Apparently, whoever makes up this somewhat mysterious Republican “establishment” fears that their former hope, Gov. Chris Christie, is damaged goods. Secondly, they fear that unless they intervene quickly behind a chosen candidate, Sen. Rand Paul could win the nomination and, in a time of the necessity of strong actions abroad by the United States, could push their party and the country in an isolationist direction. As one prominent unnamed bundler told the reporters about Jeb Bush, “he’s the most desired candidate out there.” The article goes on to note that at a moment’s notice, Bush could activate a waiting national fundraising effort that would give him more funds than any competitor in the Republican ranks.
Whatever happened to letting members of the Republican Party choose their own candidate freely, and holding a convention in which delegates actually can make their own choice for the nominee? Evidently, that moment has already passed, and the folks who gave us McCain and Romney have already made up their minds.
You want to watch 1992 repeat itself? I know Hillary does. The lady would love nothing more than to see the Vichy GOP foist Jeb on conservatives, so that the substantial NO MOAR BUSH coalition can split the conservative vote, and let her shamble forward to victory.
While the base may not have the inside track and the deep pockets to just push through its desired candidate, the heckler veto against Jeb is already in. Hopefully Rove, Krystal, and the rest of the pencil neck consultants can figure out the Bush fatigue and just let it go.
If, in a 300 million+ person country, no ‘conservative’ can win without being named Bush, we’ve a bigger problem.