Jeb Bush Tries To Fool Voters By Pulling A Romney On “Religious Freedom” Laws

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An intense and growing public backlash forced Jeb Bush to pull a Mitt Romney and flip-flop on his support for “religious freedom” laws in less than two days.

The New York Times reported:

Jeb Bush appeared to modify his public comments about Indiana’s “religious freedom” law on Wednesday in a closed-door Silicon Valley fund-raiser, telling a small group of potential supporters that a “consensus-oriented” approach would have been better at the outset.

“By the end of the week, I think Indiana will be in the right place, which is to say that we need in a big, diverse country like America, we need to have space for people to act on their conscience, that it is a constitutional right that religious freedom is a core value of our country, ” Mr. Bush said.

But “we shouldn’t discriminate based on sexual orientation,” he said.

Bush reversed course from what he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday, “I think if you, if they actually got briefed on the law that they wouldn’t be blasting this law. I think Governor Pence has done the right thing. Florida has a law like this. Bill Clinton signed a law like this at the federal level. This is simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs, to have, to be able to be people of conscience. I just think once the facts are established, people aren’t going to see this as discriminatory at all.”

Jeb Bush’s own donors were voicing confusion about what his real position is after his remarks on Wednesday. Confusion was the point. Bush is pulling from Mitt Romney’s playbook of his true agenda by supporting everything that everyone wants.

The former Florida governor has also fallen into the Republican frontrunner trap of trying to run a general election campaign during a Republican presidential primary. Bush is pulling a Mitt Romney. He is trying to fool the voters of this country by muddying his agenda so much that it is unrecognizable.

The strategy didn’t work for Romney in 2012, and it won’t work for Bush in 2016.

14 Replies to “Jeb Bush Tries To Fool Voters By Pulling A Romney On “Religious Freedom” Laws”

  1. Jeb may be raising the money at this point, but it is unlikely he will be the Republican nominee. He is not particularly likeable, has no ideas, and is a Bush.

  2. From the NYTimes article …

    After the event, Bill Draper, former president of the Export-Import Bank and a prominent venture capitalist, said that although he is enthusiastically supporting Mr. Bush, he wasn’t entirely clear where Mr. Bush stood on the Indiana law.

    “I don’t know what Jeb feels,” he said.

  3. I don;t think he is muddying a thing, he is wallowing in a vat of bull shit. He knows damned well that the 1993 federal law is NOTHING like what the idiots reps in Indiana passed and Dipshit Pence signed

  4. But “we shouldn’t discriminate based on sexual orientation, only on the basis of skin color, religious preference, and against women.” Bush said.

    When are these morons going to figure out that once they have passed these laws in combination their anti-Sharia laws the only religions allowed to have a voice in the US will be LDS & Scientology. Bwa-ha-ha!

  5. Yes because Romneys flip flopping like a frantic fish out of water worked so well in his bid for the Oval Office. Einstein once said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results”..Yes Uncle Albert the Republicans are quite insane.

  6. What do you expect from this political family that betrayed Jesus to the favor of Islamic states a long time ago. Choosing worldly riches for eternal damnation is the way of the very sharp and sophisticated morons of today’s materialistic losers. It’s their souls they must carry to market.

  7. Yeah, Bush looked in on a page from Romney’s playbook: Chapter I — Check to see what the frothing at the mouth base are saying and wanting, THEN go out there and appease them. Say what they want to hear. DO what they tell you YOU MUST do. Then go on FOX and state your case. If it fails, deny you said it, then backtrack. In other words FLIP-FLOP when necessary.

  8. Ah come on, don’t you know Jeb’s his own man. What’s a little pandering to the Christian Taliban.

  9. What an idiot. Bush should have kept his mouth shut & not been so quick to pander to the right wing fringe. Why make an impossible process harder for yourself by saying things you know will come back to haunt you after you’ve gone to the right of a cliff to cinch the nomination & you’re trying to show the moderate GOP you’re really not ‘that’ extreme & are electable?

    Makes me wonder if Bush really wants to be president. It’s fine by me & good for the Democrats though it’s still going to be a nasty election.

  10. This is the CHEATER who sent his alcoholic brother to W.H. by manipulating Florida votes, and sunk our country to it’s lowest prestige and worst economy. They think US is like Saudi, only sons of a stupid king should rule the country.

  11. Mike Pence did the same flip-flop .. . . TWICE in a period of two days!

    I’m so incredibly embarrassed to be a born and bred, lifelong Hoosier. The only consolation I can take from all of this is that Mike Pence completely destroyed his own ambition to run for President within a period of a week.

    The problem is that while Indiana now protects LGBT folks from discrimination, the law says nothing about anyone else. Mark my words, there WILL be a pharmacist somewhere in Indiana who refuses to fill a prescription for birth control pills, and this law will protect him.

    So sad for my state. If I wasn’t too old, too tired, and didn’t love my house, I’d pack up and move West.

  12. If Jethro makes it as far as the repug national convention,
    we should expect the flip-flop waving idiots who heckled
    John Kerry to reappear?

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