It’s come to this: Jeb “Act of Love” Bush hits Marco Rubio on … “amnesty”

posted at 9:21 pm on January 11, 2016 by Allahpundit

To be precise, it’s his Super PAC, Right to Rise, that’s responsible for this. One of the criticisms of Jeb after he feebly attacked Rubio for his Senate absences was that he was forced to hit Rubio on a minor liability because he wasn’t well positioned to hit him on a major one. After all, how could Jeb Bush, who (in)famously described border-hopping as an “act of love” and who so identifies with Hispanic Americans that he once erroneously described himself as one on a voter registration form, possibly go after Rubio for his Gang of Eight work? Poor Jeb would have no choice but to try to catch him in New Hampshire by firing around the bullseye with Rubio rather than directly at it. But now the big vote’s less than a month away and Bush is gasping for air, crowded out by not just Rubio but Chris Christie and John Kasich. And so, at long last, a desperate Team Bush reaches its inevitable conclusion. Jeb Bush, amnesty scold.

How’d Jeb feel about the Gang of Eight bill at the time, by the way? Per Twitter pal JimmyPrinceton, he was a big fan:

“I’m actually very pleased with the ‘Gang of Eight,’” he told attendees at an event hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center, shortly after he spoke with Republican leaders in the House.

To overcome opposition, Republican leaders should “change the conversation to how do we restore our greatness as a nation by sustained economic growth,” said Bush, who served two terms as governor of Florida.

“Unless you can tell me that every one of our kids and grandkids will have four, five kids — if you can promise me that … there is no way … that we can grow over a sustained period of time,” he said.

Wait, wait, wait a second, though. Is this ad really about scolding Rubio for supporting amnesty? Not at all, says Right to Rise chief Mike Murphy. It’s about scolding Rubio for being a flip-flopper on immigration. “Jeb Bush is a leader,” says Murphy. “You know where he stands.” Laying aside the fact that it’s not clear why conservatives should prefer someone who’s resolutely pro-amnesty to someone who tacks right under political pressure (wouldn’t the flip-flopper be easier for border hawks to influence as president?), it’s simply not true that Jeb has been a model of consistency on immigration. Follow the timeline:

• Early in his political life, Bush expressed a hard-line, deportation-driven opinion and made no mention of granting citizenship or legal status to illegal immigrants.

• Sometime between 2009 and 2012, he “flipped” to being in favor of a path to citizenship. He supported federal legislation in 2007 that allowed children of illegal immigrants to become citizens, and wrote frequently that Republicans should adopt a more welcoming approach. In June 2012, he clearly articulated support for a pathway to citizenship.

• His “flop” came this month [March 2013] with the release of his book, in which he explicitly opposed citizenship, calling it an “undeserving reward” for people who came here illegally.

• That was followed by a quick “flip” back to support of either citizenship or permanent legal status in the heat of television interviews.

The flips towards broader enforcement came when Jeb anticipated facing Republican voters, first during his run for governor of Florida and later in 2013 when he started eyeing a presidential run. The flops towards leniency for illegals came when he was either out of office and had nothing to lose or when he came under media pressure for changing his prior stance. You trust a guy like that to take a firm, coherent stand against amnesty as president, don’t you? (If not, do you at least trust him more than Rubio? Maybe you should!)

They’re spending $3 million to put this ad on the air, by the way — in Iowa, where Jeb isn’t even competitive, purely to weaken Rubio on the theory that he’ll be easier to beat in New Hampshire if he’s been humiliated in the caucuses. Or maybe it’s not about softening Rubio up so he’s easier to beat anymore; maybe it’s a pure matter of burning Jeb’s center-right rivals down in the spiteful hope that if Bush can’t have the nomination, no one else from his lane will either. Exit question: Given his track record, should Marco Rubio be attacking Ted Cruz for inconsistency on immigration? Because that’s happening too now.


