Jeb Bush to GOP Senate: C’mon, confirm Loretta Lynch

posted at 11:21 am on April 17, 2015 by Allahpundit

Via Time, this is what it looks like, I guess, when a candidate has already given up on winning over his party’s base.

I wonder if there’s a strategy behind it or if it’s just a case of a rusty pol not knowing, or maybe not caring, that conservatives want Lynch held up due to her support for Obama’s executive amnesty. Everyone who’s running for president has an interest in seeing nominees expeditiously confirmed; if candidate Jeb comes out for blocking Lynch, President Jeb will be confronted with that precedent later. Jeb is also on record as opposing Obama’s amnesty — albeit mainly because he fears it’ll make it harder for Congress to pass comprehensive reform — so he can always plead “I’m on your side!” to border hawks later, kinda sorta. Even so, Scott Walker, another of the field’s most electable prospects who’s desperate to get right with righties on immigration, called on the Senate to block Lynch for supporting O’s power grab. Granted, he needs to impress conservatives more than Bush does because he’s banking on their votes to help him win the primaries, but Jeb’s going to need the right at some point in this process. Why antagonize them (again) needlessly when Lynch is obviously going to be confirmed anyway, and probably fairly soon given the most recent tea leaves from the Senate? (Harry Reid’s threatening to force a vote if McConnell doesn’t move soon but I doubt it’ll come to that.) He could always spin his opposition later as president by claiming this was a special circumstance where an AG nominee had expressed support for a policy that he thought was unconstitutional and had already been halted by one federal judge. Joining the right on this would have been an easy way to earn some cheap “one of us” cred with a wing of the party that’s deeply skeptical of him. He passed.

The best explanation I can come up with is that Jeb is counting so heavily on outperforming GOP expectations among Latino voters in the general election that he doesn’t want to hand Dems any more ammo to claim, absurd as it may seem, that he’s anti-amnesty. He already went as far out on the limb as he could by denouncing Obama’s executive action, and even there he was careful to say that he supports legislative action as an alternative. Throwing in with tea partiers in blocking Lynch to show that O’s amnesty is somehow intolerable to him might be a bridge too far.


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Yeah, no.

But I’m hardly shocked…

JohnGalt23 on April 17, 2015 at 11:22 AM

Jeb, STFD and STFU.

oscarwilde on April 17, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Yuck Fou, Jeb.

ProfShadow on April 17, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Fighting takes too much effort, just give in…

right2bright on April 17, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Bush/Huntsman 2016.

The ticket the party deserves if it gives Bush a single primary state.

TheJamesMadison on April 17, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Fighting immigration takes too much effort, just give in…

right2bright on April 17, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Holder can leave any time he wants to. The selection of his replacement has nothing to do with that.

Jeb, why don’t you say something like “the President should start nominating people who the Senate can confirm”.

BobMbx on April 17, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Fighting to change ObamaCare takes too much effort, just give in…

right2bright on April 17, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Sadly, the GOPe will most likely confirm the very activist Marxist Loretta Lynch, because the alternative is finding a Conservative Constitutionalists Jurist or Attorney to nominate.

oscarwilde on April 17, 2015 at 11:25 AM

I wish I could believe in something worth fighting for…so I will just give in…

right2bright on April 17, 2015 at 11:25 AM

We can’t be bothered by any distractions…so just give in…

right2bright on April 17, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Is Jeb organizing a hunger strike…? He could stand to lose a few.

d1carter on April 17, 2015 at 11:26 AM

At least Jeb appears to be staying true to who we think he is.

jake-the-goose on April 17, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Jeb’s strategy is to somehow garner enough RINO votes to win the GOP nomination and then be the best Democratic candidate compared to Hillary.

chuckfinlay on April 17, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Another reason to kick Jeb Bush to the side of the road. What’s the rush? Lynch is just Holder, v2.0.

GarandFan on April 17, 2015 at 11:27 AM

The best explanation I can come up with is that Jeb is counting so heavily on outperforming GOP expectations among Latino voters in the general election that he doesn’t want to hand Dems any more ammo to claim, absurd as it may seem, that he’s anti-amnesty

Enough of this fool Jeb! already.

The GOPe has moved on, they are all in for Rubio now, who is a more skilled liar and more useful to them.

Jeb!’s candidacy was never anything more than a joke to begin with.

Redstone on April 17, 2015 at 11:27 AM

“The longer it takes to confirm her, the longer Eric Holder stays as Attorney General.”

What difference, at this point, does it make?

When has any 0bama appointment been an improvement over a previous 0bama appointment?

Lynch is going to be Eric Holder in a dress, (If not even worse) so if anyone says anything critical of her decisions as AG they will be BOTH Racist and Sexist.

LegendHasIt on April 17, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Bush/Huntsman 2016.

The ticket the party deserves if it gives Bush a single primary state.

TheJamesMadison on April 17, 2015 at 11:23 AM

If (God forbid) the voters in any of those states are dumb enough to elect Bush, who openly insults them, really people can’t complain about the “RINO’s”, they only have themselves to blame.

Redstone on April 17, 2015 at 11:31 AM

1) Jeb didn’t have to express an any opinion on Lynch.

2) Or the innocuous “I suspect she will be confirmed, giving my opinion won’t affect that vote”

No matter. I wont support Jeb as nominee or in the general. I will push back whenever possible against attacks by Jeb or his supporters on Conservatives.

pilsener on April 17, 2015 at 11:31 AM

You guys nailed it…if this is what a Jeb Bush Administration is gonna look like, count me out…

Pelosi Schmelosi on April 17, 2015 at 11:36 AM

I think I speak for most conservatives when I say GFY Jeb.

Franklin100 on April 17, 2015 at 11:37 AM

Clinton-Bush 2016. A perfect Democratablican ticket. Why war when you can interbreed?

Rix on April 17, 2015 at 11:40 AM

I think I speak for most conservatives when I say GFY Jeb.

Franklin100 on April 17, 2015 at 11:37 AM

Yep……….

VegasRick on April 17, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Earth to Jeb, Hello? She is a knock off of Holder, a clone, she will exercise even more identity politics in the enforcement of the law and ignore her own party’s egregious violations. I predict Jeb will not win one primary.

jake49 on April 17, 2015 at 11:40 AM

OT:ABC Foreign Desk [email protected] 5m5 minutes ago
DEVELOPING: Car bomb reportedly explodes near US Consulate in Irbil, Iraq; consulate officials say “responding” to incident.

kcewa on April 17, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Fug off, you thug.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2015 at 11:42 AM

If Jeb Bush gets elected, he is going to be the most bipartisan President in modern history. Why? Because he will have won he Republican nomination despite the fact that the majority of his base despises him. I’m sick of this dynastic jackass spitting on conservatives and saying that it’s raining. Or something like that.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2015 at 11:43 AM

Loretta is the female version of Holder, the scum of the USA, the ones who enable the Puppet in Chief.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2015 at 11:43 AM

I predict Jeb will not win one primary.

jake49 on April 17, 2015 at 11:40 AM

You’re probably correct. I predict he will be nominated anyway.

kcewa on April 17, 2015 at 11:43 AM

Bush/Rubio, for your total scrooming, until you scream in unbearable pain.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2015 at 11:43 AM

IRBIL, IRAQ — A suicide bomber struck near the U.S. consulate building in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Friday, wounding at least four Westerners, including one woman who was in a restaurant across the street from the U.S. outpost.

The attack was a rare assault on U.S. facilities in Irbil, the capital of the Kurdish Regional Government, a city considered so safe that the United States moved many of its diplomats here from Baghdad when the Islamic State captured Mosul and threatened Baghdad last year.

