Jeb Bush is not a conservative

Jeb Bush’s Good Character

Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

Jeb Bush was not my candidate. I’ve always felt that he’s an essentially good man, though I did not want him to be president this year. I am a conservative who believes the GOP needs a big shake-up, and whatever his admirable personal characteristics, Jeb represents Republican stasis. 

When the applause dies for Jeb Bush

Carl Hiaasen, The Miami Herald

There is no sign of a grass-roots pro-Jeb frenzy. The fact he was Florida’s governor for two terms isn’t wowing the masses — even in Florida. Polls there show Jeb trailing Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. He is only slightly ahead of the sleepwalking Ben Carson.

GOP Establishment Candidates Pile Up in N.H. Traffic Jam

Rebecca Berg, Real Clear Politics

None of the establishment candidates has been able to harness a breakthrough moment, nor has one collected the lion’s share of key endorsements. Each has remained relatively static in polls, in the high single digits or low double digits. Sen. Marco Rubio, who is also chasing some of the same Republican voters, is in the same mire. It is the political equivalent of the prisoner’s dilemma: Because each thinks he can win, all of them might lose.

Jeb Bush is Touting the Endorsement of Kermit Gosnell’s Unindicted Co-Conspirator

Leon Wolf, RedState

Read the Grand Jury report from the City of Philadelphia Grand Jury that indicted Gosnell. Read how, again and again, they point out that abortion ghoul and convicted murderer Dr. Kermit Gosnell was allowed to operate for so long in the dark because the State Health officials were instructed by Governor Tom Ridge not to actually conduct inspections because Tom Ridge wanted to protect his pro-abortion creds.

New book spells more family drama for Jeb Bush

Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post

A former president is rarely publicly critical of another former president — especially by way of a tell-all book. Even more rarely has one president been the father of another. And those categories have never intersected. Until now.

Jeb: Who You Walk With Tells Us Where You Stand On The Social Issues

As for who Jeb Bush walks with, well as we explained in our articles “Jeb Bush’s Bizarre Group Therapy Campaign” and “Jeb Bush, John Boehner And The Anti-Reagan Republican Establishment” no Republican candidate for President has a staff less friendly to the traditional values agenda than does Jeb Bush.

Jeb Bush’s Big Lehman Brothers Problem

Charles Gasparino, The Daily Beast

Jeb Bush says he released 33 years of tax returns this week because he wants to be the most transparent candidate to run for president in 2016. But if that’s really the case, why is he continuing to obfuscate some of his most lucrative and potentially controversial business dealings he had before announcing his candidacy like his work as an “adviser” for investment bank Lehman Brothers?

Jeb Bush to Release 33 Years of Personal Tax Returns


Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush plans to release 33 years of his personal income tax returns today, including before and after his two terms as Florida governor.

Five Reasons Why Republicans Won’t Nominate Jeb Bush

Aaron Goldstein, The American Spectator

Although the former Florida governor has instant name recognition and vast resources, they will not be enough for Republicans to pick him as their nominee for the White House. Goldstein believes this to be so for five reasons.

Clinton vs. Bush Inspires Fear, Loathing

David Catanese, U.S. News & World Report

"Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, on the key important issues, they are two peas in the same pod," Rush Limbaugh said on Dec. 17, the day after Bush signaled he would seriously explore a candidacy. He playfully and mischievously pitched that the two should run as a ticket, rather than as opponents.

Jeb Bush Calls For ‘New Leadership’ And ‘Conservative Principles’

Alex Pappas, The Daily Caller

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is calling for “new leadership that takes conservative principles and applies them so that people can rise up” as he enters the presidential race Monday.

Jeb Bush sets June 15 announcement date

David Jackson, USA Today

Jeb Bush will announce his presidential campaign plans on June 15 at an event in South Florida, his committee announced today. The scheduling of the June 15 date comes after critics have spent weeks accusing Bush of skirting campaign laws by maintaining an “exploratory” campaign committee even as he spoke openly of what he would do as president.

Jeb Bush Supported A CFR Inspired Path To “Permanent Residence And Citizenship”

Andrew Kaczynski and Ilan Ben-Meir, BuzzFeed

Bush co-chaired a Council on Foreign Relations task force that recommended a slate of policies on immigration to then Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, including a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens.

Jeb Bush Re-Writes the History of the Iraq War

Joseph A. Palermo, Huffington Post

Liberal professor Joseph A. Palermo says Jeb and Co. claim that everything was fine in Iraq until Obama failed to keep George W.'s ill-conceived war of aggression running on full throttle. They pretend the 2007 "surge" in Iraq of about 10,000 American soldiers had all but "won" the war and the rise of ISIL/ISIS is Obama's fault. They skip over the pesky fact that it was George W. who negotiated the U.S. troop withdrawal with the Nouri al Maliki regime. (Bush announced the deal at a memorable press conference with Maliki when an Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at the Leader of the Free World.)

At Iowa dinner, Rand Paul hits Jeb Bush on Iraq

Eli Stokols, POLITICO

Sen. Rand Paul was alone among the 11 Republicans who spoke here at the Iowa Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday night in taking a shot at Jeb Bush over his comments last week about the Iraq War. Bush, of course, has spent the week backpedaling after initially telling Megyn Kelly in a Fox News interview that he would have authorized military force in Iraq even “knowing what we know now”; four days after the interview aired, Bush acknowledged that he would not, in hindsight, have made the same call as his brother did.

Jeb Bush won't attend the Iowa straw poll

The Week

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has announced that he will attend a Republican primary event sponsored by conservative website RedState rather than this year's Iowa straw poll. The influential poll, sponsored by the state party, allows Iowa Republicans to express support for GOP presidential candidates before the actual caucuses take place.

Conservatives: Beware Of What Jeb Bush Didn’t Say At Liberty University

Even more troubling than Bush’s efforts to shoehorn “Earth Mother” environmentalism into the Gospel was his foray into trying to harmonize the plain language of the Bible and the timeless values of the Judeo-Christian tradition with the Left’s idea of an “evolving” Christian Church and faith.

Jeb Bush Heads to Liberty University to Court a Wary Crowd

The New York Times

Bush’s path to the Republican nomination most likely requires support from at least some of his party’s evangelical voters, and a conviction among conservatives that he is one of them. So it is that Mr. Bush, a former Florida governor, will be the commencement speaker on Saturday at Liberty University, the institution in Lynchburg, Va., founded by the evangelical leader Jerry Falwell.

Bush, Clinton taking different tracks on potential matchup

Thomas Beaumont and Julie Pace, AP

To judge them solely by their travels over the past month, you might think Jeb Bush has already plunged into the general election and Hillary Rodham Clinton has a serious fight on her hands for the Democratic nomination. Whereas the conventional thinking, at least, is quite the opposite: He’s got a real primary race to settle first and she doesn’t.

New Iowa poll: Scott Walker leads, Jeb Bush in 7th place

Nick Gass, Politico

Below Walker and above Bush, the race is tight between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 13 percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 12 percent and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 11 percent. “More of those surveyed view Bush unfavorably than favorably, compared to Walker’s 5-1 positive ratio. And 45 percent say Bush is not conservative enough. It’s among the GOP conservative base that Bush finds himself trailing Sen. Ted Cruz, former Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Rand Paul,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.