Jeb Bush CPAC Speech Says GOP Must Stop Being ‘Anti Everything’ Party

HUFFINGTON POST:  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush beseeched a gathering of conservatives in remarkably frank terms on Friday night to change the course of the Republican Party and to become a more diverse, welcoming and understanding party to minorities and low-income Americans. …

“All too often we’re associated with being ‘anti’ everything,” Bush said. “Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker, and the list goes on and on and on. Many voters are simply unwilling to choose our candidates even though they share our core beliefs, because those voters feel unloved, unwanted and unwelcome in our party.”…

“It is not a validation of our conservative principles if we can only point to the increasingly rare individual who overcomes adversity and succeeds in America,” Bush said. “Here’s reality: if you’re fortunate enough to count yourself among the privileged, much of the rest of the nation is drowning….  (more)

EDITOR:  Interestingly, ballyhoos other speeches but does not mention this historic address by Jeb Bush.   It is “historic” in the sense that he is clearly positioning himself to run as a Republican moderate in 2016.  When a politician wants to dramatically take a strong position, he or she often initially delivers the message to an unsympathetic audience.

Updated: March 16, 2013 — 9:31 pm