Jeb Bush Kills His Campaign Before It Starts

Jeb Bush apparently decided to destroy his chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination before he’d even decided whether to run when he made an entirely reasonable statement about why people often immigrate in order to help their families. Reasonable statements like this one do not help one in a Republican primary:

“The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because their families — the dad who loved their children — was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table. And they wanted to make sure their family was intact, and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family. Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love,” Bush said.

But on Planet Wingnuttia, you see, furriners are not capable of love, only Americans are capable of love. That’s part of that American exceptionalism thing they blather on about constantly. Allen West, for one, is so upset by this that he says he might even leave the Republican party over it:

After Mefferd asked West whether he would consider joining a third party, the one-term Florida congressman lashed out at his home state’s former governor Jeb Bush for stating in an interview that immigrants who entered the country illegally did so as an “act of love” for their families.

“I believe that when we get to the point when the parties have failed the American people, absolutely,” West said. “The American people are getting fed up with what they see and what they hear each and every day. Case in point, look at our former governor of Florida down here, Jeb Bush who just came out and said illegal immigration is an act of love. An act of love is to take care of the American people who are suffering high unemployment, their wages are being depressed; they don’t need to be told, ‘Hey you need to step out of line and we’re going to fast-track these people.’”

It’s always amusing to see a wingnut invoke “the American people” to support a position that the American people are, in fact, strongly opposed to. Let’s look at some recent polls on immigration. a CBS News poll just a couple weeks ago found that 56% of Americans think those who are here illegally should be allowed to stay and apply for citizenship; 29% think they should be sent back. A Pew poll in February found that a whopping 73% think that “there should be a way for those who meet certain requirements to stay in the country legally.” Only 24% says they shouldn’t be allowed to stay. A CNN poll at the beginning of February found that 81% would support “a bill that allowed those immigrants to stay in this country rather than being deported and eventually allow them to apply for U.S. citizenship.” 17% opposed it.

Sorry Allen, “the American people” think you’re dead wrong on this one.


  1. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Hmm .. Just remember the old saying that a week is a long time in politics.

    29016, 2015 even, is still a political eon of millennia away.

    A lot can change very fast before then – and hopefully will.

    (Although NOT in the sense that I hope Jeb Bush does well, mind you. Although I doubt he’s the worst possible Republican POTUS candidate which isn’t saying much at present is it?)

    Immigration like equal marriage is a topic where the US people are Astronomical Units ahead of the govt and even media. Hopefully the latter two will catch up soon.

    Sadly, the Aussie immigration debate is faring far worse and not good right now. One area where US politics is better than ours.

  2. Trebuchet says

    Jeb’s been considered a RINO for a long time, I think. Even his brother W had a fairly reasonable proposal on immigration, which was shot down by his fellow Republicans.

  3. Steven says

    What Bush is doing is playing the money primary. Big business loves immigration so if they decide that Bush is the one they want they will shower him with enough money to drown out any unpopular statement he might have made.

  4. dingojack says

    Oh Allen, please join a third party, and take all your little wingnut friends with you, then perhaps, the Republicans can re-join the adult conversation (without the ‘Nazi Tourette’s and the tantrums and tears).
    Stevo – 29016 would be a long time, even outside politics. [27,002 years] :)

  5. raven says

    Jeb Bush Kills His Campaign Before It Starts

    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    The rightwingers have extremely short attention spans and can and will forget everything within a few days.

    wikipedia Jeb Bush:

    In 1971 in León, Mexico, where he was teaching English as part of a foreign exchange program, Bush met Columba Garnica Gallo. They fell in love and were married on February 23, 1974, in Austin, Texas.[59][60]

    Jeb is married to a former Mexican national. And is a Catholic convert.

    Not exactly what the Tea Party is looking for. But if they could nominate a nonxian Reptilian plutocrat in Romney, they can nominate anything that crawls out of the Dark Side. As long as they hate the right groups, nothing else matters to them.

  6. colnago80 says

    This in addition to how his handling of the Terri Schiavo brouhaha managed to alienate both side of the argument. His failure to prevent Schiavo from being allowed to starve to death is an anathema to the tea baggers and the anti-abortion crowd who have great influence in Rethuglican primaries.

  7. sigurd jorsalfar says

    Is Bush’s mistake that he hasn’t grasped the difference between winning an election in Florida and winning one at the national level?

  8. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @5. dingojack :

    Stevo – 29016 would be a long time, even outside politics. [27,002 years]

    Ahh, its not all that long a span for astronomers geologists and palaeontologists!

    Everything’s relative. (Tpoy o’course.)

  9. Randomfactor says

    It’s always amusing to see a wingnut invoke “the American people”

    They define that term VERY narrowly.

  10. dingojack says

    Modusoperandi – and those than aren’t, are largely only worth 3/5.
    Stevo – yep. :D

  11. brucegee1962 says

    I want to put my order in early. If he gets the nomination, the official nickname for him needs to be “King George III,” with all that implies.

    You heard it here first.

  12. says

    The very thought of another Bush in the White House makes my skin crawl.

    To be fair, I’m sure there are plenty of folks who feel that way about another Clinton.

  13. felidae says

    I wonder what the good Mr west would say about a resurgence of the 19th century “Send the Negroes Back to Africa” movement

  14. John Pieret says

    I believe that when we get to the point when the parties have failed the American people, absolutely

    There was a time, between the 1920s and 1980s where the Religious Right sat on its hands as far as politics went. I think we call them “the good ol’ days” … when both parties were relatively sane and the John Birch Society represented the crazies instead of one of the major parties. If West and his ilk sulk and break off into some marginal nth party instead of seriously influencing the Republicans, it would be the best development in politics in my lifetime.

  15. anubisprime says

    Well if West did bugger off and play at king making in his own image…it is not beyond the bounds to consider that a fair percentage of the right wing wackos would join hands. praise jeebus, and merrily merrily skip down the road to join him.

    I suppose it depends on precisely how scatologically they are deranged, although evidence does seem to indicate fundamentally flawed, they all to a cretin demonstrably proud owners of the dumbfuck gene (TM).

    And if Darwinian processes really wants to prove a point then all the dimwads in one barrel will enhance the species exponentially…and evolution in action will close off that particular branch of the mentally unfit.

    They can all preach, harangue and appeal to each other unto eternity, basically a niche unto itself…thus leaving a vacuum elsewhere fit for rationality to encroach, it is only fair and natural selection in action is awesome!

  16. matty1 says

    I wonder what the good Mr west would say about a resurgence of the 19th century “Send the Negroes Back to Africa” movement

    What has Africa done to you that you’d inflict Allen West on them?

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