As Jeb Bush seeks to follow his father and brother into the White House, he faces opposition from conservative talk radio, Politico
The leaders of conservative talk, led by Rush Limbaugh, are referred to by some of the former Florida governor's aides as "warlords," Politico said, because they have an "unreasonable, unrealistic and pugilistic agenda" and they "thrive off of conflict."
Bush takes the opposite tack, intending to win the GOP nomination and ultimately the presidency with an agenda of "inclusion and optimism, not discontent and fear," Politico said.
But he has to face those voices over the airwaves, which haven't, so far, been kind to him.
"He's not a conservative," Limbaugh has said.
Even worse, Limbaugh has compared Bush to the not-so-loved candidate expected to carry the Democratic nomination: Hillary Clinton.
"The ideal, the perfect ticket, for the 2016 election: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush," Limbaugh told his audience. "Now, they can figure out who’s on top of the ticket on their own, but when you compare their positions, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, on the key, important issues, they are two peas in the same pod."
Other voices on the conservative airwaves haven't been any friendlier:
- Mark Levin: "You know what Jeb Bush is? He’s an old-time liberal Republican."
- Laura Ingraham: "If I had to bet right now, he’d be the nominee; and if I had to bet right now, he’ll lose."
- Glenn Beck: "I think Jeb Bush … despises people like us."
Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center told Politico Bush has "a conservative problem." Ingraham said the reason for Bush's radio problem is because he has an "electability" problem.
She told the website that Bush is the easiest candidate for Clinton to beat because he divides the party at a time when the GOP needs someone to unify it.
"He's made it fairly clear that he believes he can win without conservatives," she said.
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