Video: New Jeb Bush Super PAC ad in Iowa hits … Marco Rubio

posted at 11:31 am on December 29, 2015 by Allahpundit

Wait, isn’t Jeb supposed to be all Trump, all the time at this point? And why is he running this in Iowa, which he’s barely contesting and where he’s polling as low as two percent in some surveys, instead of in his must-win state of New Hampshire?

This sums it up pretty well, I think:

The strategy here is to blow up Rubio early, even before New Hampshire, so that he limps into that state with lots of doomsaying media buzz around him. If Rubio finishes fourth in Iowa behind Cruz, Trump, and also-ran Ben Carson, the press will be calling him a paper tiger as late deciders in New Hampshire start to decide. In theory, that’s going to tip would-be Rubio voters towards Jeb, who’ll finish strongly in NH and then use the “comeback!” coverage to claim he’s the consensus center-right choice in a three-way race with Trump and Cruz. In practice, I think a lot of disappointed Rubio fans would break for Christie rather than Jeb (especially if Jeb is perceived as having ruined Rubio’s chances), which is why we’ll presumably be seeing some Bushworld attacks on Christie soon too. The only hope Jeb has is to nuke everyone in his lane and force Republicans to choose between him, Trump, and Cruz. He’s laying a simple bet that, when push comes to shove, there are enough “somewhat conservative” voters out there who detest Trump and Cruz that they’ll vote for the most underwhelming Republican in the race to stop them if he’s their only choice. We’ll know that Jeb’s “nuke everyone” strategy is in effect if and when we start seeing anti-Christie ads too. If we don’t see those ads, then the only conclusion to be drawn is that Bush wants to stop his younger, more appealing rival Rubio more than he wants to win. Given the 41/43/Trump/Rubio psychodrama that seems to suffuse Jeb’s campaign, I wouldn’t put anything past them.

But look at it this way: His PAC, Right to Rise, has spent tens of millions of bucks trying to promote Jeb thus far and has gotten nothing for its money. He’s battling Kasich for fifth place in New Hampshire right now; he hasn’t touched nine percent in RCP’s polling average of the state in nearly two months. Positive ads are doing zip for him. He might as well start lighting people on fire and hoping he’s the only establishmentarian left when the flames go out. And there’s reason to think this sort of ad, attacking Rubio’s Senate attendance, might do damage in Iowa even if most other voters shrug it off. Republicans ran the same sort of attack on Democrat Bruce Braley in last year’s Senate race with Joni Ernst and he lost by more than 10 points. Jeb can’t hit Rubio on his real liability, immigration reform, since he’s as bad on that issue as Rubio himself is (rhetorically, given his “act of love” hosannas, he’s probably worse), so he’s stuck shooting around the bullseye instead of at it. The ad below is the result. Same goes for Christie, a newly minted border hawk who’s fooling no one and who’s also concentrating on Rubio’s attendance record even though he seems to be governing New Jersey from the campaign trail in New Hampshire this year.

Oh, by the way: The ad itself is highly misleading.

The ad references a classified hearing on the Paris attacks that Rubio missed in November due to a fundraising trip to California. Rubio’s office, however, said he had attended a briefing the day before and today, his campaign tweeted a link to a report in which Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley defended Rubio.

Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said: “Bush’s team dishonestly omits that Marco is on the Senate’s Intelligence Committee, where he attended the highest level briefings on the Paris attacks. No other candidate for president has received more classified Intelligence briefings or better understands the threats facing our nation today than Marco. It’s sad to see Jeb’s ‘joyful’ campaign reduced to such intellectual dishonesty.”

Rubio missed the full Senate briefing on the Paris attacks because, as a member of the intel committee, he’d already sat through it at an earlier briefing — and the intel committee sees intelligence that the full Senate doesn’t. But what does Jeb care? Worst case scenario is that he wrecks Rubio and then either Bush or Christie becomes the establishment champion, only to get the tar beat out of them by Cruz and/or Trump in a three-way race and lose any chance of a center-right nominee in 2016. Oh well.

Two exit questions for you. One: Why didn’t Team Jeb mention Rubio missing the big vote on the omnibus spending bill? That’s the one that got conservatives in a lather. If you want to convince undecided Iowans to stick with Cruz or Carson, it’s a no-brainer to note that Rubio was too busy campaigning to lend his voice against legislation that disgusted fiscal cons across the country. Two: Who’s going to be the lucky beneficiary of Trump’s wrath if and when he finally reaches for his wallet?

