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On Monday, Jeb Bush pointed out the obvious. Ronald Reagan could have never made it in today's Republican Party:

"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."
This of course peeved conservatives, who were insulted at the thought that Saint Ronald Reagan, guardian of all that is conservative and holy, would have compromised on anything, and bristled at Jeb Bush disagreeing with the party for saying they didn't allow disagreement. Or something. (It also peeved liberals, because we really liked that brief stretch of time when we did not have to listen to a member of the Bush family telling us what they thought about anything.)

I wouldn't say he's backing down yet, but he's definitely feeling conservative pressure, if his Twitter feed is any indication:

Am reminded today why I rarely read headlines. #ContextIsImportant
@JebBush via HootSuite
The point I was making yesterday is this: The political system today is hyperpartisan. Both sides are at fault.
@JebBush via HootSuite
Past 4 years, Democrats have held leadership roles w/opportunities to reach across political aisle. For sake of politics, they haven't.
@JebBush via HootSuite

Here I'd like to just say two things. First, that Jeb Bush thinking "grand bargain"-talking Barack Obama hasn't been reaching across the aisle enough is one of the more ridiculous things I've recently heard. And second, that I am very, very depressed that we now live in a world in which I am forced to pay attention to Jeb Bush's Twitter feed. If Sarah Palin starts making news via Instagram, I'm out of here. I don't know if I can make it all the way to Mars in a garage-built spacecraft, but I'm willing to try.

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  •  reagan rarely found common ground (15+ / 0-)

    but the democratic congress of his era often gave in to him. of course, to the broders of the world that constituted finding common ground.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:04:54 PM PDT

  •  He's about 5% less of a prick than the rest of 'em (6+ / 0-)

    ...when you do the full analysis.

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:06:38 PM PDT

  •  Well, Jeb used orthodoxy appropriately. (6+ / 0-)

    His brother George, the dimwit would have inextricably linked it to Judaism, stopped mid-sentence, and then inserted oral hygiene, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, or a combination of the two.

    •  But Jeb is afraid of Grover and Rush... (5+ / 0-)

      ... just like every other spineless GOP politician.

      Please help to fight hunger with a donation to Feeding America.

      by MJB on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:29:11 PM PDT

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      •  Jeb repeats Reagan talking point (1+ / 0-)
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        Gets a right wingnut pie in the face.

        Dairy put in today talks about rehabilitating Reagan.  That's a hot one!  Historical revisionism is more like it.

        As for Jeb-thro being scared of "piggy" and "bathtubs" I doubt that.  The old man is actually a king of sorts in todays Republican party.  Jeb repeating the truthy statement about Reagen, and it is a statement with a grain of truth that is blown up enough to qualify as a Colbert Truthiness is incidental.

        What is consequential in the statements about Reagan and Eisenhower and to an extent even Nixon are not in, nor anywhere near, the main whirlpool of todays GOP ideology is to point out the obvious

        However, Reagan is being, and has long been something of a demigod, a sort of Seth, or Zuul, to the ardent backers who want that lug on Mt. Rushmore etc., are incensed whenever he does not look like Dear Leader who's ghostly spectre leads todays GOP ever onward like the Captain of the doomed "Flying Dutchman."

        It's another distraction.  

        The nation we save from Republican sharpsters will be our own. We need a Democratic Congress, and to reelect President Obama....this won't be easy...we better get started NOW!

        by boilerman10 on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:50:16 PM PDT

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  •  May I come with you to Mars (8+ / 0-)

    in your garage-built spacecraft?  Please?

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:07:32 PM PDT

  •  Next Tweet: "OK Already, It's Obama's fault" -nt (7+ / 0-)

    "Someone just turned the lights on in the bar and the sexiest state doesn't look so pretty anymore" CA Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Texas budget mess

    by CaliSista on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:08:19 PM PDT

  •  "Opportunities to reach across the political (11+ / 0-)

    aisle" were not squandered, but gifted to the GOP in spades when Obama decided not to sic Holder on Rove and not to investigate Bush administration malfeasance.  