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if its not illegals leaving the country its amnesty.

bottom line everybody but trump is for amnesty

Garyinaz66 on January 11, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Garyinaz66 on January 11, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Truth

The Notorious G.O.P on January 11, 2016 at 9:28 PM

Well it’s not the most pathetic Jeb! ad I’ve seen, but the bar is pretty low. Choo -chop train Jeb reminds me of Ralph on the Simpsons.

rbj on January 11, 2016 at 9:29 PM

At least Act of Love Jeb is honest about his positions. Rubio is a flat out deceptive traitorous betrayer.

Now we all agree that Trump is the straight-talker.

And Cruz is the … double talker.

An excellent debater would NOT appear to talk in lawyer-speak.

But…

Cruz’s double talk on amnesty:

Reporter asks Ted Cruz four times: “How do you define amnesty?”
http://hotair.com/archives/2015/12/01/reporter-asks-ted-cruz-four-times-how-do-you-define-amnesty/
~
Cruz flip-flops on legal immigration, implies most illegals can stay

Or this.. Cruz REJECTS Trump’s Muslim ban, but says it (“that’s not my policy”) in such a soft (sanctimonious) way that you barely realize it: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/cruz-on-trumps-proposed-muslim-ban-no-thats-not-my-policy/article/2577822

anotherJoe on January 11, 2016 at 9:31 PM

Theater of the absurd.

LashRambo on January 11, 2016 at 9:32 PM

I’m glad the Bushes are letting the mask down on who they really are. They are horrible people, every last one of them

rik on January 11, 2016 at 9:33 PM

Heh!

gerrym51 on January 11, 2016 at 9:34 PM

Hopefully we will never see Mike Murphy again.

avi natan on January 11, 2016 at 9:35 PM

I’m glad the Bushes are letting the mask down on who they really are. They are horrible people, every last one of them

rik on January 11, 2016 at 9:33 PM

I agree it’s moronic for Jeb to go this way but his father is a great man. I hear he’s ill and W. Bush was the perfect guy after 9/11. Let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

AYNBLAND on January 11, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Look for Rubio to get a ¡La Jebita! bounce from this in NH, just like Trump got one in IA after ¡La Jebita! “attacked” him there.

Magicjava on January 11, 2016 at 9:37 PM

I actually think this is a good ad for Jeb … as far trying to appeal to the establishment / pro-amnesty crowd. All the more power to Jeb, since he’s at the bottom now. “Leading from the bottom.” Lol.

anotherJoe on January 11, 2016 at 9:39 PM

Wait, wait, wait a second, though. Is this ad really about scolding Rubio for supporting amnesty? Not at all, says Right to Rise chief Mike Murphy. It’s about scolding Rubio for being a flip-flopper on immigration. “Jeb Bush is a leader,” says Murphy. “You know where he stands.” Laying aside the fact that it’s not clear why conservatives should prefer someone who’s resolutely pro-amnesty to someone who tacks right under political pressure (wouldn’t the flip-flopper be easier for border hawks to influence as president?), it’s simply not true that Jeb has been a model of consistency on immigration. Follow the timeline:

Condensed version: Rino v Rino throwing poo at eachother through the same Super PAC Right To Rise dot org.

Heh. Bit*ch slapping your ally is so pase’ it’s also pathetic.

Key West Reader on January 11, 2016 at 9:42 PM

I agree it’s moronic for Jeb to go this way but his father is a great man. I hear he’s ill and W. Bush was the perfect guy after 9/11. Let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

AYNBLAND on January 11, 2016 at 9:36 PM

I still think ALL the bushes are jackasses and they can rot in hell as far I’m concerned. Jeb always “yapping” about how Trump will destroy the GOP. It was George SR and W that screwed the GOP

rik on January 11, 2016 at 9:42 PM

Right To Rise Super PAC is running concurrent ads with Murky Rubio and Yeb Boosh… Seriously, this is the time to read the small print.

Key West Reader on January 11, 2016 at 9:43 PM

Man, who comes up with these ads?

