"Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground," Bush said, adding that he views the hyper-partisan moment as "temporary."... but then he quickly heaps a good chunk of the blame on the Left in general and President Obama in particular:
Bush called the present partisan climate "disturbing."Sorry, Jeb. If you believe Barack Obama is to blame for the Republican Party's lurch to the right, then you're not exposing the problem ... you are the problem.
"It’s just a different environment left and right," he said of "this dysfunction."
And Bush also blamed President Obama for much of the conflict.
"His first year could have been a year of enormous accomplishment had he focused on things where there was more common ground," he said, arguing that Obama had made a "purely political calculation" to run a sharply partisan administration.