Supposedly he’s planning a multimillion dollar ad blitz of his own. Cruz should be the obvious target but Trump has maintained their truce over the past few weeks since the debate. Maybe Trump’s also focused on taking out Rubio, thinking that’ll clear the way for him to win New Hampshire and then engage Cruz in South Carolina. That would be a fitting way for Jeb 2016 to end — with Bush and Trump united in destroying the other center-right guy from Florida whom most of Jeb’s staff seems to know and like. What a disaster.


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They probably can siphon more money off to consultants in Iowa Advertisements than New Hampshire Advertisements.

Constitutionalist on December 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Go away Jeb. Just go away, go away, go away…

OmahaConservative on December 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM

I said from the beginning that Jeb! was petty enough to take on Rubio, and now hopefully it will be MAD.

nobar on December 29, 2015 at 11:37 AM

Burn This GOPe B!TCH Down!!!

OmahaConservative on December 29, 2015 at 11:38 AM

hat would be a fitting way for Jeb 2016 to end — with Bush and Trump united in destroying the other center-right guy from Florida whom most of Jeb’s staff seems to know and like. What a disaster.

Want a tissue, AllahP? :)

I am having so much fun this campaign season.

No more GOPe candidates as nominees for President. Ever. Again.

TheRightMan on December 29, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Hope they both lose…and they will too.

Rogue on December 29, 2015 at 11:39 AM

Trump/Jeb 2016

bank on it

gerrym51 on December 29, 2015 at 11:40 AM

No more GOPe candidates as nominees for President. Ever. Again.

TheRightMan on December 29, 2015 at 11:38 AM

After this campaign, there won’t be a GOPe…either it’ll be Trump or Cruz, in which case they go full Dem, or the somehow pull Rubio over the line in which case they go the way of the Whigs.

Either way, this divorce becomes final in 2016.

Rogue on December 29, 2015 at 11:40 AM

The only hope Jeb has is to nuke everyone in his lane and force Republicans to choose between him, Trump, and Cruz.

I and many Republicans would vote Hillary without a care in the world.

Marcus on December 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

…Trump is just banging around inside this guy’s head…it’s hilarious to watch…

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

I’m no fan by any stretch. But coming into all of this, I thought for sure he’d be doing better than he is based solely on horse blindered GOPe supporters.

However at this point it’s just getting sad and I think he should bow out to salvage any dignity that may remain.

Oxymoron on December 29, 2015 at 11:44 AM

I and many Republicans would vote Hillary without a care in the world.

Marcus on December 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Power corrupts.

Fallon on December 29, 2015 at 11:45 AM

I and many Republicans would vote Hillary without a care in the world.

Marcus on December 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

…In The Tank For Skank…

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 29, 2015 at 11:45 AM

I and many Republicans would vote Hillary without a care in the world.

Marcus on December 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

She thanks you for your support, make sure you change your registration to your true colors at the same time…

Rogue on December 29, 2015 at 11:47 AM

That would be a fitting way for Jeb 2016 to end — with Bush and Trump united in destroying the other center-right guy from Florida whom most of Jeb’s staff seems to know and like. What a disaster.

Maybe a disaster for a few aging donors, for America it’s a good thing.

Rubio has horrifying views on immigration and foreign policy and is a well documented liar.

¡Jeb! and Rubio should both drop out, ¡Yeb! says he has better things to do and Marco can’t seem to be bothered to show up to vote, let alone campaign.

They can hang out on the beach in Miami and maybe play volleyball or go windsurfing.

Redstone on December 29, 2015 at 11:48 AM

¡Yeb!’s Super Pac appears to be The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.

Fallon on December 29, 2015 at 11:48 AM

I’m going to vote Sanders in the primaries. Anything to derail Hillary.

Walter L. Newton on December 29, 2015 at 11:48 AM

Well, this won’t help Jeb – but it will hurt Rubio – So, it’s all good.

Pork-Chop on December 29, 2015 at 11:49 AM

I and many Republicans would vote Hillary without a care in the world.

Marcus on December 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Ha ha ha ha ha…

You must be really desperate.

