Jeb Bush’s endorsement, and the Etch A Sketch in Mitt Romney’s future

Things are rapidly coming to a head in the GOP presidential primary. From the Associated Press:

Fresh off a decisive victory in Illinois, Mitt Romney on Wednesday won critical establishment support from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as he looks to unite the Republican Party behind his candidacy.

The son of one president and the brother of another, Bush had stayed out of the race for months. Some party elders publicly had urged him to jump into the race when it looked like Romney was having trouble closing the deal. On Wednesday, a day after Romney won Illinois by 12 points, Bush signaled that was no longer the case.

“Now is the time for Republicans to unite behind Governor Romney and take our message of fiscal conservatism and job creation to all voters this fall,” Bush said in a written statement that suggested the race is all but over. He congratulated the other Republican candidates “for a hard-fought, thoughtful debate and primary season.”

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Otherwise, the video clip below is generating much of today’s buzz – a morning interview of Romney senior advisor Eric Fehrnstrom on CNN:

At about the 3:30 mark, Fehrnstrom addresses the tack toward the center that Romney will have to make after the Republican National Convention in Tampa:

“I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch a Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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UGA 1999

March 21st, 2012
12:30 pm

The race is over. Romney is the candidate to beat Obama. It is now time for all Republicans to rally behind him. The next quesiton is….Who is his VP going to be? Christie or Rubio.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 21st, 2012
12:45 pm

Fat Man or Liar Boy. Decisions. Decisions.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 21st, 2012
12:46 pm

And to be sure, Obama has lost my vote because of crushing the Occupy movement by his pet mayors Reed and Emanuel, but that doesn’t mean I’m voting for Willard. And if you knew what I knew about how many powers the president has, the relations between the Romney family and the leadership of the LDS church, and “Patriarchal Blessings” you wouldn’t either….

UGA 1999

March 21st, 2012
12:46 pm

Aaron….Liar Boy? Are you referring to Obama?

UGA 1999

March 21st, 2012
12:47 pm

Uh oh….Sounds like Aaron has some conspriracy theories!

GET REAL

March 21st, 2012
12:47 pm

Time for Newt and Santorum to pull the hook and go back to doing what they really do well — whoring themselves out as “consultants.”

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 21st, 2012
12:56 pm

Obama has done many things, but he hasn’t lied in a mega capacity like Bush and he doesn’t live in an alternate reality like most Republicans.

And a conservative attacking a liberal about ‘conspiracy theories’ is laughable at best.

Instead of conspiracies, let’s just say this…the Dog thing along should be enough to tell you about Willard. Any man that would say ANYTHING to win an election has to make you wonder about his character. I may not like Santorum but at least he is consistent in his beliefs, as is Paul.

Who is more dangerous, the man who will say anything to win or the man who says who he is and follows up?

The reason this matters with Willard is because he *IS* related to the ruling families of the LDS church. That’s not conspiracy, that’s fact. If you don’t know how the LDS church work, read “Hierarchies of Power”. The nice mormon friend you have isn’t the same culture as the group that rules the church. It just isn’t. But whatever. Arguing with a conservative is pointless anyway.

Look before I leap...

March 21st, 2012
12:59 pm

I think ole Jeb is angling for the VP nod.
I think that is a net zero sum gain.
Might tilt FL to the GOP side come the general election, but there is still a fair amount of Bush fatigue out in the independent electorate.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 21st, 2012
1:01 pm

Hadn’t thought of it before Look, but you’re right. My friends keep saying that Willard is a ‘throwaway’ candidate, but I don’t believe it. Cheney’s appearance at BYU on April 26, 2007 was a big deal if you understand LDS politics. HUGE actually, and it was done in a deal that made Willard the heir apparent for the Republican establishment.

Willard gets to be the first LDS president, which is what he really wants, and Jeb gets the perfect segue to 2016 or 2020.

Assuming Willard lives that long.

