Jeb Bush reportedly considering 2016 POTUS run; Conservatives say no thanks

The New York Times reports that the former Florida governor is considering a 2016 presidential run:

Mr. Bush is said by friends to be weighing financial and family considerations — between so many years in office and the recession his wealth took a dip, they said, and he has been working hard to restore it — as well as the complicated place within the Republican Party of the Bush brand. Asked this week about whether his father would run, Jeb Bush Jr. told CNN, “I certainly hope so.”

For now, however, “It’s neither a ‘no’ nor a ‘yes’ — it’s a ‘wait and see,’ ” said Al Cardenas, the chairman of the American Conservative Union and a longtime friend and adviser to Mr. Bush. “It continues to intrigue him, given how much he has to share with the country.”

But conservatives are in no mood to find out what Bush has to share with the country. Whether due to Bush fatigue or doubt about his conservatism, they’re overwhelmingly urging Jeb to keep his hat firmly out of the ring:

  • http://www.lidsamy.com/ Lidsamy

    Well, he might fare better running on the DNC ticket, Conservatives will have none of it. Take notes Jon Huntsman, that goes for you too

  • disqus_Wm5ir8k5yZ

    Well if not Bush than who is your best man? Everyone is saying no but I don’t see anyone suggesting someone better.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      We have been discussing Marco Rubio OR Mia Love.

    • michelle

      Good question and i don’t know the answer but a good place to look is state governor’s….also the person must be able to carry their home state. There are others….I also like Rubio.

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    I am sick of the RINOs and “moderate” Republicans. The GOP is losing because it is getting too soft. Americans don’t want a moderate; they want someone with real answers, and who is distinct from their opponent.

    • Teresa Davis McCormick

      we need a cowboy who’s not afraid of anyone to stand up and fight for our country!

      • Teresa Davis McCormick

        and i don’t want jeb bush. I mean a real cowboy. LOL

        • TwitWit

          I wish Clint Eastwood was 50years younger.

          • Teresa Davis McCormick

            no kidding!

    • goldwater89

      The GOP is losing because they’re focusing too much on trivial things like abortion and gay rights.

      • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

        Gay rights and abortion are not trivial. They’re very important. Not only must a country be prosperous, it must be moral. It must not punish people for being successful; it must not encourage people to be lazy; and it must encourage personal responsibility.

        Abortion defeats the theory of personal responsibility. It gets rid of a problem, rather than facing a challenge bravely.

        And gay rights are important: when you change what a family is, you change society.

        • goldwater89

          Continue losing elections. Fine by me.

          • Michael Rice

            And how many people refused to vote becausse ROmney was a flip flopper?
            I guarantee you he lost more votes from true conservatives for flip flopping than a true conservative would lose if he came out strongly agaisnt abortion and homsexuality.
            Libs are not going to vote for a Republican anyway, no matter how you slice it. True conservatives won’t vote for him if he is wishy washy on thesse two things. The math is not hard.,

        • http://moriahjovan.com/talesofdunham Moriah Jovan

          When people have no work, no money, no food, no shelter–and are fighting a class/race war every day just to survive, gay rights and abortion are utterly irrelevant.

          Also. What goldwater89 said.

          • Michael Rice

            SPoken like a true RINO.
            Morality issues are never irrelevant. That line of thinking is exactly what has led us to a place where abortion and homosexulaity is supported and accepted by so many. “It’s the economy stupid”
            Yeah, when you are morally bankrupt it won’t matter what kind of job or hosue you have.
            It saddens me you think those things a remore important than finidng a candidate who thinks killing an unborn child is wrong.
            SUpport a man who does nto stand against that which is wrong and you are voting for wrong, epriod.

          • goldwater89

            Roe v. Wade is settled law. It’s never going to change. Get over it. Gay marriage is going to happen whether you like it or not. The number of folks against gay marriage is shrinking.

