According to radio host Laura Ingraham, potential 2016 presidential contenders Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have so much in common they might as well throw party affiliation out and campaign as a team.
The syndicated host spoke at CPAC last week and expressed her frustration with many GOP elites rallying behind Bush despite his positions on a number of hot button issues.
“We can dispense of this whole nomination process altogether,” she sarcastically asserted. “Why don’t we just call it quits and Jeb and Hillary can run on the same ticket?”
She said the two agree on issues like “Common Core, amnesty, giving Obama fast track trade authority, [and] the surveillance culture.”
Ingraham went so far as to develop some campaign material for the facetious team.
“So I’m designing the bumper sticker,” she said. “It could be ‘Clush 2016: What Difference Does It Make?’”
She then expanded her focus to include the frustrations she identifies in the nomination process as a whole.
Citing the “closed-door meetings” many potential candidates prefer instead of open discussions of the issues voters care about, Ingraham urged the conservatives in attendance to engage in reform of the system.
“You go into battle with the political system you have,” she said, acknowledging that “the media and most of the donor class is hostile to conservatism.”
Nevertheless, those on the right can bring about change by uniting behind the common goal of giving the people power to select a nominee of their choice.
“It’s not enough to rage at the darkness,” she asserted. “Instead, we have to light a candle.”
Organizations like Citizens for the Republic, which was founded by Ronald Reagan in 1977 and resurrected recently by Ingraham, exist to encourage such activism. She shared the traits she believes conservatives should demand in their nominee.
“Merely having the right ideas is not enough,” she said. “A strong conservative has to be able to debate anyone, anywhere on matters of policy — and win.”
Ingraham concluded that “we also need a candidate who is proud to be called a conservative.”
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