Video: Is Jeb Bush inevitable?

posted at 2:01 pm on February 27, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

Well, Jeb Bush certainly thinks he is, and his team is trying to make sure everyone else does, too. The New York Times reported this morning on the hardball tactics from Team Bush in working with consultants and hiring staff, who are already deploying the “with us or against us” argument. That cost Rick Perry a long-standing relationship with one consultancy, but it’s ruffling feathers throughout the entire GOP spectrum:

The prestigious consulting firm, known for its close ties to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, was orchestrating an extensive effort to remake his image and prepare him for the 2016 presidential campaign.

But that was no deterrent for Jeb Bush. His team hired the firm anyway and quickly made it clear that it wanted undivided allegiance. The company, FP1 Strategies, soon severed ties with Mr. Perry, startling his staff.

Mr. Bush has vowed to run a “joyful” presidential campaign free from the seamier sides of party politics, projecting the air of a cerebral man almost effortlessly drawing together Republicans eager to help him seek the White House. But behind the scenes, he and his aides have pursued the nation’s top campaign donors, political operatives and policy experts with a relentlessness and, in the eyes of rivals, ruthlessness that can seem discordant with his upbeat tone.

Their message, according to dozens of interviews, is blunt: They want the top talent now, they have no interest in sharing, and they will remember those who signed on early — and, implicitly, those who did not. The aim is not just to position Mr. Bush as a formidable front-runner for the Republican nomination, but also to rapidly lock up the highest-caliber figures in the Republican Party and elbow out rivals by making it all but impossible for them to assemble a high-octane campaign team.

Ted Cruz talked about this at length but obliquely yesterday, warning conservatives of the consultant class that wants to produce a formulaic candidate designed to look only slightly to the right of Democrats in the mistaken belief that Democrats will choose a Republican carbon copy. That wasn’t specific to Bush, and Bush and his team would object to that characterization, but that is the conservative perception of Bush. The ham-handed tactics to force people to choose their allegiance this early in the cycle plays into that perception, as does the emphasis on locking up the very consultants to which Cruz referred.

Peggy Noonan scoffed at Bush’s argument of inevitability:

Mr. Bush’s operation is also, according to the New York Times, muscling party strategists and policy specialists to advise only him and no one else. Again a message is sent: Be with us now or we’ll remember later. It sounds tough and Clintonian. Actually it looks less like a sales pitch than a hostile takeover.

There’s something tentative and joyless in Mr. Bush’s public presentations. He isn’t mixing it up with voters or wading into the crowd. So far he is not good at the podium. His recent foreign-policy speech was both bland and jangly, and its one memorable statement—“I am my own man”—was the kind of thing a candidate shouldn’t have to say.

What is most missing so far is a fierce sense of engagement, a passionate desire to lead America out of the morass, a fiery—or Churchillian—certainty that he is the man for the moment. In its place we see a softer, wanner I’m smart, accomplished, know policy, and it’s my turn.

I am not sure Mr. Bush likes the base. If he doesn’t, it would explain some of his discomfort. I am wondering if he sees the base as a challenge, not a home, something he has to manage, not something he is of. He was perhaps referring to this in December when he said you have “to lose the primary to win the general.” Actually you have to winit, but to really succeed you have to show you share the base’s heart, that you understand its beginning points and align with it on essentials. When you disagree with it you address those issues among friends, and with confidence. You can’t cover up differences in a passive-aggressive way—at their feet when you really want to be at their throat.

Bush has raised a lot of cash quickly, and his early success in this area clearly intends to pre-empt other candidates. However, as Noonan points out, the polling shows that Bush isn’t gaining any traction outside the salons. At some point, even the big-money donors will get the message that the GOP wants a party of the future, not of the past. In an election where both parties offer nostalgia campaigns, Bush nostalgia will lose to Clinton nostalgia every time.

Earlier today, I made an appearance on Morning Joe to discuss CPAC and the energy here for Jeb Bush, which has been … non-existent. I didn’t get to mention this on the air, but for all Bush’s early fundraising prowess, there is no sign that they’ve organized for his CPAC appearance today:

I also discussed the Scott Walker joke about ISIS and Wisconsin unions. It’s a dumb line, an early attempt at humor that Walker should avoid in the future. Had Obama told an AFSCME audience that his experience dealing with the Tea Party during the ObamaCare debate demonstrated his ability to take on ISIS, conservatives would have screamed over being equated with Islamic terrorists. One dumb line won’t derail Walker — and the crowd loved him at CPAC — but that joke should get permanently lost.