          • TEXANONLY

            gays better worry about what god is going to do instead of marriage
            and abortion is murder any way you look at it

          • lcky9

            I hope your wrong on gay marriage,, not gay’s a group but marriage..and your are DEAD RIGHT on roe v. wade.. not something that can be undone at the drop of a hat.. if at all .. but trying slowly from the inside is the best way..

          • goldwater89

            Roe v. Wade is settled law. It’s never going to change. Get over it. Gay marriage is going to happen whether you like it or not. The number of folks against gay marriage is shrinking.

          • Richard White

            You are both right. Moral issues are important, but focusing on them while teetering on the brink of economic collapse is not a winning strategy. It seems to me that the ‘sweet spot’ would be a strong fiscal conservative who neither says nor does anything to distance himself from the social conservatives. Let’s not compromise — yield on social issues to get the fiscal ones moving — but it will be a lot easier to deal with them when the economy is healthy.

          • Richard White

            You are both right. Moral issues are important, but focusing on them while teetering on the brink of economic collapse is not a winning strategy. It seems to me that the ‘sweet spot’ would be a strong fiscal conservative who neither says nor does anything to distance himself from the social conservatives. Let’s not compromise — yield on social issues to get the fiscal ones moving — but it will be a lot easier to deal with them when the economy is healthy.

          • http://moriahjovan.com/talesofdunham Moriah Jovan

            1. Please check your definition of RINO, which is a Republican who spends like a Democrat. And after you’ve checked that, please then go brush up on Reagan’s political history.

            2. See Richard White’s response. In the hierarchy of needs, food, shelter, warmth come before social issues. I doubt you’ll be worried about abortion and gay rights when you’re roasting squirrel over your barrel fire.

            3. It would be a little difficult for me to be a RINO since I’m not a Republican to begin with.

            Our problem is cohesion. The left has ONE GOAL and they stick to it come hell or high water. The right has two competing goals, which are mutually exclusive and we are tearing each others’ throats out over it.

            As long as you think that God’s going to rain down money on us because we suddenly get Roe v Wade overturned and we outlaw gay marriage (neither of which is going to happen), we don’t have a prayer. God helps those who help themselves, and we cannot help ourselves without money. We can’t get money with the left siphoning off everything the producers make to enslave us all.

          • http://moriahjovan.com/talesofdunham Moriah Jovan

            1. Please check your definition of RINO, which is a Republican who spends like a Democrat. And after you’ve checked that, please then go brush up on Reagan’s political history.

            2. See Richard White’s response. In the hierarchy of needs, food, shelter, warmth come before social issues. I doubt you’ll be worried about abortion and gay rights when you’re roasting squirrel over your barrel fire.

            3. It would be a little difficult for me to be a RINO since I’m not a Republican to begin with.

            Our problem is cohesion. The left has ONE GOAL and they stick to it come hell or high water. The right has two competing goals, which are mutually exclusive and we are tearing each others’ throats out over it.

            As long as you think that God’s going to rain down money on us because we suddenly get Roe v Wade overturned and we outlaw gay marriage (neither of which is going to happen), we don’t have a prayer. God helps those who help themselves, and we cannot help ourselves without money. We can’t get money with the left siphoning off everything the producers make to enslave us all.

          • lcky9

            not fair.. the president doesn’t make laws.. therefore it’s the congress and senate,., and if we changed how they teach our kids in school do you not think that would CHANGE how kids are thinking?? where do you think they are learning this from??? the PROGRESSIVES have gotten our schools that’s why the UNIONS are so h3ll bent on keeping control of them,.,

        • lcky9

          these are not morals that we as a representative republic can change .. at least not immediately.. we have to change minds and hearts.. that can not be FORCED.. and by making the false claim you can is hurting us.. you can do it through other means..

