Jeb Bush is not a conservative

Cruz & Walker vs. Bush & Rubio on Amnesty and Immigration

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and various other business interests pumped millions of dollars into Scott Walker’s campaigns in Wisconsin, particularly his successful effort to fight a union-inspired recall, and according to the “dance with the one what brung ya” calculus of politics you’d think Walker would adopt their position on amnesty and expanding legal immigration, but this week Scott Walker joined Ted Cruz and came out strongly against the Bush – Rubio positions on those issues.

Highlights of the Week in Presidential Politics

This week saw Hillary Clinton demonstrate why she is the Democratic candidate conservatives want to run against; Jeb Bush demonstrate once again that he and Clinton share many of the same positions, and why he is the "great white hope" of the Republican establishment; Rand Paul and Marco Rubio undercut their own campaigns with votes in the Senate, Ted Cruz make an important speech no one reported, and not-a-candidate-yet Donald Trump take the laurel for the week by making the best case we've heard yet for Ted Cruz's candidacy.

Jeb Bush's speech in Columbus: Five takeaways

Jeremy Pelzer, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Speaking at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush reiterated his support for Common Core educational standards and expanding legal immigration during a speech Tuesday to a key business group.

JEB BUSH: HE’S A ‘GRINGO APLATANADO'

MATTHEW BOYLE, Breitbart

With the news breaking that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called himself “Hispanic” on his 2009 voter registration form—and that in 2012 he called himself Florida’s first-ever Latino governor—it’s worth revisiting a 2013 profile of him in the Washington Post that found friends of his referring to him as having “gone native” as a Hispanic.

Jeb Bush targets Hillary Clinton over foreign policy

JAKE MILLER, CBS NEWS

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush suggested targeted Hillary Clinton's record as secretary of state on Monday, offering a preview of the foreign policy battle that could ensue if both Clinton and Bush become the presidential nominees of their respective parties in 2016."This is very Clintonian, I think, to figure out a way to get out of a mess," Bush said. 

Viguerie to New York Times: Conservatives Aim to Unite Behind an Alternative to Jeb Bush

Fearing that Republicans will ultimately nominate an establishment presidential candidate like Jeb Bush, leaders of the conservative movement have mounted an ambitious effort to coalesce their support behind a single social-conservative contender months before the first primary votes are cast. CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie told the New York Times' Trip Gabriel he was involved in the effort to rally behind a candidate so “we won’t go into this season divided six or eight different ways.”

Tea Party suspicious of Jeb Bush's Right Angle

Henry J. Gomez, cleveland.com

Conservatives aren't quickly embracing Jeb Bush. Quinnipiac University's most recent poll of likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa measured Bush's support from Tea Party-aligned voters, who accounted for nearly a third of the sample, at only 3 percent. 

Is the GOP better off nominating a conservative or a moderate in 2016?

Matt K. Lewis, The Week

Moderate Republican writer Matt K. Lewis asks the question and decides the GOP had better choose someone that conservatives find at least minimally acceptable.