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Iggy, in that sense I'm certainly an unalloyed booster, you're right. Kudos for using "garden variety", I always love that phrase.
"I'd guess boosterism more than condescension, MM." Or just having an opinion, God forbid.
"You are getting THIS CLOSE to pissing me off by skirting outright condescension." No idea what you're talking about, but I'll know better than to address your comments again. Save this, Jeb Bush is a winner and Common Core is a tertiary issue. Cheers.
Miss Marple, to address the points in order.. 1. If something is attacked by everyone, for me that's a sign that there must be something good about it (think Catholicism). Less glibly, I think that Common Core is not a particularly big issue; the program might need a lot of fixes, but national standards for educators is not Stalinism. In any case, I'll bet that Jeb can diffuse this issue easily just by talking about it - he's the epitome of a reasonable-sounding person. 2. There is Bush dementia on the what? The left is not going to vote for any Republican, obviously, and the media is going to try to sabotage any Republican regardless. 3. All equity funds have foreign "backing", i.e. investors, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with Jeb making money. Watch (assuming he runs) how Jeb is unapologetic about this, and even comes out swinging. 4. Jeb is an education freak, and also likes to join consortiums or whatever. 5. Jeb hasn't been castigating the left for the last six years because he has not been on the national stage for the last six years. That changes now. He's a pro-business patriot who doesn't suffer fools gladly; he's no milquetoast, I think people will be surprised.
Jeb, assuming he runs, wins the GOP nod. Even if most of the supposedly more conservative candidates dropped out and supported one of their ranks, say Walker or Paul, Jeb would still win the primaries. And not because he's more monied, or because primary voters are somehow attracted to the establishment candidate (actually, it's supposed to be the firebrand voters who show up to primaries), but because Jeb comes across better as a candidate - he's a formidable campaigner. It's absolutely true that Romney will (probably gratefully) call it a day at last with Jeb running, and that Christie will recognize that he can't carry New Jersey in a general while Jeb will trounce Hillary or anyone else in Florida. Jeb is a smart wonky conservative, so I have to hope that his opponent is Warren, not only because it would be a landslide but also because there would be an actual debate of political philosophy (a good civics lesson for the nation as a whole).
"Didn't he necessarily have to abandon his support for school choice to properly fit the common core mold?" He wasn't changing his views for political expediency there, he didn't do that to pick up votes. It's possible, in terms of issues importance in 2016, support for Common Core will be small beer indeed.
Iggy, I have exactly the same feelings on immigration as Jeb does, and I know I'm a conservative. Also, though I don't know it, I suspect that stances on immigration that depart very far from Jeb's are not electorally viable, despite the midterms. With his "actions" on immigration, Obama has done much to highlight the contempt he holds for the presidency and the populace, but he's actually right when he says that everyone knew we weren't going to deport 11 million people. Romney, trying to stake out a position to the right of Perry, shot himself in the foot on immigration; Jeb has much better political instincts than that.
Yes, fink, tk, in that I'm kidding; if Reagan isn't good enough for conservatives (because, in my example, of support for immigration reform), then no one is good enough except a doctrinaire by-the-book Conservative Maximus. And since Reagan was a great man and a great president who incalculably advanced conservatism, while any garden variety doctrinaire conservative is not necessarily bestowed with the gift of greatness, the liability of purism is manifestly clear.
"That would mean Reagan wasn't a purist." Absolutely true. Reagan, that fink.
"Either way, it disqualifies him in my eyes." That's fair, though you might soften a bit when he talks about it more. But here's one thing - you know he won't abandon his support for it just to fit the mold. That's a trait I admire.
"Do purist conservatives have a point of view that purist conservatives find offensive?" Sure. Reagan, if you squint a little, was pro-amnesty on immigration. Goldwater morphed into a lefty over the years, in the eyes of many. Does Jeb stand athwart history, yelling Stop? I think he does.
The insinuation that there's any connection between Chinese investors to a private equity fund and the belief on the part of one of the founders of the fund that there should be national education standards is, politely, a non-starter. Chinese money is everywhere, every conservative has at least one point of view that offends purists.
"And now jeb also is getting all this Chinese backing." Because Jeb, despite being one of the most conservative governors any state has ever had, and despite being much more of an intrinsic conservative than either his brother or father, is actually a Commie sympathizer who wants to put us in gulags. But it's not a problem - after he's president everyone can temper their delusions and get ready for eight years of growth and American exceptionalism.