      • lcky9

        Sorry but the abortion issue is right on target.. REPUBLICAN’S can NOT do anything about it and it’s time they were HONEST enough to stand up and say so.. it would take a 2/3 Congress AND Senate vote to even bring it to the states and lets face it CONGRESS and the SENATE will NEVER get that many members to agree unless it was for their own raise..OR the SC would have to reverse themselves.. something that is NOT likely .. so WAKE UP.. YOU give the DEMOCRATS amino ever election with the SAME BS.. and this time we got KILLED with it.. and for what??? something WE can’t do anything about.. at least NOT right now or the near future..

  • EditorTTN

    So when the Repub establishment puts him against some buffoon like Hillary, everyone will plug their noses and vote for him…Just like they did with McCain and Romney.

    • wwbdinct

      Not this time!

    • TEXANONLY

      not this time, those days are over, republican establishment is dead to me

    • Steve_J

      I agree with the above comment by Jay.

    • Teresa Davis McCormick

      don’t want hillary either but it’s time to look elsewhere.

    • Vennoye

      I have voted for the last Bush I ever intend to vote for. I may have voted for the last Republican that I will ever vote for if they can only run legacy candidates! Republicans are making a lot of us study libertarian views more seriously!

  • TEXANONLY

    It does not matter anymore, as a conservative, this year was the last year I vote for a candidate this is not a conservative. I will never vote for a Republican in name only.

  • Steve_J

    Jeb Bush 2016=Another loss.

  • riddler1620

    If the republicans nominate jeb bush I’ll be voting libertarian. Enough with RINO’s already.

  • http://moriahjovan.com/talesofdunham Moriah Jovan

    Well, you know, Jeb Bush may be a libertarian’s wet dream. *ahem* Just sayin’.

  • http://twitter.com/BlissDesignz Tabitha Taylor

    Just say NO to Jeb Bush
    Just say NO to Chris Christie
    Just say NO to Carl Rove managing the GOP again!
    We need some heavy duty RINO remover spray to get this persistent stain OUT once & for all. It’s destroying the party!

    • plower

      Roger that, Sorry Jeb, not this time around. Way too many mistakes by your brother in his last two years in office. Way too many non-conservative statements by yourself, and way too many exciting young conservative candidates on the horizon for us to choose. You are a decent guy with a nice family, but this time we are going to pass. The only thing you may have going for you is the msm. But that is not us, the people.. And you are smart enough to know that as kissy, kissy as the msm is with you now, that they will drop you like a hot potato when it comes down to crunch time, (like they did to Mccain).

  • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    Please, not another old white guy. Isn’t there a young, fresh, exciting, hispanic in the GOP who could run? Or how about a young, fresh, exciting, black woman?

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Hmm, gee I don’t know if there’s anyone with that description. Oh wait–Rubio and Love!! Hehe. Those two alone would make an exciting, fresh, and good looking ticket.

      • nc

        Martinez, Jindal, Haley, West…

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          Good ideas. Our primary will be rife with rejuvenation if they decide to run.

      • http://twitter.com/LiberalFantasy LiberalFantasyLand

        Id love to see the libs try and pull the racist card if we ran that ticket, rubio/love 2016

        • Michael Rice

          THey would just call them Uncle Toms. They would say we were running them just to win..

    • Lady_Clare

      Could we stop voting race, please? Leave that to the Democrats…..

      • http://twitter.com/LiberalFantasy LiberalFantasyLand

        unfortunately as long as we keep running old white guys, the MSM and sheeple will continue to pull the race card

    • TEXANONLY

      r u racist cb, you r the problem in this country, always looking at the color of skin instead of the man or woman

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    What those people above don’t realize is that even if he does run for President in 2016, it’s doubtful he’ll make it passed the primaries. Therefore, what can it hurt for him to run? I won’t vote for him. Loved his father and brother, but we need someone else. We need someone the Liberals don’t want us to run because they are scared he might win. Jeb is not that person.

    • Terry

      Problem is Dems that would vote for him in Repub primary, knowing he could never win the election. He needs to find another line of work now.

      • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

        Okay, yeah, I see your point. Let’s hope he DOESN’T run, period.

      • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

        Okay, yeah, I see your point. Let’s hope he DOESN’T run, period.

  • michelle

    I will not defend another Bush. If Jeb is the nominee, the rats can have it.

  • louisiana_mom

    2008, we ran RINO McCain and got our asses kicked…
    2012, we ran “moderate” Romney and got our asses kicked…
    Here’s a thought, why don’t we try something different and run a true Conservative… it can’t be worse than running moderate RINOs!

  • ked5

    no to jeb
    not a snowball’s chance to christy

  • Jim Denney

    I suffer(?) from sex addiction, and for the first time in my life even I say … NO MORE BUSH!

    • Michael Rice

      Can you also say “grow up”

  • digitalPimple

    NO thank you.

  • digitalPimple

    I want to march on DC this spring. Someone needs to get something going.

  • goldwater89

    Jeb is very popular amongst Hispanics. Stop with the RINO name-calling. Some of you are insane if you think far-right loons Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum could ever become President. Democrats are laughing at all the Republican in-fighting. Meanwhile they are more united than ever.

    • TheOriginalDonald

      Know the difference between Bachmann and Jeb?

      Her last name is NOT Bush

      • goldwater89

        Yes, I know the difference. One is a complete whacko and the other is a very intelligent man.

        • serfer62

          Bachmann is not a man

        • Michael Rice

          There is that awful name calling again. By the way, I don’t see much support for her…pr Santorum..

    • Michael Rice

      RINO is name calling and loon isn’t? Perhaps if we got a cnadidate we would untie as well. Obama is a dream for libs…..think about it.
      God, give me RR again…

  • Joe W.

    There will not even BE an election for President in 2016….so let not your heart be troubled. Bronco Bamma is the Messiah, folks. Y’all haven’t got that figured out yet?? Just ask him and his Obamanauts sucking on the government teat.

  • Gallatin

    Dear Jeb, I’m not interested.

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to Jeb Bush:

    “Not only NO, but HELL, NO!”

    Endit.

    The left and the media has successfully tainted and poisoned the name with the American people. For them, it would be an exercise in saying “Pull!” and blowing another clay pigeon from the sky.

  • Dan Thorpe

    I am going to say no to Jeb. As much as I respect the the Bushes, its time for them to just go away

  • http://twitter.com/Motivatedtweet @UVAFAN

    All of you are bashing the Bush family, bashing Romney, – where the hell were the 3M Republicans that didn’t show up at the polls on 11/6? That’s why we got our asses kicked. You are not going to have a perfect candidate – so keep up the divisive language and it won’t matter who’s on the ticket. One thing the Dems have is loyalty – I think Republicans could learn a lesson re supporting a candidate that has the most imp qualities and NOT necessarily ALL the qualities – bc that individual does not exist.

    • stuckinIL4now

      You need to update your stats as there is no longer a 3 million Republican vote discrepancy. Via Ed Morrissey at HotAir, Kimberley Strassel at the WSJ is reporting that Romney “eked” past McCain this week in vote totals so that whole thing is now misinformation being repeated. And all the Dembeciles have is blind and stupid loyalty which will backfire on them sooner than they expect.

    • Michael Rice

      Divisive? because we refuse to vote a for a candidate we don’t like? Yeah, that’s brilliant. Important….Obama is a liberals dream. ROmney, DOle and McCain were liberal lites. Why would a conservative vote from someone like that? Jesus, voting for the lessor fo two idiots is still voting for an idiot.,
      If your kid came home wiht a d- instead of an F when he was capbale of getting an A would you be all “Yay, such a good job”? Actually, you probably would

      • TwitWit

        they are Progressives.. add Newt to the list too.

