Jeb Bush Admires LBJ Governing Style: If Jeb Counts on “America to be Passive?” He Counts Wrong

Politicians will say anything to get elected. Jeb Bush likely meant it, though, when he vowed to approach the presidency as “master of the Senate,” the words used to describe LBJ by his biographer. Can you imagine Jeb getting in anyone’s face the way Johnson did, so often, so rudely and so well?

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush

Jeb, who has not announced a run yet, said we need leadership and suggests he will do whatever it takes to get immigration, energy and education fixed, using the wily ways of LBJ. LBJ is known for his “sausage-making” in the halls of Congress. The sausage grinder hasn’t been cleaned in decades. It may be too late to sanitize it. No matter what Jeb Bush does, Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Charlie Rangel, Elijah Cummings, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, so many others — they’ll still be there. I don’t want them to make sausage for me.

If the Left in Congress ever comes right, close to the middle, some sausage-making in a sanitized environment will be a good thing. Jeb Bush can’t make that happen. He’s too passive, too global-thinking.

I want a leader who will fight for the Constitution, the laws on the books, and who believes “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”

Jeb Bush standing next to Chuck Schumer and “explaining,” anything means we’re “losing.” Remember the tainted piece of sausage Schumer made of Rubio? Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Sarah Palin, or Trey Gowdy standing next to Schumer says. ‘I made it “unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues…., they counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong.” 


He vowed to approach the presidency as “master of the Senate,” as biographer Robert Caro described Johnson.

“He went and he cajoled, he begged, he threatened, he loved, he hugged, he did what leaders do, which is they personally get engaged to make something happen,’’ Bush said of Johnson. Bush cited Caro’s latest book about Johnson, The Passage of Power, which covers the first part of Johnson’s presidency.

The wheeling and dealing Johnson loved and relished is what will be needed to pass bills such as immigration regulations. That process is also how government gets expanded and cronyism thrives, as Peter Schweizer’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Institute and directer Stephen K. Bannon documented in “Boomtown.”

There will be no “wheeling and dealing” on immigration with Jeb in the Oval Office. Illegals in this country are not “felons,” he said. Coming to the U.S. illegally is “an act of love,” he said. Jeb wants no “harsh political rhetoric” about immigration, and he hasn’t yet commented on the tens of thousands of illegal alien felons released from prisons onto our streets, or that most crime in America is committed by aliens, or that Americans living on our southern borders, live in hell. 

I cannot find one time Jeb Bush made an impassioned speech to send even the worst alien offenders back to their home country, or one speech denouncing Obama’s refusal to defend current immigration laws. Not one. (Don’t mention his work to allow Florida’s law enforcement to work with border agents — it irrelevant in this discussion).

Photo Courtesy of RightWingNews. Click the graphic to read an interesting "fact."

Photo Courtesy of RightWingNews. Click the graphic to read an interesting LBJ “fact.”

Today’s Democrats will take Jeb Bush, chew him up and spit him out, and he just might enjoy it.

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Originally posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

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  • byHisgrace

    Get ready to write in Allen West because the moribund GOP will give us some other NWO globalist self serving candidate. West k nows Islam is THE biggest threat we face. And West knows the enemy well. Carson, Cruz, Palin and ? in key positions but we must face the Islam issue. This admins has allowed them to WALK in to infiltrate.

    • byHisgrace, I don’t think the “system” will ever allow Allen West. If we had a presidential candidate choose him for VP, that might work. He doesn’t have a chance, in my opinion. He’s out of the House because of the GOP. I’d love to see him as Secretary of Defense for starters. I share your opinion, though, about Islam and awareness and his ability to be president.

      • byHisgrace

        A blogger I love and respect, commented to me that the GOP has amassed a fortune tonight the Tea Party…well, I have come to the conclusion Democrats are helping fund this effort. we can’t keep accepting that will or will not ‘allow’, this or that…our Founders didn’t wait for England to allow them to fight for their freedom.

  • Poptoy1949

    This is yet the best of all reasons for me not to ever vote for Jeb Bush. Liking anything about Lyndon Johnson a find disgusting. LBJ was a horrible person. Do your own research and find out for yourself. Never gonna vote for you for any reason Jeb. Will never and have never voted for a Dem. for President in my entire life but I will be damned before I vote for another Neo-Con. Neo cons and Dems…I see no difference what so ever.

    • Poptoy1949, I would never vote for him unless he is our candidate. I’ll vote for whoever our candidate is, but McCain and Romney were so depressing the last two times around, I can’t bear to think of it happening again. The Miami Herald tried to say that Jeb did not mention The Great Society, only that he could make deals with Congress. This Congress is a completely different animal.

      • Poptoy1949

        Very True Ms. Maggie. I do agree with you except for your first two sentences. I understand your convictions and I applaud you for your stance. Being from Louisiana and having worked the oilfields as an Engineer for most of life I had the chance to work plenty in the area where LBJ lived his life. I am being specific as to the exact area of his origin. I had the chance to speak personally to educated conservative people in that area. If you would have heard the things I heard them say about this man, based on fact and not hearsay you would probably fall to the floor and cry as I almost did. I heard it often. As luck would have it I happened to be at the right place one day and actually met and spoke with one of daughters. I found her to be a most pleasant and wonderful young Lady. At the same time the truth is the truth and LBJ was what we Southerners refer to as a Scallywag. I have no use for anyone that would praise anything LBJ ever did. I wish no ill to anyone. I just can’t in my heart vote for Jeb. I wish you and yours the best and I do mean that. Blessings, PT.