How many bombers were involved in the attack was not immediately known, but the entrance to the consulate appeared to have been struck by a bomber on foot.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/04/17/263548/suicide-bomb-hits-near-us-consulate.html#storylink=cpy

kcewa on April 17, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Sorry, Legend. Same thoughts. Just saw your comment.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2015 at 11:45 AM

+1 right2bright
heh

cmsinaz on April 17, 2015 at 11:47 AM

You’re probably correct. I predict he will be nominated anyway.

kcewa on April 17, 2015 at 11:43 AM

Yesterday, when asked about his bad numbers he said, arrogantly “so, I don’t care, they are what they are”.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2015 at 11:47 AM

“hey guys, let me write down another reason you shouldn’t vote for me”
-JEB

bloghooligan on April 17, 2015 at 11:48 AM

Fug you, traitor, into oblivion, you thug

Jeb Bush: Legal Status for Illegals ‘Rational, Thoughtful’

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2015 at 11:49 AM

Jeb go join Krispy and have a donut party!

woodhull on April 17, 2015 at 11:51 AM

Gotta hand it to him.He has the cojones to let conservatives know he couldn’t care less what they think.He knows the GOPe will do everything it can to hand him the nomination on a silver platter,and believe it or not the RINOs own the GOP.With Rubio,Walker,Cruz,Santorum,Paul,and God knows how many more,splitting up the conservative primary voter pie,Bush can eke out victories in primaries,build up a huge war chest,manufacture an air of inevitability and momentum-and win the nomination.Only to go down to a devastating defeat to Madame President Clinton,as 6 million more conservative voters stay home.Meanwhile,the GOPe will still be happy,because they will still control the GOP.

redware on April 17, 2015 at 11:51 AM

So where is the chipmunk on the Fascist-Democrats holding up the anti-sex trafficking bill?

rbj on April 17, 2015 at 11:51 AM

I wonder if there’s a strategy behind it or if it’s just a case of a rusty pol not knowing, or maybe not caring, that conservatives want Lynch held up due to her support for Obama’s executive amnesty. posted at 11:21 am on April 17, 2015 by Allahpundit

It’s one of those “It’s a feature, not a bug” things.

Akzed on April 17, 2015 at 11:52 AM

— right after the veto override of the Keystone XL and the anti-sex trafficking bill.

KenInIL on April 17, 2015 at 11:54 AM

Jeb, why don’t you say something like “the President should start nominating people who the Senate can confirm”.

BobMbx on April 17, 2015 at 11:24 AM

You want him to criticize liberals?

He can’t do that, who would support him then?

gekkobear on April 17, 2015 at 11:54 AM

That is telling, that is what you get with Jeb, a person who will concede when it gets tough.

There is more to this story than a concession, it’s a look at how Jeb will deal with difficult problems.

Basically, he is a political agnostic…

right2bright on April 17, 2015 at 11:55 AM

but Jeb’s going to need the right at some point in this process

I think there is a major faction in the Republican party which thinks this is no longer the case. Jeb is basically an experiment, and they are trying a strategy of running against conservatives – essentially, running as a Democrat.

If it succeeds, the Republicans will be free to purge the last few conservatives from the party.

Doomberg on April 17, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Let me prelude this by saying that I really do not want Bush to win the nomination.

Still, Jeb Bush is making a reasonable argument.

‘Bad is better than worse, and slice of bread is better than nothing.’

I don’t know if I agree with him. But it’s not an argument that makes him more or less conservative.

Some of these things being held up as determinations of a candidates conservatism are meaningless fluff, and do nothing of the sort. If you want to complain about Bush, do it based on substance, not symbolism. Or if it is symbolism, explain why this symbol is so important that we should give a good amount of weight to it. (eg We’ve had enough Bushes, and do not want to support a system of family inheritance – that’s a symbolic argument, but a weighty one. Lynch instead of Holder isn’t even a feather weight compared to that.)

Sackett on April 17, 2015 at 11:57 AM

‘Candidate is ok with Constitution-shredding AGs’ – Check!

Ricard on April 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Jeb just had his Sister Souljah moment.

Heh.

Meremortal on April 17, 2015 at 12:02 PM

Basically, he is a political agnostic…

right2bright on April 17, 2015 at 11:55 AM

He’s the Bush POS Ted-in-the-Water Kennedy equivalent….

