The question to Jeb! related to GWB’s nomination of John Roberts and Chief Justice. Jeb! dissembles and Ted Cruz takes him apart.
From The Hill:
Jeb! pointed out that fellow 2016 hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz — former Texas solicitor general and clerk to former Chief Justice William Rehnquist — had supported Roberts after his appointment.
Cruz admitted that he was wrong to back Roberts, calling it “a mistake” that he regrets.
“I’ve known John Roberts for 20 years, he’s an amazingly talented lawyer, but yes, it was a mistake when he was appointed to the Supreme Court,” Cruz said.
“He’s a good enough lawyer that he knows that during these ObamaCare cases, he changed the statute, he changed the law in order to force that failed law on millions of Americans for a political outcome.”
Cruz slammed both George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush for passing on more conservative nominees during their presidencies in favor of more moderate choices who would have a simpler path.
“It wasn’t that the President Bushes wanted to appoint a liberal to the court, it was that it was the easier choice,” he said. “They weren’t willing to spend political capital to put a strong judicial conservative on the court.”
The real point here is that two Bushes have shown that they’re not willing to fight for conservative principles. Bush41 surrendered to Democrats on taxes. Bush43 surrendered on everything. Why should we believe that another Bush would do any differently since he’s already to the left of Hillary, et al. on immigration?
Hey Jeb! Go run for President of Mexico.