January 31, 2015

NOW PICK JINDAL AS YOUR RUNNING MATE:

Jeb Bush has become the GOP front-runner for 2016 -- so now what? (Karen Tumulty and Matea Gold, January 31, 2015, Washington Post)

Republicans have a tradition of picking an anointed one early. That establishment candidate almost always ends up with the nomination, although not without a fight and some speed bumps along the way. [...]

Bush was already assembling a formidable army of fundraisers and talented operatives, including poaching Romney's top Iowa strategist, David Kochel, to be his national campaign manager.

That process appears to be intensifying after the 2012 GOP presidential nominee bowed out on Friday.

"It's a great day for Jeb Bush," said Brian Ballard, a lobbyist who led Romney's 2012 fundraising effort in Florida and switched to Bush this time around. "I think Jeb had 75 percent of the money folks here. This brings in the other 25 percent."

Chicago private-equity executive Bill Kunkler and his wife, Susan Crown, had been top fundraisers for Romney in the last election and had expected to be there again for him in 2016.

Now, Bush is "the only one my wife and I will work for," Kunkler said. "If it's not Jeb, we're done for this cycle. I know in my heart that Jeb is the only one who passes the presidential test. . . . We'll be all in for him."

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