A top adviser to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is trying to spin that Bush’s embrace of Common Core will not hurt him if he becomes a presidential candidate in 2016.
“Common Core issue much more of a paper tiger in GOP primaries than lazy CW assumes,” establishment Republican consultant Murphy recently tweeted after a longtime Georgia incumbent defeated a challenger who opposed Common Core in a local race.
Bush, already distrusted by the conservative base, has not endeared himself to primary voters by doubling down on his support for amnesty and Common Core.
Election observers – including those on the ground in Iowa – who do not have such an obvious potential horse in the race like Murphy have said that Common Core could be a huge liability for Bush:
— Tim Hagle (@ProfHagle) April 12, 2014
Murphy frequently bashes conservatives, and Politico noted that “Jeb Bush has always been part of Murphy’s Holy Trinity of clients; the others are Mitt Romney, whose 2002 gubernatorial run Murphy advised, and Sen. John McCain.”
If Jeb Bush has a “kitchen cabinet,” Politico reported that Murphy, “the Republican consultant and Meet the Press mainstay who’s taken up residence in Hollywood,” has a seat “at the head of the table.”
As Breitbart News has reported, Murphy repeatedly trashed conservatives during the 2012 election cycle, using his perch on programs like Meet The Press to label “conservative candidates who threatened Romney as the Republican versions of McGovern.”
Murphy has also said that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) would be a disaster in a general election. However, a national Washington Post/ABC News poll found that half the country would not vote for Jeb Bush in a general election.