Trump World Grab-Bag--A Collection

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Jeb Out

There's nothing surprising about Jeb Bush dropping out of the 2016 race at this stage--looking back over the campaign that was is a joyless task I'm in no way interested in, and I'm mostly just happy not to have to watch him run, or whatever it was he thought he was doing, anymore.

What I am reminded of, though, was when WI Gov. Scott Walker dropped out. He had said at the time:
“I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same, so that the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive conservative alternative to the current front-runner. This is fundamentally important to the future of the party and, more importantly, to the future of our country.”
At the time, I joked that you just couldn't talk the other losers in the race to bow out in favor of Jeb Bush, as being the handiest example of the "establishment" favorite. And of course, nothing of the kind did happen. And for some reason, Cruz, Rubio, and Kasich all have reason to like their odds at this point, even if I think Rubio's the default. (Carson's campaign is really just buckraking, and it's sort of peculiar that that actually still has any flavor left for the rubes to chew on.)

It's too late to "what if" how things might have been different with a narrower field from the beginning. But it is clear that Jeb was never the guy everyone was going to rally around. I'll tell you when I was sure of that--when Donald Trump said that Jeb had to like immigrants because of his wife. Jeb should have jumped down Trump's throat for that on general principles, never mind because you have to hit in a political contest.  He asked for an apology. Big whoop.

So when I see a handful of pieces about the Bush campaign's "civility"--I wouldn't actually call it that. The only good thing about his campaign was that it proved that campaign spending can only do so much for a poor candidate.


mikey said...

Fivethirtyeight has Cruz winning Texas and Rubio winning Virginia, so there are still delegates to be captured, although I still think Trump's going to run away with the nomination...

Formerly Amherst said...

Hi Vixen, of course you are entirely correct that Bush should have fought Trump more aggressively.

Actually, I think progressives can pat themselves on the back in justifiable pride. For some time a climate has been created that instructs Republican candidates to suppress their messages in favor of appearing bland. Republicans had to be careful lest they offend women, lest they offend blacks, lest they offend homosexuals, lest they offend Hispanics, lest they offend illegal aliens, lest they offend migrating Muslims, etc., etc., etc., ad nauseam , ad infinitum.

This has allowed Democrats to appear strong in their “message” while Republicans were busily trying to represent themselves as “I'm the most harmless and the most moderate character you can possibly imagine.” Well, in effect all this did was to alienate candidates from Republican voters.

However, Democrats are also responsible for the rise of the unapologetic Republican candidates.

One of the disturbing things for Democrats is that the socialistic aspirations of many Democrats have been concealed even in language such as the word 'progressive'. However, Bernie Sanders flies directly and unapologetically under the title of Socialism, and his agenda certainly reflects socialism with virtues and warts on public display. This makes it much harder for socialistic tendencies on the left to be obscured. (To the extent that some Democrats have been asked to explain the difference between socialism and the democratic Party, they have not been able to articulate an answer. I could explain it to them.)

So the dramatic leftist drive from the current administration and the unmasking of naked socialism has energized some Republican candidates in a way that their own party never could.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

For some time a climate has been created that instructs Republican candidates to suppress their messages in favor of appearing bland.

This is hilarious. Shirley you are a Poe, Formerly Amherst?