GOP Establishment trumpets another Great Moderate Hope — Jeb Bush.
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The guy who has all the same people who swore up and down on the record that Romney’s so-called “moderation” was THE ANSWER… and post-election have denied Mitt not three times but a thousand times.
Jeb Bush… after multiples of years of experience between family and personally held political office… is in fact blind as a bat to conservative principle. When liberal push comes to conservative pull… Jeb Bush is either pleading neutrality between Rubio and Crist or waving the white flag on taxes or falling dead silent on the existence of the Department of Education.
In the vernacular: Jeb Bush doesn’t get it.
Contrast this with, say, Marco Rubio. The very man about whom Jeb Bush was once a professed neutral — when Rubio was risking all to challenge the deeply liberal Crist.
Senator Rubio happens to be a Latino married to a Latina. Wonderfully fortuitous — but not a reason to support him for president. The reason to support Marco Rubio over Jeb Bush is that Rubio is a conservative. The real deal. A Latino version of Ronald Reagan. Fearless in challenging the Florida GOP Establishment when it counted, just as Reagan was willing to take on first the California GOP Establishment and later the national GOP Establishment.
Mr. Bush, famously, is the Republican Establishment. His very first instinct wasn’t to challenge Charlie Crist and what Crist stood for — it was to stay on the sidelines. To effectively roll over.
Of course Jeb Bush will consider raising taxes. Of course he won’t zap the Department of Education. For a reason.
Establishment Republicans don’t rock the boat. That would be “extreme” or “divisive.” Both labels, not coincidentally, once applied to Ronald Reagan by his own Establishment GOP foes who were truly appalled at Reagan’s views. “Reagan is a conservative, an extreme conservative. All the dummies and blockheads are with him,” Jeb’s Dad — RR’s own vice president — is reported to have once told then-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Gerald Ford insisted Reagan could never win a national election because he was “extreme.”
None of this means Jeb Bush isn’t a smart guy or a good guy. He is merely the latest guy to embody the relentlessly rigid principles of GOP “moderation.” The next guy in line to be celebrated by the media for his oh-so-caring compassion… until nominated. At which time, just as with Mitt Romney and John McCain or any of the other moderates, he will be assailed as an immoral if not racist tool of evil corporations whose life, once examined with the skill of the liberal political proctologists, will be discovered to be a life-long testament to a sordid list of fill-in-the-blank horrors.
One can only shake one’s head at enduring the umpteenth round of this business.
America, make no mistake, is in trouble.
It is awash in a culture that has nothing to do with being Hispanic, black, gay, straight, a woman or a rhinoceros. A reckless, selfish culture that will spend — has spent — every American dime and intends to spend every borrowable Chinese dime it can lay its hands on. A culture absolutely divorced from the hard, realities of economic life and the consequences for everybody of an endlessly growing government that can never — will never — have enough tax dollars to support it if they took every last dime from every millionaire and billionaire in the land.
There will be consequences for the decision made on this past election day. The next four years in America will be grim.
And being the guy who wants to merely rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic, as it were, is all Jeb Bush appears to be about.
Of the many challenges that need to be addressed by the Republican Party is the reality that moderate, Establishment tinkering-at-the-edges politics are not only an abysmal failure at the national ballot box, they are a disaster as a governing philosophy.
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