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Schadenfreude on February 27, 2015 at 2:05 PM

No. And I hope he gets waxed big time in the primaries…..

dentarthurdent on February 27, 2015 at 2:05 PM

Is Jeb Bush a Republican Obama?
The GOP may have found its own candidate for the age of fluidity represented—and accelerated—by the presidency of Barack Obama.

Two post-American presidents.

Hillary/Jeb, and obama will back Jeb.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Jeb needs to be knocked out early.

forest on February 27, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Keep out ‘da bushes…

Galtian on February 27, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Mr. Bush has vowed to run a “joyful” presidential campaign free from the seamier sides of party politics, projecting the air of a cerebral man almost effortlessly drawing together Republicans eager to help him seek the White House. But behind the scenes, he and his aides have pursued the nation’s top campaign donors, political operatives and policy experts with a relentlessness and, in the eyes of rivals, ruthlessness that can seem discordant with his upbeat tone.

If this is true, he’s already established himself as a liar and not to be trusted right out of the gate.

I’ll go find my shocked face.

kim roy on February 27, 2015 at 2:07 PM

who are already deploying the “with us or against us” argument.

Fug off, you thugs.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2015 at 2:07 PM

No!

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on February 27, 2015 at 2:08 PM

Ted Cruz talked about this at length but obliquely yesterday, warning conservatives of the consultant class that wants to produce a formulaic candidate designed to look only slightly to the right of Democrats in the mistaken belief that Democrats will choose a Republican carbon copy.

See Boehner/McConnell, same as Pelosi/Reid.

obama = Jeb

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2015 at 2:08 PM

Wasn’t Mitt supposed to be inevitable?

RedPepper on February 27, 2015 at 2:09 PM

Had Obama told an AFSCME audience that his experience dealing with the Tea Party during the ObamaCare debate demonstrated his ability to take on ISIS, conservatives would have screamed over being equated with Islamic terrorists.

He’s said much worse over and over…”JV” anybody. The MSM ignores and it gets little traction.
Walker floats a lame joke and they come out of the woodwork…lame…and sad.

winston on February 27, 2015 at 2:11 PM

Bush has raised a lot of cash quickly, and his early success in this area clearly intends to pre-empt other candidates. However, as Noonan points out, the polling shows that Bush isn’t gaining any traction outside the salons.

Money ≠ Votes

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2015 at 2:11 PM

He might as well be John Edsel Bush. The Ford Edsel had a big rollout, looked like a good bet, but nobody liked it. It was too ugly.

RBMN on February 27, 2015 at 2:11 PM

So, if past performance is any indication, the “top talent” in GOP presidential campaigns may be something to avoid.

Count to 10 on February 27, 2015 at 2:11 PM

322

Akzed on February 27, 2015 at 2:12 PM

Is Jeb Bush inevitable?

Not if the GOP wants my vote.

I refuse to vote for a man that clearly hates conservatives. His “middle finger” salute to anti-amnesty folks earlier this week pretty much summed it up. Jeb Bush is fully supportive of giving amnesty (and tens of thousand dollars in amnesty bonuses) to filthy illegal aliens. He is for common core. He hates social conservatives.

Jeb Bush can go to hell.

Happy Nomad on February 27, 2015 at 2:13 PM

It’s inevitable that these people would try to tell us that Jeb is inevitable.

TarheelBen on February 27, 2015 at 2:13 PM

The Walker boom suggests otherwise.

thebrokenrattle on February 27, 2015 at 2:14 PM

At some point, even the big-money donors will get the message that the GOP wants a party of the future, not of the past.

If they’re for amnesty they will not have a future, ever, not even from the Latinos, not even from the legal ones. NO one sane is for illegalities and anarchy, thuggery, a la Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

In an election where both parties offer nostalgia campaigns, Bush nostalgia will lose to Clinton nostalgia every time.

They should run on one ticket…No diff. anyway.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2015 at 2:14 PM

Wasn’t Mitt supposed to be inevitable?