    They were given in spades when Obama took single-payer off the table at the beginning of health care reform discussions.

    Indeed, Obama squandered a lot of good will from the Dem side of the aisle because he spent two years giving the GOP time, forgiveness, and tons of what they wanted on all sorts of issues.  And what did we get in return?  We went to negotiate-with-the-GOP-land and all we got was this lousy constitutional gridlock and depression economy.

    Jeb Bush is getting a hiding from conservatives on his comments, but all the walking-back and "clarifying" in the world won't change what he knows is true.

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:08:31 PM PDT

  •  Of course Jeb never makes mention of the fact (11+ / 0-)

    that the hyper-partisanship started with somebody by the name of George W. Bush

    The definition of INSANITY: Voting Republican over and over and over and expecting the economy to get better.

    by pollbuster on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:09:10 PM PDT

  •  Jeb, it's over... (3+ / 0-)
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    itzik shpitzik, Hunter, MrSandman

    ..the part about you running for president in 2016, I mean.

    Word to your political strategy, Jeb:

    I see 3 tweets & none of them mention Barack Obama, your hatred for Barack Obama, & how Barack Obama is a Communist plant who is systematically dismantling American Exceptionalism.

    Know your audience, Jeb.

    You can't win them over unless you express unhinged hatred for Barack Obama.  That's literally all they want to hear.


    When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in excess body fat and carrying a misspelled sign.

    by wyvern on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:10:37 PM PDT

  •  Sure fire ways to make (7+ / 0-)

    one's life simpler and less stressful:

    1.  No teevee;
    2.  No smartphone or phone with camera;
    3.  No twitter;
    4.  No Facebook account; and
    5.  Be a genius in the kitchen which involves recipe porn and accoutrements porn.

    When I learn to get off the webz, my life will be almost perfect other than the 52 pounds I put on.

    There's zero people out there I would follow on twitter, unless Peter Gelb would try to get in touch with me personally with lifetime tickets to the Met.

    Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:11:12 PM PDT

    •  I'm with you (1+ / 0-)
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      Most content is poorly thought out crap.   Facebook is nothing more than people posting quotes, but doing nothing to change the system.  Twitter ads nothing to the conversation except more crap. Don't have cable, but do have a tv so I can watch good content.   Yes, cooking porn...yummmmmmmmmmmm.   I would add, starting a garden to your list.

      When I'm stupid and incompetent financially, I get calls from collection agencies and higher interest rates. When the 1% are stupid and incompetent financially they get billions from the government.

      by tarminian on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:22:06 PM PDT

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      •  Raised bed (1+ / 0-)
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        plus 550 pounds of soil, lettuce and tomatoes done!

        Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:51:04 PM PDT

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        •  Raised beds (0+ / 0-)

          Semi raised beds here.  Dug a trench to put them in so could use existing soil.   Got a late start, but things are growing and we have lettuce and beet greens already.   Should have tomatoes in probably another month.  Trying companion planting too.

          When I'm stupid and incompetent financially, I get calls from collection agencies and higher interest rates. When the 1% are stupid and incompetent financially they get billions from the government.

          by tarminian on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 06:47:14 PM PDT

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  •  OMG! (3+ / 0-)

    It's like Earth to Jeb: Your Party is a bunch of crazies with no clue about reality.

    Sorta like your stupider brother.

    Doncha get it yet?

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:15:29 PM PDT

  •  Sounds like he got taken to the wood shed (0+ / 0-)

    and given a spanking by his father.  

    When I'm stupid and incompetent financially, I get calls from collection agencies and higher interest rates. When the 1% are stupid and incompetent financially they get billions from the government.

    by tarminian on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:15:47 PM PDT

  •  A harder time c/ Nancy Davis than Jane Wyman (0+ / 0-)
    She filed for divorce in 1948; the divorce was finalized in 1949. Since Ronald Reagan is the only U.S. president to have been divorced, Wyman was the only ex-wife of an American President.
    Though she remained silent during Reagan's political career, she told a newspaper interviewer in 1968 that this was not because she was:
    “    bitter or because I don't agree with him politically. I've always been a registered Republican. But it's bad taste to talk about ex-husbands and ex-wives, that's all. Also, I don't know a damn thing about politics.