What are they, 8yrs old?

I would be embarrassed.

Barred on January 11, 2016 at 9:43 PM

I agree it’s moronic for Jeb to go this way but his father is a great man. I hear he’s ill and W. Bush was the perfect guy after 9/11. Let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

AYNBLAND on January 11, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Jeb’s father was a piece of garbage of a president. “No new taxes”, my arse. Rumors have it that Barbara was calling the shots.

Rix on January 11, 2016 at 9:45 PM

Jeb is rewarding his professional handlers by letting them pee away the money and they get kickbacks on placing the ads.

they lie on January 11, 2016 at 9:46 PM

Jeb’s father was a piece of garbage of a president. “No new taxes”, my arse. Rumors have it that Barbara was calling the shots.

Rix on January 11, 2016 at 9:45 PM

He took RR third term and threw it in the shitter

rik on January 11, 2016 at 9:49 PM

He took RR third term and threw it in the shitter

rik on January 11, 2016 at 9:49 PM

“A thousand points of light”.. to new taxes.

Key West Reader on January 11, 2016 at 9:52 PM

W. Bush was the perfect guy after 9/11. Let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

AYNBLAND on January 11, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Yeah. Dubya did a fantastic job in Afghanastan and Iraq.

What color is the sky in your world?

Magicjava on January 11, 2016 at 9:54 PM

The pot calling the kettle…Bush (league). This is a problem with governing…throwing good money after bad…and it’s OUR money.

nuclearoptional on January 11, 2016 at 9:55 PM

Don’t Jeb!’s super Pacs realize the real threat to Jeb!’s candidacy is Kasich? How about some Kasich attack ads?

talkingpoints on January 11, 2016 at 9:55 PM

W. Bush was the perfect guy after 9/11. Let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

AYNBLAND on January 11, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Yeah. Dubya did a fantastic job in Afghanastan and Iraq.

What color is the sky in your world?

Magicjava on January 11, 2016 at 9:54 PM

Yeah, he did. We won both wars until Obama bleeped it up. Your Trumpers are like a bunch of Daily Kos Kidz. Liberal and certified nuts.

AYNBLAND on January 11, 2016 at 9:56 PM

Yeah, he did. We won both wars until Obama bleeped it up. Your Trumpers are like a bunch of Daily Kos Kidz. Liberal and certified nuts.

AYNBLAND on January 11, 2016 at 9:56 PM

You have the number 1 qualification for being a Bushie. Having your head up your ass

rik on January 11, 2016 at 9:59 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA!!!111!!11

DFCtomm on January 11, 2016 at 10:00 PM

Any one seen canopor?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 11, 2016 at 10:01 PM

Yeah, he did. We won both wars until Obama bleeped it up. Your Trumpers are like a bunch of Daily Kos Kidz. Liberal and certified nuts.

AYNBLAND on January 11, 2016 at 9:56 PM

Yeah you’re right. Bush left office with the Taliban still in effective control of the country, it’s drug trade surging, Osama bin Laden still alive, and Iraq turned into an unstable puppet government that strengthened Iran, and provided training grounds for al-Quada. All at the low, low cost of thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars.

I ask again, what color is the sky in your world?

Magicjava on January 11, 2016 at 10:01 PM

Yeah, he did. We won both wars until Obama bleeped it up. Your Trumpers are like a bunch of Daily Kos Kidz. Liberal and certified nuts.

AYNBLAND on January 11, 2016 at 9:56 PM

Would you rather we were GOPe Republicans? The bland leading the bland?

nuclearoptional on January 11, 2016 at 10:01 PM

Yeah, he did. We won both wars until Obama bleeped it up. Your Trumpers are like a bunch of Daily Kos Kidz. Liberal and certified nuts.

