Bill Clinton and Jeb Bush have something in common. No, it's not idiot brothers. No, it's not both having a potential vested interest in the 2016 election. No, it's not both of them being sauve southern gentlemen whose faces happen to look like potatoes.
They are both undermining their party's candidates by going off-book at a crucial political juncture.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said today that both Ronald Reagan and his father George H. W. Bush would have had a difficult time getting nominated by today's ultra-conservative Republican Party.
"Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party — and I don't — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground…"
There's already speculation that Jeb Bush is attempting to break away, positioning himself as a moderate, in preparation for the 2016 election. If he doesn't make these statements now, he'll have nothing to flip-flop against in the future.
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Whether you're a member of a Ronald Reagan blood cult, a Republican insider looking to clone the late conservative hero or simply shopping for a Father Day's surprise, Britain-based PFC Auctions has just the thing for you…
The 5" glass vial with a half inch diameter has a green rubber stopper. Dried blood residue from President Reagan (1911-2004) can be seen clearly in the vial with a quarter-inch ring of blood residue at the end of the inserted rubber stopper….
A 3½" x 1" white label has been affixed to the vial. It is printed, in purple ink, "REAGAN RONALD 940029 THOR / 610892572 AARON PRESIDENTIAL / SUITE 3/30/81 M 2/02/11 JAP." 940029 was Reagan's patient ID.
Finally, something of value from the Reagan administration trickled down to the plebes! But did it have to be blood residue?
The heartwarming story of how this purported saintly relic reached the auctioneer is a tale of kindness and property theft. Mostly the latter. The mother of the present owner was employed at a laboratory contracted by George Washington University Hospital to handle blood testing. After testing was complete, the woman took the vial home, where it has remained in the family ever since. Until now, dear reader, when it's available for about $12,000 at the current bid and exchange rate.
For some reason, the folks at the Ronald Reagan Foundation and Library are upset at this adventure in capitalism, but the man behind this modern day equivalent of the True Cross has a solid response — it's what Saint Ronnie would have wanted…
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During this primary season, all of the GOP candidates have been in a Reagan-loving arms race. Because it'd be politically unpopular to sell weapons to Iran, Rick Santorum had to settle for the next best thing and deliver a foreign policy address at Jelly Belly headquarters…
The choice of venue is an homage to Ronald Reagan, whose fondness for the candies was well known. Reagan, who famously kept a jar of the candies on his desk in the Oval Office, regularly received Jelly Belly shipments during his tenure as California governor and even sent the first jelly beans into space on the 1983 Challenger shuttle.
As Rick's address will make clear, he plans to deal with foreign policy in the most Reaganly way possible, which I assume means he'll pool all his efforts towards fighting the encroachment of the Soviet Union while misunderstanding Bruce Springsteen lyrics.
Why stop there? Ronald Reagan starred alongside a chimp in Bedtime for Bonzo. Why doesn't Rick Santorum deliver his next speech to a room full of monkeys trained to clap whenever the name Reagan is said aloud? That plan makes about as much sense as delivering a foreign policy foreign policy speech at a place where they make candy for children.
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