I have fond memories of the 2012 GOP presidential primary season. Amusing memories, actually. The kind of memories that make you chuckle years later. The Teas, invigorated by their House capture in the 2010 midterms aberration, were going to, by god, use their alleged momentum to choose the 2012 GOP presidential candidate. It was a time of high expectations and much merriment.
GOP primary frontrunners in the spring of 2012 were always in a constant state of flux. For a short while, book-seller Newt Gingrich was on top as the favorite....then Mr. 9-9-9, aka Herman Cain. Even Michelle Bachmann spent a day or two on top of the favorite list. But the shites and giggles really began in earnest when Donald Trump topped the GOP favorite list for a brief spell when he rallied the Teas with his talk about birth certificates.
However, what was really a riot back then was watching this frenetic GOP primary game of musical chairs finally fizzle the frack out and former blue state governor, Mitt Romney, of the RomneyCare Romneys, emerge as the Republican presidential candidate. Oh, well.....the amusement was great while it lasted....but the GOP would just have to get 'em next time.
Because in America today presidential campaigns run for four years and begin the day after a general election, the GOP hunt for a 2016 presidential candidate is presently in full swing some two years before any primary votes are cast. Sure, Republicans are looking to barely take control of the Senate, maybe, this coming November....and they and corporate media folks are very, very excited about the GOP's prospects....but without the presidency, hellishly-regressive, conservative, scorched earth policies have no chance of passing or being implemented.
The experts have already told us that Rand Paul and Ted Cruz can't win enough independents to take the White House. And the GOP establishment favorite, a bellicose blue state governor who implemented the Obamacare Medicaid expansion and once hugged the dreaded Obama-Monster, is under investigation by federal prosecutors.
The Boy-Wonder, Marco Rubio, polls terribly in his home state in a matchup against Hillary.....and so now all the Very Serious People have turned their desperate eyes towards Jebby. Will Jeb run.....has become the new "breaking news" question on the lips of the Villagers.
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.
And the merriment resumes. First, I need to point out the obvious....Jebby is a Bush. Yes, amnesia afflicts the voting population.....but another Bush? Not likely. How can I be sure? Here's Jeb Bush to explain....
"The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn't come legally ... and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work, to be able to provide for their family, yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony.
"It's an act of love. It's an act of commitment to your family," Bush said. "I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime. There should be a price paid, but it shouldn't rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families."
Tell me, how will those sentiments sell to redstate readers or Limbaugh, Hannity and Levin listeners? AM-radio haters have twice, and under Republican and Democratic presidents alike, destroyed any pathway-to-citizenship immigration reform. The Tea right will never accept any type of immigration reform that doesn't include mandatory deportation of all 10+ million undocumenteds now living inside the country. Even mild mannered Monopoly Man Mitt had to go the "self-deportation" route to please the Republican base.
How do you think Jeb will fare with the "patriot" vote when he says stuff like this....
“People who come here legally and illegally are the risk takers,” Bush reportedly said. “If you’re living in a rural area of Guatemala and you come, you’re a bigger risk taker than those who stay,” he added.
Wow...right? A Republican saying that those no-good, lawbreaking, socialism-loving, marijuana mules "are the risk takers." If Jebby runs, I wonder if that quote will come up in the 2016 GOP primary debates.
How do the Our Gang Patriots, who are taking their country back by advocating for more austerity measures on the poors and more tax breaks for the not-poors, regard the du-jour GOP establishment favorite?
“We’re seeing from Jeb Bush’s actions that he likes having a government that has much more say in people’s lives,” said Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots.
Translation: Jeb is a liberal who believes that the federal government can actually play a positive role in the lives of the nation's citizens.
Despite Jeb's appearance at the Adelson Primary, despite the building excitement within the Village for a Jeb Bush v Hillary Clinton cage match.....despite the numerous recent appearances by former Bushian Bandmembers Rummy, Cheney and Ma Babs, not to mention the amateur water color scribblings of Commander Codpiece......American voters ain't buyin' the bullshite.....
A Washington Post-ABC News poll this month signaled head winds Jeb Bush could face: nearly half of all Americans, and 50 percent of registered voters, said they “definitely would not” vote for him for president.
Two years out, and half of registered voters "definitely would not" vote for Jeb Bush. Which, I think, means that the slaphappy fun-for-all, du-jour-frontrunner 2012 GOP primary will be the model for the 2016 GOP primary.....and I, for one, can't wait for the merriment to begin anew.
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