Hey, remember back when Jeb Bush advised the Republican Party to stop acting crazy and being "anti-everything?" I'm old enough to remember that myself.
Oh wait, that was just last March:
"All too often we’re associated with being 'anti' everything," Bush said. "Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker, and the list goes on and on and on. Many voters are simply unwilling to choose our candidates even though they share our core beliefs, because those voters feel unloved, unwanted and unwelcome in our party."
If only Jeb Bush were willing to take Jeb Bush's advice.
No, Bush has decided that if you can't beat insanity, or fund raise and push your agenda without it, by all means start campaigning with the inmates! Last night Bush headlined a fundraiser with one of the most unpopular Tea Party Governors who has tossed his hat back into the reelection ring.
No, not Rick Scott this time, think crazier:
Maine's very own lunatic Governor Paul LePage. And people keep insisting that Jeb's the brains in the Bush family.
The media wasn't allowed at the fundraiser, which I guess under the circumstances is perfectly understandable. Most wouldn't want that kind of association to get out, but when you're shameless and desperate like Jeb, I guess it's worth the risk.
It must be. After all, nothing says you're an "all inclusive, warm and fuzzy, and electable" like LePage, who drew comparisons of the IRS and the Holocaust, told the NAACP to "kiss my butt," threatened members of the press, and blacklisted newspapers who exposed corruption at the Department of Environmental Protection. Or how about the time he said this:
Or how about the time he said this, over repealing a ban of Bisphenol A (BPA), a man made carbon-based compound used in plastic beverage bottles that exhibits hormone-like properties:
"There hasn't been any science that identifies that there is a problem" and added: "The only thing that I've heard is if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards....and we don't want that."
What a charmer.
Or how about the time he targeted workers in his state and took down the state's Department of Labor mural that illustrated the history of the labor movement, and talked of how hard it was to get state employees to work?
LePage an "anti-anything" kind of guy? Pshaw!
Even though Bush and LePage share ties to the State of Maine, why would Bush risk embracing the crazy? Well, here's how LePage views immigration and education for a hint. LePage has touted how a private school was able to bring up its math scores “because they bring kids from Asia.” Also, this hint from Bush spokesman Jaryn Emhof:
"I know (Bush) has a lot of respect for what Gov. LePage is trying to get done in the state," and the two spent time together at a national education conference and have "a good rapport."
Of course. Money, and Bush's love for privatizing public schools.
Did I mention that Bush is shameless and desperate?
Of course that's not the entire reason for Bush and LePage to become BFF's. The best reason is the one that Jeb would rather you not believe. That he and LePage are actually ON the same page when it comes to many of their shared political beliefs. Jeb just thinks you won't notice, given that he's supposed to be the sane member of the GOP.
He's just not inclined to use colorful terms terms like "Gestapo" or "vaseline" to promote them.