Many Republicans have looked to a possible Jeb Bush presidency in the future when the media-generated hatred of George W. Bush is in the rear-view mirror. Even conservatives who saw moderate Jeb as a strong Republican governor in Florida seemed to like him.
But often you cannot tell much about a candidate until he is in the ring. And as he dipped his toe in the 2012 waters recently, Jeb may have put the nail in the coffin for himself.
He said: “You can’t beat something with nothing, and the other side (the Democrats) has something. I don’t like it, but they have it, and we have to be respectful and mindful of that. So our ideas need to be forward looking and relevant. I felt like there was a lot of nostalgia and the good old days in the (Republican) messaging. I mean, it’s great, but it doesn’t draw people toward your cause.”
Oh, really? Why, one might ask, did Jeb Bush, in such a public venue, in his first speech about possibly running in 2012, have to go out of his way to insult the conservative movement and Ronald Reagan, which is what he was doing? Why couldn’t he just have at least kept neutral for the time being? Why did he have to disrespect the party base on Minute One of Day One?
And by the way, Jeb, did you see John McCain stumble around and then lose with the exact same message while Obama won by, at least once on every single issue, taking a conservative position from guns to Iraq to marriage? “Tax cuts for the middle class” got him millions of votes!
The background about Jeb Bush’s comment is this: Despite the popularity of George W. Bush and some favor for his father, conservatives never have been totally enamored of the Bush family, which is more of a Mason-like Yale University Skull and Bones Republican elite than it is about Main Street America. The Bushes are more like an aristocracy than a meat-and-potatoes NASCAR president like Ronald Reagan. The Bushes often seem to hold about as firmly to conservatism as Gerald Ford did.
Jeb Bush said that Obama’s message of hope and change resonated with Americans, a strategy that he thinks the GOP can use to win in 2012. But this comment reflects only politics and not ideas.
Bush continued: “From the conservative side, it’s time for us to listen first, to learn a little bit, to upgrade our message a little bit, to not be nostalgic about the past because, you know, things do ebb and flow.”
Ebb and flow? Hey Jeb, the conservative movement flowed to victory for 26 years after Ronald Reagan’s crushing victory in 1980. So since we lost two whole elections – the last one largely as a result of the natural political cycle – you now think we need to be more like Democrats? How about let’s wait and see if any of Obama’s policies actually work? And by the way, didn’t your father boot his 1992 re-election after promising “Read my lips. No new taxes…” then signing a huge tax increase, handing the White House over to Bill Clinton?
If he had stuck to conservative principles, he would have served two terms.
Jeb Bush joined former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and House Republican whip Eric Cantor for the inauguration of the National Council for a New America (NCNA) in a pizza parlor in the suburbs of Washington, DC.
Mr. Cantor said meeting in such a venue is the means “to begin a conversation with the American people” and explain Republican principles. Yet this pizza-parlor deal is typical of Republicans grasping for artifice when they should be promoting substance. Romney, who failed to win the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, said, “Let’s not underestimate the people of America; let’s make sure and listen to the people of America … listen to what they’re feeling and get their ideas.”
“Get their ideas”? How about offering a few suggestions of our own for economic growth?! Or is that too scary for MultiMillion Mitt, the Plastic Fantastic man. Many Republicans disliked Romney in the 2008 race. He is not all that appealing.
The NCNA also has Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, and McCain in its ranks. McCain obviously means trouble.
Romney said, “I think the (core) principles (of the Republican party) remain the same. I think we have to be very clear in what we stand for and make sure that the American people understand that we’re in this to help America’s future and their families.”
Bush added that we need to “create a consensus around 21st-century ideas that truly matter for American families. We (Republicans) have principles, we have values. They are the values that are shared by the majority of Americans, there’s no question about it. But we have to now take those principles and values and apply them to the challenges that our country faces today and in the future. …
“And then, hopefully – God willing – (we) embrace our conservative principles and take these new ideas and present them to the American people.”
Listen to these groveling Republicans! You would think they are testing a new party in American politics! “Let’s listen!” they say. Let’s see how we can “understand that we’re in this to help America’s future and their families.”
Yeah, right, Mitt. You and what 500 Democrats? “Help their families” is dependent, socialist rhetoric, and puts the government squarely at the center of Americans’ lives. Yet it has been proven throughout history that the best way to help anyone from individuals to families to businesses and their employees is to let free enterprise flower, let people keep most of their earned wealth, and get the government off their backs. This is what America was founded on and how we became the most powerful nation in the world.
But wait! This is what the Republican party was founded on, too! Golly, let’s take notes! Maybe we’ve got some real ideas here for a new political party to replace the one Romney, Jeb Bush and Cantor are talking about!
This nonsense about “listen to what they’re feeling” is exactly that… nonsense. It is the Democrat strategy of acting like they are listening to people and then giving them everything they want, paid for by the government. This is the road to ruin. As former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher once said: “The only problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”
In 1976, Ronald Reagan lost the Republican nomination to Gerald Ford, who was a moderate who then lost the general election to Jimmy Carter. Between then and 1980, Republican US senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina and a New York congressman named Jack Kemp got hold of Reagan and told him to fight on with a program of tax cuts and other conservative ideas like peace through strength when the Democrats were waving the white flag to the Soviets.
Reagan did not win because he pandered about “helping people”. He won by advocating a program of military superiority and self-reliance made possible by economic growth. He did not grovel to the lowest common denominator in America – the lost lambs and the handout poor who keep the Democrats in power – but to the productive people who really make the nation work.
And those same ideas will renew the Republican party today.
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