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Jeb Bush Joins the Cruz Bashers — Suggests Surrender as ‘Common Ground’

October 22nd, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Fresh from presenting a “liberty medal” to Hillary Clinton on the anniversary of the Benghazi massacre, GOP establishment pillar Jeb Bush dropped in on ABC News over the weekend to bash Ted Cruz and the conservative campaign to stop Obamacare. (Memo to self: Maybe if conservatives called it the campaign to “abort” Obamacare, Beltway Republicans would be less confrontational.)

As if the last 40 years of American history, including the presidential administrations of his father and brother, had never happened, Bush urged that Republicans must:

[W]ith civility, have a dialogue about the bigger, more pressing issues, and try to find common ground. Rather than use each instance of a possible crisis to win a political point. We need to start solving problems….

Does it get any more vapid? Were there two more civil gentlemen on the planet than Presidents Bush 41 and 43? They were none the less savaged by the Left and its media. In opposing socialized medicine (as in other things) Ronald Reagan, too, was a model of civility, as is Sen. Cruz; yet for both rabid attacks were, and have been, the order of the day – coming from both the Left and the Republican establishment.

The press fawns over Democrats who demagogue conservatives as “terrorists” and “hostage-takers,” and over Beltway Republicans who deride conservatives as “wacko-birds” and “tea party hobbits.” Obviously, political strife in modern America has nothing to do with a lack of civility. It owes, instead, to the lack of common ground – not the inability to explore common ground but the non-existence of common ground.

We are not arguing here about the speed-limit on interstate highways or whether the ashy storm-petrel bird rates Endangered Species Act protection. With Obamacare, statists are trying, as President Obama has put it, to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” Conservatives, by contrast, want to conserve the United States as constitutionally founded, which means preserving the individual and economic liberties that statists are effacing. There is no meaningful common ground between these polar opposites.

The statist side is enthusiastically championed by Democrats, and the conservative side by Republicans, albeit more reluctantly. Like the Democratic party, the GOP is run by Washington-oriented politicians and, thus, is more enamored of Washington-centered fiats than is the conservative base whose support Republicans need in order to be politically viable. In the vogue of establishment Republicans, Jeb Bush ostensibly directs his “Can’t we all just get along?” preachments at the Republican-Democrat divide. Clearly, though, as an all-but-formally-announced contender for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nod, he is more vexed by the widening disconnect between Republicans and conservatives.

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I think those who have suggested Bush is considering a '16 run are correct.

It used to be that a candidate made two shifts, politically, seeking the Presidency. First, a shift right (GOP) or left (Dem) to win the primaries and the candidacy, and then a race to the center. The GOP has added a third, a term of "civility" to get the MSM to declare him electable and "the guy the Democrats are really afraid of". See MSM build up of McCain and Romney, after Huntsman would just not catch on. After the MSM gets the GOP candidate they want, i.e., the one that would do the least harm to their agenda, they then turn and savage him on behalf of the Dem nominee.

We have to, must, stop letting the MSM pick the GOP candidate for us.
Look for the Republican getting the most grudging respect, interviews, and concern about being a real threat to the Dems from MSM commentators, editorials, etc., then support someone else.
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JB is attacking his 2016 presidential primary opponent.

I'll vote for Cruz.
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Mr. Bush, the problem is that we have painfully learned that civility in response to intellectual dishonesty is counterproductive in the defense of liberty.

If you had paid attention to how your political opponents treated your brother and your father, you would understand this.
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my best friend's sister makes $73/hr on the internet. She has been out of work for 5 months but last month her paycheck was $15634 just working on the internet for a few hours. he said....www.Bay95.com
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my friend's step-mother makes $76 every hour on the internet. She has been unemployed for 10 months but last month her income was $17168 just working on the internet for a few hours. original site----www.Rush64.ℂom
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90 percent of the Tea Party will gladly vote for Jeb Bush (as the last, best hope of Christian civilization) if the neocons serve him up. It is the 10 percent who stay home that will put Hillary in the White House. Don't get me wrong, if the Republicans try to con the country into another Bush, Hillary deserves the White House.
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" It is the 10 percent who stay home that will put Hillary in the White House. "
Thereby abdicating their responsibilities as citizens- a kind of undocumented alien, parasitic political freeloaders, un-Americans ...
"Hillary deserves the White House"
No one 'deserves' the White House. And she certainly has not earned it.
I will vote for the more conservative of the two major candidates. It is my duty to America to do so.
It might be more fun to play 'Who could the Democrats run that I would vote for over Jeb Bush?'.
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I will be thrilled when the entire Bush clan disappears from public life. Forever.
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I've no idea at all why Jeb Bush is suddenly captain of the cheerleading squad for all things Liberal.

I sure would like to a peek at his bank account.

He obviously has forgotten how savagely the Left abused his father and his brother. Has he also forgotten how savagely the Left attacked him as well during the Florida election debacle?

Is it a natural course of events that Republicans start going all 'Stockholm Syndrome' after so many years of being brutalized?
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There's nothing sudden about it. He's not a conservative, and never has been.

GW is the closest thing to a conservative to come out of the Bush dynasty, and he's not exactly what I'd call a conservative.

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The Bush family is part of the elite ruling class. But we are in the midst of a class struggle, or a cultural one if you prefer, not a political one. In many ways they are fine people- certainly when compared to many I could name. Any of them were/would be competent to run the country (which would be a huge improvement) but they are not the ones to trust to change anything in any meaningful way.
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I've never understood the "go along and get along" attitude of "mainstream"Republicans. What good has it done? As Andrew mentions there were never two more decent, civil and good-natured men in public office than Jeb's father and brother. Yet Bush 41 was riduculed and savaged by the Dems and Bush 43 was usually depicted as something so evil he qualified as the spawn of Cthulu. The kind of reach-across-the-aisle with a smiley-face approach advocated by Jeb is held in complete contempt by the Democrats. As someone said (I think it was Disraeli), the duty of an opposition is to oppose particularly when the programs and initiatives being opposed are as detrimental to the future of the United States as those put forth by the current administration. If Jeb thinks that this "lets all get along" atttitude is going to win him the friendship of the media class he is sadly mistaken.
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Kudos, yet again, to the always brave Andrew McCarthy. A man whose time is far too valuable to be wasted on convincing candy-prat Republicans that the only difference between Bushes and Clintons is that one group suffers from Bimbo eruptions while the other seeks to contain oozings of idiocy. Neither has the situation under control, but that is to be expected when one considers who wears the pantsuits in these outfits. Good work, Andy. Put a nice double Scotch on my tab.
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Jeb, the Billy Carter of the Bush family. Only, the bar has been so lowered that people like him actually get into politics.

Jeb, go make some beer. It'll be a novel feature of note in 20+ years. Or never.
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Should have said "RINO" which is what I meant.
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Since the Bushes own the Republican Party since older Bush was given the VP slot, then president, let Jeb go ahead and be next candidate and the Bushes can pay for the campaign and I'll stay home. I will not give $ or a vote to another Republican.
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"I'll stay home."
The DNC should give out plaques.
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