AYNBLAND on January 11, 2016 at 9:56 PM

We won both wars handily as everybody knew we would, but what we didn’t win was the occupation. Spent Trillions, and too many lives, and now it’s as if we were never there, other than the fact that it’s worse. But don’t blame Obama since it’s impossible to fight a war against something you’re afraid to name, and that went for Bush same as Obama.

DFCtomm on January 11, 2016 at 10:02 PM

We won both wars handily as everybody knew we would, but what we didn’t win was the occupation. Spent Trillions, and too many lives, and now it’s as if we were never there, other than the fact that it’s worse. But don’t blame Obama since it’s impossible to fight a war against something you’re afraid to name, and that went for Bush same as Obama.

DFCtomm on January 11, 2016 at 10:02 PM

“making the reservation is the easy part, it’s holding the reservation thats important” Seinfeld

There is no winning wars in the ME

rik on January 11, 2016 at 10:06 PM

yeb es loco

Sean el Chapo Penn is a total commie rat bastid.

Piker Chumps can’t beat Trump

SpongePuppy on January 11, 2016 at 10:07 PM

There is no winning wars in the ME

rik on January 11, 2016 at 10:06 PM

Winning a war in the Middle East is easy. Just make your enemy very, very afraid of you. So afraid that he would soil his pants when seeing your shadow. Repeat that every generation, and in about a century the victory will be yours for good.

Rix on January 11, 2016 at 10:15 PM

Winning a war in the Middle East is easy. Just make your enemy very, very afraid of you. So afraid that he would soil his pants when seeing your shadow. Repeat that every generation, and in about a century the victory will be yours for good.

Rix on January 11, 2016 at 10:15 PM

Zayn vort zol zayn a shtekn, volt men zikh nit getort onshparn.

rik on January 11, 2016 at 10:19 PM

And Jeb! can’t figure out why his rating is in the crapper.

TimBuk3 on January 11, 2016 at 10:30 PM

Man, who comes up with these ads?

What are they, 8yrs old?

I would be embarrassed.

Barred on January 11, 2016 at 9:43 PM

The GOPe literally thinks we get our marching orders from a few wacko birds somewhere, instead of being perfectly capable of analyzing things in more detail than they ever do.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 11, 2016 at 10:57 PM

He’s not getting hit over amnesty. He’s getting hit over inconsistency.

Zenji on January 11, 2016 at 11:17 PM

Just as Charles Dickens was paid for his writings by the word, Mike Murphy must be getting paid by the number of seconds per video ad or the number of clicks per video or image uplink, without any concern on whether the ad is good or not. Between this and the billboard, it’s almost as if Murphy’s trolling Jeb! with his own SuperPAC money.

jon1979 on January 11, 2016 at 11:26 PM

I’ve seen a few Right to Rise ads in SW Ohio recently. They’re childish, and they remind me of as that political hacks run against opponents to win a state legislator’s race. Pathetic.

BuckeyeSam on January 11, 2016 at 11:28 PM

Compare.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY15n-abbV4Na6SBx8zwtiw

BuckeyeSam on January 11, 2016 at 11:30 PM

“Marco Rubio is unhinged.” -Jeb Bush

Flange on January 11, 2016 at 11:34 PM

Compare.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY15n-abbV4Na6SBx8zwtiw

BuckeyeSam on January 11, 2016 at 11:30 PM

Beautiful.

I think the GOPe actually has no idea how intellectually and morally bankrupt they are. No idea of the damage they’ve done to this country and her citizens.

I can’t wait to get rid of them.

Magicjava on January 11, 2016 at 11:47 PM

…wow!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 12, 2016 at 12:27 AM

What’s really pathetic about this ad is that it’s a scene-for-scene ripoff of this 1968 Hubert Humphrey tv commercial

bgoldman on January 12, 2016 at 12:46 AM

He’s not getting hit over amnesty. He’s getting hit over inconsistency.

Zenji on January 11, 2016 at 11:17 PM

It’s true that ¡Jeb! isn’t a flip-flopper like Rubio.

He’s a consistent loser.

