Jeb Bush’s Embarrassing Weekend Could Be The Final Nail In His Campaign’s Coffin

jeb-bush-scienceI can fully admit when I was wrong about something, and I don’t hesitate to say that I was wrong about Jeb Bush eventually becoming the Republican party’s nominee for president. I figured he would hang around the top 3-4 spots while the crazies ran their course (similar to Mitt Romney in 2012) but eventually most Republican voters would settle on the “safest” candidate to run in the general election.

What I didn’t anticipate was just how terrible Bush would end up looking as a candidate.

He seems completely unable to get out of his own way. It’s as if he’s trying desperately to prove that not only would he be the exact same president his brother was, but he would be even worse.

Another mistake he made was stooping to Donald Trump’s level. Instead of taking the highroad and letting Trump make a fool out of himself like he usually does, Jeb tried to engage with the current GOP frontrunner in a battle of insults he was never equipped to win. If you’re going to go toe-to-toe with Trump on insults, you better be sure you have the skills needed to hit back at him better than he hits at you.

Those are skills Jeb simply doesn’t have; every time he tried to go after Trump, he just ended up looking weaker and outmatched.

That’s why I believe that after another embarrassing weekend, it’s pretty much over for the former governor of Florida.

Following the news that Bush was slashing payroll from his campaign, he headed down to Texas to convene with his father and brother in what appears to be a last-ditch-effort to save his campaign. In fact, George W. Bush will now apparently headline a fundraiser in D.C. at the end of the month – a fundraiser that Jeb actually won’t even be at.

While I don’t fault Jeb for trying to use his family’s name to try to save his campaign, it looks incredibly desperate from a candidate who many once viewed as the clear-cut favorite to be the GOP nominee in 2016.

Then to make matters worse, at an event in South Carolina on Saturday, Jeb seems to have snapped.

“If this election is about how we’re going to fight to get nothing done, then I don’t want any part of it,” Bush said. “I don’t want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that people literally are in decline in their lives.”

“I’ve got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them,” he continued. “That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that.”

That, ladies and gentlemen, is what you call a political meltdown. It’s clear that Trump has gotten under his skin and he’s completely frustrated with the entire process. That’s what happens when you let crazy people take over your party. So at the end of the day, Bush can whine all he wants, but he only has the Republican party and conservative voters to blame for the rise of Trump and the madness that’s seized the GOP.

I think these comments really put the final nail in the coffin of his campaign. Those are not words of a man many serious donors are going to get behind. With poll numbers that are almost certainly going to get worse, money that seems to be drying up and his candidacy becoming more and more irrelevant by the day – I would be fairly surprised to see him stay in much longer unless something completely unexpected happens.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Deb from the south

    Time to bow out Jeb…..You never had what it would take anyways. Though no one in the Republican Party does….what a party mess. I’m lovin it 😀

    • OMGface

      I am also luvin it, but only when it is not making my head explode, given I have no references for a lot of it.

  • fedele

    What your figuring didn’t account for was, that this would be a “normal” election cycle. This hasn’t been normal and the pot has been brewing for quite some time. The pot has finally boiled over and there are plenty of candidates getting burned. All the political pundits and politicians have been trying to reason the rise of Trump, Carson, Fiorina; intellectual reasoning will not bring you the answers you’re looking for. It’s simple, because these folks are simple. If you need to lay blame, it falls on the feet of the media, allowing politicians to float by with sensationalized statements, outright lies and fabricated truths. It’s the politician’s fault for not taking the posts they hold with the integrity and responsibility it deserves. By not holding EACH other to the highest standard and not speaking truth to power themselves. They’ve put their ideology above the idea of politic. Then of course, you have the radio quarterbacks, who have been a free reign to ramble and bloviate and make conjectures and fabricate fallacies that even the most informed voter finds it hard to decipher lies from truth. We’ve turned facts into subjectives and praised those who “speak their mind” without questioning the “mind” or the words. No wonder the master of insults has risen to the top. Truth is no longer the grail. Divisiveness, blame, sensationalism, revisionism, insults, these are our masters, these are the attributes we have come to admire in our politicians. Jeb is not constructed to play this game, he will fail. If we don’t start standing up to the truth, ALL of us, politics will continue in this direction.

    • Telast

      This is why we need Bernie.

      • OMGface

        While Bernie articulates everything most of us have come to over time, he is also, I fear, not in touch with what it would take pragmatically to do the complex work to evolve any of it. If so, that’s both a terrible sadness and also a deal breaker.

      • Telast

        Bernie’s been in politics a long time. He knows the practical machinery he needs to achieve his ideals.

      • OMGface

        I will delve more….and, with the hope you are right! But being a member of congress is not the same as being president. Let’s say you are right which would be fabulolus…..I still doubt he could win the general, and we can’t afford to lose the general! Think just about The High Court appointments.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        He’s been a Senator of Vermont….not really a big state. He cannot win a national election. I love the guy and many of the things he stands for, but being saddled with the Democratic Socialist brand renders him unelectable on the national stage. It’s a hard truth, but one you must be aware of. That word carries way too much baggage.

      • OMGface

        I posted similarly….too much at stake here to be other than icy, discerning realists!

      • Terry

        At the same time Bernie has gotten more amendments (16) passed than any other Representative in the last 40 years. As a Senator, he has been able to work with Dems and Republicans to get things done. He is not ostracized by any means. He is able to get things done.

      • 1968_Camaro

        Also, he has experience as the mayor of Burlington, VT prior to his time in Congress. He has substantial experience, as does Hillary. Both are excellent candidates with much to offer our country. VOTE!

      • puddintame

        not buying this theory.. at all.. he is a veteran law maker

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        He’d make a great VP

  • OMGface

    If he only had a brain. Or a Carl Rove Machiavellian to act like one as his equally moronic brother did.

    • Irvin Case

      But, but, JEB! is considered the “smart” Bush brother.

      • OMGface

        I know. Thanks for your sardonic humor, cause I find it all worse than PMS.
        Bad enuff when people let foxes steal the chicken coop, given foxes are nimble and smart….but this? OMG.

      • Edward Krebbs

        Irvin, I get your humor. But everytime I hear that assertion, I want to scream that about 1/2 a year ago it came to light that Jeb and Dubya went to the same fancy prep school where Dubya was considered the smarter brother and had better grades. Jeb was known for using certain drug derivates and not showing any interest.. He was also considered a bully (although, like Romney, he doesn’t remember the episodes his ex-classmates talked about).

        Most interesting is that while Jeb’s classmates, looking at being drafted, were strongly interested in international affairs and discussing them, Jeb showed no such interest.

  • Edward Krebbs

    As a positive, Jeb has put GWB back into play.

    The repubs ran the 2008 and especially the 2012 elections depending on their ability to forget that GWB ever existed. They were quite successful in not hightlighting GWB, not letting GWB come to their parties, etc. That way, the people largely forgot about GWB, the candidates didn’t have to turn cartwheels to defend GWB and they could hang Iraq, Afghanistan, the recession, and even Katrina around Obama’s neck.

    Just by running, Jeb opened the door to reminding people of GWB. the precipitous drop in economics, cost of 2 wars (conducted off the books) in both money and lives, etc.

    By talking about how wonderful GWB was in keeping America safe and otherwise bringing us to Nirvana, GWB is now in play. Hopefully, people will continue to remember him into November 2016.

  • Matthew Reece

    The people who wasted over $100 million of their own money on this turkey are some of the people whom I would most like to see lose over $100 million of their own money.