Yeah, I can see that.

liberalefty

March 21st, 2012
1:07 pm

who needs JEBS endorsement? hes the son and brother of the 2 worst presidents in history…

gm

March 21st, 2012
1:08 pm

The question in the fall for Obama team is which Mitt do you attack: The Obama team has hours and hours of this guy taking different positions and say what ever you want to hear.
I mean another Bush that suppose to carry some weight? , America is still digging out the hole, the last bush destroyed this country and we suppose to turn around and get excited and start the whole thing over again””’

liberalefty

March 21st, 2012
1:10 pm

MITTENS definitely wont have a black for vp…thats a fact…or a woman

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 21st, 2012
1:11 pm

Which is why he might need a little bit of help getting back into the presidency….like say a VPship. Repeat Bush Sr.’s path to power.

I mean, sure Iran Contra/Iran Hostages etc all do seem like crazy conspiracies…

Until you remember that Bush Sr was head of the CIA.

But it will make your head spin if you look at too many unconnected dots.

But again, anyone with their head in the right place does know….A man who would do what Willard did to the family dog doesn’t need to know anything else about him…unless he wants to believe whatever spin Willard is spinning now…or just doesn’t care.

Which, point in fact, most Republicans really don’t. They just care about the R next to the candidates name.

liberalefty

March 21st, 2012
1:12 pm

did MITTENS really want a BUSH endorsement?….remember 9/11, 2 wars thats costing trillions, all done by a BUSH BOY…lol

gm

March 21st, 2012
1:17 pm

Do the Obama team show the footage of Mitt saying he supports plan parent hood? and speaking at fund raiser for them or do they show footage of Romney saying he is going to defund plan parent hood and has been against it all along.
This is going to be to easy””””

liberalefty

March 21st, 2012
1:20 pm

MITTENS need JEB as much as NEWT needs another wife!

pick-r-pockets

March 21st, 2012
1:33 pm

OMG! The BUSH policies created much of the mess we’re in now. (Those without amnesia will remember that.) The LAST thing we need is endorsement from that “policy center.” GOP “decision making” is has been downright scary in recent years. They picked Palin causing McCain to loose. They are pushing the attack on women. GOP leaders seem to have lost the ability to use COMMON SENSE and reason.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 21st, 2012
1:40 pm

November 2010.

Who has Amnesia? I’d say the Entire United States does actually.

The Right remember what they’re told.

The Middle remembers what’s being hyped in the 3 weeks before the election.

The Left remembers the good things about their guy but forgets little things like Detainment without Trial, Crushing Occupy, Failure to Prosecute Bush, Caving on Health Care, Caving on the Debt Ceiling, etc etc.

In the end, most of them will vote because they fear Willard/Petrus/Gingrich more. I can’t blame them for that much….

But I’m sorry. I can’t vote for Obama. Not after the blatant DHS coordinated crack down on a peaceful protest movement. That’s Assad territory.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 21st, 2012
2:13 pm

My vote is my vote. I bought the line that we had to line up against Bush in 2004, but the Greens didn’t seem to care. But there are certain lines that cannot be crossed.

Hitler and Stalin killed millions of people. Assad isn’t even in the same league as those two. Pick up a history book. “Divide and Conquore” is the same mentality that lets Obama ignore the base until 7-8 months before the election.

Nuh uh. Nope. If he wants my vote, let’s see Holder prosecute some DHS employees who coordinate the multi state strike against Occupy.

And as for ‘credible alternative’ after November 2010, the US showed it has the collective IQ of a bunch of rocks. Credible alternative is meaningless in this country. All that’s left are my personal principals and I’ll be looking for the most ethical 3rd party candidate, even though they have no chance of winning.

“Credible alternative” would be for progressives to start looking for a candidate for 2016 to unify behind NOW, because elements of the Democratic party will support Obama no matter what.

