WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2016 – The nation has all but forgotten Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush after his pathetic 2.8 percent showing in the Iowa caucuses, right behind former candidate Sen. Rand Paul, who received 4.5 percent of the vote. Hoping to do better in New Hampshire, Bush told supporters that as president he would “have the back of the military” and not engage in “trash talk” and that the “next president needs to be a lot quieter.”
Bush paused, waiting for the audience to respond.
Nothing, nada, zip. Just chirping crickets.
“Please clap,” Bush pathetically begged his listeners.
Even when he is standing on a stage and speaking, Jeb comes across as utterly forgettable. His New Hampshire audience – en masse – astral projected to another plane of existence rather than listen to the tired, hackneyed imbecilities of the GOP candidate who best represents the dying establishment wing of his party.
When he spoke at a Des Moines rally last week, a pair of young men jumped to their feet and yelled, “We’ve been here for two hours and haven’t gotten paid.”
A flyer held by one of the youths said the Bush campaign was offering $25 an hour to rally attendees.
“Multiple advisers to the [pro-Bush] Right to Rise super PAC concede privately that the $40 million spent on positive ads aimed at telling Bush’s story has yielded no tangible dividends,” says Politico.
Rival GOP candidate Donald Trump said as much last November. “Look, Jeb is a nice guy,” he said on ABC’s Good Morning America. “Jeb is not a man who is going to make it. He’s wasting his time. He’s wasting a lot of money,” said Trump.
To his credit, Jeb admits he is nothing more than a punching bag to his GOP rivals who are more comfortable pushing nouns against verbs. “If you want an entertainer,” Bush once told the press, “I’m not your guy.”
But one person loyally defends the inarticulate, low-energy candidate, telling anyone who will listen that he “sees a huge need and it’s not being filled by anybody… Of all the people running, he seems to be the one who can solve the problems. I think he’ll be a great president.”
That person was his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush. But notice her qualifier: “he seems to be the one who can solve problems,” not that he is the one who will.
A mother knows these things.
The latest CNN poll predicts Jeb Bush will finish in sixth place in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, way behind Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Such a bad showing will almost certainly lead to demands from campaign contributors that he end his pointless political campaign so their money can go to a more deserving and viable GOP candidate.
Note to Republicans: If he does drop out of the race, “Please clap.”