People have been saying this for ages: Ronald Reagan would not do well in today’s Republican party.But mostly, it’s said by outsiders, rather than Republicans in good standing in the party.
If someone, on, say, the New York Times editorial page said that, it would be called “concern trolling.”
But apparently Jeb Bush doesn’t feel constricted anymore.
According to Ben Smith at Buzzfeed, Jeb Bush said the following at a breakfast hosted by Bloomberg:
“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,” Bush said, adding that he views the hyper-partisan moment as “temporary.”
“Back to my dad’s time and Ronald Reagan’s time – they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan support,” he said. Reagan “would be criticised for doing the things that he did.”
Bush has been going off the standard GOP message for a while now. He recently said he was against Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge (though he is still in favour of not rasing taxes).
On the other hand, there’s no history of any Bushes being into Tea Party-ish small government, so this can’t come as a huge surprise.
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