@dandrezner all I could think of was the prison scene in "The Dark Knight Rises"
— Andrew Lebovich (@tweetsintheME) January 6, 2015
Jeb Bush's new campaign fundraising org is called the Right to Rise PAC. Which I guess is gonna lead the fight for Obamacare Viagra coverage
— Billmon (@billmon1) January 6, 2015
Doing his Grandpa Prescott proud, our Jeb — money first, principles to be determined later. As Robert Costa reports in the Washington Post, “Jeb Bush and his allies form leadership PAC and super PAC, both dubbed Right to Rise“:
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush and his supporters launched two new political action committees on Tuesday as he moves closer to a 2016 presidential campaign, underscoring his desire to get a head start on his potential rivals on both fundraising and organizing.
The official formation of the new leadership PAC Right to Rise, the plans for which were announced by Bush in December, will serve as a holding area for staff and a policy shop until Bush formally decides on whether to run. It will also serve as the focal point of Bush’s political efforts, from commissioning polls and producing ads to making hires for his digital team…
He will visit Greenwich, Conn., on Wednesday to raise funds for it, one of many events he has held in recent weeks as he has ramped up his activity.
Greenwich was the hometown of the late Connecticut GOP senator Prescott Bush, Bush’s grandfather, and has long been a place where the Bush family has deep roots. More fundraising trips are in the works, including stops in Washington and New York…
The Grey Lady, whose most desirable
advertising targets subscribers lives in Greenwich, is absolutely delighted by the news:
Jeb Bush on Tuesday delivered a powerful message about two of the most vital ingredients in a presidential campaign, money and ideas, transforming himself from a figure who once seemed paralyzed by ambivalence over a White House run into the most forceful presence within the emerging Republican field.
With the flip of a Facebook switch, Mr. Bush, the former governor of Florida, disclosed the formation of a full-time political apparatus that can begin raising money with an eye toward 2016 and laid out a campaign rationale that was striking for its emphasis on big, knotty, bipartisan concepts like immigration overhaul and income inequality.
Mr. Bush, 61, a figure indelibly linked to the Republican Party’s past, seems determined to offer himself as an intellectual midwife of its future — a break from the party’s struggle to win over minority voters and the kind of ideological infighting, on display Tuesday when conservatives tried to oust Speaker John A. Boehner, that Mr. Bush could face in primaries…
Not so much, the jumped-up hustlers from the Jersey sticks, per the Post:
… Christie in particular has been squeezed by Bush, who has cast himself as the same kind of pragmatic, reform-oriented center-right candidate. Bush aides are intensely courting the New Jersey governor’s financial backers, seeking to persuade them to change sides.
Startled by Bush’s early offensive, Christie allies acknowledge that he has upended the competition for major party contributors.
“The Bushes have been very effective at going at Republican donors,” said former New Jersey governor Tom Kean (R). “They know that to a lot of people in the party, Jeb is the favorite son.”…
DFH Ed Kilgore, at the Washington Monthly, casts a cold eye:
…[T]he first actual event in his name, a fundraiser in Connecticut, is getting an unwholesome amount of attention for a proto-candidate who is already compared unfavorably to Mitt Romney… [T]his event will remind everyone of the dynastic issues Jeb faces, and of his positioning as the candidate of the GOP Donor Class. You’d think some of the high-life political advisors in Team Bush would have figured out he needed to do a $20-a-plate sandwich fundraiser at some Baptist Church in the pineywoods before decamping to Greenwich to rub shoulders with his familial peers. But that’s apparently not how he rolls.
Not to mention, the GOP in-every-sense base:
— TwitchyTeam (@TwitchyTeam) January 7, 2015
And up pops Bill “Always Wrong” Kristol…
Great to see PNAC back in the news! I'd forgotten Jeb was an original PNAC signer. Maybe I've been too hard on him… http://t.co/y6yVTtjBEb
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 6, 2015
Perhaps Mr. Kristol has yet to realize how thoroughly unpopular PNAC’s blueprint for Dubya’s Iraq fiasco has become, on both sides of the aisle. (And perhaps I am secretly Miley Cyrus.)