When the hot air balloon that was to take Chris Christie to the 2016 Republican presidential nomination crashed on the traffic-choked streets of Ft. Lee, New Jersey, the Republican establishment (GOPe) must have panicked. They couldn’t run Bob Dole or John McCain again, and Mitt Romney has already said he didn’t really want to run the first time. They must have immediately started a search for this cycle’s winner of “American RINO.”
That search seems to have led them to Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, younger brother of George W. Bush, and son of George H.W. Bush–the last two Republican presidents.
During his tenure as governor of Florida, Bush was fairly successful and well-liked in spite of the bitterness that followed the Democrats’ failed effort to steal the state’s Electoral College votes for Al Gore. There are many Floridians who think he would have won a third term had he been able to run. Nevertheless, that was then, and this is now. Bush has staked out positions on two major issues that put him on the wrong side of conservative voters.
Jeb Bush has tied himself to Common Core, a school curriculum reform program that, while widespread in its adoption (45 states now have Common Core elements in their k through 12 curriculum), is becoming more and more unpopular by the month.
Bush is also an advocate of amnesty for illegal aliens. Both of these are poison pills that will keep conservatives from voting for him in primaries or the general election should he get that far.
More than this, a March 6th Washington Post survey found that 50% of registered voters would “definitely not vote for him.”
Jeb Bush on a national ticket would be a bright glowing invitation for Democrats to blame him for everything that is wrong with America because “after all, he is a Bush.”
The fact that Jeb Bush is being talked about by the GOPe is a sure indication that the Republican Party is headed for a civil war. The GOPe does not want to relinquish power; but if they had to, they would rather give the White House to Hillary Clinton than a TEA party movement Republican. If the GOPe tries to force Jeb Bush on us, they will be giving us Chuck Schumer and the teacher’s unions’ candidate, and conservatives will stay home. We have done this before, and we will do it again.
The GOPe doesn’t want to accept the fact that a Jeb Bush candidacy is a recipe for another failure. We don’t need another Bob Dole, John McCain, or Mitt Romney. We need a principled conservative we can support.
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