Tone deaf Jeb applauds Rick Snyder for taking the lead on the lead in Flint water

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush praised Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for accepting responsibility over the water crisis in Flint.


“GOP presidential hopeful and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush defended Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) against criticism over his handling of the Flint water crisis on Sunday, arguing instead that the blame should go to the fact that regulations are too complex.” []


Whom to blame for Flint’s water? Rick Snyder.

That’s the view of most every outsider.

In defense of him, Jeb

Says he’s caught in a web.

Just a victim and not the decider.


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  • Jeb seems to be a very decent man--but also a very inept politician. Why did he think it would be helpful to anyone to be drawn into commenting on the Flint fiasco?

  • In reply to jnorto:

    1. Strange fraternity among governors. For instance, Jesse the Governor Ventura, despite claiming to be an outsider, said Gray Davis shouldn't be recalled. Similar to Ditka saying that Dick Jauron shouldn't have been fired, and then next week that Lovie will do a fine job.
    2. There seems to be a screw loose with the Bush siblings. Someone said 43 was dyslexic.

  • In reply to jack:

    You could be right although, as to your first point, John Kasich, Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee seem to have resisted the call of a fraternity brother.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    This source says Kasich completely backed Snyder's response, although the WSJ story to which it linked didn't support that.

  • In reply to jack:

    In the Jan. 28 Republican debate Kasich didn't seem particularly supportive of Snyder's response. "I don't know all the details of what Rick Snyder has done," Kasich said, referring to Michigan's embattled Republican governor. "I know people who have been fired, people are being held accountable, but the fact is, every single engine of government has to move when you see a crisis like that."

  • In reply to jnorto:

    I heard him say that. What struck me about his response was his alleged ignorance of "all the details". After all, he is a Republican governor of a neighboring state. I felt he was being evasive and deliberately mealymouthed when he should have unequivocally condemned Snyder's failure to protect the people of Flint from lead poisoning. Now it has come out that Snyder was providing water coolers to state employees in Flint while publicly asserting Flint's water was perfectly safe to drink. Snyder should be indicted for criminal negligence and official misconduct.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    In the meantime, a NJ paper said Christie pocket vetoed a lead poisoning prevention funding bill.

    Hence, it probably isn't a good idea to assert a negative. I hadn't heard the Bush one until AW posted it, but it was quickly verifiable.

  • If one were to gloss over the fact that Snyder passed his emergency powers initiative against the will of the people with a gimmick, one could see a fair argument against Snyder's culpability.

    Of course Jeb, as an establishment candidate, sees these gimmicks as natural rights to the higher born. We need to send these folks a message...

  • In reply to 4zen:

    ...I suppose by campaigning for The Bern.

  • In reply to jack:

    Hear! Hear!

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