Jeb Bush was not a joke.

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Will Truman

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  1. Avatar Kolohe says:

    Yeah, I can see Jeb as this poltical cycle’s Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham – a decent enough guy at his core, but utterly unsuited to the task of either restoring the old ways or ushering in the new age.Report

  2. Avatar Stillwater says:

    Well, Jeb was a bit of a joke. At the beginning he bungled and bumbled, droned, lacked focus, rambled, slooped and drooped, etc. He looked like an old guy playing a young man’s game, always a step or three behind the pace of play. As for him being a decent guy, that’s what everyone said about W, too.

    And I’m sure he is a decent guy, according to some calculus: even Cruz loves his kids, and presumably they love him right back.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird says:

    If Jeb Bush has done anything, he’s done a fairly decent job of being a living counter-argument to the whole “we need to overturn Citizens United” thing.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Jaybird says:

      I have a Slatepitch idea for how this election proves that McCain-Feingold is working *and* that more should be done because money in politics has at last been revealed to be about access instead of speech.Report

    • Avatar North in reply to Jaybird says:

      In fairness most of the Citizens United protest is focused on lower profile contests that the Presidency.Report

      • Avatar Don Zeko in reply to North says:

        This. Presidential elections, even primaries, are the least efficient ways to spend your anonymous unlimited campaign dollars in the entire system.Report

      • Avatar Morat20 in reply to North says:

        Citizens United was about fleeing billionaires instead of fleecing the base via direct mail. It’s not exactly limited to one side, but the GOP consultancy business in particular seems to be a giant con that originated out of the Evangelical model (get grandma to send money when her SS came in) and got co-opted. You feed fear, get money. You spent a little money on candidates to maintain appearances, but most of your money goes into getting more money — and hefty salaries for everyone involved.

        Citizens United cuts out all the PITA of direct mail and mailing lists and trying to figure out the masses buttons. You just figure out ONE GUY’s buttons. Boom, gravy train.Report

        • Avatar Kolohe in reply to Morat20 says:

          Except that’s the thing, it’s a shortcut the way steroids are. All that ‘exercise’ in getting the network up to do fundraising also gives you the other stuff required to get people actually to the polls and actually vote for you. It’s why Bernie is over performing and Jeb spectacularly underperformed.Report

        • Avatar Kim in reply to Morat20 says:

          I’m not kidding maddi! is about as bad, if not worse.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Jaybird says:

      It’s like the Yankees’ floundering in the early 90s proved that you can’t buy a championship. The problem was that winning 4 out of 5 starting in the late 90s proved that you can if you know what you’re doing.Report

  4. Avatar Christopher Carr says:

    Jeb is quite clearly the only decent human being among the top Republican candidates.

    Trump thrives on being a heel. Every time he says something hateful, he climbs in the polls.

    Cruz is a snake of a man whose “greatest accomplishment” is literally failing to govern, and he is a man who wants to deport his own people.

    Rubio used his precious final comments in the SC debate to preach hatred towards gays.

    The clear conclusion: the Republican base is scum to support the three most heinous contenders over any others. It’s not the candidates that we should be directing our antipathy towards. It’s the scumbags around us. The Republican field is merely a reflection of Team Red.

    Eventually the true Jesus-loving evangelicals won’t be able to take it anymore.

    Also, Seth Stevenson strikes me as an effete coward.Report