“Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race”
Nope, not an April Fool’s Day joke. I double checked.
This is who the corporatists want: another Bush, a “center-rightest” who has drawn praise from his potential opponent, Hillary Clinton, for his support of nationalizing education through Common Core — and who shares many of the beliefs of the left, be it his constant pandering to identity politics groups, his push for amnesty, and his belief that we need a bigger (albeit more efficient government) to solve our problems.
— Most of which are caused by a bigger and ubiquitously unwieldy, inefficient, and corrupt government. WaPo:
Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.
Concerned that the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal has damaged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political standing and alarmed by the steady rise of Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOP’s brightest hope to win back the White House.
Allow me to interject here. There isn’t a single actual conservative leader who would back Bush. What we have instead is this attempt by Rove, et al., to rebrand “center-rightism” as “conservative,” and to marginalize conservatism and constitutionalism as fringe movements. Not gonna happen.
Bush’s advisers insist that he is not actively exploring a candidacy and will not make a decision until at least the end of this year. But over the past few weeks, Bush has traveled the country delivering policy speeches, campaigning for Republicans ahead of the fall midterm elections, honing messages on income inequality and foreign policy, and cultivating ties with wealthy benefactors — all signals that he is considering a run.
Many if not most of 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s major donors are reaching out to Bush and his confidants with phone calls, e-mails and invitations to meet, according to interviews with 30 senior Republicans. One bundler estimated that the “vast majority” of Romney’s top 100 donors would back Bush in a competitive nomination fight.
“He’s the most desired candidate out there,” said another bundler, Brian Ballard, who sat on the national finance committees for Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008. “Everybody that I know is excited about it.”
And with that glaringly absurd bit of irony, I’ll spare you the rest of the article — although I’m certain that Presidents McCain and Romney would want you to read on.
So. Are you ready for another Bush v Clinton election? I mean, what can be more nostalgic?
Here’s the deal, though. If it happens — and it very well might, although I’d never support either one of these career politicians and ruling class insiders — we should insist that, as part of the bargain, we hit the “reset” button Hillary was always so big on and return spending and debt back to levels identical to the last Bush v Clinton election.
Then I’d be willing to consider it.
Man. Is this country screwed or what?