Uncommon courage: Jeb Bush finally weighs in on the border crisis

posted at 9:21 am on July 24, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, long a vocal Republican proponent of reforming the nation’s immigration system, has been oddly silent while an immigration crisis erupted on America’s southern border.

On Thursday, along with Goldwater Institute Vice President Clint Bolick in the pages of The Wall Street Journal, Bush finally weighed in with this thoughts on the matter. In that op-ed, The former Florida governor took a more hardline approach to the crisis on the border, siding with the White House and most of the members of his party who say that the vast majority of those crossing the border will have to be deported.

“We now have a humanitarian crisis on our southern border that demands strong leadership that respects the rule of law,” the opinion piece read, noting that the present influx of border crossing migrants is a clear indication that the border is not secure.

“Despite President Obama’s reassurances, few of these children are likely to return home if nothing changes,” the op-ed added.

Currently the vast number of children is overwhelming the process. Roughly half do not show up for their hearings. As a result, judging by Homeland Security figures, only a fraction of the approximately 20,000 Central American children who entered the country illegally in 2013 were repatriated. By some estimates, as few as 2% of the 50,000 children who have crossed the border illegally this year have been sent home.

We must close loopholes that allow for individuals to be released from federal custody between hearings. Except for those deserving few who may demonstrate true cause for asylum or protection from sex trafficking, these children must be returned to their homes in Central America.

Next, we must aggressively remove the incentives that encourage people to break immigration laws. It is vital that we clearly communicate that there will be zero rewards for those who imperil the lives of children by sending them to the U.S. illegally. The children who have come here were provoked by adults and made to believe that crossing our border would be the key to their family’s escape from a life of poverty or danger. That must end.

Bush closes however with a nod to the project of immigration reform. His and Bolick’s op-ed concludes that the “Best antidote to illegal immigration” is a functioning system which values an influx of skilled laborers over “family-reunification.”

The guests on CNN’s politics panel thought that Bush was speaking directly to them with this last perfunctory message of support for immigration reform.

“I think including that language at the end there was done with the express purpose of preempting people like us from saying, ‘Oh, look at Jeb Bush, he’s becoming more hawkish on the border now,’” New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin submitted. “’He’s running from his reformer standpoint, trying to pander to the party.’”

CNN’s John King asked the right question; will Bush now make the case for reforming the immigration system, if he runs for president, as a candidate in spite of its obvious unpopularity with the base of his party. If the election were held this year, it would certainly cost him the nomination if he did.

Even Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a co-author of the Senate’s immigration reform bill, conceded that the border crisis has made reform a toxic notion. In an interview with NPR, Rubio said that border security must come first or there will be no reform measure passed for perhaps another decade.

A lot can change in two years, but, for now, the crisis on the southern border appears to have even turned off the GOP’s pro-reform voices to the cause of restructuring the nation’s immigration system.


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Well the party of intellect – better start giving us some candidates of intellect to support. Right now most of what we have is D.C. derelicts who think it’s their turn to have their pockets lined.

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Yes yes – you know my position.

No member of Congress for POTUS,,,, unless they win the primary, then I will probably vote

I am for Governors and then State’s right.

jake-the-goose on July 24, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Bush closes however with a nod to the project of immigration reform. His and Bolick’s op-ed concludes that the “Best antidote to illegal immigration” is a functioning system which values an influx of skilled laborers over “family-reunification.”

this is a straw-man argument.

Nobody is opposed to reforming immigration laws as needed.

giving illegals currently in the country any form of legal status (i.e., amnesty for those too dishonest to call it that), is not “immigration reform”.

Reforming immigration laws to “value[] an influx of skilled laborers over “family-reunification” has absolutely nothing to do with the legal status of illegals currently here.

this is why we don’t trust any of the GOP “leaders” on immigration. Even when they are allegedly saying the right things re: enforcement, they have to cap it off with dishonest strawman arguments.

whether or not we change the immigration laws to allow more “skilled laborers” than we currently do has no bearing on whether or not we grant current illegals amnesty.

whether or not we change immigration laws to better track people here on visas has no bearing on whether or not we grant current illegals amnesty.

Whether or not we change immigration laws to expand EVerify has no bearing on whether or not we grant current illegals amnesty.

whether or not we change immigration laws to put more security (more fencing, more “virtual fencing”, more border patrol, etc.) on the border has no bearing on whether or not we grant current illegals amnesty.

Whether or not we expand or restrict other types of work visas (H1-A, H2-B, etc.) has no bearing on whether or not we grant current illegals amnesty.

Whether or not we change the immigration hearing procedures regarding asylum, deportation and the like has no bearing on whether or not we grant current illegals amnesty.

We can reform every single aspect of the U.S.’s immigration laws without addressing whatsoever the status of the current illegals.

So, every time you conflate the two things, you are being completely and utterly dishonest. It is a signal to those who want amnesty that what you are really talking about is amnesty. Otherwise, why say it? Why not just talk about reforming this or that aspect of immigration law?

If your true purpose was to reform, for instance, the number of and qualifications for certain types of work visas, you would simply say that and make that argument. But instead you shills always go into strawmen about comprehensive immigration reform, which is nothing but code for “amnesty” because reforming our current immigration laws has nothing to do with whether or not we grant legal status to current illegals.

It is only connected in that amnesty shills dishonestly connect the two things and refuse to allow any reform of immigration laws without giving amnesty to illegals.

So – go away Jeb. You will never be president and hopefully you will never have any position in any administration in the future. You are unneeded and you are dishonest.

Monkeytoe on July 24, 2014 at 11:54 AM

He needs to go be governor of Florida for a term or two and then run.

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Good point..Agreed..:)

Dire Straits on July 24, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Maybe, but based on the comments here, he’s a cooked goose.

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Jeepers – I’m getting paranoid

jake-the-goose on July 24, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Jeb Bush has a special place in his heart for the illegals from Central America. In college Jeb Bush majored in… Latin American Studies. I’m not joking, google it. Recently he called illegal immigration an “act of love.” That’s gratuitous nonsense. There is not even a single Democrat that would say something so blatantly out of step with the mainstream electorate. Even Harry Reid wouldn’t have said that.

And Bush’s “act of love” idiocy, along with the R leadership (as Boehner, Cantor & Ryan) have combined with Obama & Rubio’s amnesty push to help cause this unprecedented flood of illegals into this country. Bush is to blame, yup.

And the “act of love” comment showed Jeb Bush’s true colors. Now he decides for once to try to pander to his own party. But it’s transparent. We know that Bush is ultimately going to be the biggest open borders and amnesty advocate. And we know that these kids are never going to be deported. Ever.

anotherJoe on July 24, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Even Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a co-author of the Senate’s immigration reform bill, conceded that the border crisis has made reform a toxic notion. In an interview with NPR, Rubio said that border security must come first or there will be no reform measure passed for perhaps another decade.

dishonest. Dishonest. Dishonest. Dishonest. Dishonest. Dishonest.

Can any amnesty shill ever be honest? Noah?

Every single part of our current immigration laws can be reformed today, with very little objection amongst conservatives, if you did not make amnesty a part of it.

You could reform the number of visas that are being issued.

You could reform the quailifications for obtaining visas.

you could reform the immigration hearing procedures (for asylum, etc.)

You could reform EVerify.

the only thing that cannot be done is granting the current illegals amnesty – which is not “reform” of current laws, it is merely saying that the people who came here illegally can stay and be legal now, regardless of what laws were on the books when they came here and regardless of what laws are on the books now.

that is not “reform”. that is a gift of legal status to certain identifiable individuals. that is an amnesty.

Again, pretending that “reform” of immigration laws hinges on amnestying the current illegals is a complete and utter lie. It’s not a difference of opinion between me and you – it is a lie you are stating.

