This week’s Mainstream Media Scream features CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer suggesting that the Republican Party is so scared of having a right-wing presidential candidate that Mitt Romney will run again if moderate Jeb Bush declines to enter the race.
During his show’s roundtable, Schieffer said:
“Jeb Bush is apparently now thinking about running. And, you know, I have a source that told me that, if Jeb Bush decides not to run, that Mitt Romney may actually try it again. Because they‘re very concerned that the party is not moving forward, that the party has moved so far to the right that, you know, they can’t elect a presidential candidate.”
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Whoever planted this little nugget with Schieffer knew they had an eager recipient, open to the idea Republicans are just too darn conservative and credulous to the notion the third time would be the charm for Romney. No journalist better encapsulates the conventional wisdom of the Washington press corps than Schieffer.”
Rating: Three out of five screams.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.