It is obvious that Jeb Bush could not win a general election. He could never hope to get the independent vote, partly because of his name and the immensely negative connotation it has, and secondly, he is no different than the other moderate candidates that tried – and failed – in 2008 and 2012. If it didn’t work then, why would it work now?
I cannot understand why any Republican of a sound mind would actively support Jeb Bush. Maybe he has a few accomplishments they like. Maybe he has said some things that they agree with. But they have to know that he would fail miserably in a general election!
I was unfortunate enough to catch a bit of O’Rielley’s “No Spin Zone” evening of May 5th. There he was, singing Bush’s praises!
Today, Mike Huckabee announced his candidacy. Best known for his mediocrity both as Governor of Arkansas and a Fox News host. Fox News was singing his praises too, but that is to be expected.
However, he is also being praised by the other side – by Yahoo politics of all places, who claims that he is more apt to understand the plight of the poor. Well! This flies in the face of his tax/spend happy time as Governor of Arkansas, and despite his small tax and government rhetoric, “the average Arkansas tax burden increased 47% over Huckabee’s tenure.”*
So why are these candidates put forth by the media in such a way?
The goal is to paint candidates such as these as the ones with the chance, as the popular candidates, viz., the real conservatives such as Paul or Cruz which are being painted as extremists.
If a lie is repeated enough it will become truth. And the majority of right leaning voters who rely upon Fox News for their news and opinions will be swept up in this, and find themselves supporting candidates that they otherwise would not.
* See here, a great article (albeit from 2008, still applies today) showing quite clearly that Huckabee will never be all that he is cracked up to be: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2008/01/john-keller/the-huckabee-file/