If I want to reform the tax code and change tax rates, deductions and credits, such reform of the tax code does not hinge on me letting everyone previously convicted of tax fraud out of prison. I can reform the tax code without addressing those people whatsoever.

the same is true of immigration law. I can reform immigration laws all day without addressing those illegals currently in the U.S.

So – explain to me how saying that “reform” is held up by people opposed to amnesty?

Point out the people who are against reforming the types of visas we issue? Or who are against reforming how those in the U.S. on Visas are tracked. Or those who are opposed to reforming EVerify?

Point to me those who are against reforming immigration laws? You cannot. What you can point to are those who are opposed to granting 20+million low-educated, unskilled laborers in the country illegally some legal status, which has nothing to do with reforming the laws on the books.

so dishonest. So dishonest all of the damn time.

Monkeytoe on July 24, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Here is a deal I’m willing to make with the amnesty shills.

Let’s pass a law that allows everyone and anyone who wants to enter the U.S. do so.

But, as part of that law, they legally cannot ever use or be entitled to any federal, local, or state entitlement or benefit program. No Section 8, No WIC, no SSDSI, no unemployment benefits, no Medicare or Medicaid. No Obamacare. No grants or other gov’t programs for education. No social security. Any attempt to utilize such programs would be a crime with a minimum prison sentence of 2 years.

And – if convicted of any crime other than minor traffic infractions, they would be deported immediately after any jail sentence. They either survive from the sweat of their own brow, leave the U.S., or die.

No leftists/amnesty shill (but I repeat myself Jeb) will ever go for this, because they want these people fully dependent on gov’t. they want these people to come here and they want U.S. taxpayers to support them.

Monkeytoe on July 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Is the GOP elite ever going to even try to understand what Grassroots conservatives think, feel and believe about this tide of humanity washing up on our side of the Rio Grande and the effect of it on our communities? The fear of communicable diseases and parasites, the swamping of our classrooms, the burden on your welfare programs, the crime flowing from the gang members and other criminals among these migrants, the depressing effect on our wages, the competition imposed on our working class and middle class citizens.

Esaus Message on July 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Bush and Rubio – go get a room someplace, maybe Guatemala, and leave the rest of us alone.

VorDaj on July 24, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Rick Perry claims illegal aliens committed 3,000 homicides and 8,000 sexual assaults in Texas since 2008.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/07/shock-report-rick-perry-illegal-immigrants-behind-3000-homicides-8000-sexual-assaults-since-08-video/

I guess Jeb would refer to this as “8,000 acts of love.”

What a puke!

bw222 on July 24, 2014 at 12:28 PM

jake-the-goose on July 24, 2014 at 11:42 AM

It was you who stole my maple candy abt 45 years ago wasn’t it?

Judge_Dredd on July 24, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Is the GOP elite ever going to even try to understand what Grassroots conservatives think, feel and believe about this tide of humanity washing up on our side of the Rio Grande and the effect of it on our communities? The fear of communicable diseases and parasites, the swamping of our classrooms, the burden on your welfare programs, the crime flowing from the gang members and other criminals among these migrants, the depressing effect on our wages, the competition imposed on our working class and middle class citizens.

Esaus Message on July 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Not the GOP we have. They are infected with “Latino vote” fever and the only cure is “immigration reform”, aka, the “Manufactured Leftist Votes and Lowered Wages Act”.

They may pretend to get (see Rubio), but they are lying. They are only going to get even close to doing the right thing out of fear of the electorate – left on their own they will nullify tens of millions of moderate/conservative votes by fiat and flood the nation with sub-market wage foreign workers.

DrDeano on July 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM

And Hugh Hewitt wants all the unaccompanied(illegal alien)children to remain in the U.S.:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/18/Hugh-Hewitt-Let-All-Illegal-Kids-Stay-Right-Here-Right-Now

Think Hugh and Salem will pick up the costs? Sure!

bw222 on July 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM

So after a couple of weeks of paying pundits, taking polls and getting focus groups together… this is the best he can do?

