February 17, 2015

What's the world coming to when a future 2016 contender can't get love from Fox News after outraising every other candidate in the field? Someone should ask Jeb Bush, who was conspicuously omitted from Hannity's Horserace For 2016.

Guest Stephen Hayes likes Marco Rubio or Scott Walker for the nomination, because I guess corruption is certainly better than a guy who supports Common Core and immigration reform, right?

Hannity and Hayes tick off potential contenders, with Hayes saying he thinks "Ted Cruz is underestimated," presumably because the tea party loves Cruz enough to alienate all the other possible Republican voters. Please do proceed, Mr. Hayes.

Hayes sees the chances for a Kasich, Perry or Jindal as slim, for various reasons. Like Kasich expanding Medicaid because he said it's "caring for people." Come on, you can't have that and expect to win any Republican primary!

But they never uttered Jebbie's name. Not one time. Is that because conservatives hate the Bush brand or Jeb specifically? We know they loathe the Common Core curriculum because learning is hard, and they really don't much care for the idea of immigration reform coming from either side of the aisle. But to not mention him once? That just seems bizarre.

I can't figure out whether they're trying to keep him attractive to independents or whether they've written him off entirely. Either way, Jebbie will control a large hunk of the money pot for GOP candidates so he's a player regardless of whether he wins the nomination. Probably a bad idea to write him off entirely if you're a Republican hopeful.

Oh, and in other hysterical moments, Hayes and Hannity lumped Iowa leader Mike Huckabee with Ben Carson and Donald Trump. Death by a thousand cuts there, my friends. Huckabee should just hang it up right now.

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