Washington Post : Jeb Bush says he’s not worried that his work toward comprehensive immigration reform and his ties to the GOP establishment will alienate conservatives and negatively impact a potential 2016 presidential campaign, referring to critics as “the chirpers.”Bush (R) pointed to his conservative credentials on social issues, cutting taxes and shrinking government.Bush made the comments shortly after a speech Friday at a Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in which he said that immigrants are “more fertile” than Americans and can help the U.S. economy rebound by creating a young labor force. That comment immediately caused a stir in social media, though it’s not clear that Bush had it in mind when he referred to “the chirpers.”
Former Alaska governor and Sarah Palin (R) on Saturday hit back at Bush, saying fertility isn’t a valid issue.It’s not the first time, of course, that a Republican establishment figure has coined a new nickname for the outspoken conservative wing of the party. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (R-Ariz.) a few months ago labeled Sens. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (R-Texas) as “wacko birds.”In a separate clip published by CBN, Bush said Cruz is “very articulate” but suggested that he should focus on trying to find solutions.