November 15, 2015

From this Sunday's Meet the Press, Mitt Romney fangirl and right wing shill, the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin has some campaign advice for Jeb!

I hate to break it to Rubin, but the warmongering and calling for more ground troops in the Middle East might work for him in the Republican primary race, but it will come back to bite him in the general election. That of course assumes that his campaign is not dead in the water already, which it certainly appears to be if we can believe the poll numbers on Trump and Carson.

But hope springs eternal! Here's Rubin explaining how he should go after Trump, Carson and Cruz.

CHUCK TODD: But the two of you, Jeff and Jennifer, were whispering when I asked the question about Donald Trump.


JEFF GREENFIELD: Yes, I was waiting for the-- I can hear the Bush advisors say, "For god's sakes, remember Nancy Reagan. Just say no. No, Donald Trump and Carson--"

CHUCK TODD: Jennifer, you're nodding your head over there.

JENNIFER RUBIN: Yes. I mean, it's absurd. He's making the argument that these people are not equipped, they don't have the knowledge, they don't have the experience, and yet when asked the question, "Would you trust them as commander in chief," I think the appropriate answer is a "no." And frankly, what was interesting is I think he is also going to expand that argument.

It's not just Carson and Trump that have the problem, it's people like Ted Cruz, who refuse to, for example, back the enforcement of the red line, who is opposed to putting ground troops in the United States, has called Syria a civil war. There are a lot of candidates, not just the most extreme, the most ignorant ones, but a variety of other candidates who are very vulnerable. I think Jeb Bush is going to exploit that. But he should do so really putting the screws to those people who are not--

ANDREA MITCHELL: But he's afraid to take them on, because what he has seen is what happens when you go after Donald Trump.


EUGENE ROBINSON: But also there's a large portion of the Republican electorate that doesn't want to put boots on the ground. And that is a fact--

JENNIFER RUBIN: How could you not--

EUGENE ROBINSON: That is a fact.

JENNIFER RUBIN: Every poll question you look--

EUGENE ROBINSON: Well, we'll see--

JENNIFER RUBIN: About 67% are in favor.

EUGENE ROBINSON: But I just think there's something in the air of unreality about the discussion. I mean, you know, there are estimates that it would take 30,000 to 40,000 troops, boots on the ground, people, not just boots, people, to get rid of ISIS. Now that's the private assessment of--

CHUCK TODD: That's not just an assessment that's to hold--

EUGENE ROBINSON: --the Israeli government, for example. They're good at assessing. They say 30,000 to 40,000, you need--

CHUCK TODD: It's clear in holds.

EUGENE ROBINSON: Right, no. Somebody's got to come up with those troops. And so who is it supposed to be? And the answer is, if you decide to do it, it's going to be the United States.

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