Politico: Jeb Bush one of the biggest losers at CPAC

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While Marco Rubio is coming out of this past weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference as one of the biggest winners (being the biggest winner at CPAC is a relative term, mind you), one of the biggest “losers” from the event is Jeb Bush. From POLITICO’s James Hohmann.

If the former Florida governor runs for president, he wants to do it on his terms. The problems with this approach were on display Friday night – when a lecture he delivered at CPAC’s Reagan Dinner fell painfully flat.

Eschewing a teleprompter, Bush read his 19-minute lecture from a black binder that felt like was trying to channel former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Many in the audience thumbed through BlackBerrys while he talked. He received only a polite, scattered standing ovation.

The appearance followed a book tour by Bush the week before that got very mixed reviews.

Bush said he wants to elect another man in the tradition of Ronald Reagan – but many of the old-timers here still remember that his dad attacked Reagan and multiple speakers criticized George W. Bush for his big-spending record…

After that kind of performance, Bush should consider himself lucky his friend Al Cardenas took him off the straw poll ballot.

I thought this guy was the best the GOP had; that he was its finest cut of presidential steak? If so, Hillary Clinton — heck, Andrew Cuomo — will make mincemeat out of the Republicans in 2016.

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