RedPepper on February 27, 2015 at 2:09 PM

He was. Inevitable loser in the general election. But in order for that to happen, he had to win the nomination first. This is what ‘inevitable’ means — inevitably going to lose and let the Democrats hold on to the Oval Office. Jeb has to win the primary first, naturally.

Aizen on February 27, 2015 at 2:14 PM

Look at those shiny objects :)

You’re now too famous to speak to us, Ed.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2015 at 2:16 PM

At some point, even the big-money donors will get the message that the GOP wants a party of the future, not of the past.

I wouldn’t count on it. Didn’t stop them in NC.

In an election where both parties offer nostalgia campaigns, Bush nostalgia will lose to Clinton nostalgia every time.

As you’ve pointed out, there really isn’t much difference in policy positions between the two. Both are within the scope of positions that the GOPe power brokers want to see being implemented in our country. So, they demonize every other candidate, to try to control the outcomes and reduce the chance of a Conservative candidate winning the nomination, and then be glad for whoever ends up winning the Presidency.

At least it wouldn’t be a Conservative. At that is their end goal.

lineholder on February 27, 2015 at 2:18 PM

Put me in the “against us” camp.

rbj on February 27, 2015 at 2:21 PM

So, Mika can read?

She is such a dummy on display. How come anyone pays for this?

“How truly unprepared they are” — leftist fool who doesn’t see the elephant in the room. Deutsch is such a joke.

Eugene is the mild version of Charles Blow.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2015 at 2:22 PM

Clinton – Bush 2016

DanMan on February 27, 2015 at 2:23 PM

At this point in the 2000 cycle, George Bush registered 40% of the Republican vote in polls. Heading into Super Tuesday, he was at 60%.

Jeb is in the teens and isn’t even leading.

Resist We Much on February 27, 2015 at 2:26 PM

Hannity is interviewing Jeb at CPAC right now.

The one question he didn’t ask:
“How is our immigration system ‘broken’….?”

mjs28c on February 27, 2015 at 2:28 PM

I’m seeing an opening for Gerald Huntsman here.

de rigueur on February 27, 2015 at 2:28 PM

I have no doubt that he’d be a good president and an able administrator, but I don’t think he has a prayer of getting nominated, much less getting elected.

flataffect on February 27, 2015 at 2:28 PM

obama is bringing back hundreds to thousands of illegal aliens who voluntarily self deported when the Border Patrol caught them.
Says they deserve their day in court.

obama-appointed judge gave the order.

The USA is now officially the joke of the world.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2015 at 2:28 PM

We need another Bush in the White House as much as we need another Clinton.

In fact, I’d prefer Hillary to Jeb, so…no, thanks.

At least Hillary admits to being a Democrat.

DRayRaven on February 27, 2015 at 2:29 PM

Did this site ever cover the “Jeb releases e-mails with personal info” screw-up from a few weeks ago? Can’t remember.

DisneyFan on February 27, 2015 at 2:29 PM

Jeb Bush is an American hating slut for la Raza and the Chamber of Crony Fascism and Serf Labor.

VorDaj on February 27, 2015 at 2:43 PM

Did I miss HA’s post on Sarah Palin’s CPAC speech, or is centrist Hot Air now ignoring the same woman the website once used to turn to for a long line of 500-plus comment posts back in the days when it was a more conservative site?

Right Mover on February 27, 2015 at 2:43 PM

I’m seeing an opening for Gerald Huntsman here.

de rigueur on February 27, 2015 at 2:28 PM

hee hee

SailorMark on February 27, 2015 at 2:43 PM

I also discussed the Scott Walker joke about ISIS and Wisconsin unions. It’s a dumb line, an early attempt at humor that Walker should avoid in the future.

With a right wing media so willing to carry water for the left, who needs a left wing media?

xblade on February 27, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Jeb Bush is very similar to Romney, without any of the charm, and with all of the Bush family baggage.

I think he pulls a Giuliani and drops out of the race early.

Tom Servo on February 27, 2015 at 2:44 PM

The only way that Bush is slightly to the right of Clinton is that the big business that is funneling him money wants the same thing Clinton does socially and with amnesty but without Big Business having to bear the tax rate for getting their wants.

If Bush is the nominee they will get Clinton and the taxes their efforts have earned- and frankly that they deserve for pushing the same agenda while trying to escape the cost of such.

