Jeb Bush Endorses Ted Cruz

 

I thought my iPad was hacked when the WSJ notification popped-up earlier this morning, so I searched the Internet. And what do you know? Jeb Bush endorsed Senator Ted Cruz for president this morning.

I am trying to wrap my head around what this means and how many fun scenarios or reasons there are to contemplate the why? and why now? For what it’s worth, Bush’s non-president brother, Neil, already endorsed Cruz and joined his campaign.

Bush’s endorsement of Cruz — while more robust than Mitt Romney’s last week — is also primarily about stopping Donald Trump:

Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests, including yesterday’s Utah caucus.

As I said from the moment I launched my presidential campaign, the stakes in 2016 couldn’t be higher.

Washington is broken, too many families are stuck in poverty and Western civilization is under attack from radical Islamic terrorists, as evidenced by the horrific attack in Brussels, which was preceded by attacks in Paris and California.

For the sake of our party and country, we must overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee, most likely Hillary Clinton, this fall.

While the endorsements may appear luke warm and not-full throated backing of Cruz’s priorities or Senate tactics, I respect both governors for their constructive positive approach.

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  1. Douglas Inactive
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    It was all over for Trump when Cruz got the coveted Lindsay Graham endorsement. Devastating, just devastating. Surely electoral landslide looms.

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  2. Ralphie Inactive
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    C. U. Douglas:I’m gonna take it. Towards the end, Jeb! was going after the front runner Trump before the other candidates realized that was an actual viable tactic. Coming out in favor of Cruz at least makes him somewhat intellectually consistent, unlike another governor of a state that sorta rhymes with Blue Farsi. Cruz is the only candidate with even a hint of a chance of defeating Trump without going to convention. At least so far.

    So we’ll see how this goes.

    I’ll take it too. The Washington Post editors may be next after its session with Trump this week. Trump did not make the deal it seems. I’m sure Trump is paying or making promises to people like the Carson, Christie, et. al. It would be inline with how he does business.

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  3. BastiatJunior Member
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    I have no idea what the impact of the endorsement would be.

    I learned during the Clinton years that I have no political instincts whatsoever.  That’s been reinforced this year.

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  4. David Sussman Contributor
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    BrentB67:

    David Sussman:

    BrentB67

    Hey Brent,

    Haven’t gone through comments yet so don’t know if repeating, but there are two sides to the endorsement coin. Many are furious at Jeb!

    I’ve not read that. Who is furious and why?

    And this guy. (around 2:50)

    https://youtu.be/S5fm09f8X3A

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  5. I Walton Member
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    The next primary is in April.  Trump will get news coverage during that period but Cruz needs something to cause news.  A weekly endorsement would be good.  Bush couldn’t even get this timing right.

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  6. Midget Faded Rattlesnake Contributor
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    Mike H:Requiring everyone to be a write-in candidate would be a great way to suppress voter turnout and increase the average competence of actual voters.

    It would be a great way to increase bickering and bad faith among election officials, too.

    When you’ve seen some of the petty squabbles election judges already get into over minor misspellings of voter names or other mismatches (in my experience, often mismatches any reasonable person would be willing to explain away after a little patient inquiry), the prospect of suchlike officials judging how to count all votes as write-ins, despite inevitable eccentricities of spelling, handwriting, and so on, becomes pretty dismal.

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  7. dittoheadadt Inactive
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    BrentB67:

    She:

    BrentB67:

    Ball Diamond Ball:This ought to be magnificent to watch the talk-show Bushies fumbling for the eject.

    My guess is George and Jeb bullied brother Neil into joining the Cruz Crew and then when Neil reported back that they didn’t skin him alive and do not conduct animal sacrifices, etc. then Jeb dipped a toe in.

    George is probably at the ranch changing the locks and telling his brother’s that he got his already.

    OTOH, perhaps we’ll find out if this so-called establishment really does exist. I think the next 48 hours will be interesting.

    The veil will be pulled off in Cleveland.

    If it’s a veil, then it’s a woman.  If it’s a woman, then it’s Carly.

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  8. J. Martin Rogers Member
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    This may be more important than many seem to realize.  If this goes to a contested convention, all those delegates (even Trumps) are insider establishment types.  The more “acceptable” Cruz becomes the more likely he takes the convention nomination.  Just sayin’.

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  9. Midget Faded Rattlesnake Contributor
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    dittoheadadt:

    BrentB67:

    She:

    OTOH, perhaps we’ll find out if this so-called establishment really does exist. I think the next 48 hours will be interesting.

    The veil will be pulled off in Cleveland.

    If it’s a veil, then it’s a woman. If it’s a woman, then it’s Carly.

    Carly?

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  10. Arizona Patriot Member
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    Roberto:

    BrentB67:

    The Cloaked Gaijin:What about those 70,000 to 80,000 Rubio votes in Arizona that came in third-place in front of Kasich?

    I think Kasich just got beat by a zombie…

    I don’t know Arizona’s early voting laws and if the polls were open prior to Marco Rubio suspending his campaign.

    Early voting began 02/24/16 and was quite sizable in Arizona.

    In the 2016 presidential primaries, as of March 21 (see below for exact dates county by county) 297,714 Democratic and 371,693 Republican voters have already cast ballots in Arizona. This is according to data obtained from NBC’s data partner TargetSmart—a leading voter-file company in the United States.

    According the TargetSmart data, 29 percent of registered Democrats and 31 percent of registered Republicans have already cast ballot.

    A poll taken in AZ about 2 weeks before the election showed that 47% of GOP voters had already voted, 16% of them for Rubio.  Early voting, in this instance, was unwise.

    FYI, my wife and I each received an early ballot about a month ago — but we filled them out on election day and dropped them off at our polling place.

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  11. Duane Oyen Member
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    BrentB67:

    Ball Diamond Ball:This ought to be magnificent to watch the talk-show Bushies fumbling for the eject.

    My guess is George and Jeb bullied brother Neil into joining the Cruz Crew and then when Neil reported back that they didn’t skin him alive and do not conduct animal sacrifices, etc. then Jeb dipped a toe in.

    George is probably at the ranch changing the locks and telling his brother’s that he got his already.

    Nah, Jeb is simply doing the Responsible Republican Thing as long as the endorsee is not a disloyal former protege who did not wait his turn behind the Master.

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  12. aardo vozz Member
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    Midget Faded Rattlesnake:

    Mike H:Requiring everyone to be a write-in candidate would be a great way to suppress voter turnout and increase the average competence of actual voters.

    It would be a great way to increase bickering and bad faith among election officials, too.

    When you’ve seen some of the petty squabbles election judges already get into over minor misspellings of voter names or other mismatches (in my experience, often mismatches any reasonable person would be willing to explain away after a little patient inquiry), the prospect of suchlike officials judging how to count all votes as write-ins, despite inevitable eccentricities of spelling, handwriting, and so on, becomes pretty dismal.

    I agree. To avoid that kind of mess, we’d better bring back butterfly ballots and hanging chads;)

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