Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger was on Chicago’s Morning Answer with Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson Tuesday morning to make the case for Jeb Bush in the 2016 Republican Presidential contest.
During the mini Jeb Bush cheerleading session, which you can tell visible annoyed Amy Jacobson from the shows live stream, Kinzinger said in effect that conservatives have to stop calling RINOs, Republicans in name only, such and to stop trying to determine who is and who isn’t a Republican because doing so will allow Democrats to win the White House in 2016, how those two things go together Kinzinger didn’t explain.
“I think him(Jeb) standing up and saying look Republicans we’ve got to start talking about who belongs in the party and quit talking about who doesn’t belong in the party. Only about 30 some percent of Americans identify themselves as Republican and if we continue down this path, which some do, of saying so and so isn’t Republican enough or he’s not a real Republican we will be sitting around in January of 2017 figuring out why in the world we can’t win national elections.”
While Kinzinger was directing that line of attack at conservatives and anyone else who has deep problems with certain aspects of Jeb Bush’s record he should have been talking into his mirror. How many times has the House GOP leaderships golden boy wonder launched into attacks against Ted Cruz and [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] because they took principled stands against things like Obamacare and the NSA spying on Americans when doing so wasn’t approved of by the GOP establishment? To many to count.(here, here, here, here are just a few examples).
Republicans problems winning national elections has nothing to do with conservatives calling out so called Republicans for taking stands on the issues indistinguishable from that of the liberal Democrats, but with the GOP establishments choice of candidates, especially for President. Mitt Romney we were told was the only one who could defeat President Obama in 2012. The same Mitt Romney who gave Obama the blue print for Obamacare with Romneycare in Massachusetts. Mitt was such a loser of a candidate that 4 million Republican voters stayed home as Barack Obama was reelected. The same is true of other moderate establishment candidates from George HW Bush to Bob Dold to [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ], nominate a moderate establishment Republican for the presidency and watch as the Democrat gets elected in a rout.
Rep. Kinzinger and the rest of the GOP establishment who got behind Jeb early on are in a near panic 5 months out from the Iowa caucus because their guy, who should easily have 25-30 percent support within the party, is having trouble cracking the 10% mark in the polls and with it is having trouble tracking the top 5 of GOP candidates. The ascendancy of Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ], and Carly Fiornia means that there isn’t enough room for Jeb, and I am not shedding one tear over that.
But, Kinzinger is of the delusion that before Iowa Republican voters will grow tired of Donald Trump’s yelling and screaming and come around to Jeb Bush’s NPR style of campaigning(I still cannot get over how everyone sat on their hands for him, and him alone, at the AFP Defending the Dream Summit last month.) and realize that he was and has been a “very conservative leader” and will carry him into the White House.
Fat chance there Kinzy.
Three words spell Jeb Bush’s doom in a Republican primary, and they are Common Core and Amnesty.
Conservatives despise both the national takeover of education and the idea of allowing tens of million of illegal immigrants to stay and eventually become US citizens, and those two issues will be the death knell of Jeb’s candidacy. The fact that his last name is Bush doesn’t help any either.
Then again Kinzinger is a major backer of amnesty so naturally he’ll get behind the establishment candidate that supports it the most.
You know I like real conservatives so of course I’m with Jeb Bush.
Look my support for Jeb is not based on because I think everybody else is terrible. I think we have a fantastic number of great candidates in the race but I like Jeb and the reason I do is I think he has a chance…As people understand who Jeb is, they understand his heart, and they understand frankly what he’s been able to do in Florida they’re going to realize this is a very conservative leader who decided that leadership isn’t about screaming and dividing and yelling and listens.
For 6 and 1/2 years we’ve had enough of a President that tries to divide and make people angry. Jeb Bush is the guy that can come along and say look you know we live in a though environment right now we have too much debt, too much joblessness but they way we are going to win is to bring this country together under the kind of ideals that somebody like Ronald Reagan was able to…
We’ve got a lot of great candidates in the race but you look at Jeb Bush he’s got a great track record, he was a Governor and I think he’s going to be a fantastic President.
Come the general election everyone of these candidates will sound like Jeb.
Kinzinger’s remarks begin at two hours, thirty minutes.
cross posted from USofArn.com