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare." 政治委员, 政委!

    by annieli on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:16:40 PM PDT

  •  Is there any, (1+ / 0-)
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    I repeat any Republicans left that are capable of telling the slightest bit of truth?

    It has gone beyond the pale.

    These people are batshit insane, every damn last one of them.

    "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Louis Brandeis

    by wxorknot on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:16:47 PM PDT

  •  "This of course peeved conservatives". (1+ / 0-)
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    DEMonrat ankle biter

    Let's get this straight.  This peeved Grover Norquist.

    Something tells me that there is bad karma between Jeb and Grover.  That is a good thing.  

  •  Brain dead = brain dead (2+ / 0-)
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    wxorknot, bill warnick

    I think Ronald Reagan would fit in with today’s GOP—a white guy who’s been dead ten years would do exactly as much thinking as the best the GOP has to offer.

    "The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity." --W. B. Yeats

    by Pragmatus on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:17:07 PM PDT

  •  I'm already chin-deep in Romney bullshit, (1+ / 0-)
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    DEMonrat ankle biter

    now I have to wade into Jebville?

    Um, no.  Just no.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:17:20 PM PDT

  •  yeah, and go fuck yourself Jeb. (0+ / 0-)

    no such thing as an honest republican.

    "Hey Joe Walsh, when did you stop deadbeating your wife?"

    by wretchedhive on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:17:47 PM PDT

  •  Reagan would've just flip-flopped (0+ / 0-)

    called Obama a socialist and roared in favor of plutocracies because he would have had numerous SuperPACs behind him.

    Either that or TMZ would've leaked some big sex scandal back in his acting days and ruined his political career.  

    It's always humorous to hear retiring Senators or out-of-office politicians preach about bipartisanship when they did nothing in their times to encourage it.

    Sign the petition & help me honor Paul Wellstone!

    by RVKU on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:18:48 PM PDT

    •  Or reminisced about portraying Grover Cleveland (1+ / 0-)
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      At noon, promising an "era of national renewal," Ronald Wilson Reagan becomes the oldest man to take the oath of office as President of the United States. . . .

      Later, President Reagan visits Tip O'Neill's office, where the House Speaker shows him a desk that was used by Grover Cleveland. Reagan claims to have portrayed him in a movie. O'Neill points out that Reagan in fact played Grover Cleveland Alexander, the baseball player, not Grover Cleveland, the President.

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      by MJB on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:37:55 PM PDT

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  •  Ha, if anything... (0+ / 0-)

    Democrats have been reaching across the aisle too much.

    Jebediah, when was the last time a Republican reached across the aisle? Go ahead, I'll wait.

  •  the really depressing part (4+ / 0-)
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    citizenx, Khun David, Matt Z, peptabysmal

    Is the Bushes now represent the RELATIVELY reasonable and sane wing of the GOP.

    "When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it." ~ Oscar Wilde

    by Scott Wooledge on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:22:34 PM PDT

  •  Jeb Bush seems to be... (1+ / 0-)
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    DEMonrat ankle biter

    doing a post-mortem on the 2012 Presidential election.
    These are not the words of a man who feels confident in his candidate.

    I hope his pessimism is justified.

  •  Dearest Jeb, your brother George was President (1+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z

    and you never will be.

    p.s. your name isn't really Jeb.

    Master Blaster runs Bartertown

    by citizenx on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:23:56 PM PDT

  •  slap that man! reduce him to a trembling mass! (0+ / 0-)

    He has sullied the throne of St. Ronald. He has shat squarely in the face of Pope Norquist! Will the blasphemy never cease? HELL hath no fury like a GOPer scorned, the scourge must be applied with intense vigor until Limbaugh himself cries 'enough'.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:24:18 PM PDT

  •  The Great Wide Hope (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Matt Z

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare." 政治委员, 政委!

    by annieli on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:24:51 PM PDT

  •  Wow... (3+ / 0-)
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    MJB, OldDragon, Matt Z

    I just want to point out:

    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.
    ...Its funny. Because he disagreed with them, and now is backing down because the republicans couldnt tolerate his disagreement and refused to find common ground.

