Here we go: George W. Bush cuts ad for Jeb’s Super PAC, will campaign for him in South Carolina

posted at 8:41 pm on February 4, 2016 by Allahpundit

A good point from my pal Karl: Does anyone think Right to Rise, which is barred by law from coordinating with Jeb’s campaign, recruited Jeb’s former-president brother for an ad without the approval of Bush 2016? You don’t roll George W. Bush into the middle of a TV ad war as a last-minute surprise for Jeb and his strategists.

Now witness the power of this fully armed and operational battle station:

“The first job of the president is to protect America. The next president must be prepared to lead. I know Jeb. I know his good heart and his strong backbone,” Bush says in the 30-second Right to Rise spot, which spotlights the former president speaking directly to the camera.

“Jeb will unite our country. He knows how to bring the world together against terror. He knows when tough measures must be taken,” Bush adds. “Experience and judgment count in the Oval Office. Jeb Bush is a leader who will keep our country safe.”

The TV commercial is set to begin running on Friday in South Carolina, according to a media buying source. The former president is also expected to hit the campaign trail in the state ahead of its Feb. 20 primary.

Indeed he is:

At a dinner of roughly 300 Morgan Stanley executives on Wednesday evening in New York, President George W. Bush told the crowd that he was looking forward to campaigning for his brother in South Carolina according to two people briefed on his remarks.

The Bush campaign, said others briefed on its thinking, is aiming to have the former president on the ground in South Carolina a few days after the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9.

“I’m a Bush and I’m proud of it,” Jeb told voters in New Hampshire yesterday, which no doubt is true but which he’d be keeping to himself if he was 10 points up and not in desperate need of a game-changer before Tuesday’s vote. He started running an ad with Barbara Bush two weeks ago, but most New Hampshire polls since then still have him stuck in high single digits. Then again, an endorsement from Dubya is different from one by Barbara, not only in terms of name recognition but in effect. Barbara showing up for Jeb is pure branding — “buy Bush political products!” — whereas many Republican voters, including many who are still under 40, personally invested themselves in Dubya with votes and contributions. Jeb’s not going to win South Carolina because of him, but I’ll bet every voter there with a TV set looks up from whatever they’re doing when they hear that familiar voice come through the speakers. In the highly, highly, highly unlikely event that Jeb ends up as nominee, Democrats will use this ad to batter him in the general election. But (a) they’re going to batter him over George’s record no matter what, (b) more Americans view George positively at this point than view him negatively, and (c) worrying about the general election now is like worrying about the championship game when you’re down three TDs in the fourth quarter of the semifinal.

In fact, Team Jeb has been thinking of deploying Dubya in South Carolina since at least early October. I stand by what I wrote at the time, that the main thing George does for Bush is lend him a bit of stature. Months of “low energy” attacks by Trump, followed now by Rubio’s rise, have turned Jeb into the race’s most famous beta male, a spot a family full of presidents isn’t used to occupying. It’s time to go alpha. That’s where Dubya comes in. The other significance of this, of course, is that it signals Jeb’s going to battle Rubio in SC no matter what happens in New Hampshire, which even Bush supporters like Lindsey Graham think is a bad idea. Putting Dubya on TV and on the trail is as much a signal to Jeb’s donors as it is to local voters. The message, obviously, is loyalty: If George W’s not giving up on Jeb, the Bush family network had better not give up either by switching to Rubio. Not all of them will listen, but enough might to hold Rubio down just enough to enable a Trump or Cruz win in the state. What an … interesting legacy that would be for the Bush dynasty as it comes to an end. Especially since Rubio, arguably even more so than Jeb, is the last best hope of Bush-style conservatism this election.

Here’s the ad, following by a new spot from Rubio’s Super PAC showing Right to Rise that they know how to do attack ads too.



Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

¡Jeb! trying to stop Rubio is a very noble goal.

Perhaps I misjudged ¡Jeb!.

Redstone on February 4, 2016 at 8:42 PM

Smell the desperation!

Seriously. When is Jeb! going to give up?

Serious Drivel on February 4, 2016 at 8:43 PM

This will only sully W…..and thats too bad.

dmann on February 4, 2016 at 8:44 PM

Dang. This makes me sad. I worry about how that family is going to handle it when George H. and Barbara pass.

BettyRuth on February 4, 2016 at 8:46 PM

Will “W” be using Saudi Money?

VorDaj on February 4, 2016 at 8:46 PM

War war war we can go to war why not I did it to finish what muh daddy started and I made sher dat sadumm hoooosayn got wupped a good un so if we send in my brudda jebbyclown, oh, sorry, Yebbyclowm maybe we can get the entare world sucked into a giant war and Jesus can finally come back, cuz damn, I needs me some Jesus.