“Credible alternative” means an Article 5 convention to have Instant Run Off Voting to open the vote to more than 2 parties.

Some day that might happen, but I’m not holding my breath.

I was born a democrat

March 21st, 2012
2:19 pm

It is time to restore the Democratic Party of Georgia from the thugs and drug-dealers who make up its leadership council right now. I was born a democrat and will die one as well. I am not a racist but will not let Obama and associates define what is conservative and beautiful about the Democratic Party of Georgia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3qshilxgYA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=31O0096sH2U

March 21st, 2012
2:20 pm

RISE OF THE JEFFERSONIANS!

RISE OF THE JEFFERSONIANS

March 21st, 2012
2:21 pm

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 21st, 2012
2:24 pm

Using the word “Conservative” and “Beautiful” together is like…

“Palin” and “Intelligent”
“Willard” and “Conviction”
“Santorum” and “Open Minded”
“Gingrich” and “Ethical”
“Christie” and “Diet”
“Rubio” and “True Story”
“Obama” and “Bleeding Heart”
“Obama” and “Communist”
“Obama” and “Progressive”
“Democrat” and “Courage”
“Paul” and “Modern”

I could go on, but you get the idea.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 21st, 2012
2:27 pm

Alright, I’m bored with this Popsicle stand. I’m outta here (Posted in case Morph decides to make an appearance. I still see it frequently on the boards here. Its laughable that he isn’t ISP blocked but that would require an IT department that cared.)

RISE OF THE JEFFERSONIANS

March 21st, 2012
2:35 pm

It is time to restore the Democratic Party of Georgia from the thugs and drug-dealers who make up its leadership council right now. I was born a democrat and will die one as well. I am not a racist but will not let Obama and associates define what is conservative and beautiful about the Democratic Party of Georgia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3qshilxgYA

honested

March 21st, 2012
2:37 pm

What vitriol to ignore the obvious.

The economy is improving. War of choice over war of incompetence soon to follow. Unemployment is down. Foolishness of buying a home you can’t afford (just so a bankster gets the bonus to which he is entitled) has come to a screeching halt.

The choice is clear,

Obama 2012!

Beck

March 21st, 2012
3:09 pm

My sources tell me Romney has never farted

Let's all punch AmVet in the face

March 21st, 2012
3:27 pm

Buh bye, Obozo.

findog

March 21st, 2012
3:27 pm

liberalefty, the first Bush was a good president, not great, but certainly not bad

So now the GOP will start the dance for who is next in line as they have given this election away, Jeb would be better than his brother; but then again, who wouldn’t?

Redstateneck

March 21st, 2012
3:31 pm

The light weights are out. Romney has been sufficiently vetted. The majority of Republic voters have shown they want Romney. The bumpkin vote blunted. Georgia is irrelevant as ever due to the education level being shameful and the legislature being amateurs.

Don't Tread

March 21st, 2012
3:38 pm

And should Romney be elected, we’ll need yet another Etch A Sketch.

Redstateneck

March 21st, 2012
3:51 pm

Tread, Don’t fall for the trick that Romney is anything less than principled. Conservative ideologues will never be happy because they either don’t understand the process of government or they are frustrated by it. Those that contribute to the economy have funded Romney. That is free speech of the highest order. Romney is a problem solver. Solutions that reduce the reach and budget of the Federal Government will be a hallmark. Far more than an amateur from Pennsylvania or a self serving egotist from Georgia.

hl

March 21st, 2012
4:29 pm

Redstateneck hahahahahaha….The problem solver leveraged and then sold off companies for a sweet profit. The problem solver realized that the way to curtail the cost of health care was Romneycare with a mandate and all. The problem solver figured out a way to pay less than what I pay in tax on my meager retirement income. (yes I pay taxes. It’s the deduction for minors that allows those earning less than thirty thousand to pay federal income taxes) Maybe the problem solver will take away that deduction and then those lucky duckies can pay their fair share.
The problem solver will reduce his taxes by another 250,000 dollars though. Nice gig if he can get it.

