May 7, 2015 11:00 pm -


(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

On one hand, he says he knows the Bush name can be toxic. Yet, he says his brother is his most influential adviser, at least on foreign policy.

“If you want to know who I listen to for advice, it’s him,” Bush said Tuesday, speaking to a crowd of high-powered financiers at the Metropolitan Club, according to four people present.

The remark came as part of an answer to a question about Bush’s political advisers and their policy views. Bush was pressed for details about who he surrounds himself with and consults as he thinks through his positions, guests said.

The Republicans in the room spoke on the condition of anonymity to divulge information about the proceedings, where confidentiality was insisted upon by the event’s host, GOP mega-donor Paul Singer.

Embracing his brother as a foreign policy confidant is a risky and unexpected move for the former Florida governor as he readies for a likely presidential run. While George W. Bush’s approval ratings have improved since he left office in 2009, his foreign policy legacy — particularly the long war in Iraq — remains deeply unpopular. He has also become anathema to some conservative activists for presiding over an increase in the federal debt, among other policies.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

46 responses to Jeb Names George As His Most Influential Adviser

  1. whatthe46 May 7th, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    “The Republicans in the room spoke on the condition of anonymity to divulge information about the proceedings, where confidentiality was insisted upon by the event’s host, GOP mega-donor Paul Singer.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!! he’s not winning either!

  2. whatthe46 May 7th, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    hey… how can i bold any word or sentence in my comment? please help me people, ’cause i really wanted to bold a part of my post.

    • uzza May 7th, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      this way

      • whatthe46 May 7th, 2015 at 11:51 pm

        these got it

      • whatthe46 May 7th, 2015 at 11:58 pm

        ok. now super confused. “these” isn’t bold bold, but its bold. and got it is really bold. testing: this is driving me nuts.

      • whatthe46 May 7th, 2015 at 11:59 pm

        lol. got it!!!! took me long enough. hey blame it on… nevermind

        • burqa May 8th, 2015 at 12:12 am

          Thanks for asking. I have been intending to ask for some time now, especially since someone gave ME a bum steer a while back and said to put the worrd “strong” between the arrows…

          • whatthe46 May 8th, 2015 at 12:39 am

            ok. now you’re going over my head with the “italics” lol. one baby step at a time for me.

          • burqa May 8th, 2015 at 1:02 am

            When you’re feeling adventuresome and want to strike out in the wild frontier, use a lower case letter i and jingo, jango, jimmy jum jongo you’ll get italics!

            IT’S LIKE MAGIC!

            Wacky thing is, I believe it was like this before Viafoura. There were timres when someone would begin putting something in emphasis and forget to put on the final arrow bracket and the rest of the posts thread would be in italics or bold text. Occasionally some kind soul would begin a post with /> and put an end to the madness.

          • uzza May 8th, 2015 at 1:06 am

            “i” for italics, “b” for bold, and what’s really handy is, type out the word “strike” in between those brackets. It’ll look
            like this

          • MerryMarjie May 8th, 2015 at 2:29 pm

            Thanks, uzza. I appreciate all the hints I can get since I’m, gasp, old.

          • whatthe46 May 8th, 2015 at 1:09 am

            i’m gonna have to read this tomorrow. cause i’m dead tired and not a thing you said made any sense… lol. but love the fact that you’ve been patient enough to help.

          • uzza May 8th, 2015 at 1:08 am

            “strong” does the same thing as “b”. “b” is the old fashioned way is all.

          • William May 8th, 2015 at 9:02 am

            Somebody told me to put the word “gullible” between 2 brackets to make bold. It still doesn’t work. Any ideas?

      • William May 8th, 2015 at 9:01 am


      • Scopedog May 8th, 2015 at 12:17 pm

        Holy shit it really works! 🙂

        • rg9rts May 9th, 2015 at 4:27 pm

  3. burqa May 7th, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Can’t wait for someone at a debate to ask Jeb if waterboarding is torture…….

    • whatthe46 May 8th, 2015 at 12:01 am

      someone from canada asked me what is “WRNJ” well i gave her a couple of reasons. but this, you’ve got to check out:

      • burqa May 8th, 2015 at 4:23 am

        That’s pretty wacky. Hillary makes the list but not Charles Manson?
        I think they probably asked rank-and-file RWNJs and not the better-informed RWNJs, because they would have included that Warnos woman and Wayne Williams, both serial killers, one was a WOMAN and one was a BLACK!
        See, then they could get Nixon of the list….

