While nothing is definite until the final results are in (especially when it comes to a perceived favorite to win a party’s presidential nomination), Jeb Bush might have just ruined his campaign before it started when he told Megyn Kelly that knowing what we know now about Iraq, he would absolutely still invade the Middle Eastern nation.
There will undoubtedly be plenty of dumb things said between now and 2016 by many of these current and potential GOP presidential nominees, but Bush saying he would still invade Iraq – even after knowing what we know now – is probably going to be the stupidest thing we’ll hear anyone say.
Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham apparently agrees, as she absolutely crushed Jeb’s comments on the Iraq War and suggested that something might be wrong with him.
“You can’t still think going into Iraq now, as a sane human being, was the right thing to do,” Ingraham said. “That’s like you have no ability to learn from past mistakes at all… when the past mistakes were made by your brother.”
She then went on to slam Jeb for bringing in many of the same people who George W. Bush had advising him, suggesting that he clearly didn’t know how to be “his own man.” And when Jeb suggested that Hillary Clinton would agree with him on Iraq, Ingraham hammered that idiocy as well.
“No Hillary wouldn’t!” she said. “Hillary wouldn’t authorize the war now, if she knew what she knows now.”
It’s true, Hillary Clinton has gone on record saying that she regrets voting for the war and that knowing what we know now she absolutely would not have voted for the invasion.
But the conservative radio host still wasn’t done bashing the former Florida governor.
“You have to have someone who says, look, I’m a Republican but I’m not an idiot! I’m not stupid!” Ingraham said. “I learn from the past and I improve myself.”
All around, Ingraham’s rant against Bush is spot-on. You can tell she’s a conservative who realizes that Bush’s comments might have just handed Democrats the White House in 2016; she sounds legitimately shocked that someone who’s supposed to be a seasoned politician could be so seriously stupid.
Just more reasons why I’ve said for a while now that Jeb Bush stands absolutely no chance at becoming president.
Not only is Jeb not going to be able to escape his brother’s rather large and negative shadow – a tall task to do even if he was completely trying to distance himself from anything to do with his administration – but by all indications he’s essentially surrounding himself with many of the same people his brother had in his administration. It’s really difficult to say you’re not your brother, when you seem to be setting yourself up to be the exact same sort of president he was.
As most of us know, those eight years were an absolute and complete disaster.
To be honest, while I think Jeb Bush will ultimately be the candidate who emerges from the GOP primary, it wouldn’t shock me if Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker takes it simply because Bush’s last name (and his decision making) is so toxic.
But no matter who ultimately emerges from the clown car that is the GOP presidential race, progressives need to make damn sure a Democrat wins the White House in 2016 – because far too much is at stake.
Listen to Ingraham’s comments below via Media Matters: