Category Archives: Jeb Bush

February 22, 2016

ROVE-STUPID: Only the Establishment Ever Thought Jeb 2016 Was a Good Idea

So Jeb is done. It was an easy call, as he was never even competitive.

And many inside the beltway are stunned. Karl Rove is no doubt stunned. Oh maybe not recently stunned – as it was widely believed that South Carolina would end it for Jeb most of this past week. But for many months prior, the establishment had assumed Jeb would eventually rise to the top. He was their inevitable one. All of this Trump and Cruz stuff was just a distraction until people got serious.

They were wrong….so so wrong. They were Rove-Wrong. And most of us knew it from day one.

These wizards are the followers of the conventional wisdom – and conventional wisdom is almost never right in politics. The conventional wisdom had Jeb winning the nomination much like Romney did four years ago. He had the money, the experience, the resume and the name. Oh, and it was his turn.

I did not ever think that however. I predicted that his campaign would be a non-starter – and that’s literally how it turned out. He never really even got started. He raised over a hundred mill, but never got out of the gate. His campaign is likely the poorest return on the donor dollar in all of political history.

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January 23, 2016

Goldman Sachs Is a Top Donor to Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio

The Wall Street mega-bank Goldman Sachs is a top donor to the 2016 presidential campaigns of establishment candidates Hillary Clinton, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush.

Goldman Sachs employees have donated a total of $483,500 to Jeb Bush’s campaign and a pro-Bush super PAC, and they also gave $79,600 to Rubio’s campaign and super PAC, according to an analysis of campaign finance records. That makes Goldman Sachs staffers the top Bush and Rubio donors during this election cycle.

Hillary Clinton is also getting in on the action, with $169,850 in her campaign and PAC donations coming from the bank. Sen. Ted Cruz, meanwhile, has mopped up $43,575 from Goldman Sachs this cycle.

Clinton’s relationship with Goldman Sachs is becoming a wedge issue in her bitter fight against insurgent socialist rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, who now leads her in New Hampshire by a full 27 points.

Sanders ripped into Clinton at Sunday night’s Democratic debate, painting her as a paid-for subsidiary of Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street banks.

“I have doubts when people receive huge amounts of money from Wall Street,” Sen. Bernie Sanders said of his rival Clinton.

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January 11, 2016

Economist: GOP may win 47 states in general election (Video)

“She would be defeated handily. I don’t think Hillary’s going to win this election no matter whom she runs against,” Arthur Laffer said. “I mean, Hillary’s day is over.”

Supply-side economist Arthur Laffer is predicting Republicans will win the White House in a landslide this year, regardless of the nominee.

“I would be surprised if the Republicans don’t take 45, 46, 47 states out of the 50,” Laffer told host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on New York’s AM-970 on Sunday.

“I mean, I think we’re going to landslide this election.”

Laffer, who served in various positions in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations, said he is bullish on the entire Republican primary field.

“When I look at these candidates, I don’t see one of them who wouldn’t do a great job as president,” he said.

“I think Donald Trump is phenomenal, I think Rand Paul has done a great job, I even like Jeb Bush — I think Jeb Bush is great, he did a wonderful job in Florida,” he added. “Chris Christie – phenomenal.”

He said Democratic primary front-runner Hillary Clinton’s “day is over.”

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December 14, 2015

Christian Bale: Jeb Bush Should ‘Immediately’ Be Disqualified from Prez Race for Ties to Lehman Brothers

Oscar-winner Christian Bale stars in this month’s film The Big Short, a based-on-a-true-story tale of four mid-level money men in New York City who saw the 2008 financial crisis coming before anyone else and cashed in big by betting against the United States economy. Bale plays hedge fund manager Michael Burry, who reportedly made a cool $700 million for his Scion Capital investors and netted $100 million for himself when the housing market collapsed.

But now, seven years after peering into the void and with few, if any, lessons learned from the crisis (and no one in jail), the experience of playing Burry has apparently provided the British actor with acute insight into the influence of money on the American political system.

“The film can hopefully begin a conversation about: Why in the hell is it that only seven years after this crisis happened, it could very well happen again?” Bale told the Daily Beast in an interview. “How come money has become such a part of American politics that this could happen – again?”

Bale told the outlet that Super PACs like Citizens United and others must be “gone out of the way before we can even begin to think about changing.”

“Money has to be taken out of politics,” the actor, who holds dual U.S. and U.K. citizenship, reiterated. “It’s done in many other countries; it’s not difficult. This is bloody America. It can be done.”

Bale added that with the 2016 presidential election nearing, candidates with ties to the financial crisis like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who both worked for Lehman Brothers, should “immediately” be disqualified from the race.

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November 11, 2015

Video: Full 4th GOP Republican Presidential Debate – 10-11-2015

There was no runaway winner of the fourth Republican presidential debate on Tuesday night, according to commentators, journalists and pundits who watched. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas drew some scolding for an “oops” moment when he failed to name five agencies he wanted to eliminate, and Donald J. Trump may be remembered for shushing Carly Fiorina. But unlike after earlier debates this cycle, no consensus emerged about the outcome.

October 20, 2015

Trump Doubles Down on Bush 9/11 Remarks: ‘They Did Know It Was Coming’ (Video)

“[L]ook, his brother gets hit on, he’s a loyal person, and he’s loyal to his brother. But his brother made some mistakes. His brother could have made a mistake with the actual hit because they did know it was coming. And George Tenet, the head of the CIA told him that it was coming. So, they did have advanced notice and they didn’t really work on it.”

On Tuesday’s “New Day” on CNN, Republican presidential front-runner defended his response aimed at his GOP opponent former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL), who had claimed in a debate earlier this month that the country was kept safe under former President George W. Bush.

