Written by BrewMistress
Loser, loser,_____. Do you see a trend? The GOPe seems to think it's a good idea to stick with the tried and true game plan. Back the most moderate possible candidate, steamroll all other primary candidates, lose the general election. I don't think they really "plan" to lose, I just think they are not learning from past mistakes.
The GOPe is going to lose a large portion of it's base if they do this again in 2016. It may put a democrat in the White House, but many conservatives will refuse to vote for another tepid candidate...the lesser of two evils.
It doesn't matter if we have another Bush White House or another Clinton White House...we know the results would be similar either way. I predict a mass exodus away from the GOP if they choose this route again.
Jeffrey Lord does a fantastic job of trying to set them straight...let's hope they take his advice.
Headline: JEB BUSH AND THE GOP DONOR PROBLEM (Anti-base politics can defeat 2016 nominee)-by Jeffrey Lord
Donald Trump looked out over the audience of New Hampshire conservative activists and mentioned the name “Jeb Bush.” On April 12, the Hill reported the reaction this way:
“You know, I heard Jeb Bush the other day,” he said, with quiet boos and angry murmurs erupting from the crowd at the mention of Bush’s name.
“And he was talking about people that come into this country illegally, they do it for love,” he continued, with the boos growing louder.
Trump added, to laughter from the crowd: “And I said, say it again I didn’t get — that’s one I’ve never heard before … I understand what he’s saying, but, you know, it’s out there.”
Bush drew considerable conservative backlash when he made the comments in a recent interview, but defended them at a Connecticut Republican Party dinner on Thursday, where he further urged “sensitivity to the immigrant experience.”
Fifteen days earlier, on March 29, the Washington Post headlined this story:
Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race
This story began as follows:
LAS VEGAS — 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.…
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.”
And then there’s this story, from just yesterday. As reported over at The Washington Examiner on April 23. The headline?
Tea Party claims first victory of 2014
Tea Party candidate Curt Clawson won the Republican primary in the special election seat to replace Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., who resigned after pleading guilty for cocaine possession, a victory that the Tea Party Express is claiming as “the movement's first victory of 2014.”
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