RL on April 17, 2015 at 12:02 PM

I predict Jeb will not win one primary.

jake49 on April 17, 2015 at 11:40 AM

You’re probably correct. I predict he will be nominated anyway.

kcewa on April 17, 2015 at 11:43 AM

Another reason why I’m glad Nevada has the “None of These Candidates” still available as a vote.

VegasRick on April 17, 2015 at 12:02 PM

redware on April 17, 2015 at 11:51 AM

That about covers it.

If the voters let him get away with it, they deserve it.

At some point Jeb is going to have to pander on something.

He might try and pretend to be an evangelical, he might try and pander on guns and the “stand your ground” law from FL.

In any case, he is clearly hoping on a crowded field to allow him to barely skate through Romney style.

Any non-serious candidate, like a Huckabee or Carson in particular who stays in will help him with this goal.

He wants a social conservative with no chance of winning anywhere else, like a Huckabee, to take Iowa.

Maybe Walker or Paul takes New Hampshire, but he’s hoping that SC will continue its history of poor judgement (Miss Lindsey) and vote for a similarly repugnant candidate like himself.

Redstone on April 17, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Still, Jeb Bush is making a reasonable argument.

‘Bad is better than worse, and slice of bread is better than nothing.’

Sackett on April 17, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Yes… taking one cyanide pill is always better than taking 2…

oscarwilde on April 17, 2015 at 12:05 PM

FOX news breaking on the Italy situation……..I hope douchebag obame says something about high horses again…..

VegasRick on April 17, 2015 at 12:05 PM

A disgrace, Jeb exposed as a jellyfish, better we find out now, can you imagine him as president?? He’d be shining shoes for the Dems.

arand on April 17, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Fug you, traitor, into oblivion, you thug

Jeb Bush: Legal Status for Illegals ‘Rational, Thoughtful’

Schadenfreude

Totally, Jeb.

Shocking images from cameras on Texas-Mexico border capture steady stream of illegal immigrants sneaking into the United States with packages of drugs and guns

xblade on April 17, 2015 at 12:13 PM

However many Latino voters that Bush gains as a result of his proud embrace of amnesty and open borders will be dwarfed by the number of Conservative voters that he loses because of this stance.

Sammy on April 17, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Lynch has openly stated she will not respect the Constitution. Why would anyone vote for her? Jeb is as an elitist as is Hillary. Both of them should just retire and stay out of public discourse. They have nothing to offer

georgealbert on April 17, 2015 at 12:14 PM

The best explanation I can come up with is that Jeb is counting so heavily on outperforming GOP expectations among Latino voters in the general election

If this is so, it proves only that Jeb is a progressive at heart; i.e. bad at math.

He would have to win north of 70% of all Latino votes PLUS do at least as well among the rest of the GOP as the Mittster did to win an election.

Really, y’all… can you honestly say that you believe and Jeb believes he can appeal so deeply to Spanish-surnamed peeps AND steal mucho votes from the Democrats to overcome the folks who stayed home in 2012? And do you also deny that millions more conservatives who fail to see much daylight between Jeb’s positions and principles and those of the Democrats will decline to pull that R lever in 2016?

I think some factions here and at the RNC are heavily invested in the otherization of that tiny tiny extremist wing fallacy put out by the MSM- sorry to say, there are still quite a few of “you people”; that is to say *us*, out here in flyover land.

Dolce Far Niente on April 17, 2015 at 12:15 PM

“The longer it takes to confirm her, the longer Eric Holder stays as Attorney General.”

Still, Jeb Bush is making a reasonable argument.

‘Bad is better than worse, and slice of bread is better than nothing.’

Sackett on April 17, 2015 at 11:57 AM

You presume that she will be better (less destructive) than Holder; why?

Midas on April 17, 2015 at 12:18 PM

Or, said differently, perhaps “Worst is worse than worse, and a steaming bovine excrement is worse than nothing.”