      • http://twitter.com/Motivatedtweet @UVAFAN

        Hey Michael, are you sure you’re not a liberal? You revert to condescension when you disagree with someone. I was making the point that if we don’t unite behind a candidate the Dems will continue to win. BTW, I’ll step down to your level, bc if you didn’t show up to vote on the 6th – then, really, you are the idiot. The Dems are laughing at you. Unfortunately, I’m not laughing – I’m disappointed that there were so many like you who did not show up to support a ticket that was pro- American, pro-jobs, pro-defense, pro-deficit reduction – those are the top issues facing the Nation. So as I said, who’s the idiot now? Just out of curiosity, who would you have supported?

    • Richard White

      Tooting my own horn here, but I analyzed all the presidential elections since 1972, and the story is in the numbers. The GOP can clean House (and Senate) as well as own the White House for the foreseeable future if — and only if — it goes unapologetically conservative. Read it here:

      http://realtruescience.wordpress.com/politics/

    • Richard White

      Tooting my own horn here, but I analyzed all the presidential elections since 1972, and the story is in the numbers. The GOP can clean House (and Senate) as well as own the White House for the foreseeable future if — and only if — it goes unapologetically conservative. Read it here:

      http://realtruescience.wordpress.com/politics/

  • stuckinIL4now

    No more Bushes. No more Clintons. No more Obamuh. It’s time for some new blood, and younger, too.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeBeq0i03bg Booker

    Oh, for FFS. You folks have had your chance. These guys are becoming as annoying as the Clintons. Goodness gracious. These folks act as if the Presidency is their birthright.

  • riddler1620

    To the one who said to stop calling bush a RINO and that Bachman couldn’t win a national election. That may well be true but what I know for sure is the last 2 republican candidates, both of whom were moderates which is what I was told by the pundits was needed to attract moderates, lost their respective elections. Please understand that RINO’s are the way of the past and I would like go make sure we get an adult in the presidency the next go around who has conservative fiscal policies to save our great country. And dammit, Calling Jen Bush a RINO shouldn’t be what upsets you, losing the last 2 elections should. But that’s just me.

  • http://twitter.com/BrianCM1969 Brian Merritt

    They compared Mit Romney to GW Bush, how in the heck will they accept Jeb?!?!

  • http://twitter.com/BrianCM1969 Brian Merritt

    GOP needs new blood. Marco!

  • Wigglesworth111

    Good luck running on that amnesty platform Jeb!

  • proudhispanicconservative

    Please Mr Bush # 3 stay out of our country, I believe the biggest mistake was done by Reagan when he chose the first Bush, and then we were blessed with the second Bush that added 4 trillion dollars, then I say thanks but no thanks. A lot of people forget that the tea party came to be, not because of Obama but because of the spending during the last years of Bush.

  • DebsFriends

    There would be one advantage for a Jeb Bush presidency. We would not have to hear that everything is President Bush’s fault.

  • Mark Glenn

    I’m going to disagree with most of the posters here. Republicans need to focus on the economy and taxes, period. I will agree the Bush name is tarnished and has virtually zero chance of getting elected.

    Social issues are killing the Republicans and keeping them out of office.
    Abortion, we’ll never get an ammendment so let it go. This hurts R’s, we lose voters on this issue alone. New stance, “I’m personally not in favor of abortions, but as long as they are in the 1st trimester, thats fine, and minors Must have parental/legal consent”
    Gay marriage, The federal gov’t should recognize the states that have approved it. Only 1 in 5 gay/lesbians vote Republican because of this issue. In the big scheme of things, what difference does this make?
    Immigration, 2 issues. 1, we must make our borders secure. 2, we must deal with the illegal aliens already here. Yes, they broke the law to get here, but as long as they are law abiding citizens here, we must make a path to citizenship for them. We need these people and their votes.
    Again, lets get back to the basics, run on the economy and taxes, period. Just my .02 worth.

  • http://www.moralmatters.org/ NathanMBickel

    No more “moderate” “Republicans!” No more Doles, Bushes, McCains and Romneys.

  • Guest

    If Bush or any other moderate runs on the GOP ticket they will not have my vote. What do Romney, McCain and Dole all have in common, well other than being losers?

