As follow-up to my article on Jeb Bush yesterday I wanted to highlight Susan Berry’s piece at Breitbart News. She focused on the Wall Street Journal’s editorial (pay wall) on Jeb Bush’s announcement he was going to “seriously explore” running for President. She wrote:
The Wall Street Journal editorial board took a turn at Jonathan Gruber’s strategy in getting Obamacare passed. The board advised Jeb Bush that if he wants to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, he should simply change the “polarizing” name of the standards he continues to champion, suggesting that conservatives won’t know the difference.
The board wrote that Mr. Bush need not repudiate his support for national education standards, though he should disavow President Obama’s use of the federal purse to coerce states to impose them. The polls showed that nearly as many Republicans as Democrats support high standards as long as the polarizing “Common Core” name is removed. GOP Governors Bobby Jindal (Louisiana) and Mike Pence (Indiana) have already dumped the label and kept similar standards. Mr. Bush can then pivot to his stellar record on accountability and choice in Florida.
Such a condescending view of conservatives seems in line with Gruber’s calling American taxpayers “stupid.” The WSJ editorial board demonstrated that it is out of touch with the conservative base of the Republican Party, so much so that it believes Gov. Mike Pence (R) of Indiana is in the clear because he simply “rebranded” the Common Core standards with another name.
Yeah go ahead and do that Governor Bush. See how well that works out for you. It should be noted that the parent company of The Wall Street Journal, NewsCorp, is a donor to Bush’s Foundation for Educational Excellence.