I see no reason to be in a hurry to possibly jump from the frying pan into the fire.

Midas on April 17, 2015 at 12:21 PM

Jeb Bush, Sharpton, Holder, Reid and Obama want this vote. If that isn’t enough reason to 86 this vote permanently, I don’t know what is.

ChowHound on April 17, 2015 at 12:23 PM

However many Latino voters that Bush gains as a result of his proud embrace of amnesty and open borders will be dwarfed by the number of Conservative voters that he loses because of this stance.

Sammy on April 17, 2015 at 12:14 PM

News for the obtuse RINO/DIABLOs, the legal Latinos hate the illegals and the illegalities.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2015 at 12:29 PM

I am fed up with this establishment Republican mindset: cave & surrender. “we gave it a good fight, and we will get them next time”. What a bunch a hooey. What a con. You boys never ‘get them next time!”

steveracer on April 17, 2015 at 12:38 PM

I can hardly wait until tomorrow, because I wake up dumber every day.

What’s wrong with this guy?

NoPain on April 17, 2015 at 12:39 PM

Bush family trait – His brother also relied on Iraqi Muslims to make Iraq a Representative Republic.

William Eaton on April 17, 2015 at 12:44 PM

We don’t have to assume people like Jeb or Hillary actually have a master strategy behind these soundbites and decisions. We can assume they don’t know what they’re doing or what they think they’re doing are mistakes, people make mistakes, they certainly aren’t any smarter than the average person on the street.

Ukiah on April 17, 2015 at 12:44 PM

The thing that annoys me is that the only reason Lynch is held up is because the libs are blocking a vote on the human trafficking bill because of abortion language. Does Mr. Bush admonish the deme because they are holding up a bill to stop slavery because they want to kill babies? Noooo, he chides republicans because they won’t hold a vote on the Lynch nomination. It tells you a lot about his mindset. And why is the senate majority leader not having press conferences every day about why the libs are holding about an anti slavery bill? That is political gold. Allegedly he is a politician. Political malpractice. Shesh.

warmairfan on April 17, 2015 at 12:55 PM

This should be a harbinger of what a Jeb presidency would be like – Go ahead and confirm someone who – IN HEARINGS – has made statements that CLEARLY disqualify her for the job, as she is even WORSE than the unqualified moron currently holding it, just to get rid of the current moron.

PJ Emeritus on April 17, 2015 at 1:12 PM

The best explanation I can come up with is that Jeb is counting so heavily on outperforming GOP expectations among Latino voters in the general election that he doesn’t want to hand Dems any more ammo to claim, absurd as it may seem, that he’s anti-amnesty

Yeah, about that:

According to the last two ABC News/Washington Post polls, conducted by Langer Research Associates, the former Florida governor trails Clinton with registered Hispanic voters 71-26, a margin of 3-1 — nearly the same margin by which Hispanics supported President Obama over Mitt Romney in 2012.

That’s even worse than Mitt.

How about we stop playing this game? Not one single republican candidate believes they will do better with Hispanic voters if they embrace amnesty. Not…one. It is a con, everybody knows it’s a con, and pretending it isn’t won’t stop it from being a con.

xblade on April 17, 2015 at 1:18 PM

I thought she had the votes thanks to 4 GOPe traitors in the Senate. But I’m glad that the nomination is on hold, for now.

22044 on April 17, 2015 at 1:21 PM

While I do not particularly approve of Ms. Lynch because of her seemingly unconditional support for President Obama’s controversial moves (though she otherwise may be an improvement over the current incumbent), I think that the delay of Ms. Lynch’s confirmation hearing may be losing its usefulness.