A real Rock of Jebraltar you got there.

ajacksonian on July 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Did he lecture us (again) that immigrants work harder and are more family-oriented that the current citizens?

LilyBart on July 24, 2014 at 12:33 PM

The leadership of the two party evil money cult in Washington D.C. no longer are of U.S. they are only out for the money, the gold, the lust for power that has overcome them total.

Thus we the people can not be for them.

Clear it is the worst of the two are the hate America commie thug union dues spending crime operation Democrats.
They elected this hate monger who knows only his hate of U.S. and how we got here as free people. He thinks we did not make it.

These wage slave lusters for the lawn care, ditch digging, concrete pouring, brick laying, sewer line clean out crews and cheap house cleaning of the Republican Party should seem to be a bit better than the above,,,,, except for the clear fact without their aid and comfort the commie Democrats would have no chance at the amnesty or the open borders we have now or the crimes ongoing.

It takes both halfs to complete the evil thus they must be judged equal in every way for their treason on U.S. all.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 24, 2014 at 12:34 PM

If the U.S. immigration system is irretrievably broken, where did all the legal immigrants come from?

IndieDogg on July 24, 2014 at 12:36 PM

A real Rock of Jebraltar you got there.

ajacksonian on July 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM

ISWYDT.

Judge_Dredd on July 24, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Short way to say it…”Bad Chiefs in Washington D.C. will get U.S. killed”. Bad Chiefs still the same deal.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 24, 2014 at 12:37 PM

… siding with the White House …

I can’t tell if Noah is being facetious or if he is really this naive/ignorant.

Jaibones on July 24, 2014 at 12:38 PM

They rule by lies, this is the core of their evil.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM

All traitors of the land, the hottest layer in Hell is not bad enough for you.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Great, and appealing conservative candidates are very very rare.

jake-the-goose on July 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM

As opposed to Presidents Dole, McCain and Romney?

bw222 on July 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM

In that op-ed, The former Florida governor took a more hardline approach to the crisis on the border, siding with the White House and most of the members of his party who say that the vast majority of those crossing the border will have to be deported.

I see Noah trying out some sarcasm there.

slickwillie2001 on July 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Jeb and McCain and the RINO amnesty jackasses can all GFT. If this latest border assault hasn’t exposed how stupid these fuc*ers are, nothing will.

Jaibones on July 24, 2014 at 12:45 PM

On the “siding with the White House” part, just think of the White House staff reading that this moring…….

rolling in the floor, laughing commies, high fives,, coments like, this one would be more useful than Boehner…..

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 24, 2014 at 12:47 PM

All traitors of the land, the hottest layer in Hell is not bad enough for you.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM

What abt the guinea worms?

Judge_Dredd on July 24, 2014 at 12:51 PM

It was you who stole my maple candy abt 45 years ago wasn’t it?

Judge_Dredd on July 24, 2014 at 12:30 PM

What a great post !!!

jake-the-goose on July 24, 2014 at 12:53 PM

All traitors of the land, the hottest layer in Hell is not bad enough for you…but first, may the Guinea worms torture you.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2014 at 12:59 PM

What a great post !!!

jake-the-goose on July 24, 2014 at 12:53 PM

If that was sarcasm, grow thicker feathers. As I’ve always said.

Judge_Dredd on July 24, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Here is a deal I’m willing to make with the amnesty shills.

Let’s pass a law that allows everyone and anyone who wants to enter the U.S. do so.

But, as part of that law, they legally cannot ever use or be entitled to any federal, local, or state entitlement or benefit program. No Section 8, No WIC, no SSDSI, no unemployment benefits, no Medicare or Medicaid. No Obamacare. No grants or other gov’t programs for education. No social security. Any attempt to utilize such programs would be a crime with a minimum prison sentence of 2 years.

And – if convicted of any crime other than minor traffic infractions, they would be deported immediately after any jail sentence. They either survive from the sweat of their own brow, leave the U.S., or die.

No leftists/amnesty shill (but I repeat myself Jeb) will ever go for this, because they want these people fully dependent on gov’t. they want these people to come here and they want U.S. taxpayers to support them.

Monkeytoe on July 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I’d almost go for that. I would if you add in they have to have a job making 4x minimum wage. No dependents, no non-working spouses, no children. Just skilled workers, proved to be skilled by the fact that somebody’s willing to pay them.

Fenris on July 24, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Keep your minds clear and use the facts of their deeds to make choices.

Example:

Lt. John F. Kerry, fake awards and citations (to get out of nam early) fake DD-214, fake redone Discharge, meetings with the NVA/VA in Paris while still in the U.S. Navy Reserves.

Now Sec. of State and failed attempt at Pres. .

Sgt. Jerry Michael Shriver, Army Special Forces, team leader of Sighting and Observation Group teams into Laos/Cambodia E-5.
aka “Mad Dog Shriver”. On a Bomb Damage Assessment mission where LBJ moved B-52′s off the target of “Combined VC / NVA Hedqts in Cambodia which left the large complex only partial hit and on the ready for his teams insert.

Mad Dog Shriver still MIA.

This is what they are to U.S., they will leave any and all of U.S. behind to line their own evil pockets and egos with our tax money and the power they lust for.

We must say no to them or we will all be Sgt. Jerry Michael Shrivers.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 24, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Monkeytoe on July 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

You forgot ‘no automatic citizenship’ for being born here unless parent(s) are citizens. Without that, they crank out a kid and the kid gets the WIC, tax credits, other bennies (that’s how a lot of illegals are tapping into the system now).

Also, no way can I go for anyone wanting in to the US to get a free pass into the country. There still has to be a screening – otherwise you create a panacea for terrorists and thugs.

batter on July 24, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Or the other way:

A post on HotAir on how many security people old Jeb has together with the info on how secure his “gated community” is.

Same for all the RINO’s, how many of them mow their own lawns.

Same for all the city leaders, school board leaders, state goverment ones, any and all goverment operations who accept the low bids of contractors they KNOW FOR SURE have the largest number of illegals to do the work and pay them the least.

They are all in on the crimes.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 24, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Stuff it, Jeb – you created this humanitarian mess turning a magnet on that broke families and turned kids into defacto orphans if their home country is unable to locate their parents. Your “act of love” was total BS then and it is more so now.

batter on July 24, 2014 at 1:16 PM

He’s not going to erase that ‘they do it for LOVE’ statement. Not buying it Jeb. You want amnesty and open borders.

Bet on July 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Or look at it this way.

We ourselves as voters in local, county, city, state elections want our taxes low so we too want the low bids,, and are looking the other way as we all sin via the use of wage slaves.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Is it that we too do now want to pay a living wage to the people who build our streets, highways, water lines, sewer lines, fix the pot holes, do the dirty work, are we all staning in the line of those who will be judged.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM

“do not want” oops

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM

O_O..wow..just..wow..

Dire Straits on July 24, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Nine of the 10 companies with the most H1B visa workers are Indian owned. Last year it was six of the top ten.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-1B_visa

bw222 on July 24, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Apache something seems wrong. Do you not believe the current situation is depressing wages? The demand to legalize all these illegal aliens will do what will happen by removing them or not let them in in the first place. It won’t happen as fast if we leave them here but if they have status they will make demands supported by dems to raise wages without the benefit of productivity being a factor.

LEGAL workers will be competing in the labor force for wages. Right now just about every construction job in our state is performed by Hispanics in Spanish. I worked construction growing up. I moved up from there. There is no room for natives to get in the game if they have to compete with the tactics of Spanish speaking foremen looking for the cheapest labor they can find among undocumented laborers.

Wages will rise with the elimination of the illegal invasion we put up with and as encouraged by dems for votes and the CoC for cheap labor. Having the GOP align with these groups is what is doing the damage. Your comment coming from you surprises me.

