GOP Establishment trumpets another Great Moderate Hope — Jeb Bush.
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Bush would refuse to sign on to Grover Norquist’s Reaganite pledge that he won’t raise taxes.
“No, I — okay, so I ran for office three times. The pledge was presented to me three times. I never signed the pledge. I cut taxes every year I was governor. I don’t believe you outsource your principles and convictions to people. I respect Grover’s political involvement. He has every right to do it, but I never signed any pledge.”
So raising taxes is an option for Bush. And he was once neutral between Crist and Rubio.
Why, why, why?
The question goes to what might be called First Instincts. First Conservative Instincts. And the hard fact is that like both his president father and brother, Jeb Bush is adrift when it comes to conservative principle. Missing in conservative action.
In uncanny if not surprising fashion, Jeb Bush to Marco Rubio was like Mitt Romney to Romney’s own Massachusetts liberal opponents before winning the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. He couldn’t quite figure out where he stood on the conservative/liberal line.
Not unsurprisingly like George H.W. Bush to Ronald Reagan, Jeb just didn’t recognize the liberal/conservative line or on which side he wanted to stake his colors. So — unlike Reagan boldly staking his claim for Goldwater in 1964 or taking on Gerald Ford in 1976 — Jeb Bush wimped. Say again: wimped. Neutrality between the Reaganite Rubio or RINO Crist was to effectively join a not-so-subtle campaign against conservatism. And when he had the chance to step up for Marco Rubio — Jeb Bush flinched.
And then changed his mind. Which is to say, the issue of conservative principle never was part of Jeb’s equation until Crist was so egregiously running away from conservatism Bush could no longer safely ignore it.
Just like his father on raising taxes, just like his brother on increasing the size of government, Jeb Bush is tone deaf to conservative principle.
To wit, the obvious: Jeb Bush is the Next Mitt Romney.
The latest moderate favorite of the GOP Establishment.
The guy whose backers think being married to a Mexican is a policy statement in the same way Romney supporters thought being a successful businessman was a policy statement.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online