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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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The Jeb watershed has sent TPMers out onto the terrain of Iraq War dead-enders trying to find someone who will say, yes, it's still awesome. And it's turning out to be pretty hard. Even Elliot Abrams has given up the fight. So far only John Bolton says he's still in favor. We're still looking.

Help us find who else is still on board. If you see news reports of people saying they still think the invasion was a good idea, please drop us a line.

I mentioned a couple days ago that this might be happening. And now I think we're seeing that it is. Improbably, Jeb Bush's run for president and painful bumbling have triggered, though by no means caused, a watershed moment in the country's reckoning with the strategic blunder - and let's just say it - self-inflicted catastrophe of the Iraq War.

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This has not been a good few days for Jeb Bush. But I want to highlight one issue this is bringing to the fore about his campaign and the entire 2016 primary process. Through all this clumsy fumbling over "would you invade Iraq" what's most conspicuous is the dog that is not barking. It is very hard to find any Republican partisans that are lifting a finger to defend him. Laura Ingraham kicked things off ridiculing him. Byron York wrote a merciless column lambasting Bush both for the substance of his remarks and their optics. But it goes well beyond these Republican commentator-elites.

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Governor Bush has a fun moment in Reno ...

“Your brother created ISIS,” the young woman told Jeb Bush. And with that, Ivy Ziedrich, a 19-year-old college student, created the kind of confrontational moment here on Wednesday morning that presidential candidates dread.

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We've got some fascinating polling data looking at the GOP primary race through the prism of the federal military takeover of Texas, separating out "takeover" voters (who believe the federal government is trying to take over Texas) and "squishes" (who are taking the Pentagon's word for it that the takeover isn't happening). Among "Takeover" voters the top choice is Scott Walker. For "Squishes", it's Jeb Bush.

The two candidates with the highest percentage of takeover voters are Rick Perry (76%) and Ted Cruz (56%). That's the percentage of their supporters who are "takeover" voters.

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