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Jeb Bush May Have Learned Something

Posted by V the K at 2:54 pm - July 12, 2016.
Filed under: Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush was interviewed yesterday and actually might just have learned something from the experience of being beaten by a Tang-Haired Angry Clown.

NICOLLE WALLACE: Did we — I mean, it can’t all be on Trump. Our voters wanted something else. Did we stop talking to them? Did we stop understanding them?

JEB BUSH: They’re– the difference is– no, I don’t think so. I think the difference is people don’t believe anything anybody says anymore.

Well, yeah, because politicians have been promising to secure the border for 30 years, and done nothing. Because politicians claim trade deals are always good for America, yet ever since NAFTA and normalization of trade with China, middle class incomes have either stagnated or declined. Because politicians promise to do to the will of the people, but instead enact the will of the cronies and interest groups.

The voters have internalized that politicians are lying to them. They’re willing to take a chance that an outsider — even a shifty con-man — might not be lying to them. At least, not about everything.

Where Jeb Went Wrong

Posted by V the K at 9:58 am - January 19, 2016.
Filed under: Jeb Bush

When posting about Jeb Bush, the first question is, ‘Does anyone even care?’ But, still…

IMHO Jeb had two fatal problems, and they were closely intertwined. The first and most obvious was, on key issues like Amnesty and Common Core, he was simply way to the left of the mainstream Republican voter. Jeb’s wealth and family connections insulate him from the consequences of mass immigration and bad public schools; he really doesn’t have skin-in-the-game on those issues and can’t relate to those who do.

The second is his inauthenticity. Jeb tried to run as a conservative and nobody bought it. Jeb has always been a Big Gov moderate like his dad and his brother. People who are insulated from the negative consequences of progressive, big government policies tend to favor them. Jeb Bush has always been a creature of the political establishment — that part of the GOP that has more in common with their Democrat counterparts than with the people who vote Republican. These are the guys who are always happy to compromise (i.e. capitulate) in the interest of “bipartisanship” and “showing the American people we can work together.” He even gave Hillary a medal, for Set’s sake.

If Jeb had run as the Big Government moderate he really is, in his heart of hearts, he would at least have consolidated the Establishment Moderate vote behind him. But by trying to pass as conservative, he only succeeds in alienating both wings. All of the really expensive video mailers in the world won’t help an inauthentic politician who is out of touch with his voters.

It takes the complicity of the entire national media to pull that off.

The Bush Campaign’s Contempt for Voters Revealed; Misgivings About Marco Rubio

Posted by V the K at 5:15 pm - October 30, 2015.
Filed under: Jeb Bush,Marco Rubio

If there isn’t one already, there will soon be a Hitler video about the Jeb! campaign. There is definitely a bunker mentality as Mr. Inevitable Dynasty has become Mr. Stuck-in-Single-Digits-While-Donald-Trump-Drinks-His-Milkshake. Recently, the Jeb! camp met with its megadonors (i.e. “Jeb’s Base”) to convince them to keep writing checks because despite Jeb’s low and sinking poll numbers, eventual victory was inevitable. Out of that meeting leaked this slide:


“Voters have ADD” and “Cash matters.”  In two bullets, we have a summary of how the Bushies feel about the voting public, and what is really important to them.

The Bush’s have always projected a sense that they did not see elected office as an opportunity to advance the priorities of the voters; but rather to use powers to drive the public down a path of their choosing, because they knew best by virtue of breeding and education. They are indistinguishable from Democrats in that regard. It’s why I have never warmed to the Bush sense of entitlement about high elected office.


Jeb Bush Loves Big Government, Amnesty, Common Core and NSA Spying

Posted by V the K at 3:47 pm - April 23, 2015.
Filed under: Jeb Bush

The Republican Establishment has never run a more Establishmentier candidate; next he’ll be praising abortion, tax increases, and activist judges. From The Hill.

“I would say the best part of the Obama administration would be his continuance of the protections of the homeland using the big metadata programs,” Bush said in an interview on the Michael Medved radio show.

He lauded the Obama administration for refusing to buckle under pressure from Democrats, civil liberties groups and some Republicans.

Yeah, those crazy whackobirds who don’t think the Government should be spying on American citizens are just crazy whackobirds.

It Sucks to Have So Many Awesome Republican Candidates

Posted by V the K at 10:37 am - April 9, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election,Jeb Bush

Scott Walker is awesome and would make an awesome President.
Ted Cruz is awesome and would make an awesome President.
Rand Paul is awesome and would make an awesome President.

So, you know how this movie ends, right?

The Awesome vote is split three ways, and we get stuck with Jeb.

Amnesty-lovin’, Common Core lovin’, Big Government Lovin’, Domestic Spyin’ Lovin’, Hillary Clinton award-giver, scion of the Republican Establishment… Jeb Bush.

