Personally, I do not believe Jeb Bush can win a Presidential election because of three factors: one, the name Bush, both 41 and 43, have been thoroughly demonized by the democrats and there is no way to rehabilitate someone who broke his pledge “read my lips, no new taxes” on taxes or was associated with cronyism and secrecy; two, America is not into political dynasties which offer the same cadre of advisors and positions without real reform; and three, Jeb Bush speaks “Hispanic” like Rand Paul speaks “Conservative” – it sounds nice but is meaningless without specifics and the actual power and motivation to reform.
So I tend to agree with Alan West, a man I believe should have been re-elected to the House and who would make a outstanding Presidential candidate …
West says the GOP needs to “turn the words into deeds and, and go into the community to talk ... about education reform in schools, talk about small-business ownership in the Hispanic community. When you look at these minority communities they are conservative at heart”—which he defined as being centered on “family, God, individual responsibility, education. And with a lot of Hispanics and African-Americans in the military, national security. Just take the message to ’em ... Democrats do it well, but it’s full of bull. But we don’t do it at all, so they go for the bull.”
I asked West who in the GOP he thought did the outreach well, and no names immediately came to mind. What about his home state of Florida’s former governor Jeb Bush?
“Yeah, but what is reaching out?” he rhetorically replied. “It’s not just because you have an Hispanic wife or you can speak a little Spanish, you know. What are you doing to go in and not just show up at a Hispanic-American breakfast at the chamber of commerce or what have you. Not just showing up in Black History Month. When are you really going in and talking about the issues? My parents were raised as Democrats,” West continued. “My parents raised me with very conservative principles and values, and I tell you, when you talk to the black community really about who they are on a Sunday, they’re the most conservative people in the United States of America. Now you got to get that message home Monday through Saturday.”
Despite the diss to the first family of the modern Republican Party and the most recent nominee, West’s moment of clarity delivered some tough medicine on the run, which the attendees of this CPAC might have both applauded and learned from—a rare combination.
Listen to Allen West’s CPAC Speech and decide for yourself if he is worth your time to follow …
Bottom line …
George Bush (41) and George Bush (43) were Northeastern liberal elites backed by old-line advisors with nothing new to say and no idea about the status of today’s technological revolution. In many cases, Bush (43) considered himself to be an Imperial President and above it all – refusing to engage democrats or call-out their lies and machinations. Installing cronies – many incompetent or corrupt – and acting with the utmost secrecy. And, while Jeb Bush is geographically dislocated from the rest of the Bushes, he espouses the same philosophy and is likely to have the same advisors and viewpoints. Saying or doing whatever he can to get nominated – and relying on the GOP to fight his battles in building a ground game. This is not a viable candidate nor the way to implement a 24/7/365 ground game using the mainstream and social media to condition the battlefield and to distribute a coherent and resonant message.
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“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS