middle East to bring Democracy
(3) He will pal around with his Arabian pals
(4) He will probably expand ObamaCare
(5) He will make the Executive Branch even more powerful

I mean but don’t worry he will talk about snowflake children and bang Social Cons will drool, and he will talk about low corporate taxes and big business will make it rain…

No need to worry about all that other conservative and libertarian stuff…

William Eaton on May 15, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Clinton/Bush 2016 National Unity Dream Ticket. It’s inevitable.

kcewa on May 15, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Mark Levin made an interesting point about Jeb Bush tonight: What does he think about the economy? What are his suggestions about growing jobs? The deficit? Foreign policy? We don’t know.

All Jeb talks about are his beloved law-breaking illegal aliens and Common Core (Common Corps as Barack Obama would say).

bw222 on May 15, 2014 at 9:31 PM

sign the guest book, get your paperwork in order, don’t be a criminal, take a number, and get in the back of the line.

Please… someone smarter than me… help me understand why the PointnClick Comprehensive Immigration Plan is unworkable…

PointnClick on May 15, 2014 at 5:57 PM

As long as the guest book is located back in their home country. That is truly waiting in the back of the line.

Wigglesworth on May 15, 2014 at 9:33 PM

For the love of God, Jed, please please go away.

Old eagle on May 15, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Boehner just stated that GOP want to increase taxes on the wealth.

Oil Can on May 15, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Since the wealthy seem to be interested in destroying middle class America, this may not be a bad idea.

bw222 on May 15, 2014 at 9:40 PM

steebo77 on May 15, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Not a Romney fan. His candidacy took away one of the GOP’s strongest issues, Obamacare. And I think he ran a lousy campaign. He let Comrade O, his Chicago Gang, and the MSM walk all over him.

McCain probably has good things to say about LBJ, too.

I’ve pinched my nose hard in the polling booth the last two POTUS elections. Not inclined to do it again. What I got for my trouble is a US hating socialist President for eight years. If the GOP does not put up a decent candidate this time around I’m sitting it out. I don’t care if we end up with Queen !Hillary. Bush III won’t be much better. The hell with the GOP if they nominate this guy.

Does anyone think Bush III will do anything more to Obamacare than help the socialists ‘fix’ it? For the good of the nation, of course, and all that rot.

farsighted on May 15, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Johnson? Really? If you have to pick a Dem go with Kennedy who cut taxes and went after labor unions. Not the guy who took Kennedy’s job and reversed all his policies.

eski502 on May 15, 2014 at 9:44 PM

If jeb gets the nomination, Hillary wins because the Conservative base will stay home. I’m thinking of starting a web site or facebook page – Conservative Only. People who commit to staying home if the Republicans don’t nominate a true Conservative. If we had 2 or 3 million who would commit to staying home if another Rino is nominated, we might be able to stop it.

huckleberryfriend on May 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM

There is no point in staying home. Perhaps this can be the birth of a major third party, which can replace the GOP.

bw222 on May 15, 2014 at 9:49 PM

There is no point in staying home. Perhaps this can be the birth of a major third party, which can replace the GOP.

bw222 on May 15, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Agreed, third party is the way to go.

Remember, the GOP will betray you.

Ned Pepper on May 15, 2014 at 9:51 PM

dentarthurdent on May 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Oooh! Oooh! I vote for the Darwin Award winner!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 15, 2014 at 9:57 PM

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