TheRightMan on December 29, 2015 at 11:49 AM

¡Yeb!’s Super Pac appears to be The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.

Fallon on December 29, 2015 at 11:48 AM

Well, keep in mind, they’re used to shooting at their “supporters” not their actual opponents.

Rogue on December 29, 2015 at 11:49 AM

I and many Republicans would vote Hillary without a care in the world.

Marcus on December 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

I always knew you were a leftist.

Rubio is perfect for you.

jaime on December 29, 2015 at 11:50 AM

good.

at least jeb admits his policy positions that keep him polling in the 3-6% range unlike rubifraud and the others, who lie about their donor/owner bought and paid for positions.

and this is too funny, the vulgarian strikes AGAIN:

Jeb Challenges Trump to Debate – Trump Posts Photo of Jeb Picking Nose
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/12/jeb-challenges-trump-to-debate-trump-posts-photo-of-jeb-picking-nose/

Garyinaz66 on December 29, 2015 at 11:51 AM

Act of Love Jeb should be going after Cruz on immigration to make Cruz seem just like himself, as Rubio is already hated, and arguably Cruz is #1 target in Iowa:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/11/cruz_flipflops_on_legal_immigration_implies_most_illegals_can_stay.html

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428204/ted-cruz-rejects-donald-trump-muslim-immigration-ban

anotherJoe on December 29, 2015 at 11:52 AM

He’s laying a simple bet that, when push comes to shove, there are enough “somewhat conservative” voters out there who detest Trump and Cruz that they’ll vote for the most underwhelming Republican in the race to stop them if he’s their only choice.

Jeb! because all that’s missing is the passion people felt for McCain and Romney.

This is pathetic by the Jeb team.

rbj on December 29, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Gotta weaken Marco enough, so Bush can suck up most of his protege’s voters and take on Cruz or The Donald.

Christien on December 29, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Even if I didn’t consider Rubio a traitor, I’d still have no problem with Jeb taking down the guy who hired Rick Wilson as an adviser.

Dusty on December 29, 2015 at 11:53 AM

This is a really good development. It’s fabulous that Jeb is going to pound on Rubio. YES !!

jaime on December 29, 2015 at 11:53 AM

No other candidate for president has received more classified Intelligence briefings or better understands the threats facing our nation today than Marco.

…if you’re pushing amnesty, you clearly don’t know sh*t about “threats”…

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 29, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Actually, I’m loving this. Usually the conservative vote is splintered between multiple candidates and the establishment pick waltzes over all of them because we can’t pick which flavor of chocolate we like. Except THIS time we’ve got the establishment folks trying it. I love it! Cruz 2016!

eyesights on December 29, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Jeb! has been “trumped” and there is no comeback for him. But I love him staying to inflict maximum damage on Rubio and the other GOPe candidates.

It’s amazing how Trump has destroyed his opponents and I look forward to how he will totally destroy Hillary. :)

Fiorina – “Faces”
Jeb! – “Low Energy”
Rubio – “Puppet of Big Donors”

and the list goes on… :)

TheRightMan on December 29, 2015 at 11:56 AM

I and many RepublicansRubio fanboys would vote Hillary without a care in the world.

Marcus on December 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Not very surprising.

Redstone on December 29, 2015 at 11:56 AM

The original “roadmap” was for Jeb to ultimately win it. Then it became necessary to make it at least possible for Jeb to win it. Now the GOPe is trying to make it at least plausible for Jeb to be given the nomination after some convention thievery. Given that they just cannot allow Trump to have the nomination, one way or another, the real question for the GOPe now becomes: “how grotesque are they willing to be, in order to deny Trump the nomination at the last moment?”. Since “subtle” is no longer an option.

bofh on December 29, 2015 at 11:56 AM

He might as well start lighting people on fire and hoping he’s the only establishmentarian left when the flames go out.

Bush’s new campaign slogan:

JEB! 2016 – He Sucks Less

jaime on December 29, 2015 at 11:57 AM

AP always thinks in a distressingly literal and linear fashion. The goal is to take out Trump; his replacement is immaterial at this point. The way to beat Trump is to beat him in Iowa first, then NH and SC. You do that by boosting Cruz, and you do that by attacking Marco Rubio. Attacks on Rubio also help Christie in NH.

This is all about taking out The Donald.

