Jeb Bush’s #1 Problem

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (CC-By-SA 2.0)
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (CC-By-SA 2.0)

A recent Quinnipiac poll shows that 1 in 4 likely Iowa GOP Caucusgoers will not support former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

A recent Politico article citing insiders say Common Core is Jeb Bush’s #1 problem.

“This is the number-one issue Bush faces in Iowa with caucusgoers,” said a top Iowa Republican, who — like all 81 respondents — completed the questionnaire anonymously in order to speak candidly.

“Right now, it’s a big issue among suburban GOP women,” added a New Hampshire Republican, “which is a demographic that is central to him winning New Hampshire.”

Politico notes he’s backing away from it, trying to rebrand himself.

Bush, who cultivated a brand as an education-focused governor in Florida, has refused to back down from his support. Only a few months ago he mocked the program’s conservative critics and called the debate “troubling.” As he’s recognized the issue’s toxicity, he’s toned down his rhetoric and now stresses that he opposes federal curriculum mandates.

Opposing federal curriculum mandates is the least he can do.  That simply isn’t enough.  A recent NBC poll shows that only 26% of Republicans have a favorable view of Common Core.  This is an issue that can tank Bush not only in the Iowa Caucus, but New Hampshire Primary.  If he loses the first two contests his pathway to the GOP nomination is uncertain.