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Jeb Bush: Republican Candidates “appealing to people’s fears”


It’s pretty telling when the highly (severely?) conservative Jeb Bush becomes the voice of reason and sanity in the increasingly unhinged, detached-from-reality, shrill, hateful (homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic), intolerant, ultra-militaristic, theocratic/Dominionist John Birch Society Teapublican Party.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said Thursday that he found it “troubling” that the 2012 presidential candidates are “appealing to people’s fears and emotion” on the campaign trail, according to reports.


“I used to be a conservative and I watch these debates and I’m wondering, I don’t think I’ve changed, but it’s a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people’s fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective and that’s kind of where we are,” said Bush, according to Fox News.

Jeb Bush 2016, after President Obama kicks these lunatics’ butts (see a slew of polls on that subject) this coming November? At least that would bring the Republican Party back to a traditionally conservative place, and away from the radical, extremist cliff they’ve hurled themselves off of ever since the Tea Party raised its ugly head, and ever since they all contracted Obama (mixed-race/black guy in the White House) Derangement Syndrome in 2008/2009.

  • wmchase65

    semi-reasonable…what’s up with that? This should be front page news in all world newspapers…I’m in shock…

  • Teddy Goodson

    Is this the beginning of an Establishment move to push Jeb into the limelight and ultimately give him the nomination, despite his last name?

    For some time it has seemed to me that Jeb might show up this selection cycle, rather than wait. While he sounds like a breath of faint sanity (by comparison with the rest of the herd), he is actually a raging conservative and would not be much of an improvement—- just that he plays the moderate game better than, say Gingrich…. until he is in office, and then he’s charter school, anti-union, etc. He has an Hispanic wife, and speaks Spanish, also, and that might strike The Establishment as a good way to go after the Latino  vote (after the rest of the herd has done nothing but attack Latinos).

  • aznew

    The reason why the GOP candidates who are still in the mix are either, in the cases of Paul and Santorum, actual right wing extremists, or in the cases of Gingrich and Romney, shameless political opportunists with an exceptional skill level of pandering to anyone without any shame so they can don the ephemera of right wing extremism, is because a sizeable portion of the GOP electorate reflects these beliefs.

    If Bush were actually in the race, he would either be tripping over himself on a dash from his current views to the extreme right wing of the party, or he would have long ago been voted off the island. Sheesh, the mere fact that his ideas on  immigration don’t stem from Latino xenophobia would disqualify him in the eyes of a significant portion, if not a majority, of GOP voters.

    Add to that the fact that the GOP primary has turned into a campaign against not only Obama, but also George W. Bush — consider the last debate’s discussion of NCLB, TARP bailouts, Medicare Part D and Specter’s election, among other issues … well, you get the idea. I just don’t see Jeb slamming his brother’s legacy like this.

    I don’t know how all this will play out in the long term. Clearly, we are in the throes of a longer term realignment of the GOP, one that I would date back to 1988, in which the traditional coalition of the Wall Street/economically conservative/socially liberal wing and the cultural/Evangelical conservatives is beginning to fray.

    It doesn’t mean there are no GOP Presidential victories in the future — there will be, as it is a process that can take a while to play out. Candidates may emerge that will temporarily be able to bridge the divide, (Christie, maybe, Rubio, Rand Paul), or Democrats could nominate awful candidates like Dukakis or Mondale, or, possibly, circumstances could occasionally develop that will make the GOP’s brand of crackpot right wing extremism temporarily appealing to the electorate.

    More significantly, because of how the Congress is structured, right wing extremism will play a more significant role in the legislative branch for the foreseeable future.  But that’s for another discussion.

  • greenmoon

    My hunch is that the Jebster is pretending to sound moderate in order to appeal to a broader audience. However, I also think that he’s just emulating our own Bob McDonnnell – pretending to be reasonable and logical, but just waiting for the opportunity to regress and lurch to the right.  

  • Was always the better politician than his brother, he just lived in the wrong state.  Too bad he has a toxic last name.  I’m not sure he could run in 2016, even though out of the choices (assuming that nominee will be someone we know now, which, given that this is the Republican party, is pretty likely, since even for Dems it’s fairly rare…) he is among the most Reasonable.  A Republican, yes, but reasonable within that framework.

  • Shenandoah Democrat

    I know Jeb personally from the time I had a scholarship job at Andover, checking the 9th graders into breakfast. He was always one of the last ones to check in–just another sign of his indeliable sense of entitlement. Without his name and family fortune he’d be a nameless third rate real estate agent. The notion that he’s capable of mature rational leadership, especially in the international arena, is bizarre. The fact is he speaks in run-on sentences, which is a good measure of how he thinks, not.