Senator McConnell decided to delay Ms. Lynch’s confirmation because of a mis-play by the Democrats on the Anti-Human Trafficking Bill. This bill has been worked upon for years by both parties. It finally was moved forward by this Republican Senate under regular order and passed the Committee by a unanimous vote. However, afterwards, it was discovered by some Democrats that it contains language which mirrors the Hyde Amendment, and they have protested the bill. Now before the blow-up some Democratic Senators and some staffers knew that this language was in the bill, and so the Democrats want to move out of regular order, have begged the Republicans to remove the language that offends them, and have rejected Sen. McConnell’s offer of a floor vote to remove the language, which they assume they would lose. Some on the left have said that the Hyde amendment already exists under the law and therefore Republicans should remove it here. The answer is, of course, that if the Democrats admit that the Hyde Amendment does apply, then reiteration of it in the bill is not a fight worth the failure to pass this bill. Hyde has an exception for rape, and any woman who would come under the protection of this bill could be presumed to be pregnant by rape unless she states otherwise. The Democrats are arguing that failure to vote on Ms. Lynch is anti-woman. Of course it isn’t, failure to pass this bill is.

Before moving forward, the RNC needs to prepare a public relations campaign over this bill. There is nothing more supportive of women currently in play in the legislature than this bill. Confirm Ms. Lynch, we get rid of Mr. Holder. Then move forward on the Anti-trafficking bill immediately. Point out that when President Bush addressed the United Nations in 2003 and emphasized the responsibility of the UN to respond to this issue, it was politely ignored by the General Assembly. Now that it is before the Congress, the Democrats are following by trying to force a change (elimination of Hyde) in long-standing American policy at the risk of this most important bill. Make them pay for their behavior, maybe they will learn to read a bill before they pass it – even if only in Committee. Force them back to regular order, the protection of individuals charged with crime (college rape) and the polity from Democrat party supported arbitrariness, since the King’s arbitrariness was one of the underlying causes of our Revolution in 1776. It is time for the Democrats to move back from their arrogance to a recognition that they represent only a portion of the public.

A.S.R. on April 17, 2015 at 1:21 PM

Jeb is dead on arrival, the base despises him for good reason and swing voters are simply not going to like the idea of a family dynasty once again occupying the White House.

Then there’s Jeb’s “bankster” problem where he’s made bazillions of dollars as an influence peddler for large banking operations.

There is simply no electability argument for Jeb Bush.

BradTank on April 17, 2015 at 1:24 PM

Jeb is really cementing his position as “RINO to beat”!

cajunpatriot on April 17, 2015 at 1:25 PM

This goes waaay beyond your run-of-the-mill RINO. Wish he’d just get it over with and switch parties. Geez

plumorchard on April 17, 2015 at 1:49 PM

Jeb Bush…..THE gop NANNY WE’VE ALWAYS WANTED.

Despicable.

Liar.

Ruling Classer.

Entitled.

Crown Prince.

Next in line.

The way the gop does it.

Can’t wait for the debates.

The billion dollar man.

NOT voting for him.

No more monarchy in America.

PappyD61 on April 17, 2015 at 1:55 PM

If for no other reason (and there are plenty of good reasons) let’s NOT vote to confirm her. Time to get in Obama’s face and stay there…..he really deserves it!

Ellen85219 on April 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM

what do Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist have in common??

EVERYTHING

Pretend R’s, sellouts, caving leftist Fla pansies, aholes with a capital A

Senator Philip Bluster on April 17, 2015 at 2:01 PM

Jeb Bush to GOP Senate: C’mon, confirm Loretta Lynch

Al Sharpton to GOP Senate: Confirm Lynch now.

All you need to know.

xblade on April 17, 2015 at 2:08 PM

At least Jeb appears to be staying true to who we think he is.

jake-the-goose on April 17, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Yeah, a Democrat.

1) Jeb didn’t have to express an any opinion on Lynch.

pilsener on April 17, 2015 at 11:31 AM

He reminds me of Peter King who is always mouthing off and acting like a traitor.

magicbeans on April 17, 2015 at 2:52 PM

Jeb Bush to GOP Senate: C’mon, confirm Loretta Lynch

If the shoe were on the other foot, the Democrats would Bork the nominee. Let’s return the favor.

