Tancredo: Jeb Bush Will Destroy the GOP

Tom Tancredo, on the far-right fringe of Republican politics, says that if Jeb Bush wins the Republican nomination for president it will be the death knell for the GOP. Yes, this is a repeat from John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012.

Jeb Bush leads all other Republicans in early polls for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Without question, Bush is the anointed front-runner, and without question, the Republican establishment is ecstatic.

The Republican Party should be happy about the prospect of Jeb Bush as its 2016 presidential candidate only if it has a death wish. Bush 41and Bush 43 dug a hole the party could not climb out of, so Bush 45 aims to fill it with the broken promises of the Republican platform: The Party of Lincoln, RIP.

Historical blindness. The Republican party hasn’t been the “party of Lincoln” in a very, very long time.

The problem for Bush is both obvious and insurmountable: His support among rank and file Republicans is a mile wide and a half inch deep. Bush’s high standing in the polls is based solely on name ID, not his popularity as a leader on key issues. In fact, he is on the wrong side of several critical issues, and the more he is forced to talk about issues of real concern to real people, the more his star will lose its luster.

That same statement could have been made — indeed, was made — about both McCain and Romney. It’s the same line the far right always peddles.

Yet, when all is said and done, the only real advantage Bush has heading to 2016 is division among conservatives. While Bush cannot win a head-to-head contest with a conservative like Ted Cruz, if conservatives split their support among a half-dozen or more candidates – as happened in 2012 – Bush could conceivably squeak through as Romney 2.0.

That would be a tragedy of historic proportions because it would mean four more years of Democratic control of the White House and the end of the Republican Party.

Again?

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  • marcus

    Why won’t they just stay ended? Fucking zombies.

  • dingojack

    ” … it would mean four more years of Democratic control of the White House and the end of the Republican Party.”

    Promises, promises….

    Dingo

  • raven

    Tancredo: Jeb Bush Will Destroy the GOP

    What is the downside here? It’s a bit like eliminating Ebola in West Africa.

    The Senate’s 46 Democrats got 20 million more votes than its 54 Republicans

    Vox‎ – 2 days ago

    Because Republicans come from smaller states. … The Senate’s 46 Democrats got 20 million more votes than its 54 Republicans. Jan 2 …

    Odd factoid. The 54 GOP senators got 20 million less votes than the 46 Democrats. A similar margin holds in the House.

    Clearly the GOP has mastered the art of being a majority elected party…by a minority of voters.

  • raven

    Oh Cthulhu, I hope Jeb Bush doesn’t get elected anything. I’m still bitter about his idiot brother because he directly and adversely effected me.

    1. Two of my friends died in Iraq, for nothing. I haven’t forgotten that.

    2. My 401(K) plan and millions of others died during the Bush Catastrophe when the stock markets and economy crashed. Oddly enough, unlike my friends, the 401(K) plan has been resurrected. Under Obama the economy recovered and the stock markets have set records.

  • eric

    Its funny, he’s gotten the situation in the 2012 primary completly, 180 degrees backwards. The four leading contenders near the end of the 2012 GOP primary were Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, and Paul. That’s arguably one “real conservative” (Santorum), with Paul being a bit of a wild card because he’s very conservative on many issues but practically liberal on others (example: he support SSM). So in fact the primary ballot was stuffed the other way – against the mainstream, because there was in fact only one ultraconservative candidate vs. three who weren’t. The tea party side of the GOP didn’t lose in 2012 because Santorum had too many other ultraconservative contenders, they lost because Santorum couldn’t win the largest pluarity of votes even when the non-TP vote was split (unevenly) three ways. And that’s because, despite what they think, there just aren’t a lot of voters that agree with their platform.

  • marcus

    Almost 300 million goddamned people in this country and the best we can do is another round of Clinton vs Bush? What. The. Fuck.

    (I will of course vote the most liberal ticket available, but… really?)

  • Kevin Kehres

    PLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE?

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    “The Republican party hasn’t been the ‘party of Lincoln’ in a very, very long time.”

