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Thursday, February 04, 2010

I told you so
Posted by Jill | 4:53 AM
Me, August 9, 2009:
Here's what capitulation to the Republicans will get us: President Jeb Bush.

Me, Mary 4, 2009:
Don't kid yourself that this "National Council for a New America" is about rethinking, or even rebranding, the Republican Party. This is the greed wing, the Grover Norquist wing, of the Republican Party making a pre-emptive strike against Evita Mooselini, Bobby the Exorcist Jingles, and the rest of the Christofascist Zombie Brigade that hijacked John McCain last year and now threatens to hijack the rest of the party in the upcoming midterm elections and into 2012. And while Mitt Romney has a prominent role, the savior for the interests of the wealthy that is making the Greedmeisters get all tingly in the groin is Jeb Bush.

Me, December 27, 2008:
I've been saying since 1988 that the Bush family regards this entire country as a private fiefdom that's theirs to plunder as they wish for their family and friends. We've seen over the last eight years that it isn't just the country they see as their fiefdom, it's the entire world. Did anyone really think they would go away quietly? Greedy people don't take kindly to having land they think is theirs taken away from them, certainly not by black people they no doubt think ought to be their domestic servants.

And so they, with the help of the Greed Wing of the Republican Party, which has been seeking a candidate to represent their interests in 2012 to go up against the Christofascist Zombie Brigade's Chosen One, Sarah Palin, are already positioning the Bush Family Restoration to the Throne of the United States

Associated Press, today
When Jeb Bush left office four years ago, his public appearances were as scarce as bi-partisan man hugs.

He didn't want to upstage his successor in the governor's mansion nor his brother in the White House. Instead, he quietly cashed in by joining corporate boards and an elite speakers bureau, penned policy essays and gave infrequent interviews to conservative media.

But in recent months, as the Republican Party of Florida has grappled with a leadership vacuum, Bush's political profile has grown as fast as the national deficit.

He headlined a fundraiser for Bill McCollum's gubernatorial campaign, starred in a YouTube video touting Jeff Atwater's campaign for state chief financial officer and helped install state Sen. John Thrasher as the state party's heir apparent -- all the while looming on the sidelines of the fierce Republican Senate primary between Gov. Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio.

The capper came Thursday when, at the top of the 7 o'clock hour, right after Vice President Joe Biden, Bush made a rare network television appearance on NBC's Today Show. The intensely private Bush's interview with the overly familiar Matt Lauer rattled Florida political circles.

Was this the beginning of a Jeb juggernaut that would culminate in a 2012 presidential bid?

``My wife called me immediately and said he looked presidential,'' said Thrasher, who as the former House speaker helped Bush lay down his agenda. ``I said, `Who knows? We'll see.' I'm ready to go to Iowa any time he's ready.''

What did you THINK those "slips" by Republican operatives on television talking about "No terrorist attacks under Bush" and "Obama created this deficit" are all about? They're about recognizing a stupid and inattentive American population that can be whipped into such a frenzy of hate by their economic conditions -- conditions ACTUALLY AND FACTUALLY created by the economic policies of George W. Bush, and forgetting that those eight years ever happened. I've been saying throughout this last year that before this is all over, a plurality of Americans will believe that the last three presidents were Reagan, Clinton, and Obama.

Sarah Palin has the hearts of the teabaggers, but there is yet to emerge a credible candidate on the Republican side. Scott Brown is the flavor-of-the-month of the crushy media, but the money guys on the Republican side want their sure thing, and the Bush family wants -- and feels it deserves -- its restoration. As Grover Norquist clone hopefuls like Mark Sanford and John Ensign sacrifice their presidential ambitions on the altar of their own penii, and Tim Pawlenty and John Thune have all the charisma of telephone poles, the money Republicans are still looking for Their Guy. In Jeb Bush, they have felt ever since the administration of Saint Jebbie's wastrel brother ended, they have their guy. And now it looks like I was probably not wrong. What they WON'T mention, and hope that people won't use Teh Google to find, is this:
A government money market debacle unfolding in Florida is raising questions about former governor and presidential brother Jeb Bush's possible involvement in the mess.

Florida froze withdrawals from a state investment fund earlier this week when local governments withdrew billions of dollars out of concern for the fund's financial stability.

In the past few days, municipalities have withdrawn roughly $9 billion, nearly a third of the $28 billion fund (which is similar to a money market fund) controlled by the Florida's State Board of Administration (SBA). The run on the fund was triggered by worries that a percentage of the portfolio contained debt that had defaulted.

A majority of this paper was sold to SBA by Lehman Brothers. Bush, as the state's top elected official, served on a three-member board that oversaw the SBA until he retired as governor in January. In August, Bush was hired as a consultant to the bank. Lehman spokesperson Kerrie Cohen, speaking on behalf of Bush, said they had no comment and would not say when the bank had sold Florida the paper. SBA did not return calls.

But watch -- Jeb Bush will be painted as the Only One Who Can Save Our Economy.

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Anonymous tata said...
I hate when it turns out I wasn't paranoid enough.

Blogger rjs said...
suspect youve seen most of this already, but maybe you'll find some more grist for your mill within...

Blogger Barry said...
I wish someone could explain to me how Obama keeps "capitulating" to the Republicans. I understand that
(for example) dropping the public option and abortion funding from HCR were disappointments to progressives, but these were moves to garner *Democratic* votes, not Republican votes.

Blogger jurassicpork said...
Jeff Atwater? Any relation to Lee?

Blogger max said...
And now it looks like I was probably not wrong.

Well, GHW Bush backed Kay Bailey over Rick Perry in the TX governor's race. It looks like she is going to crap out. That would set up a fight between Jeb as the banner carrier for the Mitt Romney-style faction, Palin as Teabagger Deluxe, which in turn would leave Perry to 'bridge the gap' between the extremist loons and soulless.bloodsuckers. And Perry tends to wind up in wherein he wins the day with a really small plurality over a divided field.

['So I'm still got my money on Perry and he's bloody awful.']

Blogger merlallen said...
I remember Jeb's dad crying on TV that Jebs had no future in politics now. I laughed my ass off at another Repub tough guy blubbering like a baby.