Joseph K on December 29, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Hillary/JEB! 2016 – He Sucks Less and She Doesn’t Suck At All (Just Ask Bill)

jaime on December 29, 2015 at 11:57 AM

…fixed…

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM

The problem with the establishment’s vote splitter strategy, is that the vote splitters won’t get out of the race on demand when the establishment needs them to leave.

Fenris on December 29, 2015 at 12:01 PM

…OT didn’t realize Pam Geller was so hawt

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 29, 2015 at 12:02 PM

…the real question for the GOPe now becomes: “how grotesque are they willing to be, in order to deny Trump the nomination at the last moment?”. Since “subtle” is no longer an option.

bofh on December 29, 2015 at 11:56 AM

And the next question: if Trump enters the convention with a plurality, and they nevertheless give the nomination to somebody else, what happens to the Republican party?

Fenris on December 29, 2015 at 12:03 PM

This is all about taking out The Donald.

Joseph K on December 29, 2015 at 11:57 AM

yes, because in reality he is the only true outsider and the only real threat to the establishment.

ALL of the others a part of that establishment and Trump wants to bring it down, he chooses Americans First, the others dont.

their donor/owners come first

Garyinaz66 on December 29, 2015 at 12:04 PM

I and many Republicans would vote Hillary without a care in the world.

Marcus on December 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Only if I were REALLY dead and someone dragged my corpse into the voting booth.

Or, in other words, a Chicago Democrat voter…

Kraken on December 29, 2015 at 12:05 PM

“it’s not about yapping” (yapping puppet hand gesture)

That one makes the wife and myself laugh everytime. Yebbie is such a putz

rik on December 29, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Time to pack it up Jeb.
You are uninspiring , your support is limited to party apparatchiks and your goofy smile and glasses will be SNL fodder.

avi natan on December 29, 2015 at 12:07 PM

Politics first, betrayal always.

Rubio is the Benedict Arnold to all he ever met.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2015 at 12:07 PM

I think Joseph K has a point. Jeb is trying to boost Cruz by knocking Rubio down.

Well, this:

Diana West: It’s Time to Rally Around Donald Trump:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/12/26/its-time-to-rally-around-donald-trump/

anotherJoe on December 29, 2015 at 12:08 PM

vote Hillary without a care in the world.

Marcus on December 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Tell us something new, you racist illegal.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2015 at 12:09 PM

I and many Republicans would vote Hillary without a care in the world.

Marcus on December 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

ummmm, if you want to vote for Hillary out of spite cause you are a sore loser. That’s not ok, but at least it’s an emotion that could be understood. But if you don’t have a care in the world in doing so, you aren’t Republican.

Deafdog on December 29, 2015 at 12:11 PM

OT

On Puerto Rico:

Start with the Puerto Rico drug gangs connection to the Cali drug cartel, the other Mexican drug cartels.

Next to the Doral Bank failure and the killing of the chief executive in a gang land style hit on his car on the way home from work after he found fraud ect. at the bank.

Next to the fact the bank went broke via the fraud and the failure of the Puerto Rico govt. not paying a $220 million tax refund the bank said was due to them (at the time Goldman Sachs and other hedge fund types had huge investments in the bank), they hired big NY atty’s to go to court and demand the $. They won the lower court deals but when it got to the top, na da nothing the case was dropped.

F.D.I.C. took over the bank in Feb. 2015 after millions in losses.
F.D.I.C. loss payout now over $750,000,000. Doral was the 6th sized bank there.

The oldest bank there Popular Bank took over the operation.

Reports are that the major drug gangs use this old bank Popular as their money laundry operation.

Now enter the fact Puerto Rico itself is broke and We The People are going to be asked and or told we have to bail this crime family operation out.

People have been leaving the island mess due to the crime, and the tourist buss. is drying up due to the killings there.

This is in many opinions where Mexico is headed too.

Same players, same death and destruction , same evil, same results.

Only it is on our wide open border.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 29, 2015 at 12:14 PM

¡La Jebita! has a dream. A dream to be our countries first transgender/transracial/trans-nationalist President. And her dream starts in Iowa. She will show them all she is the pretty pretty princess that can lead our country to its special happy place. Not Rubio, not Trump, not Cruz.