Buckhead Boy

March 21st, 2012
4:45 pm

Redstateneck, make that a plurality of the Neo-Republicans voting in the primaries and caucuses to date; not a majority of them, and certainly not a majority of the Republic’s voter’s. And, as far as principled, the only principle to which Romney has consistently demonstrated that he ascribes is to say anything, do anything, and spend anything to get that vote today; and tomorrow is another day. The Etch a Sketch analogy offered by his campaign operative appertains to his entire political career.

kenie1

March 21st, 2012
4:54 pm

Mitt ‘Etch-A-Sketch’ Romeny is the biggest bozo running for prez. ever.

Hillbilly D

March 21st, 2012
5:14 pm

Does anybody pay any attention to endorsements? I’ve never voted for somebody because of an endorsement. On the other hand, I will vote against somebody because of who endorses them. I was always taught you’re judged by the company you keep and that especially holds true in local elections.

Real Athens

March 21st, 2012
5:18 pm

“Now is the time for Republicans to unite … and take our message of fiscal conservatism and job creation to all voters this fall.”

Same song, different tune. Didn’t happen in 2010. Won’t in 2012.

Richard

March 21st, 2012
5:24 pm

Endorsements make me laugh. “I’m a moron politician that all of you unanimously hate. Vote for him cause I said so.”

Martin Williams

March 21st, 2012
5:39 pm

Jeb Bush needs to get himself ready for 2016 general election as the only chance the GOP will be close to winning the white house again. Romney has zero chance of even getting 35% – 40% of the votes come November, 2012. Jeb sorry, but Obama is going to WIN your State, Florida and don’t you even think about stealing it from him like you did for your brother, George.

double

March 21st, 2012
6:22 pm

The thoughts of another Bush in WH,much less same Bush family is certain destruction of this country.The final curse.America no more.

[...] tossed you the original CNN video earlier today. Here’s Newt Gingrich taking advantage of the same, also via [...]

Attack Dog

March 21st, 2012
6:35 pm

1. Jeb is a wimp for waiting this long to endorse Willard. 2. The thugs and drug (meth) dealers left the Democratic Party a long time ago. What we here are echos coming from the Dixiecrats who have redefined conservativism. 3. Just watch, the Goper candidate will become trojan horse when the general election starts. 4. I laughed myself sick when Santorum’s wife said, with a straight face, that Rick would not push for any of those anti-women issues he said he would. Women Rise Up!

Attack Dog

March 21st, 2012
6:53 pm

Off Topic: Paul Ryan = Budgets with no numbers means no deficits.

[...] tossed you the original CNN video earlier today. Here’s Newt Gingrich taking advantage of the same, also via [...]

JMS

March 22nd, 2012
12:48 am

Aaron Burr V Mexico you strike me as someone who likes the sound of their own voice and the feel of his own hands. As far as your comment about the LDS power structure and “Patriarchal Blessings” — what does one have to do with the other? Furthermore, what is it you think that you are privy to that the rest of us ignorant smucks don’t have a clue about? Considering that “P.B.s” are a private matter, just what is it that you know about Mitt’s that he or the good Lord has especially chosen to reveal to you and not the rest of the world? Or is it as simple as you truly rely on Anti-Mormon and Excommunicated members of the church who don’t know fact from fantasy — kind of like your own research? By the way, don’t you mean “The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power” by D. Michael Quinn an excommunicated member of the church who doesn’t know when he is not accepted for his erroneous and fellatio, uh sorry, fallacious views — you know pretty much similiar to your own!

[...] tossed you the original CNN video earlier today. Here’s Newt Gingrich taking advantage of the same, also via [...]

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 22nd, 2012
12:04 pm

The standard LDS response to any criticism from a former member of the church is that they are just a ‘former member of the church.’

