One of the greatest knocks on the Bushes, both Bush 41 and Bush 43 is that they both exhibited the same type of country-club collegiality that is often found in the Senate where harsh words for one’s opponent are often moderated and statements are preceded by the set piece dishonesty of referring to “my good friend from the great state of …” They were mostly gentlemanly and reserved their anger and harsh words for private moments.
Bush 43 did his candidacy and his party little good as he failed to engage the opposition on issues of substance as well as answer more personal attacks. Believing, like Reagan, that the Office of the Presidency, demanded decorum, gravitas, and measured tones. All well and good for a President, but the kiss of death to a candidate in a competitive race.
To put it mildly, Jeb Bush is uninspiring. There is no energy, no passion, no spirit. And, worst of all no competitive edge.
Donald Trump, the billionaire bloviating bully is bashing Jeb Bush constantly, delighting in his loss of campaign funding, as well as his “moderate” – most say progressive – positions on immigration (breaking into our country is an “act of love”) and the progressive version of common core that re-writes history from a politically correct perspective that is little more than demonization of the people and events that helped our country to grow and prosper.
Bush’s response is to seemingly ignore Trump, refusing to use his name or call him out for a vigorous debate on the important issues of the day. Almost as if he is biding his time, waiting for Trump to implode, and then assuming his “rightful” position as the frontrunner.
In response to a comment mentioning Trump…
“Do we have to talk about ‘this guy?’ This guy is now the frontrunner. He should held to account, just like me. He should be asked, as he was yesterday, how are you going to pay for it?”
Here is a guy – larger than life – it’s all about him, You know?”
Are Jeb’s advisors blind to the fact that Donald Trump’s media strategy is to constantly engage the media on the topics of the day, those ignored by most politicians wary of offending this group or that group? Do they not notice that Donald Trump is obtaining millions in free advertising by simply saying out loud what people are saying privately. Not backing down when he is called a racist or bigot. Fighting back when attacked. Precisely demonstrating those qualities needed to take on Hillary Clinton and the progressive socialist democrats.
Now comes Jeb Bush – with positions like Hillary Clinton on so many subjects – what will be his push back or will he simply sell-out the GOP to the progressives in the same way his Father and brother went along to get along?
He claims he is proud of his family, but all of his campaign materials are labeled JEB and he rarely mentions his last name
Bottom line …
We do not need any more political dynasties, be they Kennedy, Clinton, or Bush, all featuring the type of corrupt cronyism that is dragging our country down into the muck and mire of third-rate banana republics.
We do not need another “low energy” too cool for school candidates who pursue their agendas behind the scenes with their trusted cronies and rarely debate policies in the public forum, even to answer their most strident critics. As we have seen, these can be some of the most dangerous politicians who damage our country.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius