By Jon Dougherty
Jeb Bush, of the self-entitled Bush clan, is pining for someone to challenge POTUS Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020, a move that would certainly cause chaos among GOP ranks and hand a Democrat — any Democrat — the Oval Office.
During an interview on CNN — of course — Bush, in an interview with Obama and Clinton sycophant David Axelrod, said, “I think someone should run just because Republicans ought to be given a choice.”
“It’s hard to beat a sitting president, but to have a conversation about what it is to be a conservative, I think it’s important,” he continued.
As you may recall, the Republican field for the 2016 primaries looked a lot like the Democratic field for 2020 is shaping up: Lots of candidates but not a lot of fresh ideas. There were some bright spots in the GOP field — Carly Fiorina had some good ideas, as did Scott Walker — but eventually, POTUS Trump vanquished all of them, including the Republican establishment’s chosen candidate, Jeb Bush, even after spending $150 million.
Bush obviously hasn’t gotten over the sting of that raging defeat.
In his Axelrod interview, Bush claimed that Americans, and especially Republican voters, should be given a choice between “competing ideologies.”
“And our country needs to have competing ideologies that people — that are dynamic, that focus on the world we’re in and the world we’re moving toward rather than revert back to a nostalgic time,” he said, trashing the president’s rallying “Make America Great Again” slogan.
Bush went on to question Trump’s mettle in a crisis.
“We haven’t had a major crisis to deal with, but this unilateralism or going-alone-ism I think is really dangerous,” he said of Trump’s foreign policy moves, according to The Hill.
“Our friends no longer believe they can trust the United States and our enemies, in many cases, feel emboldened by this approach,” he added. “I think it defies the…bipartisan kind of consensus on foreign policy that has, by and large, kept America safe.”
Whatever Jeb Bush is, he’s not a “conservative.” He’s an establishment Republican — a RINO, in other words — who would “revert” back to the old ways of America playing the role of financier for, and doormat to, the rest of the free world.
There is no evidence that our “friends no longer believe” they can trust the U.S., but frankly if there is some doubt in their minds that might be a good thing. Doubt means our allies will more readily step up and finally do more to see to their own defense, which should have happened a long time ago. Our “bipartisan” approach to foreign policy and defense alliances was one-sided; America and Americans pay while our allies got away with cutting their military spending and relying on us.
What Bush isn’t saying and won’t address is that no matter how offended our Europeans and Asian allies may be by POTUS Trump’s brashness and unorthodox style, there are no alternatives to the United States.
Europeans are not going to flock to Putin’s Russia or Xi’s authoritarian China; ditto for our Asian friends. They know when the chips are down, the U.S. will be there for them. POTUS Trump simply wants our friends to share more of the burden and it’s about time they do.
As for conservatism, there hasn’t been a bigger champion of that since Ronald Reagan than Donald Trump, as evidenced by his federal court picks, slashing of government regulations, attempts to enforce our immigration laws, support for the Constitution, free-market economic policies, and disengagement from globalist treaties and agreements.
Jeb’s father and Reagan’s VP, President George H. W. Bush, certainly did not match his predecessor’s conservatism nor Trump’s. Neither did his brother, President George W. Bush, whose response to our major crisis — the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks — was to start two wars, by the way, one of which continues to this day, 18 years later.
Even Jeb was forced to acknowledge POTUS’ conservative bona fides. But his complaint is the same as every other RINO and establishment politician inside the Beltway: Trump just isn’t ‘one of them.’
“You can honestly say he’s done good things in terms of policy and applaud them,” Bush said. “I think the symbolic, you know the kingly duties of the presidency, that’s where he falls short, and it’s important.”
Looking “kingly” isn’t important to Republican voters, obviously, because there isn’t another Bush in the White House. Getting results is important, and Trump is doing that.
Jeb Bush’s call for a GOP challenger to POTUS Trump should be seen for what it is: The latest pathetic establishment attempt to get him out of the White House by any means possible, even if it means handing power to the Democrats.
Thankfully, Bush’s call will likely land on deaf ears. The RNC has already committed to backing POTUS for reelection.
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