Greg Abbott won 44% of the Hispanic vote, Perdue 40%. The GOP narrowed the lead that Dems hold with Hispanic voters in pretty much every race, but those voters are registering their disappointment with Obama just like everyone else is. It would be nice, or let's say crucial instead of nice, to continue to cultivate a better image with Hispanic voters, they are an important voting bloc. Rick Perry was absolutely correct about immigration in a debate answer that ended his aspirations to be the nominee; I hope that Republican voters aren't so dim this time around. I hope that the nominee isn't urging self-deportation (poor Mitt probably wanted to go the way Perry was leaning until he saw the crowd's reaction, then figured that shifting right was the only safe place to go). Hispanics should be part of the GOP big tent, I hope they'll have a reason to be.
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2014 on Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap at JustOneMinute
Thanks, maryrose! I have trouble listening to O, but Hillary sounds OK - and you're right, Bubba and Mitt and Ryan sound good. Btw, everybody's at a new thread (guess they weren't going to tell us. hmpph).
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on Covering The Wrong Posterior at JustOneMinute
Guess what Obama is talking about. About the new family dog Checkers, and MO's respectable cloth coat? (Sorry, pay me no mind).
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on The Obama Presser at JustOneMinute
Palin made the best speech of the 2008 cycle, and I don't remember people making fun of her voice at the time, but maybe I missed it. I always enjoy listening to her, as she's direct and clever and refreshingly partisan and un-PC - I've not noticed anything odd about her voice. Camille Paglia always went out her way to compliment Palin's speaking style; there's probably better examples to find, but I just found this one: "Many others listening to Sarah Palin at her debate went into conniptions about what they assailed as her incoherence or incompetence. But I was never in doubt about what she intended at any given moment. On the contrary, I was admiring not only her always shapely and syncopated syllables but the innate structures of her discourse — which did seem to fly by in fragments at times but are plainly ready to be filled with deeper policy knowledge, as she gains it (hopefully over the next eight years of the Obama presidencies). This is a tremendously talented politician whose moment has not yet come. That she holds views completely opposed to mine is irrelevant."
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on Covering The Wrong Posterior at JustOneMinute
gmax, Nate Silver shows the Dem polling bias at around 6% and characterized it as a "big skew"; he thinks the biases are random and notes that in 2012 there was a GOP bias. tk, how many Obama voters stayed at home in Va?
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on One Damn Wave After Another at JustOneMinute
'Obama to hold press conference on the midterms at 2:50 p.m. ET" I wonder if the comments will concern the family's new dog Checkers and MO's respectable cloth coat, or if they'll be more in the style of "I am not a crook".
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on One Damn Wave After Another at JustOneMinute
A great day, today. When does Alaska get called, will a VA recount likely change much? Here's what I posted yesterday, it feels much nicer when optimism about an election doesn't get slapped down by some Dem GOTV effort: Posted by: hrtshpdbox | November 04, 2014 at 02:22 PM I am expecting a great night with only Scott Brown a potential loss, and everything else including Tillis and Walker and Roberts a win. Shocker things I'd like to hear include that Warner and the other Udall (NM) are neck-and-neck with their opponents (at least early). And it wouldn't surprise me if the GOP adds 20 House seats (again, I sort of expect it).
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on One Damn Wave After Another at JustOneMinute
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on One Damn Wave After Another at JustOneMinute
So, Alaska will make eight, right? And, come December, Louisiana will make nine? GOP 54-46? I can live with that, I'll call that a wave (plus, the House is looking good for at least 12 pick-ups from what little I've taken in of it so far tonight).
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on Election Night at JustOneMinute
OK, everyone called it for Tillis while I was typing, so never mind, and great news!
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on Election Night at JustOneMinute
Yeah, H&R, it's about time for someone to call NC for Tillis, might as well be you (you get full credit for the win). There's...what...3% left to count and each pct is about 25k votes and Tillis leads by about 50k....I dunno, it's late and my math is probably all wrong. But what's the holdup?
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on Election Night at JustOneMinute
jimmyk, Fox is just trying to be fair and balanced.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on Election Night at JustOneMinute