Jeb Bush

Memo to Jeb Bush: The Country Has Changed

By on 5.19.14 | 4:14PM

We Tea Party types are forever being accused of epistemic closure—coating our minds in the Armor All of ideology and refusing to associate with those who don’t share our prefabricated opinions. Occasionally this criticism is valid and needed. But focusing on it exclusively can obscure the fact that the Republican establishment has a similar problem.

There’s an indirect reference to the Closing of the Moderate Mind in a column today by Peter Beinart. Beinart, a Hillary Clinton sympathizer, recently attended an address given by Hillary at the New America Foundation, and noticed something odd:

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Paul and Bush Duke It Out on Immigration

By on 4.14.14 | 12:40PM

Presidential hopefuls Rand Paul and Jeb Bush got in a slight scuffle over immigration yesterday.

Bush called illegal immigration “an act of love” committed by people wanting to support their families, adding that most of them are here illegally because they can’t get in legally.

This ignited some Republican rage and Rand Paul got his chance to respond:

“You know, I think he might have been more artful, maybe, in the way he presented this,” said Paul, a Kentucky Republican, said on ABC’s This Week. “But I don’t want to say, ‘oh, he’s terrible for saying this.’ If it were me, what I would have said is, ‘people who seek the American dream are not bad people. However, we can’t invite the whole world.’”

Paul’s response was remarkably charitable, perhaps revealing his desire to appeal to a broader base without alienating the one he already has:

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Political Hay

Major Major Steps Down

By 12.5.08

Florida Republicans sense new life, particularly now that there may be a right Bush in their future.
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