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David Bozell: I Can't Tell Jeb Bush From a Democrat

By    |   Friday, 15 May 2015 06:53 PM

Jeb Bush "doesn't seem to have a critical thing to say about anybody," and it's even hard to distinguish him from a Democrat, says David Bozell, executive director of ForAmerica, a conservative activism group.

Bozell — whose group boasts 7.1 million online members and is dedicated to fighting big government and promoting individual liberty and economic opportunity — released a video this week declaring the former Florida governor "unelectable" in the 2016 presidential race.

"Frankly, I just don't think he has a shot at winning. I just don't think he can beat Hillary Clinton in a general election," Bozell said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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One big reason, Bozell cites, is the praise Bush heaped on the former secretary of state at a 2013 National Constitution Center event where he presented her with a Liberty Medal for public service and promotion of women's rights.

"It gives Hillary Clinton all the ammunition that she needs to bury him in a general election. He would be, frankly, intellectually dishonest if he tried to attack her record as secretary of state or the first lady or anything that she did in public life," Bozell told host Steve Malzberg.

"Having given her a lifetime achievement award for public service, having lauded her with so many compliments, and her husband, for their dedication to public life, it would be intellectually dishonest for him to be able to try to criticize her.

"And frankly, spinning it forward, it would be intellectually dishonest if any one of his surrogates were to do the same thing."

Bozell also said that Bush, who has not yet formally declared his bid for the GOP nomination, "seems to have kept his gloves on" when addressing Clinton or the Obama administration.

"He doesn't seem to have a critical thing to say about anybody. The result of that is you have no idea what makes him any different from a Democrat. That's going to be a problem for him," Bozell said.

"If he were to go through the GOP nominee process and win, every candidate that he would have beaten is going to be expected to defend him and be a surrogate for him. The entire Republican Party apparatus is going to be asked to do the same thing.

"But now everyone gets put into a corner where they themselves could be criticized for being intellectually dishonest, criticizing Hillary Clinton, because the very man they would be trying to support doesn't feel that way, as evidenced by this award."

Also, Bush gave Clinton the award around the first anniversary of the Benghazi attacks, said Bozell, who called the timing "political malpractice of the highest order."

"I don't think he's ready for prime time. I don't think that anyone has any appetite for another Bush-Clinton. We've already seen a Bush lose to a Clinton. I have no interest in seeing that one again," Bozell said.

Of Bush's uncomfortable week of flip-flopping answers about whether he supported his brother President George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq, Bozell said:

"I'm sympathetic to his situation because his brother did bring us into the Iraq War. But it's just a problem for him.

"The war, the conflict, the reasons why we got in there, the loss of life, the sacrifice, whether or not it was justified or a grand misadventure — all those questions will get raised again to Jeb Bush, and he had to have known these questions were going to come, and so far, he's failed the test."

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