The Bush restoration is toast! In an announcement that was anticlimactic given his inability to sell himself to voters sick of the same old crap, John Ellis Bush aka Jeb! has just announced that he is throwing in the (crying) towel on his doomed presidential bid. It wasn’t supposed to be this way for the former Florida Governor with the family pedigree that had been the gold standard to the establishment but the previously anointed one never accounted for either a betrayal by back-stabbing young protégé Marco Rubio nor an opponent who brought his own money to the table. Not even the desperation effort of trotting out his brother, former President George W. Bush and his beloved mommy in the waning days of the South Carolina campaign was able to save the skin of a man who never appeared to have his heart in it in the first place.
As reported by CNN “Jeb Bush suspends his campaign”:
Jeb Bush is suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination, he announced Saturday night.
Bush struggled for months to make inroads against Donald Trump, who constantly mocked the former Florida governor’s “low energy” and for spending tens of millions of dollars on his campaign.
But it was Bush’s disappointing finish in South Carolina, where his brother, former President George W. Bush, and mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, campaigned for him, that was the final straw.
“The people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken and I really respect their decision, so tonight I am suspending my campaign,” Bush said, before being overtaken by emotion.
Bush, who turned 63 earlier this month, kicked off his candidacy last June as the front-runner in a crowded field of candidates.
His brand was built to be the candidate who fulfilled what Republicans thought they needed after Mitt Romney’s 2012 election loss: an experienced governor from a swing state who could help expand the GOP base by appealing to Latinos and craft a narrative of a more compassionate GOP. Bush pledged to be the “joyful” candidate.
But then a perceived sideshow candidate named Trump — who labeled undocumented immigrants as “rapists” in his announcement speech — quickly started to gain traction and within weeks of Bush’s announcement became not only the front-runner, but took the lead and ran away with it.
The surge revealed a Republican electorate that was more angry than joyful, surprising the Washington political class and upending the Republican primary narrative.
With every insult hurled, Trump’s anti-establishment, bombastic persona became more popular. It was clear that Bush, the son of a president and brother of another, would face an uphill battle.
Indeed, Trump regularly targeted Bush, defining him as “dumb as a rock” and “low energy.” The latter of which became a label that Bush continually struggled to peel off. To those who knew him and covered him, Bush was hardly low energy, but he was uncomfortable and awkward on television and the idea of Bush being “low energy” set it.
Interesting that just after the announcement that the CNN piece was ready to roll out but it was pretty evident that barring a miracle in South Carolina that it was time to stick a fork into Jeb!, when your two aces in the hole are Lindsey Graham and your screw-up brother it’s time to fold.
Now that Donald Trump has saved America from one dynastic political family it’s time that he does likewise with the Clintons – and the Republican party needs to quit dicking around and get behind him.