He really is running in the wrong party, isn't he?:
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush declared Wednesday that eleven [sic] million immigrants in the country illegally should have an opportunity to stay, wading yet again into his party's contentious immigrant debate.
In tone and substance, Bush stands out among the many Republicans lining up for the GOP's next presidential primary, where conservatives who oppose an immigration overhaul often hold out-sized influence.
Which is to say, we are the majority, both in the party and, on this issue, in the country. Small wonder the AP wanted to obfuscate that little detail.
As he moves toward a presidential campaign, the brother and son of former presidents has not backed away from his defense of immigrants in the country illegally and a policy that would allow them to attain legal status under certain conditions.
"We're a nation of immigrants," Bush said at the National Christian Hispanic Leadership Conference that brought several hundred Hispanic evangelical leaders to Houston this week. "This is not the time to abandon something that makes us special and unique."
A successful immigration overhaul is more than simply strengthening the border, Bush said, referring to "eleven [sic] million people that should come out from the shadows and receive earned legal status."
Sure, we're a "nation of immigrants" if you go back far enough. But here's the kicker: (1) We are, historically, a nation of LEGAL immigrants, and (2) We don't stay that way, but assimilate into the existing American culture. What Jeb is so hell-bent on excusing - i.e. what Barack Obama is already illegally, unconstitutionally, and despotically imposing - is the antithesis of that, and what the vast majority of the American people vehemently reject.
This tells us a couple of things about the would-be Bush III: (1) His marketing sense is even worse than his political timing; and accordingly, (2) he must really and truly believe this nonsense of he's so conspicuously peddling it anyway despite its being a death knell to any chance he may ever have had at the GOP nomination. It's definitely a poison pill that won't be washed down with any amount of donor money.
UPDATE: Who's leading in Iowa these days? Here's a hint: It ain't Jeb.
UPDATE II: I guess we know why Jeb was campaigning in Puerto Rico. Why he, as an ostensible Republican, should want to hand the Democrats two additional Senate seats and four or five House seats is a question he'll probably never be asked by a media that has already designated him their party's 2016 version of the Washington Generals.