Friday, August 14, 2015

Jeb Bush Keeps Forgetting

That outside the wingnut bubble (and outside the Beltway Media bubble that enfolds it) not everyone has agreed to go along with the fairy tale that history began on January 20, 2009.

From CNN:
Jeb Bush heckled over Iraq at Iowa State Fair 
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's brother's legacy in the Iraq War continued to haunt his candidacy Friday, when he faced questions from an audience at the Iowa State Fair about his relationship to the policies of President George W. Bush.

One of the fair-goers asked the Republican presidential candidate during his appearance on the Des Moines Register Soapbox whether he was being advised by Paul Wolfowitz, George W. Bush's deputy secretary of defense and the architect of his Iraq War policy.

Jeb Bush tried to spin the question away from his legacy as the son and brother of the last two Republican presidents, but he did so awkwardly.

"Paul Wolfowitz is providing some advice," Bush said. "I get most of my advice from a team that we have in Miami, Florida. Young people that are going to be ... they're not assigned, have experience either in Congress or the previous administration."

He continued: "This game, the parlor game that's played, you know, where you have 25, 30 or 40 people that are helping you with foreign policy, and if they have any executive experience, they've had to deal with two Republican administrations -- who were the people that were presidents, the last two Republican? I mean, this is kind of a tough game for me to be playing, to be honest with you."
It is only by the grace of God and the collective clout of the Washington establishment that Jeb doesn't have to talk to his brother and his brother's regent through bulletproof glass on visitor's day at Fort Lewis, and that Paul Wolfowitz hasn't been black-bagged and hauled off to the Hague.

So the idea that Jeb(!) can construct a paragraph which dismisses his professional and familial relationships with traitors and war criminals as a "parlor game" -- in front of teevee cameras and not just cheering wingnuts at CPAC -- and not realize how deep in the shit he just stepped is more evidence that maybe Dubya was the smart one after all.


Kevin Holsinger said...

Good afternoon, Mr. Glass.

1. If Mr. Bush pulls this off, he's a smarter person than I am. Think about this: how do you convince people to let you into Castle Frankenstein by virtue of the fact that your last name is Frankenstein, while trying to convince the suspicious villagers that your name is actually pronounced Fron-ken-steen, and you have no connections to the original Frankenstein?

2. His email address: "Je" is French for "I," if memory serves. So his website is IBorg. Fitting, given the people who'd vote for him.

Be seeing you.

dinthebeast said...

Hey Jeb!, I got yer parlor game right here...

-Doug in Oakland

bluicebank said...

This is what happens when a candidate hasn't read the GOP's Historical Forgettery For Dummies. He's doing it wrong.

Also, I've said it before and I'll stop apologizing to the late Edwin Starr for such:

"Jeb! What is is good for? Absolutely nothing."

jim said...

Not hard to see how Trump can lead the GOP pack once you take a good look at his competition, is it?

A pity the heckler didn't cite Douglas Feith instead: a more feckless cretin has rarely drawn breath in DC, & that is, in its own way, quite an accomplishment.

Unknown said...

Really, Bush(!)is as big a mumble-mouth as his brother or Pops. He can't get through a complete sentence.

Don't indulge his Jeb(!) evasion. Make sure it's Bush(!) to make it loud and clear who he's trying not to be.

Red Hand said...

"I mean, this is kind of a tough game for me to be playing, to be honest with you."

Then don't play it, you blithering idiot.

Taking "advice" from Wolfowitz? At least his idiot brother didn't know how wrong Wolfowitz was, at the beginning. What's he gonna do next, ask Cheney to be his running mate or ask Rumsfeld to advise on military matters?

Get the hook!

Yastreblyansky said...

RH--he might as well have Rumsfeld and Cheney on the team: As you can see at Tengrain's place he does have Stephen Hadley, Michael Chertoff, John Negroponte, Otto Reich, and Michael Hayden. And convicted war criminal Elliott Abrams! It's like the danger of repeating Iraq isn't exciting enough for him, he wants to repeat Iran-Contra as well.