Former Florida governor and current 2016 GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush has failed to get the support of the conservative grassroots base in his quest to become the GOP nominee for the presidency in 2016. In fact, the pro-common core, pro-amnesty candidate Bush has seemed to be jockeying more for the illegal immigrant and Latino vote while outright pushing away the Republican base.
In 2014, Bush indicated that he did not believe the GOP needed conservatives to win White House. While speaking at a Wall Street Journal CEO Council meeting, he said, “I don’t know if I’d be a good candidate or a bad one. I kinda know how a Republican can win, whether it’s me or somebody else – and it has to be much more uplifting, much more positive, much more willing to be… ‘lose the primary to win the general’ without violating your principles. It’s not an easy task, to be honest with you.”
That comment, “lose the primary to win the general,” was to many a slam to the conservative base with the RINO candidate determined to hold strong to his principled beliefs in amnesty and Common Core.
Bush’s seeming contempt for the grassroots conservative base makes the introduction given to him by RedState founder and editor-in-chief Erick Erickson that much more baffling.
At the RedState Gatherhing, held in Atlanta over the weekend, Erickson gave an extremely glowing introduction of Bush. As he introduced Jeb Bush, Erickson said, “I love this guy“, “the most conservative governor,” Jeb Bush.
The conservative, Tea Party base of the Republican party would likely not agree with Erickson’s glowing description of Bush as THE most conservative governor.
Adding controversy to his description is the fact that Erickson disinvited Donald Trump, who has been trampling Bush in the polls, from the RedState gathering. While Erickson has said his decision to disinvite him was due to controversial remarks made by Trump regarding Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, this glowing near endorsement of Bush, who had a horrible debate performance, will make some wonder if there was a different reason for this late snub.
The establishment elite in the Republican party have been desperate to sell yet another moderate, weak-kneed Republican, Jeb Bush, as ‘the only one who can win.’ He has been called the frontrunner for weeks, even though he has trailed Trump in the polls. After watching his debate performance, devoid of any fire in the belly desire to turn this country around to prosperity and away from the ‘good ol’ boy’ network of DC as usual, Bush actually fell in the polls.
Trump’s campaign team referred to Erickson as a “total loser” in response to Trump being banned from the Red State Gathering this weekend.
How will the conservative base view Erickson after his glowing introduction and near endorsement of Jeb Bush as the most conservative governor coupled with his declaration of love from the favored candidate among the RINO establishment?