    Are treatment radical such of effects term long the what sure be can't we, naturally. Charge no.

    by kamrom on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:26:32 PM PDT

  •  Just tweeted to Jeb... (1+ / 0-)
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    I pointed out that Obama has had 3 Chiefs of Staff from Wall Street Banks... defended WS Predators as "Savvy Businessmen" and passed more Free Trade Job Outsourcing (2011 Columbia)...

    Then asked:  How much more pro-1% do Dems need to get?

    I mean, come on.. it's silly to claim the Dems haven't reached across the aisle.  

    Isn't the GOP supposed to be pro-business?

    Didn't Obama give business more Free Trade Job Outsourcing in 2011?

    Didn't Obama (& the dems) pass a Payroll Tax "Holiday" - linking Social Security to the deficit (thereby setting it up for attacks that it contributes to the deficit)?

    Didn't Obama appoint a Monsanto Executive / Lobbyist to a senior spot (specially created!) at the FDA?

    Didn't Obama renominate Wall Street's favored Son Ben the Bernanke?

    Didn't Obama nominate Timothy Geithner to raid, I mean watch over, the Treasury Dept?

    Didn't Obama appoint Alan Simpson - a social program hating Rethuglican - to co-chair a (get this, in a recession no less) a Deficit Commission?

    Didn't Obama tap General Electric's Outsourcing CEO to advise him on "Jobs"?

    Didn't Obama pass (with Dem support) an extension of the Bush Tax Cuts for the 1%?

    Didn't Obama, to satisfy the base, pass "reform" which created a "regulatory agency" - housed within the Federal Reserve?  That's gotta be at least worth a few chuckles on Wall Street.

    Didn't the Dems try to pass more onerous legislation to protect "copyright" for big media?

    Didn't Obama ensure that his "stimulus" contained a nice chunk of tax cuts?

    Didn't Obama pass the hilariously named "JOBS" bill?

    Didn't Obama give that blue-dog corporate loving asshat Max Baucus the project of "crafting" healthcare "reform"?  Didn't Max immediately hire a Healthcare Executive to write the damned thing?

    Didn't Obama all but ignore the Public Option in favor of mandatory purchase of private insurance, thereby leading to a nice rise in Insurance Monopoly stocks?

    What The Fuck More does the GOP want the Dems to do to "reach across the aisle"?

    You know what the GOP's problem is?  

    They're jealous.

    The GOP couldn't pass Free Trade Job Outsourcing - oh no, it took a Democrat to accomplish THAT.

    The GOP couldn't fuck with social security;  Again, it took a Democrat to do it.

    Deficit Commission?  "Reforming" government?

    Remind me again who it was who said "We have ended Welfare As We Know It"?  Oh yeah.  The same guy who passed NAFTA.

    When the GOP tries that shit, they get opposed.  When a Dem does it?  

    No wonder the GOP is so damned pissy.

    Fk Jeb Bush.

    If he thinks he can do better for Wall Street's Savvy Businessmen, let's see him run for office.  Until then, he should keep his pie-hole shut.

    <Disclaimer:  This message is a criticism against the GOP's claim of Democratic obstructionism;  Any unfortunate citation of factual information is done solely as a last resort to defend the Democrats against baseless GOP attacks>

    The 1% Feast on Results while the 99% Starve on Rhetoric They Can Believe In.

    by Johnathan Ivan on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:28:26 PM PDT

  •  Can We Please Stop Associating Republican Quotes (0+ / 0-)

    with their thoughts?

    All but the stupidest, mostly fundamentalists, do not believe what they're saying. And since most of the time every single one of them is saying exactly the same thing, it's ridiculous to give any of them credit anyway.

