Monday, October 3, 2016

Jeb Bush after teaching a Harvard class Thursday tells media that "If everybody didn't vote, that would be a pretty powerful political statement, wouldn't it?" A powerful political statement rejected Jeb Bush overwhelmingly, but apparently spectacular rejection qualifies you to teach at Harvard

"The Bush-Clinton politics of the past 30 years is the rotten carcass of a politics that perhaps made sense in the past but has proven woefully inadequate to address the contemporary challenges we face. Donald J. Trump is the first major politician to reflect an understanding of this post- Cold War reality and to point boldly toward an alternative—for this he has my admiration and my support." Darren Beattie is Visiting Assistant Professor Department of Political Science, Duke University." 9/28/16
9/30/16, "Jeb Bush downplays report he's voting for Gary Johnson," CNN, Ashley Killough 

"Jeb Bush sought to downplay a new report that he was voting for Gary Johnson, saying he hasn't made up his mind. But the former Republican presidential candidate confirmed that he's still considering the Libertarian nominee.

"It's a secret ballot," he told reporters after speaking at Harvard's Kennedy School on Thursday. "I haven't made up my mind what I'm going to do."...

Bush routinely says -- and repeated it again on Thursday -- that he's not going to vote for Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

"I'm at peace with my decision," he said, saying neither meet the "threshold" of the presidency. "It's not a binary choice for me." 

Bush said he's not being "derelict in my civic duties" and vowed to still vote for someone. "The presidency is a place where, for whatever reason, I'm not comfortable supporting either party's nominee." 

Asked what would happen if the average voter took his stance and didn't vote for Clinton or Trump, Bush said such an act would send a signal. 

"Well, if everybody didn't vote, that would be a pretty powerful political statement, wouldn't it?" 

Johnson, who's reached as high as 10% in some polls, has come under heat lately for making mistakes in interviews. On MSNBC Wednesday, he failed to name a world leader that he admired, a gaffe that came just weeks after he didn't recognize the city of Aleppo that rests at the heart of the Syrian civil war.... 

Bush's speech Thursday night is part of a multi-visit commitment this fall to speak about education policy as a guest lecturer."


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