Jebita is a Cuban term that means “little girl” (look it up, you hayseeds). ¡La Jebita! will transform our country the way only a little girl can. With rainbows, and sparkles, and pretty pink unicorns. If you think your micro-agressions can stop her dreams, you are in for a big surprise.

You can do this ¡La Jebita! You go girl!

Magicjava on December 29, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Then add in “Government Zero” by the Two Party Evil Money Cult in Washington D.C..

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 29, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Minorities line up behind … Donald Trump
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/12/minorities-line-up-behind-donald-trump/#bmy8ug7wwyxfCZPO.99

OmahaConservative on December 29, 2015 at 12:17 PM

obama fan boys

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2015 at 12:18 PM

Good god, the man is still spending money. Think of all the yachts that could have been bought.

evergreen on December 29, 2015 at 12:20 PM

hmmm….second look at Jeb(!)?

lulz

crrr6 on December 29, 2015 at 12:20 PM

Check out the real estate for sale from Doral Bank on the FDIC web site.

https://www.fdic.gov/buying/

under real estate sales and failed bank info

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 29, 2015 at 12:23 PM

That would be a fitting way for Jeb 2016 to end — with Bush and Trump united in destroying the other center-right guy from Florida whom most of Jeb’s staff seems to know and like. What a disaster.

Only for the GOPe and their apparatchiks, sycophants, and toady’s.

This speaks volumes on Yeb’s principles and values – that narcissism, over-the-top sense of entitlement, and petulance. He’s the spoiled brat who tosses tantrum’s when he doesn’t get his way – or the attention he believes is his due. He’d prefer to sabotage his own team if he can’t be the ‘leader’.

Athos on December 29, 2015 at 12:24 PM

Some more info on Puerto Rico problems on:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 29, 2015 at 12:27 PM

vote Hillary without a care in the world.

Marcus on December 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

that’s fine. I feel the same way about Rubio/Kasich/Bush/Carson – I wouldn’t vote for Hillary but I wouldn’t vote for any of them either.

You want a left-of-center party that does the DNC’s bidding. We get it.

We want to try and destroy the GOP/DNC uni-party.

You want to keep and increase the invasion from central/south America.

We want to stop the invasion from central/south America.

These are obviously positions that cannot be reconciled.

Monkeytoe on December 29, 2015 at 12:29 PM

On Puerto Rico and Real Clear

Story Dec. 29, 2015 by Froma Harrop “Bond Predators” on Puerto Rico want their Bailout…..

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 29, 2015 at 12:32 PM

Check out the real estate for sale from Doral Bank on the FDIC web site.

https://www.fdic.gov/buying/

under real estate sales and failed bank info

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 29, 2015 at 12:23 PM

You mean this: Failed banks by state, 2007-2015

Yeah. ¿Jeb? complains about Trump being mean to him, but the truth is Trump’s going easy on him. He’s never mentioned that ¿Jeb? was governor of Florida when the real estate crisis tanked the entire U.S. economy. And that crisis was in large part due to shady deals that happened in Florida under ¿Jeb’s? watch.

Trump also never mentions that 9/11 pilots with expired visas trained in Florida under ¿Jeb’s? watch.

9/11 and the banking crisis. ¿Jeb’s? connected with both of them. Disaster follows him where ever he goes.

Magicjava on December 29, 2015 at 12:32 PM

I and many Republicans would vote Hillary without a care in the world.

Marcus on December 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

I don’t think you really understand how that petulance, arrogance, contempt, and self-inflation reflects on you or your values. At best you’re a hypocrite.

Your ilk tells conservatives that they need to hold their noses, choose the lesser of two evils, and vote for an electable GOPe moderate in 2008 and 2012. Then when we decide to support a moderate because he is the lesser of two evils when compared to the perfidy and avarice of the GOPe, you hypocritically say you would prefer to support a progressive-fascist.

Of course, being a GOPe sycophant demonstrates a desire for progressive-fascism, so it’s nice to know you share their ‘ends justifies the means’ values – and in particular the values of HRC. Be proud of putting the idiot in useful idiot.

Athos on December 29, 2015 at 12:32 PM

Some questions of these who want to be Pres. must be on the bail out of Puerto Rico.

Any of them who are for a bail out of these crooks are in on the crimes.