Take it, Morbo.


The Trouble with Jeb

Posted by V the K at 7:32 am - February 27, 2015.
Filed under: Jeb Bush,Post 9-11 America (which has started to list decidedly to port) has a pretty good article on how Hollywood misrepresents poor folks.  Basically, Hollywood has no concept of the money problems faced by real lower income people. In TV and movies, they live the same consequence free lifestyles as the moneyed Hollywood elite; never fretting about a car repair, a reckless expenditure, or a sudden need to travel.

Our political elite is equally as ignorant of how people in the lower three-fifths of the income quintiles live.

Take Jeb Bush for example. (But this is just as true of Hillary, Biden, Obama, or most any other name-brand politician.) Do you think he has ever had to sweat losing his job because his car broke down and he didn’t have the money to fix it? Do you ever think he was kept at night worrying how he was going to make the mortgage payment *and* pay for his kid’s orthodonture? Do you think any of them has ever seen the discount rack at Kohl’s? (Scott Walker has.)  Do you think he’s ever saved money at Food Lion (or as we call it, Nom Kitteh) by buying meat with the orange sticker on it? Or even been inside a Nom Kitteh for that matter?

All the Bushes are Patricians, Gentry with the same view of the American middle class and working class as their openly Progressive Democrat counterparts. They see us as peasants and customers for Government.  “Kinder Gentler Gentler Nation” (Bush 41) “Compassionate Conservatism” (Bush 43) “Right to Rise” (Bush Wannabe) are all the same damn thing; lipstick slogans on the pig of Progressive, Big Government, Rockefeller Republicanism.

It’s why they make no distinction between Americans and illegal immigrants; alike, we are all the peasant class to be ruled over. No one in the Bush family is ever going to lose out on a job because an immigrant will work cheaper; nor are they going to miss out on an educational opportunity because Affirmative Action will favor immigrants, illegal and otherwise. Policies that beggar the working classes only mean more dividends in their portfolios.

And, Ra forbid, Bush somehow manages to become President, he’s only going to surround himself with other clueless 1%er elitists. While I am sure the guy means well, like the rest of the political class, he is so detached and insulated from the consequences of his policy choices that he cannot help but be indifferent to damage he causes.

Questions No One Will Ask Jeb Bush

Posted by V the K at 7:41 am - February 5, 2015.
Filed under: Jeb Bush

The Republican Establishment’s choice for 2016 is standing by his commitment to importing millions of cheap foreign laborers into a country with an anemic economy and record low levels of employment. (Even Gallup admits the Obama unemployment figure is a “big lie”.)

I have a couple of questions for Mr. Bush, that no one is going to ask him.

1. You say that illegally crossing the border is “an act of love.” What about American workers with families, whose jobs are being taken and their wages are being driven down by cheap immigrant labor. Don’t they love their families, too? Don’t they have a right to wages and jobs to support better lives for their families?

2. Does the Republican Party have any credibility on “securing the border” or is it just lip service? You passed a law in 2006 promising to secure the border. Here we are almost ten years later, and you’re still promising to secure the border. You claim the Gang of Eight bill had ‘Tough Border Security’ in it, but all it did was say ‘DHS has two years to come up with a plan to secure the border. And if they don’t come up with a plan, we will appoint a commission to find out why they didn’t come up with a plan.” But legalization happened immediately and regardless of border security. Where do you have any credibility when you promise to secure the border.

Republican Party Doing What it Does Best; Caving to Democrats and Alienating the Base.

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Jeb Bush and Mittens Romney are meeting in Utah this week. These are two incredibly wealthy men, born into wealthy, powerful political dynasties, who have never once had to worry about how to pay a bill in their life. Between the two of them, they represent support for allowing illegal immigrants to take jobs from working Americans, federal control of local school curricula through Common Core, and massive Government regulation to stop ‘Global Warming.’

So, naturally, the party establishment has decided they are ideal to represent the concerns and priorities of the Republican base. Despite what the deranged left claims, every Republican presidential candidate since 1988 has been a Milquetoast Progressive-Moderate chosen by the Party Establishment. And they have lost the popular vote in 5 of those 6 elections. But, hey, they’ve got all the money and power, so there’s not a damn thing we can do about it.

BTW, the GOP elected to majorities in the House and Senate in November have already caved to the Obamacrats on abortion and Amnesty. And it’s still January.

MFM Defends the Conservative Record of … Jeb Bush?

Posted by V the K at 8:40 am - December 8, 2014.
Filed under: Jeb Bush,Post 9-11 America

Conservative Radio host Mark Levin … who has an audience size that is the envy of every working network journalist … described Republican Jeb Bush (who may run for president in 2016) as a “good moderate Democrat.” This did not sit well with with the Mainstream Media, some members of which felt obliged to testify on behalf of Mr. Bush’s conservative bona fides.