-Georgie for Yebby.

Andy__B on February 4, 2016 at 8:47 PM

I would not expect a brother to do otherwise. Good luck with it but I doubt it makes a difference. Jeb aint W.

Captain Kirock on February 4, 2016 at 8:47 PM

Where’s Jeb! begging for applause?

rbj on February 4, 2016 at 8:47 PM

Islam is a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. It’s a faith that has made brothers and sisters of every race. It’s a faith based upon love, not hate. Mohammad’s word has guided billions of believers across the centuries, and those believers built a culture of learning and literature and science. All the world continues to benefit from this faith and its achievements. The Islam that we know is a faith devoted to the worship of one God, as revealed through The Holy Qur’an. It teaches the value and the importance of charity, mercy, and peace.
– George W. Bush !!!

VorDaj on February 4, 2016 at 8:49 PM

¡Jeb! trying to stop Rubio is a very noble goal.

Perhaps I misjudged ¡Jeb!.

Redstone on February 4, 2016 at 8:42 PM

Go ¡Jeb!

He needs to stop #CocoRubio

TheMadHessian on February 4, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Oh. A President with a “good heart”? How novel and compassionate!

Jedditelol on February 4, 2016 at 8:50 PM

VorDaj on February 4, 2016 at 8:46 PM

Me thinks its preferable to Shi’a money

dmann on February 4, 2016 at 8:50 PM

So is George II going to tell the voters that Prince Jebo loves Islam too?

VorDaj on February 4, 2016 at 8:51 PM

I still consider Dubya a good man, more class in his pinkies than Dog Eater and Killary have in their entire bodies combined.

El Jeb is his brother, of course Dubya will stump for him.

Bishop on February 4, 2016 at 8:52 PM

Me thinks its preferable to Shi’a money

dmann on February 4, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Not really.

VorDaj on February 4, 2016 at 8:52 PM

Evidently decisions were made to let Dubya out of the basement artist studio and let him attempt to pimp !jeb. Pathetic.

Mr. Arrogant on February 4, 2016 at 8:52 PM

Ben Carson says this video is a bunch of crap!

TheMadHessian on February 4, 2016 at 8:52 PM

Trump and Cruz busy attacking one another, while Jeb makes his move on Rubio? Didn’t see that coming.

Christien on February 4, 2016 at 8:54 PM

Yeah, fighter jets and the WoT. That’s what what the electorate wants, a GWB foreign policy redo. Talk about tone deaf.

lowandslow on February 4, 2016 at 8:54 PM

…W!!!!!!…why didn’t you mention illegal immigration in your ad?

JugEarsButtHurt on February 4, 2016 at 8:54 PM

VorDaj on February 4, 2016 at 8:52 PM

The Saudis suited up – strapped in – and died with us.

dmann on February 4, 2016 at 8:55 PM

Trump and Cruz busy attacking one another, while Jeb makes his move on Rubio? Didn’t see that coming.

Christien on February 4, 2016 at 8:54 PM

The hand of Ishmael Cruz will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him.

VorDaj on February 4, 2016 at 8:57 PM

“Gimme a hand here W…..”

(pause)

“Without “the finger”!”

viking01 on February 4, 2016 at 8:58 PM

Electing Lindsay Graham cycle after cycle, W’s campaigning deemed positive… Someone please check tap water in South Carolina for contaminants.

Rix on February 4, 2016 at 9:00 PM

The Saudis suited up – strapped in – and died with us.

dmann on February 4, 2016

The more of them who died, the better.

They furnished 3/4 of the 9/11 mass murderers.

They stone women to death for being raped.

They pay for a good number of the most hatefull Mosques in America and Europe.

If they were to get their way, the whole world would be living under the worst form of Shariah law.

Like I said, the more of them who died, the better. They should all die.

VorDaj on February 4, 2016 at 9:01 PM

Smell the desperation!

Seriously. When is Jeb! going to give up?

Serious Drivel on February 4, 2016 at 8:43 PM

Amen! I like W and Jeb seems like a nice guy but this is painful to watch. Either I am missing something or Jeb’s chance of winning the nomination is about the same as him getting struck by lightning once each day for a week.

tej on February 4, 2016 at 9:02 PM

Sorry, Mr. Bush, you are a decent man but this is not your family’s time.

WestVirginiaRebel on February 4, 2016 at 9:05 PM

Go away George W. Bush. You got thousands of American troops killed and thousands more missing one or more limbs and spent trillions of dollars for nothing achieved in Muslim Land remotely worth the price. Just go away.

VorDaj on February 4, 2016 at 9:08 PM

Hey, I want !Jeb in attacking Rubio.

At least thru South Carolina….

Barred on February 4, 2016 at 9:09 PM

Rubio is standing in your way, Jeb. Stay focused…

d1carter on February 4, 2016 at 9:11 PM

Twitchy has a nice run on the sad state of a JEB! townhall. Real disaster, worse than “Please clap!”

tdarrington on February 4, 2016 at 9:12 PM

VorDaj on February 4, 2016 at 9:01 PM

LUKE 23:34

dmann on February 4, 2016 at 9:12 PM

Jeb is a nice guy. But in the current situation we need someone who’s not a nice guy. We need some one who is going to be nasty to our enemies both foreign and domestic. But put lipstick on that ogre. Cruz can do that, Trump can’t.

rbj on February 4, 2016 at 9:12 PM

Very weak ad by W.

paul1149 on February 4, 2016 at 9:14 PM

Who?

Indiana Jim on February 4, 2016 at 9:16 PM

I still consider Dubya a good man, more class in his pinkies than Dog Eater and Killary have in their entire bodies combined.

Definitely. Was probably the most genuine, decent human being we had as a president in 100 years. I would be happy to call him my friend if I knew him. But…he and his father are progressives, and his brother will be no different.

I cant wait for 24 when Chelsea Clinton and Tito Bush go for the nom.

tdarrington on February 4, 2016 at 9:16 PM

A little bit too late. Glad to see W looking well.

I’m still a “no Bush” vote.

CoffeeLover on February 4, 2016 at 9:18 PM

rbj on February 4, 2016 at 9:12 PM

For a second there, I thought you were ramping to a Trump endorsement.

People confuse Trump’s angry rantings for policy. Yes he sounds angry, yes he says he will fix things, but there is no substance behind it.

All thrust, no vector.

tdarrington on February 4, 2016 at 9:19 PM

This will only sully W…..and thats too bad.

dmann on February 4, 2016 at 8:44 PM

He did it to himself. He was another Big Government disaster.

alanstern on February 4, 2016 at 9:21 PM

Can’t knock “W” for sticking up for his Brother…

… Regardless of his ideology.

Seven Percent Solution on February 4, 2016 at 9:22 PM

All thrust, no vector.

tdarrington on February 4, 2016 at 9:19 PM

….and sometimes a brick does fly….

dmann on February 4, 2016 at 9:22 PM

The Bush’s are sometimes very out of touch. This is one of those times.

You can think of this as Jeb’s “Sarah Palin” endorsement.

It just shows that the Bush’s believe they are more important than the country, and they think we are stupid.

Does anyone forget what a disaster GW Bush ended up being? Outside of acting like a guy who loves his country, which has been overvalued recently, as it should really be a “given” for a President, but obviously isnt. He bailed out banks, expanded government more than any President prior, and tried to sneak through amnesty….just for starters.

Sure, Obama has proven we could do much worse….but taking advice from a President who got as much wrong as he got right, seems a bit insane.

Not to mention, the first Bush Presidency.

This family always blows it in the big chair which leads to big progressive Presidencies that hurt the country. If not for Bush’s, there is no Clinton (or Hillary Clinton) and no Obama.

GW Bush having the ill sense to stay away from the race just put a fork in my respect for him.

He wont say squat about Obama but he will come running for nepotism in a GOP primary in which its obvious Jeb is not in the top 5 best candidates.

This should be the nail in Jeb’s campaign. The fact that some consultant getting paid millions thought this was smart, makes me want that job. Its obviously not merit based.

Friggin Bush’s

alecj on February 4, 2016 at 9:23 PM

Thanks, but no thanks. Not interested in voting for another Bush

lineholder on February 4, 2016 at 9:23 PM

You know we do get it, Jeb Bush wants to be President. We just don’t care.

Actually, I have been thinking. If Trump can team up with Carson to get the nasty Cruz out… that will be a true public service.

If Rubio can’t beat Trump fair and square, I’ll vote for Trump. Just for helping get Ted the cheat out of the race.

petunia on February 4, 2016 at 9:24 PM

This is just so sad. Definitely understandable, but so sad.

Aizen on February 4, 2016 at 9:24 PM

All thrust, no vector.

tdarrington on February 4, 2016 at 9:19 PM

Especially if you don’t pay attention, or even bother to read what he put on his website. I’m not saying it’s perfect, but it IS there.

Andy__B on February 4, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Seriously. When is Jeb! going to give up?

Serious Drivel on February 4, 2016 at 8:43 PM

“The Jeb Bush always triumphs! Come back and get what’s coming to you! I’m invincible!”

