Monday, October 05, 2015

APPARENTLY, JEB IS READING MY BLOG

Is Jeb Bush tweaking his campaign strategy based on (snarky, not really serious) recommendations from me? Hard to believe -- and yet....
With Jeb Bush struggling to connect with some Republican activists, his campaign has begun exploring whether to bring in the person it thinks may be best equipped to give him a boost with skeptical conservatives: his brother George W. Bush.

The 43rd president is a very popular figure among Republican voters and could deliver a needed jolt to his brother’s sluggish campaign....

It may ruin the race for him down the line, but it could win the race here,” said Katon Dawson, a former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party.
On September 24, I pointed out the disturbing popularity of Dubya among Republicans -- a plurality of Republicans in one poll even said they'd vote for him if he could run for a third term. I said:
So maybe Bush has been dealing with his family all wrong. Maybe, if he wants to win the Republican nomination, he should appear with W. as much as humanly possible. Maybe he should campaign with Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. Maybe he shouldn't have answered that question about whether he would have authorized the Iraq invasion with a defensive "I would have, and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody" -- maybe he should have said "Hell yeah I would have!"
I think Jeb could turn this into an entire campaign narrative. Remember the huge round of cheers he set off in the last debate when he said George W. "kept us safe"? Start with that -- then move on to the notion that Iraq and Afghanistan were completely pacified and trouble-free when Dubya left office (literally every Republican in America believes this now). Who made everything go bad, according to the GOP? President Obama -- and his first-term secretary of state, Hillary Clinton!

Embrace the notion of a restoration of the '00s, Jeb! Defend your brother's administration defiantly! Primary voters in your party will eat that up!

Know what else you could do? Get some high-profile veterans of W's wars to endorse you. "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell was a Rick Perry man (you might remember Luttrell and his twin brother standing behind Perry when Perry announced his candidacy), but now he's unaffiliated. George W. awarded Luttrell the Navy Cross in 2007; Luttrell arranged to have his battle patch sent to George W. Maybe Jeb should beg his brother to hit up Luttrell for an endorsement. Same with Taya Kyle, the widow of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle -- she also endorsed Perry, but remember that Chris Kyle famously got into a 2006 bar brawl with Jesse Ventura because Ventura insulted Dubya and the Iraq War. So I think she might come around after a word or two from the ex-president.

(I suppose it might seem odd for a tough guy and a tough guy's widow to endorse someone like Jeb, but, hell, Sheriff Joe Arpaio endorsed Mitt Romney, so stranger things have happened.)

Really, Jeb, just go deep into this. It could be like Reagan calling the Vietnam War a "noble cause" in the summer of 1980. It sure would be "politically incorrect." Yes, it would be awful, but the only way to become the GOP nominee is to say awful things as often as humanly possible. So get cracking on this, Jeb.

6 comments:

John Taylor said...

Yes. Drag Dick Cheney out of his crypt for another session of lying. Just the ticket.

Pops said...

Are you saying that Jeb is so desperate he listening to you? Give yourself more credit than that. Jeb is desperate and will not stop because he is a total idiot. He makes Kevin McCarthy look brilliant.

theHatist said...

The nice thing about this excruciatingly long election cycle is that no Republican can stand the light of day for too long. With GWB, there wasn't enough time (or the enthusiasm of the internet) to expose him for the lying coke-snorting drunk who drove every business he's ever run into the ground.

As much as the MSM tries to manufacture consent now, there are just too many other sources of information out there. Let Jeb get a big boost from his asshole brother- after a couple of months, he'll fall apart too.

This is how Mittens got his nomination- by staying out of the limelight, his glaring errors (like running against his own healthcare plan) didn;t have enough time to be spread around.

This system is absolutely the best thing that could happen to Bernie Sanders.

mlbxxxxxx said...

I've long thought that W was a potential asset for Jeb in the primary. It wouldn't take 15 minutes to turn W into a under appreciated and misunderstood rightwing "hero who got done wrong." Might even get some love from Limbaugh, though that boat appears to have sailed. I think W's likely a vote-getter for Jeb in the primaries. Jeb's going to have to start swinging for the fences pretty soon, might as well start with getting W back on the trail. Maybe have him show up in his flight suit.

theHatist said...

I think you need to bear in mind that the Establishment likes George for being a nice team player who shoveled their bags full of taxpayer loot. The base has much more mixed feelings- some explain away any crimes by anyone who hates librulz by saying the Lord forgives (anyone who isn't liberal, anyway).

So while Jeb might pick up some votes, he'll be picking up some contempt as well...

Blackstone said...

Yes do photo ops with W in South Carolina while its flooded....