With the announcement by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that he plans to “actively explore” a run for president in 2016, radio host Rush Limbaugh says the real reason Jeb is seeking the White House is to choke the influence of tea-party conservatives out of the Republican Party.
“You want to know why Jeb Bush is thinking about running?” Limbaugh asked.
“He’s … being looked at as savior by the big-money donor class and the consultant class – the establishment of the party – to head off the tea party. They’re gonna pull out all the stops to make sure that a tea-party-type conservative doesn’t get the nomination.
“It could be a sacrificial run just to make sure that a conservative doesn’t get the nomination in 2016. There’s a whole bunch of stuff under the surface here that’s percolating and effervescing, and it’s all about us being the No. 1 enemy of these people.”
Limbaugh said Bush is going to run “in a unique way.”
“He’s going to do it by ignoring the base. Jeb Bush is out telling donors … he’s not gonna pander to the tea party. Nope. He’s not gonna pander to conservatives. He’s gonna show that you can win the Republican Party nomination without securing the base.”
“The Republican Party is dominated now by what is called in the parlance of the day, the donor class … the big, big donors,” Limbaugh continued.
They are almost as bad as the democrats….almost.
“So when you hear Jeb, or anybody else, seek the Republican nomination and start talking about doing it without winning the base … they’re trying to all come up with a way to win the party nomination without owing anything to the tea party. Their wildest dream is to render the tea party, conservatives an irrelevant factor.
“And one of the primary reasons for that is that’s what the donors want. The donors rule the roost. The donors are the big money. And the donors determine in large part what the party does. Clearly that’s what happened here in this budget deal. It’s clearly what’s happening with amnesty. …
“A lot of this talk about the Jeb candidacy is an attempt to see if they can actually, once and for all, in a primary setting, relegate the tea party and members of it who are elected – such as [Sens.] Ted Cruz and Mike Lee – impotent.”