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Conservative Leaders For Jeb Bush?

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Saturday’s Washington Post gave prominent placement to an article headlined “Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race” that detailed the establishment GOP’s desperate attempt to recruit the former Governor of Florida to run for president.

The article by Philip Rucker and Robert Costa claims that “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.”  

Rucker and Costa then proceed to list exactly zero “conservative leaders” who are actively recruiting Bush to run for President.

They did, however, provide a long list of progressive Republican billionaires and establishment Republican supporters of Mitt Romney, and his disastrous failure in the 2012 presidential campaign, whose views of Jeb Bush were well stated by former Secretary of State and progressive Republican foreign policy guru Henry Kissinger: “He is someone who is experienced, moderate and thoughtful.”

The Washington Post writers then gave some examples of Bush’s recent political activity (remember he left office in 2006) that should give real pause to any conservative activist or Tea Party movement supporter who might be thinking that Bush wouldn’t be too bad.

Bush campaigned for Obama’s go-to Republican Senator, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, against State Rep. Joe Carr, the consensus Senate candidate of the state's Tea Party and limited government constitutional conservatives.

Last spring, Bush hosted a dozen high-profile conservatives, including writers for the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, at a dinner at Washington’s Willard InterContinental Hotel, where he defended Common Core.

During the fight to defund Obamacare Bush called Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire to commend her for opposing the conservatives whose fight to cut spending and defund Obamacare led to the federal government shutdown.

In other words, openly opposing the views of the grassroots conservative activist base of the Republican Party is what Rucker and Costa call “small steps to assert his conservative bona fides.”

Some may be inclined to chalk-up The Washington Post article as another example of the media not knowing anything about conservatives and the conservative movement and thus making the erroneous assumption that all Republicans, including Jeb Bush, are “conservative.”

But we don’t see it that way.

What we see is a steady and well-orchestrated effort to redefine “conservatism” to the left, and thus marginalize as “radical” or “unelectable” any candidate or elected official who subscribes to limited government constitutional conservative principles.

This can only help establishment Republican candidates like Chris Christie and Jeb Bush assert their conservative bona fides.

The Washington Post article was also really quite revealing in defining the civil war in the Republican Party by who it did and didn’t quote.

On one side were the “quote-ees;” the establishment Republican players, billionaire Romney “bundlers,” former ambassadors appointed by Jeb Bush’s father and brother and the prospective ambassadors to be appointed by Jeb if he gains the presidency.

On the other side were the “not-quoted;” the TEA Party activists, conservative movement leaders, limited government advocates and opponents of the surveillance state – including a good chunk of Silicon Valley – who have already seen what two Bush presidencies look like and want no part of another.

As CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie observed in his new book TAKEOVER, due out on April 8, “No matter who else gets in the Republican presidential primaries, Jeb Bush will remain the ‘great white hope’ of the Republican establishment. In addition to supporting all of their major policy goals from Common Core to amnesty for illegal aliens, a Bush candidacy also holds out the hope of millions of dollars in consulting business and lucrative lobbying contracts for a small but powerful coterie of Bush family supporters and acolytes. 

No one else in America, save Hillary Clinton, starts the 2016 political season with a larger Rolodex of Washington insider supporters than does Jeb Bush. A Jeb Bush election as president would ensure that the Republican establishment stays in power for at least another decade, and it would also ensure that, no matter if Jeb or the Democrat wins, Big Government will prevail.”

Click the link to read “Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race” by Philip Rucker and Robert Costa from Saturday’s Washington Post.

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another bush? and I'm a (former) republican...

but consider myself more independent, and never a democrap. I am SO tired of these families each trying to establish a dynasty!

Jeb is NOT Conservative!

In no way is Jeb Bush conservative. He's a RINO. We lived in FL during his governorship - definitely NOT a conservative. But he is part of the inside-the-beltway elitist mentality and the other RINOs like Boehner, Cantor, etc., will welcome him with open arms. Then they can all vote with OWEbama and give in to his every whim as they have continued to do-raise the debt ceiling while skewering Cruz for shutting down the government. The DEMS shut down the government, not Cruz! Only West, Lee, Gowdy, & Cruz have stood strong against the pressure - even from the Senate RINOs: McCain, McConnell, Hatch, Graham, etc. Please, NO Jeb!

Obviously

Just to clarify (because some people comment without even READING the article): This site IS NOT SAYING HE'S CONSERVATIVE. They're saying THE EXACT OPPOSITE. Conservatives DON'T WANT JEB OR ANY OTHER BUSH.