Inside a sleek Denver condominium, George W. Bush let a hundred donors to his brother’s campaign in on a secret. Of all the rival Republican candidates, there is one who gets under the former president’s skin, whom he views as perhaps Jeb Bush’s most serious rival for the party’s nomination.
It isn’t Donald Trump, whose withering insults have sought to make Jeb pay a political price for his brother’s presidency. It isn’t Marco Rubio, Jeb’s former understudy who now poses a serious threat to his establishment support.
It’s George W. Bush’s former employee — Ted Cruz.
“I just don’t like the guy,” Bush said Sunday night, according to conversations with more than half a dozen donors who attended the event.
One donor in the room said the former president had been offering mostly anodyne accounts of how the Bush family network views the current campaign and charming off-the-cuff jokes, until he launched into Cruz.
"I was like, ‘Holy sh-t, did he just say that?’” the donor said. “I remember looking around and seeing that other people were also looking around surprised.”
Bush apparently went on to say that he disliked the fact that Cruz was kissing up to Trump in the hopes of picking up some of his supporters when he drops out of the race, but also said that he thought Cruz was his brother's biggest competition in Texas and across the South.
You know I have a rule against ever agreeing with George W. Bush on ANYTHING. However I have to admit that I don't like Ted Cruz either.
And we are not alone in feeling that way which is why back in 2013 Ted Cruz was labeled "the most hated man in the Senate."
And because of that I really don't think that Cruz represents that big of a threat to Jeb! or anybody else in the race for that matter.
Not that Jeb! needs Ted Cruz to damage his chances of winning the nomination as he is currently polling at around 8 nationally, and only around 9 in Florida where he was once a popular governor.
Is it really possible that the Republicans would choose Donald Trump of Ben Carson as their nominee? Because if that is true I don't think they could even make enough popcorn to get me through 2016.