We The People must not bail out a drug cartel run island.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 29, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Slow day w/o Jazz writing…

OmahaConservative on December 29, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Meanwhile other sites that have not taken the holidays off are reporting that forces are gathering to primary Paul “Pelosi” Ryan and his beard.
And in Arizona. Lindsey’s boyfriend is also facing a legitimate challenger in Kelli Ward.

Exninja on December 29, 2015 at 12:37 PM

Go away Jeb. Just go away, go away, go away…

OmahaConservative on December 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM

The only POSSIBLE shot the GOPe has of getting control of “their” party bacck is if !Jeb! quits and all that’s left is !Marco!

But !Jeb! is entitled to this Nomination by “right” of Royal Blood and he’s NOT going away…

ConstantineXI on December 29, 2015 at 12:38 PM

GOPe lacks the balls to attack Trump on his support for gay marriage.

and Trump knows this.

suckers

mjbrooks3 on December 29, 2015 at 12:39 PM

Athos on December 29, 2015 at 12:32 PM

The only issues that Marcus seems to be concerned about are keeping free and easy immigration from Latin America and attacking so con bakers/pizza makers/reality show personalities, etc.

He seems like a great fit for the Cankles 2016 team along with many other anti-Trumpers.

And Rubio and Hillary are pretty similar on the big issues, they are status-quo candidates.

Redstone on December 29, 2015 at 12:39 PM

I and many Republicans would vote Hillary without a care in the world.

Marcus on December 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

We know. But thank you for confirming what we’ve always known, that there is no difference between the GOPe (and their supporters) and Democrats (and their supporters). This is why the “Trump Correction” strategy has been deployed!

dominigan on December 29, 2015 at 12:39 PM

…OT didn’t realize Pam Geller was so hawt…

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 29, 2015 at 12:02 PM

On the page you linked the quote they have posted applies perfectly to the GOPe and Jeb:

“It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.” — Richard P. Feynman.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on December 29, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Has Allahpundit ever DEFINED the “center?”

fossten on December 29, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Good God, Jeb doesn’t live in reality, does he?

BritCarGuy on December 29, 2015 at 12:58 PM

GOPe lacks the balls to attack Trump on his support for gay marriage

mjbrooks3 on December 29, 2015 at 12:39 PM

Not true on Trump on gay marriage:

Trump Reiterates Longtime Opposition to Gay Marriage:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/08/18/trump-reiterates-longtime-opposition-to-gay-marriage/

And from the boss and ultra-conservative Jim Robinson at FR:

“I never saw Trump leading the gay pride parade down broadway. In fact, I heard him say that ‘gay rights’ was not his thing. Trump is a fighter. A very successful, non-PC, unabashedly America loving patriotic fighter. Of course he’s going to be appealing to FReepers.”

-Jim Robinson, Owner of Free Republic (9/27/2015, 11:10:24 PM)

anotherJoe on December 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM

How does having to choose between Trump, Cruz, and JEB! give ! any chance at all?

Robbin Hood on December 29, 2015 at 1:03 PM

Two 5%ers fighting over scraps that will be meaningless next month. Boy, that Jeb! sure knows how to harness the power of all that sweet sweet SuperPAC cash, doesn’t he?

Rusty Nail on December 29, 2015 at 1:25 PM

gerrym51 on December 29, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Trump is too smart to have the Bush name anywhere near his ticket. That would be the kiss of death in the General.

Rusty Nail on December 29, 2015 at 1:27 PM

Jeb’s only hope is a bunch of plane crashes and dead hookers.

myiq2xu on December 29, 2015 at 2:10 PM

“and many Republicans would vote Hillary without a care in the world”.
Marcus on December 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

OMG, “Better to be thought of as an idiot, than open your mouth and remove all doubt”. You have spoken so to speak and removed all doubt. By the way please refrain from speaking about other republicans. Just because you are a candidate for the “Darwin Awards” don’t endanger others! LOL

whsiii on December 29, 2015 at 2:23 PM

whsiii on December 29, 2015 at 2:23 PM

When there are major donors and bundlers for the GOPe candidates openly declaring that they’ll vote for Hillary if Trump is the nominee (and there are), is what Marcus is saying really that out there? Are you even paying attention to how badly the establishment wants to burn the GOP down if they don’t get one of their own guys?

Rusty Nail on December 29, 2015 at 2:27 PM

So, Jeb Bush is also attacking the establishment Republicans? He’s doing Trump/Cruz/Carson’s work for them.