  • http://ConservativeMom.net/ LoriGirl

    Please God. No.

  • Ariadnea

    Time to form a real Conservative Party, should another Bush run!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZU74CTFXUNILBCTGD2V26IEOYI Teresa

    I’d easily support Jeb over McCain or Romney. He did a fine job here in Florida.

  • graz

    i’ll sit that one out for sure

  • http://www.facebook.com/rafael.penariosribero Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    i like jeb but i have to agree with twitter here.

  • Jolene

    The leftist media wants to pick “again” who our candidate is. Mr. Bush – go away. As with the Clintons, you all have worn your welcome out.

  • $23629333

    Is David Axelrod pushing this idea of having Jeb Bush represent the GOP in 2016?

  • http://granitegrok.com/author/mike Mike Rogers

    Sad thing is that Jeb as very good governor, and is the most conservative Bush to date. Unfortunately, the brand is badly tarnished by now.

    • TEXANONLY

      you are insane to think he is conservative

      • http://granitegrok.com/author/mike Mike Rogers

        Well, relatively speaking, as in “the most conservative Bush to date”.

        • TEXANONLY

          far from it, but whatever, it will not matter anyway. he is trash , and not attacking you mike, I am just done with this country, bunch of idiots, I want a civil war

  • Timothy Noonan

    Amazing how Jeb Bush called the supposed conservatives when he said both Reagan and his Dad, George H.W. Bush would have never made it through the primaries given today’s GOP conservative dogma. The CONS do not want Jeb, fine. Or Christie, or Jinadal. Even better. Liberals will keep the POTUS seat for another eight years after Pres. Obama. You folks will never get it.

  • lillymckim

    A Jeb Bush run is like porn to a Democrat.

  • lillymckim

    A Jeb Bush run is like porn to a Democrat.

  • Back 4 More

    I don’t know why people bother worrying about presidential candidates. The Federal Reserve and the heads of our financial industry select our presidents. Your political parties are an illusion to make you think you have a choice. Your vote is meaningless. If the people that put Ben Bernanke in charge of the Fed wants Jeb Bush to be the president then Jeb Bush will be the president. The media will tell you that he’s your man and you will all line up to vote for him because he’s a republican. They could trot out Hitler and Stalin as candidates and if they had the words republican and democrat attached to their names then 90% of the country would vote for them over Christ himself if he were an independent. We need to stop concerning ourselves with who the figurehead is and start concerning ourselves with the people that control our currency. Bernanke and the rest of his clan are a hell of alot more powerful than any puppet president.

  • Back 4 More

    I don’t know why people bother worrying about presidential candidates. The Federal Reserve and the heads of our financial industry select our presidents. Your political parties are an illusion to make you think you have a choice. Your vote is meaningless. If the people that put Ben Bernanke in charge of the Fed wants Jeb Bush to be the president then Jeb Bush will be the president. The media will tell you that he’s your man and you will all line up to vote for him because he’s a republican. They could trot out Hitler and Stalin as candidates and if they had the words republican and democrat attached to their names then 90% of the country would vote for them over Christ himself if he were an independent. We need to stop concerning ourselves with who the figurehead is and start concerning ourselves with the people that control our currency. Bernanke and the rest of his clan are a hell of alot more powerful than any puppet president.

  • http://twitter.com/Juliethejarhead Julie the Jarhead

    Hell. Effin’! NO!

    We do NOT need to invade Iraq a third time.

  • lcky9

    I didn’t vote for the first 2 Bush’s won’t vote for a 3rd one even as VP on a Republican ticket,,the Bush’s are NOT conservatives they are SOCIALISTS like their grandfather.. they just haven’t perfected it like OBAMA has..

  • ked5

    no to jeb. no to little ricky (look at his fiscal record – he’s no conservative). no to gingrich. after christies love fest with obama – he won’t get through the gate in the primary – if he even gets near it.