        • Poptoy1949, I have numerous readers who will not vote if the vote has to for a RINO, so I certainly understand where you’re coming from, and I also understand what foul-mouthed, liberal bully Johnson was. I just think of all the people who did not vote for Mitt Romney (I didn’t want to vote for him, but did). I do believe things today would be on a much healthier road if he had been elected, but he wasn’t my choice. He was just the best I could do.

          I’m hoping we have a real conservative for our candidate, but I’m doubtful we can get around the establishment.

          • Poptoy1949

            You are indeed gracious Ms. Maggie, I will take your thought into consideration and perhaps I can find some middle ground. Your point is indeed valid. Again wishing you the best, PT.

          • Poptoy1949

            You are indeed gracious Ms. Maggie, I will take your thought into consideration and perhaps I can find some middle ground. Your point is indeed valid. Again wishing you the best, PT.

        • byHisgrace

          Write Allen West in. WE MUST VOTE. I will NOT hold my nose and vote for a GOP candidate ever again.

      • byHisgrace

        Why do all of these people have to have their words explained? Bullsheet. Say what you mean and mean what you say. NO MORE BUSHES

  • Geo

    Let’s see. . . .Common Core {check}, Amnesty {check}, LBJ {check}, Bush Ver 3.0 {no check}. . . . .what could possibly go wrong {again}?

    And this is suppose to be the “smart one”?

    • Geo, when I think of the whole family and how they have embraced the Clinton’s, I’m sick of them all. I love GW as a very good man who had his presidency hi-jacked by terrorists and those on the Left. He gave Democrats all the money they wanted to keep them funding the war, after they enthusiastically approved it, then jumped ship. It was his only way to take care of the military. It’s enough to grieve forever over.

  • Jack Shaw

    T thought the same thing when I saw that Johnson comparison.Jeb doe not have the backbone Johnson did.And it is so obvious that Jeb is a ‘big’ govt establishment GOP type and a big immigration reform fan that he won’t get ANY Conservative votes.

    • Hi Jack, no he won’t get Conservative votes, but I’ve noticed “the machine” must have a special button they “push” to get around that.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    I like Jeb Bush just as I like all the Bush’s. If I could go to lunch with anyone in the world today I would pick George W. If I had to select someone to watch over my children in the event of my death I would eagerly choose George W or Jeb. I think these men (and the women in the family too) are some of nicest people on earth. But as president they are simply not up to the job. They will compromise on anything and everything. Their compassion knows no bounds when it comes to spending other people’s money. Jeb’s idea about open borders and amnesty will destroy this country and he has a blind spot to that because he thinks it is the right and moral thing to do. But 300 million Americans will pay the bill and lose their country in this attempt to be “compassionate”. We are being taxed out of our homes to pay for schools for illegal children and jails for illegal adults who commit crimes here. Every year illegal aliens kill more Americans then the iraq war killed in it’s 8 years. Illegal aleins cost the taxpayers billions and billions in improper welfare payments. The cost to America is enormous and has been a huge factor in our rush to an inevitable bankruptcy. And Jeb wants to double down on that failed policy out of some feeling of compassion. If we give amnesty to the 12-20 million illegals here today does anyone imagine that in 20 years there won’t be another 20-50 million living here sucking off the welfare teat expecting another amnesty? And if the 20 million plus their now voting children are picking our lawmakers do you really think they won’t vote in politicians designed to create an “amnesty nation”? This is the defining point in the American experiment. Ironically while we have American citizens out of work our politicians want to import more poor people to flood the labor market and sink the welfare state. Jeb Bush cannot understand this and cannot be educated to undertstand this because he has a permanent blind spot to it. Now make no mistake the Democrats want to do the same thing the only difference is they know full well it will destroy the country but they expect to ride the wave of popularity and become rich and powerful. But that fact is not a reason to vote in a Republican/conservative who wants to do the same thing for different reasons.

    • GoneWithTheWind, I think Jeb Bush is willing to sacrifice this country for his Mexican-American wife (born in U.S.). I haven’t found much about her over the years, but this has to have influence – she must have family that here illegally or wants to come.

      No issue is more important today than illegal aliens.

      • GoneWithTheWind

        Perhaps he feels compelled to take a pro-illegal alien position as a sincerely intended honor to his wife, her family and his many friends and aquaintances who are hispanic. I totally get that. I have known and worked with many hispanic people in my life and without exception all of them have been good people. It saddens me to be so opposed to immigration issues as they exist today because I do like the people who are the face of that issue. But then that goes right to the point of the issue; it isn’t and shoudn’t be about my or anyone’s personal opinion of these immigrants it should only be about what is best for this country and it’s citizens. We are not a country in need of immigrants anymore then China or India are. We have the thrid largest population of all the countries of the world (maybe 4th) and we have for the last 50 years or so been short changing our own citizens to appease or embrace immigration both legal and illegal. Why? We don’t need more citizens. What we need is to educate and employ our current citizens. That is and should be the job of our politicians not rolling out the red carpet to non-citizens at the expense of citizens.

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