King Arthur: “You’re a looney.”

viking01 on February 4, 2016 at 9:25 PM

Decent dude. But theres no gettin around the fact that his second term gave us Obola. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it….

Indiana Jim on February 4, 2016 at 9:25 PM

O/T: Sanders is killing HiLarry! on the debate stage. She is getting shriller by the second. I don’t know how much longer I can last, though… it’s repetitive when you have two old folks on the stage:
Bernie: “Hillary Clinton is the establishment!”
HiLarry!: “I am not!”
.
I think HiLarry! just had her dentures come loose. Sheesh.

ExpressoBold on February 4, 2016 at 9:27 PM

Jeb, talking about his position on illegal immigration, said that sometimes you have to lose the primary to win the general – so why is he now trying to win the primary ? Go ahead and lose it, Jeb, like you said you could. Then show us how you win the general. I’d really like you to show us how to do that.

jaime on February 4, 2016 at 9:28 PM

George W. Bush cuts ad for Jeb’s Super PAC, will campaign for him in South Carolina

So…he was too “dignified” as a former president to speak out against all the nonsense coming out of Obama for the last seven fun-filled years, but he’ll appear on a campaign ad for his little brother.

That’s just ducky.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 4, 2016 at 9:32 PM

Jeb! implied his mom was a child abuser at a townhall….

Said he likes to read the labels in the supermarket….

tdarrington on February 4, 2016 at 9:33 PM

Still waiting for Jeb to suspend Rubio’s campaign.

Christien on February 4, 2016 at 9:33 PM

Still waiting for Jeb to suspend Rubio’s campaign.

Christien on February 4, 2016 at 9:33 PM

Shrillary plans to “suspend” Crazy Bernie’s campaign… if she can’t coin flip NH.

viking01 on February 4, 2016 at 9:36 PM

alanstern on February 4, 2016 at 9:21 PM

Charity.? Who and how much….someone is always pi$$ed off.

dmann on February 4, 2016 at 9:40 PM

Islam is a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. It’s a faith that has made brothers and sisters of every race. It’s a faith based upon love, not hate. Mohammad’s word has guided billions of believers across the centuries, and those believers built a culture of learning and literature and science. All the world continues to benefit from this faith and its achievements. The Islam that we know is a faith devoted to the worship of one God, as revealed through The Holy Qur’an. It teaches the value and the importance of charity, mercy, and peace.
– George W. Bush !!!

VorDaj on February 4, 2016 at 8:49 PM

I don’t think some of em got the concept of “act right”.

arnold ziffel on February 4, 2016 at 9:50 PM

The best news of the night!

mjbrooks3 on February 4, 2016 at 10:07 PM

If Carter can endorse Trump then why not.

Deadeye on February 4, 2016 at 10:10 PM

So…he was too “dignified” as a former president to speak out against all the nonsense coming out of Obama for the last seven fun-filled years, but he’ll appear on a campaign ad for his little brother.

That’s just ducky.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 4, 2016 at 9:32 PM

Geez Edith, you slammed that one. Caught me by surprise. Yep, Pop and GW hold their mud while B Clinton shoots out shit bombs and a sitting president is plum nasty blaming everyone but himself.

arnold ziffel on February 4, 2016 at 10:11 PM

At least GW cant go all nucular again and misunderestimate rat ears by endorsing HIM…..

Indiana Jim on February 4, 2016 at 10:14 PM

Obama blames EVERYTHING on GW, LITERALLY!! Lol!! GW is like the kevin bacon character in Animal House….”thank you sir , may i have another”…….milquetoast somebiatch…..

Indiana Jim on February 4, 2016 at 10:28 PM

The first job of the president is to protect America.

Which is why my biggest criticism of George W. Bush is that he didn’t start building walls and other border protection methods on both our northern and southern borders on September 12, 2001.

ITguy on February 4, 2016 at 10:31 PM

Shrillary plans to “suspend” Crazy Bernie’s campaign… if she can’t coin flip NH.

viking01 on February 4, 2016 at 9:36 PM

HA! I can definitely see her making him an offer he cannot refuse.

Christien on February 4, 2016 at 11:18 PM

LOL…So Jeb’s new strategery is to use “the decider”? Say one thing for that boy he’s a glutton for punishment.

bluesdoc70 on February 5, 2016 at 12:39 AM

Mom says I’m cool!

DarthBrooks on February 5, 2016 at 1:43 AM

Jeb’s inability to change his pro-amnesty and global positions led to his downfall. That shows you how important it is to his backers.

darwin on February 5, 2016 at 8:33 AM