I 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.
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