The aborted restoration of the Bush dynasty to their rightful throne hasn’t made for a topic for cheery dinner table conversation at the family compound in Kennebunkport. The establishment had invested heavily in a third Bush taking up occupancy in the Oval Office and then watched in horror as their dreams and money went up in a ball of flames after the raging bull Donald Trump stormed into their China Shop. The Bushes have been a dominant force for the establishment dating back to the early twentieth century and the eight years of the Obama reign of error must have seemed like an eternity to them. But their hopes dashed for 2016 the Bushes can get about the work of undermining Trump and handing the presidency to Hillary Clinton so Jeb! can get another shot in 2020. The former Florida governor’s op ed piece in the Washington Post could be considered by some as his first campaign advertisement.
The Hill is reporting that “Jeb Bush lays out post-Trump GOP plan”:
Jeb Bush on Friday laid out a plan to reclaim the Republican Party from Donald Trump’s “nativist rhetoric.”
Bush said in a Washington Post op-ed that Trump does not represent the future of the GOP or what it stands for.
“While he has no doubt tapped into the anxiety so prevalent in the United States today, I do not believe Donald Trump reflects the principles or inclusive legacy of the Republican Party. And I sincerely hope he doesn’t represent its future,” Bush wrote.
“Trump’s abrasive, Know Nothing-like nativist rhetoric has blocked out sober discourse about how to tackle America’s big challenges,” he added.
Rebuilding the trust in American government, the Florida governor said, “requires that we be the catalysts that lead to change.”
He called for GOP focus on keeping control of Congress and state governments.
“Let’s move beyond the daily fray of who is disparaging whom on Twitter, and rally around a policy agenda that will lead to greater economic growth, revitalized leadership on the global stage and a strengthened democracy,” Bush added.
He also called for an end to crony capitalism, establishment of term limits, a coherent foreign policy, and stronger communities.
Yes, you are readying that right – a Bush crime family member is calling for an end to “crony capitalism”, something that they pretty much wrote the book on.
The actual WAPO piece is entitled “Jeb Bush: Trump does not represent the future of the country — or the GOP” and I excerpt the following:
Call it a tipping point, a time of choosing or testing. Whatever you call it, it is clear that this election will have far-reaching consequences for both the Republican Party and our exceptional country.
While he has no doubt tapped into the anxiety so prevalent in the United States today, I do not believe Donald Trump reflects the principles or inclusive legacy of the Republican Party. And I sincerely hope he doesn’t represent its future.
Jeb! babbles on about the anger in the country – especially at imperial Washington – and blames it all on Obama, excusing the RINO establishment as well as his own family’s roles.
Instead, they have given rise to the success of a candidate who continues to grotesquely manipulate the deeply felt anger of many Americans. Trump’s abrasive, Know Nothing-like nativist rhetoric has blocked out sober discourse about how to tackle America’s big challenges.
And, on the left, Hillary Clinton promises to continue the disastrous foreign and economic policies of the Obama administration, as well as its hyper-partisanship. She has gone as far as to say Republicans are her “enemy” — a clear sign she doesn’t have any more interest in doing the hard work of forging consensus than her former boss does.
The next four months of this campaign will be entertaining politics for sure, but I’m not overly optimistic that the presidential election will be the catalyst for restoring dynamism in our country.
And finishes with a flourish:
We can renew our country by applying conservative principles and aspirational politics over the long haul, but it will take stick-with-it-ness and strong leadership in the years to come. The Republican Party has always been the party of hope and optimism, of opportunity and liberty. I’m confident we can be that party once again.
The whining of the entitled one who was supposed to be nominated in Cleveland this week reads like the beginning of his 2020 presidential bid. At one time the Bushes were in the White House in some form or another for an astonishing 20 of 28 years and if one is to believe some of the tales of a Bush-Clinton alliance it would have been a three decade run interrupted only by Obama. It has to sting to no end that the prissy jellyfish Jeb! got his ass kicked by Trump in such a disrespectful manner and the humiliation of John Ellis Bush may have dashed the dreams of the old man – who at 92 may be well into his dirt nap by the time that voters go to the polls in 2020 – who would have reveled in seeing the reputedly smarter one of his sons reoccupying the White House and planting the Bush crime family flag on the lawn.