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Please Lord, No More Bushes For President

Jeb and GW Bush

Former Florida Republican Governor Jeb Bush announced yesterday (Tuesday, December 16) that he plans to "actively explore" a run for the Republican nomination for president – making clear his intention to enter the Republican presidential sweepstakes after several years of vacillation.

The former GOP governor -- and son and brother of past establishment, big-government Republican presidents -- also said he plans to launch a new political operation allowing him to raise money for similar-minded establishment Republican politicians.

In a message posted on social media Bush said he's discussed his plans with his family.

"As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States," Bush said according to FOX News.

Of course one would expect FOX to be kind to Jeb Bush given that the network is run by former President George H.W. Bush’s media guru Roger Ailes and has provided a soft landing and employment for a number of former staffers for his brother, President George W. Bush, Dana Perino and Karl Rove coming immediately to mind.

Since leaving the Florida Governor’s office, Jeb Bush has largely been out of sync with the conservative grassroots of the Republican Party, especially due to his support for Common Core education standards and amnesty for illegal aliens.

Republican candidates thinking about accepting help from Jeb Bush’s new PAC might want to consider what Jeb did for GOP Senate candidate Thom Tillis in North Carolina during the recent midterms.

Bush came to the Tar Heel state and gave a rousing speech in favor of amnesty and Common Core that tanked Tillis’ campaign until Rand Paul came in and turned it back toward conservative themes, allowed Tillis to regain his footing, and eventually defeat incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan in what was the most expensive campaign in the 2014 cycle.

Jeb Bush recently had a pow-wow with John McCain about how to obtain the Republican nomination for President “without pandering to conservatives,” so don’t sell Jeb Bush short, he gets where the opposition to his candidacy will come from and will be a formidable and totally anti-conservative candidate.

What makes Jeb Bush so formidable is that no one else in America, save Hillary Clinton, starts the 2016 political season with a larger Rolodex of Washington insider support than he does – and it is heavy in key states, such as South Carolina, where his father and brother built GOP primary firewalls in their runs for president.  

Many grassroots limited government constitutional conservatives have long had the sense that the “business community” that is, Big Business as represented by Wall Street and the US Chamber of Commerce, not your Main Street hardware store, doesn’t really care who is elected President as long as it is someone who will play ball with them.

But it is highly unusual to get anyone to admit that is the case, particularly among the nominally Republican Big Business crowd that relies on Republican congressional support to keep the regulatory and redistributionist impulses of the Democrats in check.

However, Ben White and Maggie Haberman of POLITICO managed to tease some truly eye opening admissions from two dozen interviews about the 2016 race with unaligned GOP donors, financial executives and their Washington lobbyists.

According to White and Haberman, “The biggest parlor game on Wall Street and in corporate boardrooms these days is guessing whether former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for president and save the GOP’s old establishment base from its rising populist wing.” 

And the preferred consolation candidate if Bush demurs, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t recover politically from Bridgegate, and no other establishment favorite, such as Paul Ryan, can claim the nomination?

Hillary Clinton.

“If it turns out to be Jeb versus Hillary we would love that and either outcome would be fine,” one top Republican-leaning Wall Street lawyer told POLITICO over lunch in midtown Manhattan last week. “We could live with either one. Jeb versus Joe Biden would also be fine. It’s Rand Paul or Ted Cruz versus someone like Elizabeth Warren that would be everybody’s worst nightmare,” reported White and Haberman.

As I noted in my book TAKEOVER, 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.

As I said in TAKEOVER, 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.

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We would do well to remember that George Bush Sr. and G. Bush Jr. gave us three wars, two economic meltdowns, and a pile of other catastrophes, such aa 9/11, the Hurricane Katrina debacle and others. You may also recall each one was essentially an absentee President in the last year of his Administration. Goldman-Sachs ran the show in 2008. We simply do not need a dynasty of misfits to run our country. Things are already bad enough as they are.


D. Turner Givens

Let’s take over the Republican Party! We can do this. First we need to get rid of the RINOs. To do this we need to start by taking over the Speakership and the Majority Leader positions. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. John Boehner have demonstrated that they are unable to negotiate effectively — even from a position of overwhelming strength! I can’t do this. Richard A. Viguerie can -- he can be the kingmaker. He should ask Rep. Paul Ryan to make an appointment with each Republican in the House who is not a member of the Tea Party Caucus. Show him the numbers of people in the Patriot Action Network, Conservative HQ, Tea Party and like-minded groups in his district. If he was supported by these groups he owes his election to us. If he was not supported in the primary by these groups in 2014, ask him if he thinks he could have been elected if all these groups had actively opposed him and voted for the Democrat. Even if we supported a different primary contender, the overwhelming majority of us voted Republican in the general election. So he, too, owes his election to us. What if we had all voted for the Democrat? Tell him that if he wants to get re-elected, he must join and follow the Tea Party Caucus. At the same meeting, get him to sign a letter asking Rep. John Boehner to resign as Speaker of the House. Then put in someone with testicles who will demand a return to fiscal sanity. I suggest Ryan. Ask Sen. Ted Cruz and or Sen. Mike Lee to do the same in the Senate.


