For some time, rumors have been circulating as to whether former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for the president in 2016. As Bush further considers the possibility of running, he’s seems to have realized one thing: the current GOP is completely insane.
Yesterday, Bush announced a game plan of sorts should he follow through and run for president in 2016, according to The Huffington Post. Bush said a successful candidate must be willing to “lose the primary to win the general.” As strange as the rationale behind that analogy may seem, Bush is saying that a candidate must stick to his guns, which is respectable.
However, for the GOP, sticking to its guns means government shutdowns, holding hostage tax plans that benefit the poor, gutting healthcare reform, and inciting ignorance on Net Neutrality (we’re looking at you, Ted Cruz). Traditionally, Bush is a moderate Republican. But today’s GOP are just as extreme, loud, and obnoxious as ever.
“I don’t know if I’d be a good candidate or a bad one,” said Bush. “But I kinda know how a Republican can win, whether it’s me or somebody else. [The candidate] has to be much more uplifting, much more positive, much more willing to be practical,” when compared to past Republicans.
As pretty of a thought that is, whichever Republicans rise to the top of that cesspool of a party will do the exact opposite. Since fear, anger, and frustration with Obama won the midterms for the GOP, it’s likely that the party will key in on those same emotions during the 2016 presidential elections.
During Bush’s years as governor, there wasn’t a Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Michele Bachmann, Scott Brown, Rick Scott, or Rick Perry. Republicans used to just be cranky, old white guys. Now, the Republicans are loud and boisterous psychopaths. They feed off their constituents’ fear that Obama will take their guns and pack them into concentration camps.
Jeb Bush can do all the “soul searching” he wants, but no amount of political moderation is going to win him any massive amount of GOP votes. If today’s Republicans are dinosaurs, then Republicans like Jeb Bush are primordial ooze.