    I am not so sure. I bet most Republicans would be perfectly fine with suspending habeus corpus. For THOSE people, only, of course.

  • John Pieret

    A Bush Too Far …

  • blf

    I don’t care who destroys the thugs as long as that thug has NO reasonable chance of being elected. Unfortunately, as odious as he is, it’s not-obvious (to me) that Bush III cannot possibly be elected.

  • caseloweraz

    Tancredo overlooks the possibility of Bush 44 riding in to save the day. That would be Beauregard Bush, right? Bret? Bart?

    (Sorry — Ed’s post about Gohmert has me thinking of Maverick: “Who is the tall dumb stranger there?” But it’s not coming together.)

  • gshelley

    How do people think that Romney was some sort of moderate in light of what his actual positions were?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    If Jeb! Bush destroys the Republican Party, I will take back half the mean things I said about him.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    How do people think that Romney was some sort of moderate in light of what his actual positions were?

    He supported Obamacare before it was Obamacare.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Lincoln has got to be history’s biggest RINO. If you look at the states that voted for him vs. those that voted against, it’s almost the complete inverse of how they vote now.

  • eric

    How do people think that Romney was some sort of moderate in light of what his actual positions were?

    Because of Romneycare. Because of his 2008 freedom of/from religion speech was markedly different from the Jesus Jesus Jesus style of speech of several of his rivals in both campaigns. Because Obama focused a lot of press on his (Romney’s) tax returns and the media focused a lot on his foreign affairs PR fails (which hurt him, but don’t paint him as a conservative). Because in public he only really offered pap. Pretty much nothing beyond the standard party soundbytes of small government, lower taxes, reduce spending, etc… He was one of those politicians who basically tried to say as little as possible in the hopes that his opponents would tick off the public worse by actually taking positions. True, in private he was making his 1% speech, and when that came to light it changed some opinions. But let’s be honest here: not-caring about the common folk is not a personality failure of politicians associated with conservativism. Romney took a big hit for those comments, but I doubt anyone thought he was more conservative for making them.

  • busterggi

    Today’s GOP isn’t even the party of Saint Ronnie anymore and I hated his blissfully stupid guts.

  • scienceavenger

    While Bush cannot win a head-to-head contest with a conservative like Ted Cruz…

    He can’t? From what I’ve seen, just about every GOP contender could beat Cruz. And according to RCP, Cruz does the worst against Hillary of any of the GOP contenders, losing by 15 points on average.

    I really hope Tancredo the Reality Challenged gets his way however. The only thing that will shut people like him up will be to have the Democrat take 49 states from a Huckabee, Cruz or Santorum in the general.

  • grumpyoldfart

    One day in the near future one of these religious nutcases will win the presidency.

  • whheydt

    Who knew that the best comparison to Jeb Bush is the North Platte River…during a drought?

  • Reptile Dysfunction

    My favorite comment on this was left on Charley Pierce’s blog a couple of weeks ago

    when Jeb first announced he was testing the waters:

    You can say what you like about Jeffrey Daumer,

    but there was only one of him.

  • eric

    The only thing that will shut people like him up will be to have the Democrat take 49 states from a Huckabee, Cruz or Santorum in the general.

    They’d find someway to rationalize the result away and keep their belief that ultraconservativism is the majority position. For many of them, no evidence is going to change that belief. After all, as I pointed out they’ve now taken the 2012 fact that one ultraconsevative lost against three non-ultraconservatives and completely reversed the actual story, rationalizing that loss by saying “our vote was diluted because there were a bunch of ultraconservatives running against a single moderate.”

  • lordshipmayhem

    on the far-right fringe of Republican politics

    ROFLMAO!!!

  • Artor

    @whheydt #20

    Wide & shallow & kinda smelly?

  • StevoR

    Jeb Bush will destroy the GOP

    Then go Jeb Bush?

    Except hasn’t the Tea party and its own ugly flaws already pretty much achieved that?