Jeb Bush. Not conservative enough. Try as I might, it remains impossible to see these two concepts as even remotely related. John Ellis Bush, the second son of George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Bush, who during his first run for Florida governor in 1994 cheerfully called himself a head-banging conservative, a hang-’em-by-the-neck conservative … who during his second run for Florida governor in 1998 had to craft for himself a more compassionate persona so as not to scare off independent voters … that Jeb Bush has come to be viewed with suspicion by the uber-conservative, Tea Party wing of his Republican Party?

One can conclude from this that… um… the MFM really, really want Jeb Bush to be the Republican nominee against the Hillary in 2016. Because, obviously, they think he will present interesting and thoughtful ideas and provide Americans with a viable alternative to Mrs. Cinton and they will treat him with complete fairness and respect.

And if you believe that, let me tell you about my sister-in-law who made enough to buy a Ferrari working on the internet…

Anyway, I don’t deny that Jeb Bush is more conservative than Hillary or Obama. But he is a Bush, and after three Bush terms, we know how they govern, and we know that… philosophically, at their core, they believe that Government Knows Best and, in that very significant way they are of one mind with the Obamas, the Clintons, the Kennedies, and all the other statists.

Jeb Bush Admires LBJ; Baffled by Opposition to Cheap Foreign Labor Replacing American Workers

Posted by V the K at 10:19 am - May 16, 2014.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election,Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush might just turn out to be the best Democrat candidate for 2016. Speaking to an audience in Florida, Bush expressed admiration for the architect of the Great Society and the Vietnam War.

He vowed to approach the presidency as “master of the Senate,” as biographer Robert Caro described Johnson.

“He went and he cajoled, he begged, he threatened, he loved, he hugged, he did what leaders do, which is they personally get engaged to make something happen,’’ Bush said of Johnson. Bush cited Caro’s latest book about Johnson, The Passage of Power, which covers the first part of Johnson’s presidency.

The wheeling and dealing Johnson loved and relished is what will be needed to pass bills such as immigration regulations. That process is also how government gets expanded and cronyism thrives, as Peter Schweizer’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Institute and directer Stephen K. Bannon documented in “Boomtown.”

Bush also admitted that he’s absolutely clueless as to why Americans don’t want to import millions of units of cheap foreign labor when there are tens of millions of Americans out of work and middle-class wages have been declining.

“For the life of me I have a hard time understanding why people are fearful of our own heritage, our own history,” Bush reportedly said. “The rules are you come to this country, you pursue your dreams, you create value for yourself and your families and others and great things happens to you and to our country. Why would we ignore that at time when we need to restart and rejuvenate our economy? It makes no sense to me.”

Bush seems to believe that American workers don’t want to take care of their families, don’t want to pursue their dreams, and don’t want to participate in the economy.

Political Consultant Thinks Jeb Bush Would Be a Great Republican Candidate

Posted by V the K at 6:17 pm - April 21, 2014.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election,Jeb Bush

The Political Consultant is, of course, a.) a rabid Democrat b.) who is supporting Hillary and c.) has a long list of failed campaigns including working for Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004.

But aside from that, everyone should take Bob Shrum at his word that Bush 3.0 is just the ticket for Republicans in 2016.

Update:  Another Bob… Bob Dole … talks smack about Ted Cruz.

“A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy, Ted Cruz — all running for president now. I don’t think they’ve got enough experience yet,” Dole said.

Dole said Cruz is “way out there” on the extremes of the party and defended his own record.

His own “record” being that of losing to a Democrat in the worst electoral blow-out of a Republican in the last 40 years.

Jeb Bush and the Republican Aristocracy

Posted by V the K at 11:38 am - April 8, 2014.
Filed under: Jeb Bush

I can think of few things as sure to fail as a Jeb Bush presidential campaign in 2016. I suspect Jeb Bush knows this. Not even his own mother wants him to run.  In that light, I kind of suspect that his recent comments on illegal immigration (“Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony; it’s an act of love”) are a form of trolling; injecting asinine commentary into a debate just to stir the pot. But his remarks on immigration and Common Core do help reveal the mindset of the Republican Aristocracy.

[I refuse to call them elites; “elite” implies a meritocracy. Aristocracy implies a group of people united by blood ties, privilege, and inherited wealth hat’s a better description of the Bushes and the rest of the Republican gentry.]

The reason Jeb Bush (and the rest of the Aristocracy) can be so cavalier about illegal immigration is because an influx of millions of illegal immigrants is not going to affect his wealth, status, or comfort. It just means the Country Club pays less for lawn maintenance, and the multinationals in his portfolio can lower labor costs and maximize dividends. No one in the Bush family works as a carpenter, or a roofer, or any other occupation where an illegal will take their job. They don’t attend public schools where resources have been stretched to accommodate a flood of non-English speakers. They are unlikely to have to wait in an emergency room or a welfare office crowded with illegals.