    Even Beck doesn't actually think that Obama has a deep-seated hatred of white people.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:30:04 PM PDT

  •  Who knows what (1+ / 0-)
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    joe wobblie

    the games plans and the scripts that emanate from them are except that they inevitably are intended to move the nation rightward.

    Unfortunately, we often confuse reality and artifice.

    99%er. 100% opposed to fundamentalist/neoconservative/neoliberal oligarchs.

    by blueoasis on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:31:51 PM PDT

  •  Could this all be a setup (0+ / 0-)

    to make the Mittster look bad? Then when their Convention starts, he can be replaced by someone else?

    "May today be as great as yesterday, and tomorrow be greater than both!" Author, Sharon B.

    by secret38b on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:37:03 PM PDT

  •  I wish we never had to hear the (0+ / 0-)

    name Bush ever again...

    and NO..Jeb...the American people are waking up to who is really obstructing progress in this country...and who is really trying to make the country work...

  •  I was waiting to see if this would happen (0+ / 0-)

    If Jeb had stuck to his guns I would have given him some credit. But he has to be a politician.

  •  The false equivalence (0+ / 0-)

    It burns! I don't know anyone who tried harder or longer to reach across time zones, aisles, rivers & gulfs than President Obama.

    It was naive in the extreme and one of the chief problems I saw looming in the future.

    But he did try, really all theMSM bullsit & now Jeb! Is pushing the same nonsense. This must be making Tom Friedman's mustache tingle.

    In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God ~RFK

    by vcmvo2 on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:46:03 PM PDT

  •  Republicans are Strange!!! (0+ / 0-)

    WJ Clinton delivered on the Republican Ideals of Welfare Reform, NAFTA and the De-regulation of Wall St. And the Republicans hated him.

    Obama carries water for Wall Street better than any Republican Prez of the past. He's made the Bush wars his own. He made the Bush tax cuts his own. Obamacare is forcing many Americans to buy insurance from private insurance companies, and is financing Obamacare with taxes on union health plans. His Drone Wars are making money for the Military-Industrial complex. And the Republicans hate him.

    I think the real problem is that the Democrats are better at advancing the Conservative Agenda, and the Republicans don't like being shown up.

  •  What a fucking coward fuck. (1+ / 0-)
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    Yesterday he rightly calls out Republican fuckheadness and today he says, "All I'm saying is Democrats suck!"

    Jeb Bush - you are a coward's coward. You fucknut fuck.

  •  This is supposed to be the "smart" Bush? (1+ / 0-)
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    Just another Bush without a backbone.
    Just another GOP hack.

  •   Just start building Rapture-ships in your garage. (0+ / 0-)

    Shaped in the form of a cross. Destination: Heaven.
    They'll sell like hotcakes.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 06:44:25 PM PDT

  •  Oh Jeb. (0+ / 0-)

    If your brother's catastrophic Presidency didn't ruin your Presidential ambitions, then your recent bout of Political Tourettes did.  You can't speak truth to power, when that power has you so far under their thumb.  

    If you listen to fools, the Mob Rules

    by CO Democrat on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 07:21:09 PM PDT

  •  Somebody Told Jeb To Shut His Big Yap..... (1+ / 0-)
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    He shut it.  Now he's treading water.  He's way, way too old & tall to be such a little wussy.

    What a corny, cowardly retreat.  He's not even running yet, & he's already losing.  

  •  So Jeb is in thrall to Norquist... (0+ / 0-)

    Norquist voices disapproval of Jebs comments and Jeb hurries to "clarify". How freakin' pathetic.

  •  Dems may be making a big mistake (0+ / 0-)

    Listening to Jebby yesterday, I wondered if perhaps Democrats weren't falling into that Ole' Briar Patch.

    Romney is truly an aweful candidate. His weaknesses are becoming more apparent by the minute. He got where he is with money and vile ads.

    Do the "back room boys" have polls or information to show he is even weaker than we think? Why did Jebby emerge right now as the voice of reason with the Hispanic wife?

    Perhaps it IS too early to aim at Romney.

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