Younggod on January 12, 2016 at 12:54 AM

What’s really pathetic about this ad is that it’s a scene-for-scene ripoff of this 1968 Hubert Humphrey tv commercial

bgoldman on January 12, 2016 at 12:46 AM

good catch

Younggod on January 12, 2016 at 12:57 AM

VERY appropriate — the Yeb Train.

The ad reminded me of the “Death Trains” carrying Central American “refugees” across Mexico to the U.S. border, as invited and facilitated by Obama and EVERYONE ELSE merely TALKING about amnesty in any shape or form, and as APPLAUDED by our embassy in Mexico City when Mexico announced its transient visa so Central Americans could transit (not remain in) Mexico on their way to The Promised Land.

fred5678 on January 12, 2016 at 4:21 AM

TRUMP IS FOR AMNESTY. He wants them to leave, then return fully legalized.
TRUMP IS FOR AMNESTY. He wants them to leave, then return fully legalized.

TRUMP IS FOR AMNESTY. He wants them to leave, then return fully legalized.
TRUMP IS FOR AMNESTY. He wants them to leave, then return fully legalized.

TRUMP IS FOR AMNESTY. He wants them to leave, then return fully legalized.
TRUMP IS FOR AMNESTY. He wants them to leave, then return fully legalized.

TRUMP IS FOR AMNESTY. He wants them to leave, then return fully legalized.
TRUMP IS FOR AMNESTY. He wants them to leave, then return fully legalized.

TRUMP IS FOR AMNESTY. He wants them to leave, then return fully legalized.
TRUMP IS FOR AMNESTY. He wants them to leave, then return fully legalized.

Now will any Trump supporter actually get it with me repeating it so strongly? I sincerely doubt it.

Ted Cruz has been consistent on the issue. He fought amnesty, without him Rubio would have won and we would have a swarm of illegals.

OregonPolitician on January 12, 2016 at 5:13 AM

TRUMP IS FOR AMNESTY. He wants them to leave, then return fully legalized.
OregonPolitician on January 12, 2016 at 5:13 AM

My first thought is “Thank God the blink tag is extinct.”

Secondly, legal immigration isn’t amnesty, it’s legal immigration. There are quotas on how many are allowed to come in as well as checks on the character of those coming in.

As far as I know, no candidate or voter is calling for an end to legal immigration.

Magicjava on January 12, 2016 at 5:25 AM

“Unless you can tell me that every one of our kids and grandkids will have four, five kids — if you can promise me that … there is no way … that we can grow over a sustained period of time,” he said.

So.
The whole immigration policy of the Republican Establishment revolves around making sure the Big Dogs of the plutocracy continue to have plenty of chickens in their front yards pecking for groats eh? It’s not about Love and Compassion or any of that other crapola being fed to the rubes; it’s all about keeping the factories humming. The common people are simply barnyard animals to folks like JEB!

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free
But you’re still fu*king peasants as far as I can see.

jbspry on January 12, 2016 at 5:33 AM

pathetic

cmsinaz on January 12, 2016 at 6:25 AM

Now will any Trump supporter actually get it with me repeating it so strongly? I sincerely doubt it.

OregonPolitician on January 12, 2016 at 5:13 AM

Yes, writing the same thing over and over makes it true.

Too funny.

Look, I’ll vote for Cruz if he’s the nominee, but pretending he’s been consistent on illegals is completely dishonest. Cruz was for amnesty before being forced to the right by Trump.

You don’t persuade people with dishonesty.

Monkeytoe on January 12, 2016 at 7:49 AM

Attack dog bites off own tail.

Next thing you know we’ll all discover that Donald Trump was born to a Puerto Rican mother and South African father on an Air France jet bound for New Zealand over Australian airspace. A couple of days later they managed to get him a fake birth certificate in Hawaii. His presumptive parents actually adopted him after his birth parents were deported. LOL

s1im on January 12, 2016 at 3:20 PM