Trump in an interview with Bloomberg Television last week pointed out that the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks happened under the George W. Bush presidency, which he said refutes his younger brother’s claim the country was kept safe under George W. Bush’s watch.

Trump doubled down on that claim on CNN and claimed they knew the 9/11 attacks were coming and “didn’t really work on it.”

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October 19, 2015

FLASHBACK: Jeb Bush Admitted ‘Leaky’ Immigration Led to 9/11

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign is furious with 2016 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump over Trump’s comments that the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened on Bush’s brother former President George W. Bush’s watch. But a review of the basic facts of the situation—and Jeb Bush’s own writings—reveals that even the Bushes admit that “leaky” immigration enforcement was a major driving factor in leading to the terrorist attacks.

While Trump has attacked Bush before—describing the candidate as “low energy”—this line of questioning represents a new level in the war as Trump soars over Bush in recent polling, and Sen. Marco Rubio has essentially replaced Bush as the establishment frontrunner. The latest Trump-Bush bout began in the most recent debate.

In the CNN Republican presidential debate, Trump blamed George W. Bush’s unsuccessful presidency for giving us President Obama, prompting an immediate response from Jeb Bush.

TRUMP: “Your brother – and your brother’s administration gave us Barack Obama, because it was such a disaster, those last three months, that Abraham Lincoln couldn’t have been elected.”

BUSH: “You know what? As it relates to my brother, there’s one thing I know for sure. He kept us safe. I don’t know if you remember…”

This exchange sparked a war of words between the two campaigns—culminating in Trump’s declaration that if he were president and were able to enact his immigration policies, 9/11 would not have happened under his watch.

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September 29, 2015

Ann Coulter offers insight on Hillary Clinton’s latest woes, Washington’s amnesty debate (Video)

“I hope the Wall Street crowd doesn’t watch your show because, boy, they’re going to be wasting a lot of money on Jeb Bush.”

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: More woes for team Clinton. A new report by The Wall Street Journal reveals Hillary — she has a lot of explaining to do over foreign donations made to the Clinton Foundation. According to The Wall Street Journal, quote, “The Clinton Foundation has dropped its self-imposed ban on collecting funds from foreign governments and is winning contributions at an accelerating rate, raising ethical questions as Hillary now ramps up her expected bid for the presidency.”

Joining me now, author, columnist Ann Coulter. Between that and Orgy Island, they’ve got problems!

ANN COULTER, AUTHOR, COLUMNIST: Ethical questions with the Clintons?

HANNITY: Shocking!

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COULTER: No, I think she’ll have a lot of ethical questions. I mean, her main problem, it seems to me, besides the whole everything about the Clintons, is that she’s not a very likable person. She was the odds-on favorite the last time. And oops, the Democrats ran off with a new trophy wife, Barack Obama. I think what is more important for a Republican victory is whom the Republicans choose.

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September 7, 2015

Trump Leads Anti-Establishment Candidates to 60 Percent as Bush Crashes

New polls from NBC News and Marist out from New Hampshire and Iowa show that, once again, billionaire Donald Trump is winning a fight with yet another career politician: This time, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Bush’s position in the all-important first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa has deteriorated significantly as he’s at a meager 6 percent—in a poll with a margin of error of 5.5 percent—meaning he’s slipping further and further into the lower tiers of candidates there. Trump, meanwhile, is at 29 percent in Iowa while fellow political outsider and conservative Dr. Ben Carson is at 22 percent. The two of them—Carson and Trump—combined earn 51 percent of the GOP primary electorate in Iowa. Throw in Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who’s also never held political office and is currently at 5 percent, and Sen. Ted Cruz—another political outsider who’s only held office for two years in the U.S. Senate and is at 4 percent—and a strong majority of 60 percent of Iowa Republicans support a political outsider and not another Bush.

The concurrently released poll from the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire shows a nearly identical trend there. New Hampshire, which unlike Iowa is a pretty much must-win-state for Bush to be able to get the nomination or at least to get it early enough that there isn’t a convention feud later, clearly doesn’t like him. Trump tops the field again with 28 percent. Carson is in third with 11 percent. Bush has slipped back to fourth place with just 8 percent—a six-point slide from when Trump got in the race in July, when the same pollsters found him at 14 percent—an embarrassingly low number for the guy who is supposed to the frontrunner at this point. What’s more, in second place just ahead of Carson but still quite a ways behind Trump is Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 12 percent. That means Kasich—another establishment-minded Republican candidate—has moved Bush out of the way and essentially blown past him as the new establishment frontrunner.

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September 3, 2015

Donald Trump Fires Back at Jeb Bush: He Should Lead by ‘Speaking English’ While in the United States

2016 Republican frontrunner Donald Trump told Breitbart News that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush should be speaking English—not the Spanish he spoke to attack Trump in Miami this week—on the campaign trail.

Trump had harsh words for Sen. Marco Rubio in this interview as well and lit into the donor class, all while saying that the “silent majority” in America is waking up and fighting to take back the country from the political class.

Trump also predicted that he will not only win the White House in 2016, but that he will be re-elected in 2020–predicting he will be a two-term president–and that at the end of his eventual eight years in the White House he will be known to all as a “great conservative” just like Ronald Reagan.

“I like Jeb,” Trump said. “He’s a nice man. But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”

“El hombre no es conservador,” Bush said in Spanish of Trump in Miami, according to the Tampa Bay Times. That means, according to that newspaper, that Bush is saying of Trump: “The man is not conservative.”

“Besides, he tries to personalize everything. If you’re not totally in agreement with him you’re an idiot, or stupid, or don’t have energy, or blah blah blah,” Bush continued in English, according to the Times.

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