This is like being in a zombie horror flick:
Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.
Concerned that the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal has damaged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political standing and alarmed by the steady rise of Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOP’s brightest hope to win back the White House.
Bush’s advisers insist that he is not actively exploring a candidacy and will not make a decision until at least the end of this year. But over the past few weeks, Bush has traveled the country delivering policy speeches, campaigning for Republicans ahead of the fall midterm elections, honing messages on income inequality and foreign policy, and cultivating ties with wealthy benefactors — all signals that he is considering a run.
Many if not most of 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s major donors are reaching out to Bush and his confidants with phone calls, e-mails and invitations to meet, according to interviews with 30 senior Republicans. One bundler estimated that the “vast majority” of Romney’s top 100 donors would back Bush in a competitive nomination fight.
“He’s the most desired candidate out there,” said another bundler, Brian Ballard, who sat on the national finance committees for Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008. “Everybody that I know is excited about it.”
I am an independent. If you held a gun to my head and told me to pick Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton I’d tell you to pull the trigger. If Jeb Bush is the nominee, lots of the GOP base will stay home on election day.
As far as the GOP establishment is concerned they would rather lose with Jeb Bush than win with Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or Sarah Palin. Members only need apply, and no populist riffraff reformers are welcome.
These “influential Republicans” need to spend some time rubbing elbows with the GOP hoi polloi. Jeb Bush is NOT the most desired candidate and I can prove it.
When is the last time you saw a news story sliming Jeb Bush? When is the last time SNL, TDS or any of the late-nite comics made fun of Jeb Bush? When is the last time a leftwing blog or website published a defamatory article or post about him?
The left attacks what they fear and they don’t fear Jeb Bush. If the GOP establishment forces Jeb Bush down the throats of the GOP base as the 2016 nominee, get used to hearing the phrase, “Madam President.”