Betenoire on February 27, 2015 at 2:45 PM

HotStale Air

VorDaj on February 27, 2015 at 2:45 PM

I also discussed the Scott Walker joke about ISIS and Wisconsin unions. It’s a dumb line, an early attempt at humor that Walker should avoid in the future.

Thank you, Karl Rove, for your opinion.

VorDaj on February 27, 2015 at 2:46 PM

warning conservatives of the consultant class that wants to produce a formulaic candidate designed to look only slightly to the right of Democrats in the mistaken belief that Democrats will choose a Republican carbon copy. That wasn’t specific to Bush, and Bush and his team would object to that characterization,

I have to agree with Bush and his team on this one, he’s coming across as slightly to the left of Hillary.

Ukiah on February 27, 2015 at 2:47 PM

Jeb Bush is a sarcasm, a burlesque, nothing but a joke.

VorDaj on February 27, 2015 at 2:48 PM

Good, let Jeb hire all of the over priced idiot consultants who haven’t, you know, WON a national election in over 10 years.

I don’t know why candidates ditch their long time staffs who they trust in favor of taking advice from those idiots anyways who think politics is a math equation to be solved.

“Now, Mr. Candidate, the most important part to winning an election is to go after the moderate independent voters. This election cycle, we’re calling them the 50 shades of grey moms. They want to hear they get free birth control, free daycare, and free universal pre-school, so we’ll lead with those topics. Don’t say or do anything even remotely conservative, because we don’t want to scare these women off…”

No one ever says, “Yeah, but who gives a sh*t what these low info ladies think? How about we run an honest campaign on the issues and try to ramp up turn out among our base then we don’t have to worry about the fickle undecided voters who end up voting on something superfluous like “he looks presidential” anyways?!”

Timin203 on February 27, 2015 at 2:52 PM

Is Jeb Bush Inevitable?

Dude. He’s not even possible.

Immolate on February 27, 2015 at 2:54 PM

Bush will end somewhere in mid-pack in Iowa and NH, then fail SC and crush everyone in Florida. Then he’ll rake in the whole hog in Northeast, Northwest, CA and territories. That should be sufficient to carry him over the line regardless of the opposition. Then he will be soundly trounced by Hillary (or Lizzie), which is, of course, the original purpose of him running. In fact, I’ll likely vote for Warren over Bush – she will, at least, rein in the banks and speed up our descend to third-world abyss where we already belong.

Rix on February 27, 2015 at 2:54 PM

Jeb’s appearance at CPAC was not very impressive. He was lying his ass off onstage and the applause from people his campaign bussed in felt really forced. It sounded like a SOTU audience.

Doughboy on February 27, 2015 at 2:54 PM

At some point, even the big-money donors will get the message that the GOP wants a party of the future, not of the past.

Well I would hope so. Bush is free to believe whatever he likes, but I sure don’t see him as “inevitable”.

In an election where both parties offer nostalgia campaigns, Bush nostalgia will lose to Clinton nostalgia every time.

That’s absolutely right.

cat_owner on February 27, 2015 at 2:56 PM

Honestly, for those of you who don’t like it here, why don’t you go somewhere else?

They’re ruining PJ Media with insipid Buzzfeed-style lists, pictures of sunsets, and threads about music no one cares about, so I stopped going there. Yeah, I complained a couple of times, but I finally just removed the site from my bookmarks.

DRayRaven on February 27, 2015 at 2:59 PM

Bwaahahahaha!

Laura Ingraham definitely doesn’t think Jeb Bush is inevitable

“Why don’t we just call it quits, Jeb and Hillary [Clinton] can run on the same ticket,” Ingraham said, rattling off the similarities between the Democratic frontrunner and Bush.

Saying the candidates agree on everything from Common Core to widespread surveillance,
Ingraham proposed a slogan for the bipartisan ticket: “Clush 2016: What difference does it make?”

Hahahaha! “Clush 2016: What difference does it make?

That pretty well drives the point home about having Jeb Bush win the nomination.

lineholder on February 27, 2015 at 2:59 PM

Rix on February 27, 2015 at 2:54 PM

Yeah, I tend to agree. And the conservative vote will be split among the other 5-6 candidates and we’ll play “run to the not-Jeb of the week” like we did against Romney in ’12, and end up with the establishments pick as the nominee yet again.

