George W. Bush
Those individuals who openly supported Hillary Clinton by signing the New York Times letter showed themselves to be political opportunists and elitists, not committed limited government constitutional conservatives, and if the Trump team has a blacklist, as far as millions of grassroots conservatives are concerned that’s OK, because their exile should be permanent.
For the Far-Left, the “the Russians hacked the election” fake news story is a twofer. They now have control, through the federal government, of all the state and local election facilities that by their own admission were not hacked, and the Far-Left also benefits because President-elect Trump is being undermined.
We understand Ambassador Dermer’s wish for a future for Muslims that is tolerant and peaceful – it is a view we once shared after traveling extensively in the Islamic world and living among secular Muslims. However, it is a dream that is fast disappearing because the forces of “militant Islam” are not perverting Islam as some have suggested, rather they are following its tenets to the letter.
It appears to us the #NeverTrump cabal had two kinds of members; those who honestly could not bring themselves to support Donald Trump because of his past personal conduct, and those who are actually closer to Hillary Clinton ideologically and opposed Donald Trump because they support amnesty for illegal aliens, open borders, Big Government, a no-win foreign policy or are wilfully blind to the Islamist threat.
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What Trump said in Youngstown was that, unlike Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and George W. Bush he will deploy all of the elements of our national power to defeat not just ISIS and al Qaeda, but the ideology of radical Islam. This is a profound and remarkable change from previous administrations and one that is long overdue.
For many movement conservatives the leading conservative candidate for Vice President in 1980 was Senator Bill Armstrong. However, feeling the need to unite the GOP, Ronald Reagan ultimately chose George H.W. Bush as his running mate, and the rest – including the failed presidencies of George H.W Bush and George W. Bush – is history.
Republican primary voters tend toward primogeniture and they may make a cause out of a closely fought loss, as Nixon’s supporters did over his 1960 loss to John F. Kennedy and Reagan’s conservative supporters did in 1976 after he was denied the Republican nomination, but it appears that general election voters have a higher standard and they will never forgive or look at a sore loser as worthy of the highest office in the land.
Subsidizing prosperous, populous allies and attempting to remake failed states provides little benefit to most Americans, who do the dying and paying. Hillary Clinton’s foreign support actually reinforces Donald Trump’s point: the need for an international policy that advances the interests of the American people.
In purely ideological terms, what primary voters were rejecting when they rejected Marco Rubio was the political synthesis of George W. Bush. Even more than George W. Bush’s own brother, Rubio tried to make himself an heir to Bushism, and to build a bridge between the last Republican administration and the one that he aspired to lead.
The truth is he is a serial flip-flopper who constantly adjusts his position to fit whatever particular conversation he’s having at the moment. If he gets flustered enough, he might actually say what he really thinks which is what happened on Saturday’s debate.
South Carolina Republicans place a lot of value on loyalty. Many have supported the Bush family over the years, and they'll always feel warmly toward any candidate named Bush. But their feelings about Jeb just don't rise to the level of their devotion to W. It's hard to imagine that changing in the few days left before the South Carolina primary.
The difference between Ronald Reagan’s toughness in advocating conservative principles and Trump’s politics of personal invective is that Reagan understood the key to building a winning conservative coalition was addition, not subtraction. Donald Trump clearly lacks Reagan's wisdom and maturity because, after Trump’s toxic behavior in South Carolina, it is going to take more than “The Art of the Deal” to rebuild the Reagan coalition if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president.
Much as the Iowa losers would like to make it otherwise, Hillary Clinton is going to run a smart, technologically savvy, in the moment, ruthless wedge-issue-driven campaign and trying to defeat the Clinton machine using the rules of etiquette as taught at a finishing school for little girls is a sure formula for defeat.
Republicans familiar with George W. Bush's role in his brother's campaign, there's a thriving market for President Obama's predecessor in so-called GOP establishment circles and even other factions of the party.
Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are fading in the polls because the momentum in this election has shifted away from rule by the political class and toward a populist majority that rejects government by a deceitful and avaricious self-selected elite. The question the election of 2016 will settle is whether the voters will choose populism on the right or populism on the left to replace the fading dynasties.
A real fight is brewing ahead of the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. It's a war over the way the last GOP administration waged the war on terror. The question to be settled: Is this still George W. Bush's party on foreign policy and national security?
In the lead-up to World War II and throughout the war President Franklin Delano Roosevelt prepared Americans for a war to preserve our way of life, not to simply reclaim the territory Hitler and his dark legions had conquered. Contrast that clarity with our situation today. Americans have never been told by their President that this is a religious and cultural war and, most importantly, Americans have never heard from their President that we are in a war for the preservation of western civilization with a foe every bit has ruthless and genocidal as Hitler’s Nazis.
While George W. Bush was the originator of the “Islam is a religion of peace” lie, his national security strategy got the idea of how to defeat Islamism right; his problem was his implementation and the execution of the strategy by the very people with whom Jeb Bush has now surrounded himself.
A Jeb Bush nomination for 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.