D. Michael Quinn is gay, and if that will make you dismiss him, then so mote it be. However, he also a former official church historian, intimately knowledgeable with the Quorum of the 12 and many of the people who were the leaders of the church at the time, and also documents EVERY. SINGLE. FACT. in the book. The footnotes and sources in the book are actually longer than the text of the book itself, simply because people like you will shout it down.

A Patriarchal Blessing, for those who are not initiated, is a special personal blessing given once (generally) in the lifetime of a church member basically promising them certain things. Some things are pretty standard, but other things are not. Think of it as, essentially, your own personal scripture provided by a special part of the church called Patriarchs.

The reason this matters with Mitt Romney is because of the unusual family history the Romneys have in Mexico. The mormon church has an odd history, with several splinter groups that spun off both around the death of Joseph Smith and his successor Brigham Young. What is not as well known is that some of these splinter groups were eventually reintegrated into the church. Specifically, a group of Mormons fled to Mexico to flee the persecution of the US government on LDS church leaders, some of which had unusual promises from church leaders, many of which are not recognized today, but some of which are ‘kind of recognized’.

There is, for example something called, “The White Horse” prophesy which is officially denied yet continues to appear in supplemental educational material still approved by the church (Institute manuals), which basically says, “The constitution shall hang by a thread and a leader of the church will save it.”

Joseph Smith, in case you didn’t know, ran for President of the United States. It was one of the things that got him killed, because of fear by the locals of his accruing too much political power. However, the LDS church (specifically the older church and the leadership families of the church) have always had an element that believes in ‘helping’ prophesy along.

So when you see Romney Sr. run for president and then his son, and then his son…well, on the one hand it looks like your typical dynasty of politics. The country has lots of them; Gores, Kennedys, Bushes etc. But when you add in the knowledge of the Romney family and LDS lore….

Well this is indeed where we get to ‘conspiracy’ levels. Tin foil hat territory. What if Romney SR.’s blessing said, “You or your bloodline will be President of the US.” Things like that have appeared in Patriarchal Blessings before, and if the blessing was given by someone high enough up in the church (say…an Apostle) then they’d take it very seriously.

Enough to, for example, make a deal with Dick Cheney to have the LDS church help George W. Bush when he was becoming unpopular in exchange for Mitt Romney being the next leader of the LDS church, ‘fulfilling’ the White Horse Prophesy and the original attempts by Joseph Smith to run for president.

Think I’m crazy?

Well maybe, but if you will note, it is actual fact that the LDS church has bought up virtually every historical site of their early history where they were driven out. And the original temple sites, specifically the Kirtland, Ohio and Missouri temples are, in actual LDS teachings told that they will one day be restored.

Fulfillment of prophesy and restoration of that which is lost is central to LDS theology…including an LDS president.

Understand that, and you understand what truly motivates Willard Romney.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 22nd, 2012
12:11 pm

Also, when a Mormon tells you “That’s not church teaching”, know this:

Mormon theology shifts a lot. Even a mormon will admit that to you, but the current doctrine always has layers of acceptance, just as many religions do. But the HIGHEST level of Church scripture is anything that has the signatures of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles AND the First Presidency.

Read the institute manuals and their priesthood manuals. Those have those signatures, and that is where you will find the doctrines of the LDS church that they say ‘aren’t serious’ and don’t discuss publicly but that are still very very real, including the restoration of the Kirtland Temple and the White Horse prophesy.

Even if the CURRENT institute manuals dismiss it, PREVIOUS official church scripture sanctioned this and many other questionable doctrines. When a mormon says, “That’s not church doctrine” they’re not lying…because if the leadership of the church changes the doctrine spoken of in these manuals, that’s the doctrine as it was, and as far as they’re concerned (often, except for the well read) always has been.

Just like the ministry of truth in 1984.

But the written manual before it was CHANGED was quite definitively actual factual scripture just as equal as the Book of Mormon or Doctrine and Covenants.