RJL on April 17, 2015 at 3:23 PM

Confirm Loretta, the coal miners daughter. She is just Holder with panty-hose. Now I don’t know that first hand but I’d bet. Besides don’t we think it’s time for a woman to be _________________. Well just fill in the blank.

Kneale on April 17, 2015 at 3:46 PM

No question that Eric Holder is the worst AG evah!! But her portfolio suggests that Loretta Lynch will be even WORSE!! Of course we all know that, sooner or later, Obama will get some socialist-spirited AG but the LATER the better, wouldn’t you say?

My feelings toward The Jebber have escalated from annoyance to absolute contempt and revulsion.

MaiDee on April 17, 2015 at 3:59 PM

I was going to make some negative comments about Jebster the Jellyfish but 85+ posters already beat me to it, so I’ll refrain.

ex Dem from Miami on April 17, 2015 at 4:14 PM

Unbelievable he would throw sand in the face of the self-described “base” – which last nominated “their” candidate in 1980 (and in fact many conservatives were worried about Reagan’s age at the beginning, which is one reason there were nine other initial candidates, only one of whom withdrew before March) – after they’ve been soooo nice to him, right?

~

Sensible people would have kept their powder dry and forced him to court their votes. But nutbars alienate major players early, so if he should win, he owes them nothing at all.

Which is how you remain a tiny, impotent fringe which only seems to be powerful due to the volume of internet noise – much like the Paulbots of Yore.

Adjoran on April 17, 2015 at 4:40 PM

Jeb Bush is not a serious candidate for President. He has no sturdy base of support anywhere, he has no fight in him whatsoever and nobody really gives a damn what he has to say. Evidence? How often to Jeb Bush threads ever crack 150 comments on Hot Air? 100? He’s a non-starter with everybody except mushy centrists with no core values.

Right Mover on April 17, 2015 at 5:06 PM

Adjoran on April 17, 2015 at 4:40 PM

Ha ha the one Jeb Bush supporter I have ever seen on here.

Why don’t you just vote for Hillary, seriously?

Why do you like Jeb better?

Redstone on April 17, 2015 at 5:16 PM

Unbelievable he would throw sand in the face of the self-described “base” – which last nominated “their” candidate in 1980 (and in fact many conservatives were worried about Reagan’s age at the beginning, which is one reason there were nine other initial candidates, only one of whom withdrew before March) – after they’ve been soooo nice to him, right?

And every one of your dumbbell GOPe candidates, do they say “hey I consider my views to be a lot like George Bush, or Dan Quayle, or Dick Cheney” etc. etc.

No, they all say “I’m a lot like Ronald Reagan bla bla bla”.

Why?

Because unlike your stupid candidates, he was popular and won in landslides.

The GOP would be wise to be more Ronald Reagan and less Jeb, with of course the obvious exception of the 1986 amnesty.

After seeing what a collosal failure that was, though, why would anyone want to try it again?

Redstone on April 17, 2015 at 5:20 PM

If for some unknown reason you were still considering Jeb Bush for President. This should completely eliminate him or you are smoking some really strange cigarettes or you are a complete moron. Which ever fits. He is obvious anti America, anti Constitution, anti conservative and does not want to see this country regain its greatness. Being a reform conservative must be, inside the belt way speak for being, a Liberal Democrat.

pwb on April 17, 2015 at 5:42 PM

This is the goon who would like to appoint the next Ginsberg,Sotomayor, or Kagan.

Rode Werk on April 17, 2015 at 6:17 PM

What else would you expect from an establishment RINO TOOL BAG! Barf!

MCGIRV on April 17, 2015 at 7:04 PM

While it is presidential to weigh-in on subjects like this (the rest of the field notably silent on national issues) … Jeb strikes out because he did not pay attention to her performance in the hearings. She was fundamentally unfit, like Harriet Myers, so the president should find someone better. Is it so difficult to understand this process? His brother understood it, why can’t Jeb?

virgo on April 17, 2015 at 9:33 PM

Did we really need ANOTHER reason why Jeb is a wrong choice for President???

landlines on April 18, 2015 at 7:58 PM