What has happened to the conservative movement within the GOP that the best we can muster as an “alternative” to Jeb Bush is… Mitt Romney?
Look, Mitt seems like a nice enough guy, but he has never… EVER… been a “conservative.” He is more conservative than a liberal, but that just makes him a moderate.
George Stephanopolous: James Carville, if you have Mitt Romney versus Jeb Bush it’s hard to know which one actually is the heir apparent, which one is the one that’s going to [be the nominee].
James Carville: Oh, I think Jeb Bush closed — might have closed a window on maybe some donors. He opened a giant door. Mitt is going to get in and go to the right. He —
Stephanopolous: You think he’s getting in?
Carville: Of course he’s going to get in and he’s going to run against Bush from the right. You know, if you look at Bush’s positions… I think he has a strategy that he didn’t have before. And his strategy is he’s the conservative alternative.