Wolf Blitzer Plays Republican Strategist
You're just going to have to try harder, Wolf. Your performance as a Republican strategist attempting to provide "helpful" advice is still far from convincing.
Wolf Blitzer took on the role of Republican strategist last Friday on CNN's Wolf by giving advice on which presidential candidate would be best for Republicans in 2016. You can read Wolf exchanging views with Gloria Borger on how to best help the Republicans succeed in the transcript below. The very idea that Wolf and Gloria want to be helpful is entirely laughable but it is fun to see them go through the motions. Of course, you probably already know without watching that neither Ted Cruz nor Rand Paul are recommended:
WOLF BLITZER: New insight today about what some members of the Bush family really feel about whether Jeb Bush should really run for president.
Our chief political analyst, Gloria Borger, broke the news on CNN. She has more.
Gloria, tell our viewers what exactly you have learned.
GLORIA BORGER, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL ANALYST; Wolf, in doing the piece on the Bush and Clinton families and how, after all of these decades in politics, they actually might face off each other again, I spoke with Jeb's brother, Neil Bush, and he shed some light on the internal family debate on whether Jeb should run. He started out by describing a scene in a hotel room as the family watched Barbara Bush say Jeb should just stay out of it. Take a listen.
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NEIL BUSH, BROTHER OF JEB BUSH: We're sitting waiting to go to the Bush Library event. We're all watching Jeb and we're looking over him like --
-- what's your response to that? But it's not going to affect Jeb's response to the question. If you ask dad, he would say yes.
BORGER: He would?
BUSH: Yes. He's say yes.
BORGER: Have you asked him?
BUSH: I have heard him answer that question.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BORGER: That pretty much sums it up, Wolf. It's pretty clear from listening to Neil Bush that President Bush, 41, would certainly like to see his son throw his hat in the ring. Whether than means anything to Jeb, who knows.
BLITZER: The key question is, the former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, does he have that fire in his belly? Does he really want to run for president of the United States like his brother and dad did?
BORGER: I think when you talk to people who are close to him, they honestly don't know the answer. Last summer, people were saying absolutely not. And Chris Christie seemed to be having his trouble and there seemed to more talk among fundraisers. He's got a while before he's got to make his decision but he has the same problem in many ways that Hillary Clinton has. These are families that have been around for decades. And they have to prove that they can be candidates of change even though they come from these very well known families. The Bush people admit that he would have a problem because he differs from his own party on issues like immigration, for example, core education curriculum. They have different challenges on the basis of their party.
One other thing that is so interesting, Wolf, is that the families over the years have grown really close. Bill Clinton is now very close to Bush 41, and how would those relationships be affected if Hillary Clinton ran against Jeb Bush?
BLITZER: But if the Republicans want to win the White House, they have got to carry states like Florida. Jeb Bush is pretty popular there. Ohio, he would be formidable against, let's say, Hillary Clinton in Ohio. Those are factors you have to take into consideration. Because New York and California probably go Democratic. If you want to win, you have to have someone presumably like a Jeb Bush.
BORGER: Sure. And Kentucky Democrats who think Jeb Bush would be one of the most formidable candidates for the Democrats.
BLITZER: His big problem would be winning the Republican nomination.
One wonders if "Republican strategist" Blitzer would have recommended the nomination of Ronald Reagan in 1980 who went on to win in two landslides. Or would he have gone with John Anderson? Somehow I think the latter.