Arizona Conservatives

Jeb Bush…Uhhhh…are you listening?

Posted By on June 19, 2009


The Washington Post reports comments made by Jeb Bush:

“You can’t beat something with nothing, and the other side has something. I don’t like it, but they have it, and we have to be respectful and mindful of that,” Mr. Bush said.

“So our ideas need to be forward looking and relevant. I felt like there was a lot of nostalgia and the good old days in the [Republican] messaging. I mean, it’s great, but it doesn’t draw people toward your cause,” Mr. Bush said.

“From the conservative side, it’s time for us to listen first, to learn a little bit, to upgrade our message a little bit, to not be nostalgic about the past because, you know, things do ebb and flow.”

Is Jeb Bush out of touch with the right? Of course Republicans need to upgrade our message…in fact we need to have a UNIFIED message…one that people can understand. Did he not watch what happened during the election? Can we go back and look at that? The media didn’t vet Obama…at all, McCain didn’t really stand up for anything, McCain suspended his campaign to go to Washington to take care of the TARP and then he votes YES for it, McCain didn’t even try to educate the American people about the role that Barney Frank and Chris Dodd played in it and not allowing more oversight into Frannie and Freddie. If it weren’t for Sarah Palin, McCain would have lost his shirt. Also, Mr. Jeb Bush, didn’t you see the hatred that the media had for your brother? So, I don’t think we lost because we want to include Reagan values within our party and within our government. Plus let’s remember that the Obama campaign didn’t really have much of a message except for the word “Change”. Let’s face it…

– We lost because we had a weak message and weak messenger…a more left message than our party has ever had.
– We lost because we have “leaders” in our party that can’t get along and support each other.
– We lost because we are behind the curve on technology and doing things with excellence.
– We lost because we didn’t have the ground troops that we did when Karl Rove headed up the Bush campaign. I know that in AZ, people couldn’t even get yard signs to put up.
– We lost because President Bush wasn’t as conservative in spending as he should have been.
– We lost because we did not educate the American people on issues and why we stand on the side that we do.

I know this is a silly Hollywood line from My Big Fat Greek Wedding but it can be used here “Don’t let your past dictate who you are, but let it be part of who you will become.” So, we do need to keep Reagan in our midst…he knew how to communciate to the American people. We knew where he stood and the American people wanted to follow a true leader. Plus it’s not really about being nostalgic…Reagan was a leader that people wanted to follow. And I think our party is missing that kind of leadership!

The GOP better LISTEN to all those who attended those Tea Parties. There are third parties popping up because the right doesn’t think that the GOP is listening to them…they don’t want to move more left. Let’s remember what happen when Perot got into the race…is it ok to look back at that? Also, remember McCain got a huge percentage of votes due to having Palin on his ticket. He would have NEVER done nearly as well as he did had he not chosen someone who not only lifted up conservative values but actually LIVED them out!

I think that Jeb Bush and the rest of the GOP need to really LISTEN while they are on this LISTENING TOUR! Stop talking and listen to what the people want!


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