Quote of the day, from Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Jeb Bush flip-flopping on immigration, now saying he doesn’t support a path toward citizenship for undocumented Americans, is a sign that leading Republicans can be serious about winning the 2016 Republican nomination or they can be serious about winning the general election, but they can’t be serious about both.
Granted, that’s a theory, or even just a hypothesis. But does it comport with the known facts? Yes. Does it explain current events? Yes. Was Bush’s action predictable in light of Loomis’s observation? Hell, it was inevitable.
Yeah, only, by “grownups,” Jeb Bush did NOT mean “people who accept responsibility for what they have done”:
For months now, Jeb Bush has been listening as President Obama blasts his older brother’s administration for the battered economy, budget deficits and even the lax oversight of oil wells.
“It’s kind of like a kid coming to school saying, ‘The dog ate my homework,’ ” Mr. Bush, this state’s former governor, said over lunch last week at the Biltmore Hotel. “It’s childish. This is what children do until they mature. They don’t accept responsibility.”
In fact, instead of constantly bashing the 43rd president, Mr. Bush offered, perhaps Mr. Obama could learn something from him, especially when it comes to ignoring the Washington chatter. “This would break his heart, to get advice that applies some of the lessons of leadership my brother learned, because he apparently likes to act like he’s still campaigning, and he likes to blame George’s administration for everything,” Mr. Bush said, dangling a ketchup-soaked French fry. “But he really seems like he’s getting caught up in what people are writing about him.”
Jesus wept. I don’t know whether Jeb Bush actually thinks Dubya did nothing wrong or if he’s just trying clean up the family name in advance of a run of his own. Or both.
I also don’t know what’s worse: that Jeb would say this crap, or that The New York Times would let him do it without challenging him, even though it’s factually inaccurate. Damn liberal media.