Seems to happen every cycle… I’d say the last time the establishment candidate lost was Bush I, the Elder against Reagan.

Timin203 on February 27, 2015 at 2:59 PM

Seems to happen every cycle… I’d say the last time the establishment candidate lost was Bush I, the Elder against Reagan.

Timin203 on February 27, 2015 at 2:59 PM

Maybe we can avoid that this time, as Scott Walker is polling very well right now. That being said, it is a long time until the first primary.

cat_owner on February 27, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Honestly, for those of you who don’t like it here, why don’t you go somewhere else?

They’re ruining PJ Media with insipid Buzzfeed-style lists, pictures of sunsets, and threads about music no one cares about, so I stopped going there. Yeah, I complained a couple of times, but I finally just removed the site from my bookmarks.

DRayRaven on February 27, 2015 at 2:59 PM

I stay for the comments.

Also, I like AP and think Ed has some good insight sometimes… and HA certainly isn’t in a position right now where they can lose too many more commenters and page views and continue to pay a staff…

Timin203 on February 27, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Maybe we can avoid that this time, as Scott Walker is polling very well right now. That being said, it is a long time until the first primary.

cat_owner on February 27, 2015 at 3:01 PM

I think Walker is more on the establishment side of the spectrum in this race, but we shall see how that all plays out.

I think he’s trying to fill the McCain spot in the 2000 primaries against Bush II The Younger.

Timin203 on February 27, 2015 at 3:03 PM

Is Jeb Bush Inevitable?

Dude. He’s not even possible.

Immolate on February 27, 2015 at 2:54 PM

LMAO!!

WINNAH!!

ToddPA on February 27, 2015 at 3:03 PM

Mr. Bush has vowed to run a “joyful” presidential campaign free from the seamier sides of party politics,

Joyful?

Really? Like Christmas or something? Will you bring us a joyful message of peace and tranquility like the HopenChange the electorate fell for, Jeb?

Joyful. Don’t ruin this word. The word “Hope” has a stain on it. Please, Jeb. Just run on these three words “CHAMBER OF COMMERCE”. It’s more fitting, and it won’t ruin the hopes, dreams and joy of Americans.

Fire your PR firm. They suck.

Key West Reader on February 27, 2015 at 3:03 PM

mccain and romney were the most electable.
is jeb most electable?
will gop ever learn the lesson?

dmacleo on February 27, 2015 at 3:04 PM

I stay for the comments.

Also, I like AP and think Ed has some good insight sometimes… and HA certainly isn’t in a position right now where they can lose too many more commenters and page views and continue to pay a staff…

Timin203 on February 27, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Well, I like ya.

But please don’t disappoint me with digs on AP or Ed.. They’re good guys.

Key West Reader on February 27, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Did I miss HA’s post on Sarah Palin’s CPAC speech, or is centrist Hot Air now ignoring the same woman the website once used to turn to for a long line of 500-plus comment posts back in the days when it was a more conservative site?

Right Mover on February 27, 2015 at 2:43 PM

No, you didn’t miss it because it will never be posted or covered at GOPModerateEstablishmentAir(Gas). It was a great speech and since the so called conservative media, like the ones who post here, couldn’t find a negative thing to say about it, they won’t cover it.

Imagine if Palin had made a statement like rolled up sleeves Walker did about ISIS and unions, she’d be roasted by commenters here and 50+ headlines would be posted for days just to get the traffic.

Walker, the one who can do no wrong, OTOH, gets a mild slap on the wrist.

davek70 on February 27, 2015 at 3:07 PM

Ha ha Ed. Only things that are inevitable are death, taxes, and the jets having a losing record….(sorry jetboy :-D )

elvis lives on February 27, 2015 at 3:10 PM

Mr. Bush has vowed to run a “joyful” presidential campaign free from the seamier sides of party politics,

I’m wondering what Team Granny Clinton is thinking…

“Hmmm.. if Jeb can be joyful, can I run a Perky campaign Bill?” I like the word Perky. The word Perky! It makes my polyester pants pucker up and brings me joy.”

