Niggling OCD query: Does this putz deserve a category of his own, or should we keep lumping him with the other Bush crime family members?
MacKay Coppins, at Buzzfeed, as “Jeb Bush Embarks On Least Joyful Campaign Ever“:
… From the beginning, Bush has insisted his decision about whether to undertake a presidential run in 2016 would depend on his answer to one question: “Can I do it joyfully?” But now, as he officially launches his campaign at a Monday afternoon rally in Miami, Bush’s pursuit of the presidency seems destined to be a grinding, grumpy ordeal — permeated with disdain for the trivial demands of campaign pageantry, and rooted in a sense of duty to save the GOP from a field of candidates he seems to regard as unprepared or unserious.
Joylessness wafts off Bush wherever he goes, from the photo-ops on his just-completed tour of Europe, to the grip-and-grins on the campaign trail in New Hampshire.
He responds with impatient sarcasm when he is forced to field questions about political strategy — or his brother’s polarizing record — instead of public policy…
Jeb Bush announces he is running for President and "Jeb Bush" is not trending – only #NoMoreBushes is trending.
— John Lurie (@lurie_john) June 15, 2015
.@tinyrevolution But with one of those little parasol umbrelllas stuck in the top.
— Billmon (@billmon1) June 16, 2015
Mr. Pierce, at Esquire:
… OK, past is past. Jeb (!) is not about the past. Not him. He’s especially not about that thin slice of the past that occurred during the years 2001-2009, when somebody Jeb (!) once met briefly was president of the United States and everything went to shit. Because Jeb (!) grew up in a small shoebox in the middle of the road, and is not one of the “pampered elites.”
(I have to admit that this was the point where I expected his pants to ignite.)
Honest to god, if you listened to the speech, which was written very well and delivered with the kind of smug WASP brio that so often eluded that chap who Jeb (!) bumped into back in the Aughts, you would believe that history began in January of 2009. He did make a little wink and a nod to the “first president I met on the day I was born, and the second one I met on the day I came home.” But, beyond that, you’d have thought he was found in a basket in the bullrushes along the banks of the Kennebec River…
"[Jeb Bush] is both the most likely Republican nominee — and still more likely than not to lose the nomination." http://t.co/OZdCUWT9E3
— Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) June 15, 2015
I suspect there are a not-insignificant number of Americans who think that Jeb Bush is actually his brother George operating under a false flag in defiance of the Twenty-Second Amendment. — Ed Kilgore, Washington Monthly
Under his breath, through tight smile: "Jebby, the camera's over here. Try to keep up now." pic.twitter.com/wjx8COWQTM
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) June 15, 2015
(At the New Yorker, Andy Borowitz captioned the same photo “Scientists Believe They Have Isolated Gene for Failure“.)
Professor Krugman is so far from impressed, he’s almost irked:
It’s tempting! to ridicule! Jeb Bush! over his ludicrous campaign logo! But it would be wrong.
He should, instead, be ridiculed over his ludicrous, self-aggrandizing economic claims.
Incredibly, Jeb! is running on his economic record as governor of Florida, on the claim that he knows how to create growth — 4 percent growth, no less — because of the way Florida prospered during his term in office… During those years, of course, Florida experienced the mother of all housing bubbles — and when the bubble burst (luckily for Jeb! just after he left office) it promptly wiped out 900,000 of those 1.3 million jobs…
So Jeb! is basically promising that as president, he can generate Florida-style bubbles, which bring disaster when they burst, to the rest of America!…
So Jeb Bush decided to run for president because he was afraid if he didn’t, no one would?
— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) June 15, 2015
In the Atlantic:
… [B]efore Bush’s campaign could even officially begin on Monday, it seemed to be falling apart. His staff was in turmoil, the apparent result of tensions between new hires and longtime loyalists and potential opponents, unintimidated, kept jumping into the race. Bush’s poll numbers, while still good enough for first place in a 15-way contest, have been on a downward trajectory since he stepped out on the campaign circuit. Pundits have compared him to Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who led the field in the early run-up to the 2008 primaries, only to see his candidacy collapse when Republican activists in early-voting states turned their backs. The party that nurtured Bush’s father and older brother seemed disinclined to grant him the same deference…
Republicans, who have lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, badly want to win this time around. Many of the activists I’ve spoken to—even staunch conservatives in rural Iowa—are concerned primarily with nominating a candidate who can win a general election; they are haunted by the unexpected defeat in 2012, and with it, a bewildering sense that they are out of sync with their country’s mainstream. But Bush’s stumbles—and their array of other options—make them wonder if he is the candidate who can turn the tide. Why compromise their beliefs for someone who can’t close the deal?…
I'm not just the brother to our worst modern president, I'm the guy who pulled the strings to help him get the job: Jeb!
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) June 16, 2015
— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) June 15, 2015