The permanent political class and their donors think a Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton battle in 2016 would be a win-win scenario, and many Republican Wall Street donors would rather have Clinton in the White House than Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) or Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
According to a Politico report, “the darkest secret in the big money world of the Republican coastal elite is that the most palatable alternative to a nominee such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas or Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky would be Clinton.”
“If it turns out to be Jeb versus Hillary we would love that and either outcome would be fine,” a Wall Street donor told the publication. “We could live with either one. Jeb versus Joe Biden would also be fine. It’s Rand Paul or Ted Cruz versus someone like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) that would be everybody’s worst nightmare.”
Fearing “heavy blowback,” no one would go on the record in an article that tries to set the establishment narrative that Jeb Bush should get support because Hillary would have an easier road to the White House if a conservative candidate won the nomination in 2016.
Other Wall Street Republicans have said there would not be any “panic” with Hillary Clinton, while another told the outlet that “Hillary seems relatively tolerable” if Jeb Bush does not run.
Cruz, whom the permanent political class has particularly targeted, emphasizes in his speeches that the biggest divide is not between Republicans and Democrats in D.C. but between the bipartisan permanent political class and the rest of America.