Yesterday, in a post about Republicans eating their own (specifically, Grover Norquist getting all worked up over comments by Jeb Bush), I wrote:
Jeb Bush thinks Ronald Reagan (In this video, at about 18:25, he talks taxes) “would have a hard time” finding “common ground” today:
“Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican Party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground.”
Everyone was buzzing about how reasonable Jebby sounded, and how he’s positioning himself as a more rational Republican as compared to those in his stubborn, intransigent party who have moved to the extreme right.
There he was faulting his fellow Republicans for being disagreeable and unwilling to find “common ground,” and for that he got lots of attention. Grover was sputtering his disapproval (“That’s foolish… It’s stup—it’s bizarre. … There’s a guy who watched his father throw away his presidency…”), Jeb was quoted on all the usual cable shows, what a day it was!
Well guess what?
In a series of tweets today, Bush said: “The point I was making yesterday is this: The political system today is hyperpartisan. Both sides are at fault.“
He added, “My dad & Reagan sacrificed political points for good public policy.”
And he concluded: “Past 4 years, Democrats have held leadership roles w/opportunities to reach across political aisle. For sake of politics, they haven’t.”
Oh, so that’s the point he was making. Silly us for misunderstanding. It’s really the Dems’ fault after all, because Daddy and the Saint were patriotic martyrs, but those lefty extremists, they haven’t compromised one bit.
I guess he’s been under a rock for the past three years.
The preceding flip flop moment was brought to you by Willard Romney.