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Could Jeb-mentum be real?: The GOP's "low-energy" candidate veers left -- and New Hampshire loves it
It was a distinctly different demographic from the audiences that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz get here, conspicuously middle-class to affluent and with a general mood closer to bafflement than anger. They came to see a guy who has been repeatedly mocked and belittled by the Republican frontrunner and the media since the beginning of this electoral season, the scion of a political dynasty who has spent tens of millions of dollars with no discernible results and who barely registered in the Iowa caucuses. They came to see the son and brother of former presidents argue for a return to what he calls "regular-order democracy," and they ate it up [...]

After repeatedly being confounded by the more-conservative-than-thou politics of the Republican race, Bush has made the counterintuitive decision (at least for now) to run to the left of his entire party, with the possible exception of Kasich. That's a highly relative term in 2016, to be sure. But in terms of the policy positions I heard him talk about on Sunday morning, the differences between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton on a broad range of issues are more a matter of tone than substance. He said he was done badmouthing Barack Obama, and that Republicans could never win unless they convince voters they care about the poor and the disadvantaged. "I don't think liberals are bad people," he said, a sentiment you will not hear from Donald Trump or Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio.

More extraordinary still, Bush agreed with a questioner that climate change was a genuine threat to human society and said that "man has to have some influence" in that process. (That got a heartfelt round of applause.)

by das monde on Mon Feb 8th, 2016 at 10:32:23 PM EST
Bi-partisan political panic in -- three -- two --- one second!

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Feb 9th, 2016 at 12:12:08 AM EST
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Republicans could never win unless they convince voters they care about the poor and the disadvantaged.

How come? It's not stopped them in the past.

And I'm really not sure that's a message that's credible from the man with more Wall St money than Hillary

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Feb 9th, 2016 at 03:13:08 AM EST
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The alternatives are such that this primary season is a great laboratory for decision rationalization and perception manipulation.
by das monde on Tue Feb 9th, 2016 at 08:20:36 PM EST
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Well, his brother did run as a 'compassionate conservative', however far fetched that may seem now, and the mood of the public makes it an even harsher environment for reasonably sane Republicans than it was in 2000. And, in all practicality, what CAN Jeb say. He doesn't have it in him to even try to out Trump Trump. He would need a total personality replacement.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Feb 9th, 2016 at 11:34:24 PM EST
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The millennials are now aware of their dim prospects and their share of the vote is increasing as is their activism.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Feb 20th, 2016 at 08:16:42 PM EST
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No.

Article is a good example of why the pontification of political pontificators should be ignored or taken with a hogshead of salt.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Feb 19th, 2016 at 03:11:17 PM EST
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