Key West Reader on February 27, 2015 at 3:10 PM

Closest thing jeb has to being electable is being delectable!! (To a pack of wolves)….

elvis lives on February 27, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Yes,it is inevitable.And it is also inevitable that moronic conservatives will let it happen,support him and other so-called “moderates”-aka closeted liberal lites”-and then bitterly complain that they are RINOs when they betray them.God only knows how many self-identified conservatives in my home state of South Carolina voted for Miss Lindsey Graham,the amnesty queen who just voted to help push forward the nomination of the next racist Attorney General of the United States.Morons-every last one of you!

redware on February 27, 2015 at 3:17 PM

“Is Jeb Bush inevitable?”

It’s February 27th, 2015. Being alive is not “inevitable” twenty-two months from now. Really.

ncjetsfan on February 27, 2015 at 3:31 PM

“Marked as neutral”

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2015 at 3:33 PM

I think Walker is more on the establishment side of the spectrum in this race, but we shall see how that all plays out.

I think he’s trying to fill the McCain spot in the 2000 primaries against Bush II The Younger.

Timin203 on February 27, 2015 at 3:03 PM

He’s more of an “establishment” candidate than Cruz or Paul would be, but he’s way, WAY better than Jeb or Christie.

cat_owner on February 27, 2015 at 3:34 PM

Yes. just like with Romney the posters here will rebel. they’ll glory in every Jeb misstep. they’ll say see we told you he would not get the nomination.

then of course Jeb will get the nomination

gerrym51 on February 27, 2015 at 3:37 PM

We need a dynamic leader with conservative roots and a forward looking philosophy for the country . . . that is not Bush.

rplat on February 27, 2015 at 3:41 PM

Did I miss HA’s post on Sarah Palin’s CPAC speech
Right Mover on February 27, 2015 at 2:43 PM

I saw a favourable comment about Palin’s speech so I looked it up on youtube and watched the first 3 minutes (of 20). She seems to have addressed all the problems I used to see. Her voice was pitched down and she was all business. I was not that interested in the topic or I might have watched more.

If she gets into the race, the attacks on her will be far more severe than what Walker is seeing now so he’s got a better shot than she does. The GOPe is just waiting for Walker to fail and at this point, the GOP seems determined to commit suicide so I just don’t care any more.

gh on February 27, 2015 at 3:49 PM

I don’t think Bush will get the nom. But I do think he will actively work to destroy the person who does. Absent the GOP nom, Bush will be campaigning for Killery.

Rational Thought on February 27, 2015 at 3:52 PM

Jeb Bush needs to take a hint from the Beatles: Money can’t buy him love.

Bush will end somewhere in mid-pack in Iowa and NH, then fail SC and crush everyone in Florida. Then he’ll rake in the whole hog in Northeast, Northwest, CA and territories. That should be sufficient to carry him over the line regardless of the opposition.

Not so fast–there will be televised debates starting in September, when GOP voters will get to compare the candidates on a level playing field. Jeb would probably be rather rusty at debating compared to more recently-elected candidates, such as Perry, Walker, Rubio, Cruz, or Paul.

We don’t need someone with a former President’s last name, but with his middle name.

Steve Z on February 27, 2015 at 3:52 PM

No. And I hope he gets waxed big time in the primaries…..

dentarthurdent on February 27, 2015 at 2:05 PM

I heard on good authority that Cankles is getting waxed for the primaries.

pain train on February 27, 2015 at 3:53 PM

About Jeb Bush’s new political team…..

As conservatives from around the country prepare to gather at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this week, a growing controversy is surrounding Jeb Bush and his hiring of a left-wing social activist as his campaign spokesman. Earlier this month Bush named Tim Miller, the former Executive Director of America Rising PAC, to be his campaign manager. Miller, who is openly gay, has campaigned hard against traditional marriage amendments, including Proposition 8 in California.

No matter where you stand on marriage, an exchange on Miller’s Facebook wall in 2010 should give any conservative, or for that matter libertarian, serious pause.

No matter where you stand on marriage, an exchange on Miller’s Facebook wall in 2010 should give any conservative, or for that matter libertarian, serious pause. What Miller said about the American people should be cringe-worthy to even the most establishment of “moderate” Republicans……

Read it and find out what he said

lineholder on February 27, 2015 at 3:56 PM

I just saw Geraldo say he’d vote for Jeb.
That seals it for me. No way on God’s green earth I vote for Jeb.
Walker’s not perfect but he’s better than the rest.
Walker/Jindal 2016.

