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Jeb Bush = Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton and Jeb BUsh

Many grassroots limited government constitutional conservatives have long had the sense that the “business community” that is, Big Business as represented by Wall Street and the US Chamber of Commerce, not your Main Street hardware store, doesn’t really care who is elected President as long as it is someone who will play ball with them.

But it is highly unusual to get anyone to admit that is the case, particularly among the nominally Republican Big Business crowd that relies on Republican congressional support to keep the regulatory and redistributionist impulses of the Democrats in check.

However, Ben White and Maggie Haberman of POLITICO managed to tease some truly eye opening admissions from two dozen interviews about the 2016 race with unaligned GOP donors, financial executives and their Washington lobbyists.

According to White and Haberman, “The biggest parlor game on Wall Street and in corporate boardrooms these days is guessing whether former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for president and save the GOP’s old establishment base from its rising populist wing.”

And the preferred consolation candidate if Bush demurs, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t recover politically from Bridgegate, and no other establishment favorite, such as Paul Ryan, can claim the nomination?

Hillary Clinton.

“If it turns out to be Jeb versus Hillary we would love that and either outcome would be fine,” one top Republican-leaning Wall Street lawyer told POLITICO over lunch in midtown Manhattan last week. “We could live with either one. Jeb versus Joe Biden would also be fine. It’s Rand Paul or Ted Cruz versus someone like Elizabeth Warren that would be everybody’s worst nightmare,” report White and Haberman.

Of course most top GOP fundraisers and donors on Wall Street won’t say this kind of thing on the record for fear of heavy blowback from party officials, as well as supporters of Cruz and Rand Paul. Few want to acknowledge publicly that the Democratic front-runner fills them with less dread than some Republican 2016 hopefuls. And, to be sure, none of the Republican-leaning financial executives are so far suggesting they’d openly back Clinton, say White and Haberman.

People close to Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein say the same calculus applies to a Jeb Bush-Hillary Clinton race as it would to a Christie-Clinton contest. “Those would be two very good choices and we’d be perfectly happy with them,” a person close to Blankfein told White and Haberman. Blankfein is a self-described Democrat, but his comments about Christie and Clinton reflect the ambidextrous political approach that many Republicans and Democrats on Wall Street take.

“Ambidextrous” is an interesting word for White and Haberman to choose to describe so-called Republicans on Wall Street who would be comfortable with either Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush, because whether the President is Republican or Democrat it is all the same to them.

So the claims of White and Haberman’s sources to “lean” Republican really mean they lean in favor of Big Government, and don’t really care whether it is run by a Democrat like Clinton or a Republican like Jeb Bush.

As CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie observed in his new book TAKEOVER, the major fault line in today’s politics isn’t between Democrats and Republicans, it is between limited government constitutional conservatives and Big Government lovers in both establishment parties.

White and Haberman’s excellent reporting for POLITICO pretty well confirms what Viguerie said in TAKEOVER:

No matter who else gets in the Republican presidential primaries, Jeb Bush will remain the “great white hope” of the Republican establishment. In addition to supporting all of their major policy goals from Common Core to amnesty for illegal aliens, a Bush candidacy also holds out the hope of millions of dollars in consulting business and lucrative lobbying contracts for a small but powerful coterie of Bush family supporters and acolytes. 

No one else in America, save Hillary Clinton, starts the 2016 political season with a larger Rolodex of Washington insider supporters than does Jeb Bush. A Jeb Bush election as president would ensure that the Republican establishment stays in power for at least another decade, and it would also ensure that, no matter if Jeb or the Democrat wins, Big Government will prevail.

Read White and Haberman’s article “Wall Street Republicans’ dark secret: Hillary Clinton 2016" HERE.

Order TAKEOVER and receive a free copy of “The Law that Governs Government” click HERE.

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Hillary v Jeb

Both parties are part-and-parcel of the ruling politcal class. Almost invariably, politicians are beholden to their parties. The parties are the means by which politicians get elected: if you are not a member of one of the major parties, you are not likely to get elected.

If you are an 'outside' politician, you almost always become who you are associated with. That is, once these folks get in the system, they are reshaped into part of the system.

Finally, politicians are elected to solve problems and get things done. Their perspective is almost always: 'government has to do something.'

With the grip that the two major parties have on the system of governance, and the scale and complexity of the system, good luck getting any real change.

Ted Cruz to WIN Instead

While I appreciated the life protective stand taken in the Terri Schiavo case when that was going on in Florida and Jeb Bush tried to save her life, putting another Bush on the ticket for the Presidency next time would be absolutely suicidal for the Republican Party. IF my party really wants to WIN, they will select instead a clear winner like Senator Ted Cruz who is a proven conservative that has already proven his credentials when he stood on the floor of the Senate for over 21 hours reflecting the will of We the People in opposition to the socialized medicine bill. One excellent winner of a ticket for 2016 might be Cruz/Pence (Mike Pence having been former Congressman and most recently Governor of Indiana) and they could easily snuff out a Hillary "what point at this point does it make? Benghazi Clinton presidency as though it were nothing more than a fleeting nightmare. Cruz for President, to the saving of the American way of life!