Dole endorses Jeb! Establishment keeps on truckin’

There’s a strong sense of irony as Bob Dole — who lost as the 1996 Republican presidential candidate — now endorses single-digit Jeb Bush, who will not secure the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Former U.S.Sen. Dole, a severely wounded World War II vet, used Veterans Day to announce he had joined Jeb Bush’s campaign as its National Veterans’ Chairman. Jeb Bush never served in the military. 

“I will do all I can to be helpful to Jeb’s campaign,” Dole, now 93, pledged. His proven leadership skills “will fix the country.”

“I think he’s the most qualified, and we need somebody with experience and there are a lot of good candidates — I like nearly all of them,” Dole said of Jeb Bush and the rest of the field. He then added, “Except Cruz.”

Last year, at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference, Ted Cruz offended Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney, all members of the GOP establishment, when he challenged their moderate political postures that didn’t resonate with conservative voters.

“All of us remember President Dole, and President McCain and President Romney,” Cruz told the CPAC crowd. “Those are good men, they’re all decent men but when you don’t stand and draw a clear distinction, when you don’t stand for principle, Democrats celebrate.”

At the time, Cruz noted the “heroic” military service of Sens. Dole and McCain, which he said he greatly respected, but made clear he would not hesitate to talk about substantive matters of conservative principle that are important to bringing Republicans to victory — even if others may disagree.

That fragrant scent is ripe truth.


7 Responses to Dole endorses Jeb! Establishment keeps on truckin’

  1. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    Losers endorsing losers. I wonder when McCain will emulate his former senate pal and make this same endorsement. Liberal McCain despises Cruz, calling him and Rand Paul “wacko-birds” for standing for conservative principles.

  2. Saguaro Sam says:

    Go ahead, Bob Dole, and all the rest of the career, elitist politicians.
    Go ahead and hate on Ted Cruz.

    The more you diss him, the more I like him.

    Cruz is a statesman. And he has “audiographic memory”, which allows him to remember word-for-word everything that was spoken aloud in his presence. An awesome ability for someone in a leadership role.

    (if the audiographic memory thing sounds far-out to you, just research the interview that Cruz did with Glenn Beck in which Cruz acknowledges this.)

  3. State Delegate says:

    This endorsement exemplifies what’s wrong with the GOP establishment. They would rather see a cataclysmic loss than have a conservative take the White House. I’ll give the 93-year-old Dole a pass, but what he’s mouthing is the same old crap that ensures Socialist/Democrat control.

  4. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Dole shouldn’t have waited so long. By Veteran’s Day, Jeb’s presidential campaign was pretty much over. Didn’t he catch the latest debate?

    The Bushes, Doles, Rove and maybe even McAmnesty might have one more trick up their sleeves to get Jeb into the White House. Or at least, become the nominee of the GOPe. It looks like they’re not giving up.

    Why George W. Bush dislikes Ted Cruz:

  5. Saguaro Sam says:

    drudgereport is carrying a headline tonight regarding the “panic” that is consuming the GOP elite. The story is from the Washington Post.

    Here’s an interesting blurb from the column:

    “. . . George Voinovich, a retired career politician who rose from county auditor to mayor of Cleveland to governor of Ohio to U.S. senator, said this cycle has been vexing.

    “This business has turned into show business,” said Voinovich, who is backing Ohio Gov. John Kasich. “We can’t afford to have somebody sitting in the White House who doesn’t have governing experience and the gravitas to move this country ahead.”

    (yet we have Obama sitting in the WH with No Experience and the GOP elite have been silent on that)

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      Kasich proved himself unfit for the office during the last debate. He came across as having a meltdown. Voinovich is a RINO’s RINO. Yes, where was he when the community agitator was running! Where was McCain? Where was Romney?