Deadeye on February 27, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Jeb to Booing CPAC Activists: ‘I’m Marking You Down As Neutral’

Resist We Much on February 27, 2015 at 3:48 PM

Was that a threat by the Joyful Campaign?

Key West Reader on February 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM

It is very possible that Bush will be the nominee. After all, the RNC is more than willing to ask the Democrats for help in the primaries, and the Democrats are more than willing to help their allies. Ignoring their shrinking voter base is no problem for the RNC. But they can’t match the Democrats for vote fraud, so they can’t cheat their way to a general election victory.

Subotai Bahadur on February 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM

I heard on good authority that Cankles is getting waxed for the primaries.

pain train on February 27, 2015 at 3:53 PM

Okay. Ewe.

/Phoebe from Friends

Key West Reader on February 27, 2015 at 4:01 PM

Jeb Bush’s CPAC speech

Scott Walker CPAC speech

lineholder on February 27, 2015 at 4:10 PM

Jeb Bush doesn’t like conservatives. Why would anyone vote for someone who doesn’t like him or her? This seems like such a no-brainer to me.

Rational Thought on February 27, 2015 at 4:19 PM

Jeb Bush is certainly a fine man as are his father and brother who both served the US as president. Jeb Bush is also a reasonable man, which is his problem. What the GOP and the nation need right now is a warrior who is willing to take on the enemies of the United States both foreign and domestic.

Jeb Bush would have made a more than adequate president in other times. He certainly would have been a good choice in 1996, 2000 or 2008. However the times are different now. What is required is a person who will take the fight to the opponents to win the election and then take the fight to all the enemies of the US who have been strengthened by the feckless and harmful policies of B Hussein Obama. Cleaning up the wreckage left behind by Obama will be as big a task as that of Hercules in cleaning up the Augean Stables.

The only man that I see for the job that is required is the man who took on the entrenched public employee labor unions, and despite unruly protests, death threats, tens of millions spent in opposition, that man pushed his policies through and beat back the opposition, not once, not twice, but three different times in four years.

So, I respectfully put forth the name of Scott Kevin Walker, Governor of Wisconsin as my candidate for the GOP nomination for president in 2016.

paulus1 on February 27, 2015 at 4:22 PM

No Huckabee?

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Take a second look at Carly. She was very impressive at CPAC.

John the Libertarian on February 27, 2015 at 4:35 PM

Again a message is sent: Be with us now or we’ll remember later.

These guys have a problem.

I’m not afraid of them.

trigon on February 27, 2015 at 4:42 PM

Well, if Jeb is the inevitable candidate, then Hillary is the inevitable president…

avgjo on February 27, 2015 at 5:09 PM

To the cognoscenti Jeb is inevitable. To the hoi polloi, not so much. The hoi polloi backs Scott Walker. I am a card-carrying member of the hoi polloi.

Tyrone Slothrop on February 27, 2015 at 5:29 PM

Trucking in supporters to applaud wildly at expect boos; hardly a great sign.

Redstone on February 27, 2015 at 6:01 PM

But please don’t disappoint me with digs on AP or Ed.. They’re good guys.

Key West Reader on February 27, 2015 at 3:06 PM

I won’t even click on any posts by Noah Rothman anymore, though. His contempt for conservatives is palpable.

Right Mover on February 27, 2015 at 6:17 PM

You know, this is utter bullshit. I for one, don’t want JB, period. The only people pushing this loser are the wealthy idiots that don’t bother to read or research anything, just throw money out…
Oh, and I forgot the idiot newsies… The bait and switch tactic, like the Romney play they did last go round.

-west

mr_west on February 28, 2015 at 3:48 AM

So, if past performance is any indication, the “top talent” in GOP presidential campaigns may be something to avoid.

Count to 10 on February 27, 2015 at 2:11 PM

Amen to that! And yet these candidates keep running to the same poisoned well.

Ibanez Lotus on February 28, 2015 at 1:25 PM

The only thing Jeb is inevitable for is maybe the nomination. Then, like McCain and Romney, conservatives will stay home on election day and the RNC will once again give us a Democrat president.

Those people are stupid!

cajunpatriot on March 1, 2015 at 5:13 PM