Thanks Jeb!

hawksruleva on December 29, 2015 at 2:31 PM

I and many Republicans would vote Hillary without a care in the world.

Marcus on December 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

And that’s the problem. You think Hillary would respect the rule of law? At least with Trump, we can’t say for certain how many shortcuts he’d take. Hillary is an experienced rulebreaker who uses the levers of power to cover her tracks. By rights she should be a convicted felon, not running for President. If that’s who “many Republicans” would vote for, then I must not be a Republican.

One way the other, the GOP will be very different by the time this election is done. It will either listen to the will of its majority, or that majority will abandon it.

hawksruleva on December 29, 2015 at 2:36 PM

I hope Trump and Cruz maintain their non-aggression pact at least long enough to get rid of all other alternatives.

besser tot als rot on December 29, 2015 at 2:37 PM

I hope Trump and Cruz maintain their non-aggression pact at least long enough to get rid of all other alternatives.

besser tot als rot on December 29, 2015 at 2:37 PM

Heyzeus will find him.

NotCoach on December 29, 2015 at 2:55 PM

NotCoach on December 29, 2015 at 2:55 PM

Wrong thread. Ignore.

NotCoach on December 29, 2015 at 2:58 PM

The best ad strategy, for the non establishment candidates, would be to zero in on and knock out all establishment candidates. That would force the establishment to stop the Trump and Cruz back biting. They would be forced to support the still standing candidates and any criticism aimed toward true conservatives (and Trump) wouldn’t benefit an establishment hack.

voiceofreason on December 29, 2015 at 3:54 PM

Jeb you have many better venues to attack Rubio with, why the softball?

1) Hit him on the financial problems
There is real meat there, the guy was earning enough money to put him in the upper class and he still could not control his spending. He made a default on his payment with a paired partner! His credit cards were racked up, and for years he was running out of control on his spending… this is an easy target!

2) Immigration
Oops, guess not, but it is an easy target, lol.. just not for you.

3) Immigration attacks on Cruz
Now this is nuanced, and it plays to Cruz, but do it in a small market and it shows you would play true hardball, use your PAC to show that Cruz did not lie, but Rubio did in fact lie, and defended the amnesty at all costs. It would devastate Rubio in the market you play it in and only the smart would tie it to you… and the insiders would know you were really going full nuke war.

4) His Speaker Period
Man he has a lot of bad calls and moves as Speaker of the House in Florida. The schools issue has spark in some areas, you could start a napalm war with that with ease. Light Rubio’s ass on fire like that and he would feel it.

5) Cross Aisle working
Want to show some Alpha male Jeb? Here is how, say you won’t work across the aisle but Rubio already has. It can be dismantled, but it would take time, it would take money, and it distracts Rubio hard at a critical time.

6) Not winning any Primaries
Oh wait… that one hurts you worse right now…

7) Lies
This won’t give you numbers, but it would be a fleets worth of MIRV Nukes on Rubio, it would end him. Play the video where he swears he will never ever vote for or sponsor amnesty. Play it twice! Then play a list of his efforts to do amnesty. Then end with a harsh sounding, masculine voice, you LIAR! This would sink his battleship, it’s a brilliant move.

8) His start in life
His family was in labor, he supported big labor… hit him on his past and it gives you venues to hit Trump later for changing so much. Once started this flip flop game becomes fun for you… you can mock him in speeches… how you thought he was a pancake, because he had to flip when the heat got to him or something…

9) Tie him to his record but not his attendence
His record is exactly one thing in the Senate. There is nothing else he has achieved despite his big headlines… Add “not ready, wants to leave the Senate” at the end, and you will win the yahtzee game with him.

OregonPolitician on December 29, 2015 at 5:02 PM

Jeb,

Repeat after me . . . Rubio is not the enemy, Cruz is not the enemy, Republicans are not the enemy.

Now one more time, repeat after me . . . Hillary is the enemy, Bernie is the enemy, anyone who wants to continue to give the country away is the enemy.

Now, do me a favor . . . prove that you have the words and ideas to beat Hilary . . . or else shove off.

Thanks for listening,
EB

EdmundBurke247 on December 29, 2015 at 10:06 PM

Jebita should have taken Mama’s advice.

Younggod on December 30, 2015 at 8:33 AM