After Donald Trump won South Carolina, you could almost sense the panic within the Republican party. While he was favored to win, the feeling seemed to be that he wouldn’t perform nearly as well as polls had indicated. Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Though the truth of the matter is, as long as both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz stay in this race, Trump’s going to win the whole thing. While Trump is undoubtedly popular, he’s essentially hit his “ceiling.” He’s still the frontrunner, but his numbers haven’t improved in months.
Well, as many expected, Jeb Bush has announced that he’s suspending his campaign, which puts an end to one of the most disastrous presidential campaigns in modern history. Jeb Bush was someone who was quite literally the “handpicked” candidate the RNC wanted this time last year. By all accounts, Bush was going to announce his candidacy and walk to an easy nomination.
Though I’m not sure anyone could have predicted that he was going to be as lousy of a candidate as he was. While I’m not a fan of the Bush family, I never expected him to be this terrible as a candidate. When I say his campaign was a disaster – I mean it was a train wreck.
I’m not even sure how he became the governor of Florida. I joked with friends that it seemed like at any moment he was going to burst into tears. Even when he tried to “act tough” with Trump, it still came off incredibly weak and far too pre-rehearsed.
The bottom line is, Jeb Bush didn’t have what it took to be a solid presidential candidate. While he might have appealed to Florida voters at one time, on a national stage, he failed miserably. The fact that he began dragging his 90-year-old mother around with him to campaign was just – sad. While she’s been an important and respected figure among Republicans for decades, optics matter. And when you’re trying to overcome the image of being “weak” and “desperate,” bringing your mommy around with you to campaign doesn’t help that image.
Though like I said earlier, as long as both Rubio and Cruz stay in this race, I don’t see Trump losing it. Right now Cruz and Rubio are splitting the evangelical voters and those who want anyone but Trump. Which is why Trump’s numbers have stayed the same for months. He has his very loyal and solid base of supporters – and that’s about it. He has a ceiling and as long as this race has three or more candidates, that’s going to be enough to hand him the GOP nomination – but not enough for the White House (as long as we all vote).
Which is why I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for everyone on the left to come together and unite behind whichever candidate ultimately wins the Democratic nomination. Because I don’t care what your feelings are about either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, unless you’re okay with a President Trump/Cruz/Rubio – then get out there and #VoteBlueNoMatterWho.
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