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

October 22nd, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Conservatives trying to stop Obamacare want to prevent these things from happening. Beltway pols might have perceived the very partial government shutdown as a crisis; but to conservatives, Obamacare is the crisis. We resist because if Obamacare is allowed to take root, it will be years before repeal can conceivably occur – in the unlikely event Republicans are both able and inclined to repeal at some future point. In the interim, irreparable harm will be done. That harm is precisely what millions of conservatives elected self-proclaimed anti-Obamacare Republicans to Congress to avoid.

Jeb Bush, to the contrary, says let Obamcare happen. Why? So Republicans can exploit the inevitable pain to win the political argument on repeal – which repeal, he neglects to mention, would happen, at best, at least four years from now, and more likely six or more.

That’s it. That’s the “civil” approach. “We need to start solving problems” by letting the problems happen. We need to find “common ground” by restraining conservatives and ceding all the ground to statists. Sure, the result will wreak havoc on people’s lives, but at least it will be “organic.”

While blasting conservatives who staked out a clear, accountable position that Obamacare has to be stopped now, Bush, like most of the Republican establishment, was vaporous in outlining his own purportedly better strategy:

I think the best way to repeal Obamacare is to have an alternative. We never hear the alternative. We can do this at a much lower cost with improved quality based on our principles, free-market principles.

All right, so what’s Jeb Bush’s alternative? He didn’t say – it’s apparently one of those alternatives “we never hear.” Just some pabulum about doing “this” (presumably, a Washington-driven expansion of health insurance coverage) in some undescribed smarter, less centrally controlled way.

In his few public statements about it, Bush has been mildly critical of Obamacare for its emphasis on access to, rather than the quality of, health care. He said Obamacare compared unfavorably to proposals advanced by Sen. John McCain in the 2008 election to “reward [people] when they make choices that improve health-care outcomes.” To be sure, McCain’s overall health-care platform was superior to Obama’s. Still, it maintained a significant federal government role. More to the point, the Heritage Foundation rightly worried that McCain’s “improve quality” initiatives “could easily become avenues for imposing increasingly prescriptive federal regulation, duplicating existing state regulation, and further undermining personal freedom in health care decisions.”

Beyond the “quality versus access” distinction, Bush has mostly been hard to pin down on health care reform. As the Left-wing Think Progress noted earlier this year, the former governor is said to oppose Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion privately, but he has declined to take a public position on it and, more specifically, on the decision by Florida’s current governor, Republican Rick Scott, to embrace Medicaid expansion. When pressed on the matter by NBC News, Bush said he had been too busy on other things to familiarize himself with “the specifics.”

Jeb Bush has not been in public office for a few years, and the 2016 campaign is still over the horizon. No one should begrudge him the absence of a developed position on what the central government’s role in our health-care system should be. If he is going to criticize the elected officials putting themselves on the line to make the fight against Obamacare, however, he should offer more than risible blather about “common ground.” And he might think about cobbling together something better than a strategy that offers misery now with no realistic prospect of reversing Obamacare for years to come … all the while, finger-wagging about “alternative” reforms without actually offering one.

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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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