DanMan on July 24, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Now that all the family reunification has been accomplished by the border crisis its time to move on to more H1B visas for the CoC cronies that are looking for cheap skilled labor. Bring on the Indians who work STEM jobs for $30,000/yr less than Americans. That’s all Bush is saying. We are never going to deport all the acts of love out of the country. Ooops. But we still want our cheap STEM labor.

Hire Americans.

magicbeans on July 24, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Bush closes however with a nod to the project of immigration reform. His and Bolick’s op-ed concludes that the “Best antidote to illegal immigration” is a functioning system which values an influx of skilled laborers over “family-reunification.”

Our immigration system functions just fine with the exception that the federal government refuses to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders.

A few changes here or there may be in order but a comprehensive amnesty and continuing refusal to secure our borders is not the answer to the problem.

RJL on July 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Jeb + amnesty + common core = loser

31giddyup on July 24, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Is it that we too do now want to pay a living wage to the people who build our streets, highways, water lines, sewer lines, fix the pot holes, do the dirty work, are we all staning in the line of those who will be judged.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM

You must be referring to chapter 6 verses 66 thru 68 of the Book of the Liberalites where LibrulKhrist said to the Conservatines:

66: “Thou shalt pay a living wage or thou shalt be called greedy racists by your Liberalite superiors and their screeching and gnashing of teeth will be loud and annoying.

67: Verily, the Liberalite living wage shalt lower employment, increase dependence on government and generally maketh matters suck worse.

68: But worry not because “racism”, “social justice” and “income equality”. Amen.

Oh, and define “living wage” – exactly. And explain exactly where the money comes from to pay said living wage. Use the term “productivity” correctly in the economic sense at least once in your explanation. Please.

DrDeano on July 24, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Think Hugh and Salem will pick up the costs? Sure!

bw222 on July 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Hugh Hewitt is not, and never was, conservative. He is a GOP apologist.

this came clear years ago, when he, and many others, backed Ahhnold for governor in CA.

At that time we had a lot of debates here at HA and other conservative sites about the value of recalling Davis and replacing him with Ahhhnold.

all of the usual suspects (the GOP apologists who still post here now and whose sole point in existing is to advise that if we do anything but vote GOP no matter what every election life in the universe will end) supported booting Davis and electing Ahhnold.

A number of us conservatives, who pay a little more attention and think things through a little bit deeper than “Vote GOP, always vote GOP” realized a) Arnold is not conservative; b) Arnold had no experience; c) Arnold would simply put a GOP face on CA’s problems and would solve nothing. We argued that if we could not get a solid conservative elected, we should just leave Davis in as governor to force the DNC/left to take full responsibility for all of CA’s problems. Of course, the GOP apologists would have none of it. they can’t see anything further than this election coming up – and if a GOP candidate can win, they believe that achieves something.

So, what happened? Arnold moved pretty far leftward while he was governor, and allowed the problems that liberals like Gray Davis created in CA to be given a bi-partisan face, allowing the DNC to regain and continue its total control over CA.

booting Davis and electing Arnold will have long-term effects. Had that not happened, at the next scheduled election we may have seen some real changes in the CA electoral landscape. Instead, we helped the left stop that from happening.

Which brings me back to Hewitt. He was one of the loudest (and nastiest) voices calling for everyone to rally behind Ahhnold and give up on a much better conservative candidate.

After that debacle, Hewitt rightly diminished quite a bit. I think most conservatives (not GOP apologists) realize Hewitt is not conservative or that bright.

Monkeytoe on July 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Jeb Bush actually has some good ideas, but for such a smart guy he sure has been a complete idiot when it comes to explaining why the American people should be interested in his opinion on this subject.

And if he really is considering a presidential run, hasn’t he blown it by making immigration the subject he keeps coming back to, over and over?

I do not think Jeb Bush could be elected governor of Florida today. Nor could he win a Republican primary in any state, unless with massive crossover voting by Democrats.

J Baustian on July 26, 2014 at 2:58 AM

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