His attitude toward ‘Common Core’ is similarly aligned with the views of an Aristocrat.

“I want to hear their solutions for the hodgepodge of dumbed-down state standards that have created group mediocrity in our schools.”

Get it? Jeb Bush simply believes that he and his class know what’s best for everybody; and those dumb hicks running the states are just too dumb to know what’s best for the children in their states. And if he and the Federal Aristocracy don’t crack the whip, the states will be teaching kids to eat lead paint chips and reading materials will consist of back issues of Hustler and TV Guide. The idea that states, freed of the micromanagement of the Federal bureaucracy, might actually educate their kids better is a foreign concept to a man steeped in privilege.

Both of our parties are run by people long, long out of touch with the concerns, challenges, and capabilities of ordinary working people; which is why, at the end of the day, they both end up supporting the same failed policy formulations; based on the belief that any problem can be managed if enough money is thrown at it, and enough “good people” are put in charge of it.

The idea that the “little people,” left alone and given enough freedom, might be able to work things out on their own without the gilded leadership of the Ivy League aristocracy is an absolutely alien concept to them.

Jeb Bush Says Illegal Immigration is “An Act of Love”

Posted by V the K at 4:58 pm - April 6, 2014.
Filed under: Jeb Bush

The Establishment GOP is really going out of its way to grind my gears this week.

“I’m going to say this and it will be on tape, and so be it. The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because their family’s dad who loves their children was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table, and they wanted to make sure their family was intact. And they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family. Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. it’s kind of — it’s a — it’s an act of love.”

Yeah, well what about 30 Million unemployed Americans who would like to feed and take care of their families but can’t because your illegal amigos are listening to raps and shooting all the jobs?

I just hope to God Bush closed a bridge and caused a traffic jam at some point in his governorship. It’s too much to hope he donated money to an anti-marriage group.

GOP needs to “effectively address” working/middle class concerns

Earlier this morning, caught a good piece from Byron York on why winning the Hispanic vote would not be enough to secure a GOP presidential victory.  Here’s the crucial paragraph:

But here is the real solution. Romney lost because he did not appeal to the millions of Americans who have seen their standard of living decline over the past decades. They’re nervous about the future. When Romney did not address their concerns, they either voted for Obama or didn’t vote at all. If the next Republican candidate can address their concerns effectively, he will win. And, amazingly enough, he’ll win a lot more Hispanic votes in the process. A lot from other groups, too.

Read the whole thing.  Did recall reading something about a year ago on Mitt Romney’s failure to appeal to working class votes disaffected from the incumbent administration.  York is right; the next Republican candidate needs to effectively address their concerns.

Part of the answer, ironically enough (given the premise of York’s piece), lies in a piece Jill Lawrence published last week in the National Journal, a piece on Republicans’ challenges with Hispanic voters.  Lawrence cited a focus group whose participants . . .

liked what they heard about Medicaid, immigration, economics, and education in clips from speeches by some prominent party figures. But the people they listened to—New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush—are unusual in how they talk about these issues and seemed like anomalies to the focus-group participants. (more…)

Jeb Bush gets what Mitt Romney missed
(about conservatism and “economic mobility”)

Readers of this blog know that I have long been a fan of Jeb Bush, having favored the accomplished former Florida Governor as my candidate for 2012 at least since November 2010.

And while it is still too early to start planning for 2016, when you google that good man’s name, look at what comes up:

Our reader Kyle alerted me to an article that shows that Jeb understands an aspect of modern American conservatism that Mitt Romney failed to articulate.  “Jeb Bush,” writes Mark Silva . . .

. . . the former Florida governor who based a political career on school reform, today called for a “restoration” of lost American values and economic mobility based on educational accountability.

With the gap between the impoverished and privileged in the U.S. widening, the solution lies in a regime of school and teacher evaluation, national standards and more “school choice” in alternatives such as charter schools, he said.

“We have these huge gaps in income,” Bush said at the start of a two-day Washington conference sponsored by his Foundation for Excellence in Education, “with people born into poverty who will stay in poverty.” He said: “This ideal of who we are as a nation — it’s going away, it’s leaving us,” adding: “There is one path that can change this course.”

Emphasis added.  Economic mobility, his belief that people born in poverty, reared in dependency, don’t have to stay in that condition and can rise about their circumstances.

It frustrated many Reagan-Kemp conservatives when, right after the Florida primary, Mitt Romney said because of the “safety net,” he wasn’t concerned about the very poor.

Reagan conservatives, however, have long been concerned about the poor because that safety net sometimes traps them in a cycle of dependency.   And we want to create the opportunities that will help them find the means to move up into a better economic situation. (more…)