When Jeb Bush was Gov of Fla I used to feel that I could support for President but that changed when his position on common core and immigration surfaced. However, he would be a blessing over Obama but I hope for more canidates that will support conservative positions, be super strong on defense, stop illegal immigration, deport all illegals, no amnesty, stop immigration completely from all islamic muslim countries that desire to enter this country because they represent terror opportunities, support pipeline, off shore drilling and fracking to make the country independent for oil needs, mandatory identification to vote, tax incentative to business to stimulate employment growth, adhere to constitution and stop decisions from the bench that go against constitutional content,stronger enforcement of existing laws and work toward getting rid of lienent judges that continually favor the bad guys over and over and allow faith in God to come forth in the society.

New FB page: If Jeb Bush is the Nominee, I Will Abandon the GOP

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If Jeb Bush is the Nominee, I Will Abandon the GOP in 2016

Jeb Bush currently has 123K "likes" on his FB account.


Am calling on conservatives to join this effort. Stop Jeb in his tracks, before the establishment big money donors climb aboard.


Does the Republican establishment really want a royal family? Have they not learned from their experience with Bush I, Dole, McCain and Romney? Jeb Bush and Romney are probably the only potential candidates Clinton can beat. The Republican Party should learn from its experience with Reagan. Get a Reaganesque, conservative, small-government, balanced-budget WOMAN to challenge Hillary’s coronation. The best one on the scene is Gov. Sarah Palin — if we can persuade her to run. If the Republican Party offers up another RINO, he will lose. Like many others, I will just stay home and suffer another President Clinton. Hell, I might even vote for Clinton. We conservatives need to take over the Republican Party. HOW? It’s said that “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” If so, votes are its life’s blood! Let’s continue to primary RINOS. If the RINO gets on the ballot anyway — vote for the Democrat. If we are going to have a linguini-spined liberatard he may as well have a “D” after his name. Do this selectively so we do not lose the house or the Senate. Conservative Headquarters could coordinate this. Any elected official who does not support our programs we hound out of office. We continue to actively work against these legislators who do not understand for whom they work year after year until we have gotten rid of them. Even after our programs are law and implemented, we oppose them. No matter what good things they promise or do, we oppose them. We oppose them until they get real jobs!

Bush for President - NOT

I agree with your headline. Been there, done that and enough is enough. NO MORE Bush candidates, NO MORE Clintons, NO MORE Dynasties. Bring us some new refreshing candidates, no more good old boys and political families. The Speaker of the House, the incoming Majority Senator, the good old boys and girls in both parties are getting to be just too obvious about their decadent lives and morals. They are worse than used car salesmen and that is an insult to the car sales person. We need change and for once someone who is listening to the constituents. Every time this Bush boy opens his mouth and expounds on anything, it becomes obvious he is not listening. This guy is for amnesty. He is for big business and that is how his family has gotten where they are, as with the rest of the dynasties. Don't do it. We will be voting against you no matter how bad the choices get. Both parties need to understand the dynamics behind that last statement. You have given us lousy choices. It is worse or worse from both parties. Get a grip or please bring on a third party better attuned to this constituency.

no shock

This is no surprise when the radicalized part of the Tea Party trots out Bat**** Crazy pols like Bachman, Cain, and Cruz

Or the Knucklehead King of Kronyism Rick Perry.

One again, America has no legit choice in a national election.

Yes, I think we'd all prefer not to have another $3T side war in the Middle East we're still paying for (ISIS and our brave, wounded soldiers)

You realize Kasich is your only sane choice, correct?


As I see it, the problem is not as much Jeb Bush as it is the Republican Party as a whole. Those fools refuse to stand up and be FOR anything. They just cave in to anything the democraps want to do. We need a conservative party that will stand and fight, win or lose, for what is right and within the Constitution. What we have now is a bunch of wobbly kneed ding bats that stand FOR nothing. They are just AGAINST whatever the democraps want to do. As the country song says, if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything, and I see the Republican Party falling because they stand FOR nothing. What good are they?