      • Kick Frenzy May 8th, 2015 at 3:34 pm

        Wow, John Wilkes Booth and Timothy McVeigh both rank better than Ted Kennedy and Obama, among a bunch of others.

        Not that I’m surprised.
        At all.

        But still… yeesh

  4. Obewon May 8th, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Just as Jeb said the lord told me ‘W is mah most influential adviser.’ God then hurled an out of control Russian spacecraft crashing back to Earth!

    A Russian spacecraft that started spiralling out of control after a failed attempt to resupply the International Space Station has come crashing back to Earth.

  5. AAASuperPatriot May 8th, 2015 at 12:27 am

    George to Jeb:

    Start a four-trillion dollar needless war. Idiot Americans will re-elect you.

  6. whatthe46 May 8th, 2015 at 12:40 am

    that was stupid funny!!! i can see it now.

    • Kick Frenzy May 8th, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Let me see now, yup…
      If you’re on a PC, you can also just use the hot keys:
      ctrl+b = bold
      ctrl+i = italics

      ctrl+s = …”save as”, so that isn’t “strike”. lol

      Oh crap! That DOESN’T work!
      It looks like it works when I’m typing, but after I hit enter it all goes back to regular format.

      • whatthe46 May 8th, 2015 at 7:15 pm


      • whatthe46 May 8th, 2015 at 7:16 pm

        yep… lol i did it with thanks, then when i posted it, it didn’t stay bold.

  7. William May 8th, 2015 at 2:17 am

    What could possibly go wrong?

    • Scopedog May 8th, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      This ought to be posted all over the damn place. It’s also a perfect counter to those who still insist that President Obama’s record makes him “worse than Bush”.

      • Kick Frenzy May 8th, 2015 at 3:37 pm

        Agreed 1000%!

        That’s exactly what I was thinking when I read it… it should be plastered all over the place, propagated far and wide, and shouted out to the masses!

  8. fahvel May 8th, 2015 at 2:56 am

    jeb could also wear mickey mouse club ears to garner the children vote along with the gullible and moronic. Here, Sarkozy has changed the name of his party to, republicain party – truly a brilliant ploy to lose.

  9. Warman1138 May 8th, 2015 at 4:53 am


  10. allison1050 May 8th, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Doesn’t Jeb know about the Iraq war?

    • tracey marie May 8th, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      that’s Obamas war that he lost, dontcha know.

  11. Suzanne McFly May 8th, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I understand using W for an advisor, he was President. However, I don’t understand the part about asking W for advise on foreign policy, he totally effed that up. Go ahead anyway Jeb, you don’t stand a chance.

    • MerryMarjie May 8th, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      I may be a little different, but I consider George W. Bush’s eight years in office as a rip in the curtain of time, one that hurt us so badly that we prefer not to ever speak of it again.

      • rg9rts May 9th, 2015 at 4:21 pm

        FYI someone else uses the same AVI

    • rg9rts May 9th, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Suzie…what didn’t George II eff up?

      • Suzanne McFly May 9th, 2015 at 8:54 pm

        He definitely effed up everything, but he still has connections and knows some rich people that will back anyone else willing to do the dirty work W once did.

        • burqa May 9th, 2015 at 9:13 pm

          Yes, and really, what choice does he have?
          At least where I’m from family loyalty would be trumps in such a situation. But in the Deep South we can be fanatical about loyalty and the Bushes are from New England and I don’t know how it is up there.
          What else can he do, get to whining that he, Jeb was always considered the Moe, Neil was the Larry and Dumbya was the Shemp of the 3 brothers and that circumstances conspired to keep the two smarter ones (relative to Shemp) out of it and now Moe is here to get what’s his.

          I know this for a fact – despite their money and power, they are not really accepted in society down there.

  12. Hirightnow May 8th, 2015 at 7:58 am

    If he listens to his brother’s advice, then proceeds to do the exact opposite, it might work…
    Then again, Bohr said that an expert is a “person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field”, so…

  13. robert May 8th, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    so much for the trifecta in the whitehouse

    Even the republican talking heads are saying this was a death nail for jeb getting elected

  14. Wee Mousie May 8th, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    I think Jeb is using George for a stalking horse, as he tries to ferret out conservatives who say “Ni,” and are greedy or imbecilic enough to accept any Shrubbery.

  15. bpollen May 8th, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    He went with George because Gumby had prior commitments.

  16. rg9rts May 9th, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Can you imagine th rest of his cabinet??? LOL

    • robert May 10th, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      karl rove – jon bolton

      need i go on ? what would fox news do to replace the unreplacable