— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) October 2, 2015
… After all that money spent, you’re still sagging nationally and in fourth place in New Hampshire, a state you need to win. You’ve had nearly a year to make your case. It isn’t working. You should pack it in.
The conventional wisdom a few months ago was that your brother’s catastrophic presidency would be your bid’s biggest hurdle. Now, in a fit of desperation, it looks like you’re about to draft him to stump for you. Putting aside that George W. is still despised by a not-insignificant swath of the Republican electorate, how is that going to play in the general should you somehow win the nomination? You’re making the Democrats’ job easy, Jeb. They’ll be more than happy to attach you to his legacy, and you’re doing that for them.
Speaking of the Democrats, we know what will happen if you drag this out through next spring. The going thinking right now is that the guys really low in the polls—your Rand Pauls and George Patakis—should be next to drop out. But what damage do they do to the GOP by staying in? You Bushes, meanwhile, for all your patrician aloofness, are some of the dirtiest campaigners out there, and every jab you get in at your fellow establishmentarians like Marco Rubio is going to be used against them by the left. It’s one thing to toughen up a nominee in a primary fight—it’s another to make them damaged goods, unready to lead. If you’ve got some golden piece of oppo that will take Rubio or John Kasich out of consideration, by all means use it now. Otherwise, time to step aside…
Yeah, like Bar Bush would ever permit John Ellis to jump off this train before it jumps the tracks. He’ll never be her favorite son, but he does seem to be the one who inherited the most from her — all the stolid, cruel, uncaring “patrician” contempt for everyone in the world that is not of the Bush clan.
The best you can say about these new polls for Bush is that millions of dollars in ads have stopped his precipitous decline
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) October 4, 2015
Politico, last week, “Bush camp moves to ease donor angst“:
… His top bundlers, summoned to Miami for a last-minute call-a-thon, are working hard to convince increasingly anxious donors of their candidate’s strength. Bush’s team is highlighting the benefits of its sizable financial advantage — mainly, a top-notch national organization — in an effort to focus attention on the campaign’s durability but also to demonstrate its superiority in relation to Rubio, whose rise in recent polls represents a growing threat…
“I don’t know if it’s panic or paranoia in Miami, but they are losing [Scott] Walker people to Marco, and if you say what’s true, they get mad,” said one Bush donor, who spoke to POLITICO on the condition of anonymity. “I think it’s just reflective of what’s been going on for the past month or so and the way the race, at least in the establishment lane, has shifted. It’s really Jeb or Marco now. Marco’s fundraising has picked up, and Jeb’s has stayed flat.”
Another Bush donor invited to Miami, assessing the state of anxiety within the former Florida governor’s operation on a scale of 1 to 10, put the panic level at a “6 or 7.”…
“There’s less money out there than people realize,” said Katie Packer Gage, who served as Mitt Romney’s deputy campaign manager in 2012 and whose firm is doing work for Rubio in Michigan. “Lots of donors are holding their money because, if the big donor wants anything, they want to be with a winner, and they want the right candidate.”…
Jeb: “it is a difficult time to be in public life…there’s not much trust”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 7, 2015
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 4, 2015
Looking like Jeb's "nightmare scenario" — as I outlined in March — more and more realistic http://t.co/cbjgQAFSZD
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) October 2, 2015
The Wall Street Journal laments, “Where Did Jeb Bush Lose Support? Everywhere“:
… Mr. Bush lost support across the board: among men and women, voters under and over 50 years of age, talk-radio listeners, and values and tea-party voters alike. Though his support flagged among likely voters who identified as very conservative and total conservatives, Mr. Bush lost the most ground – a 15-point decline — among self-described moderate and liberals, earning 8% from those voters in September compared with 23% in July.
Voters also have less positive sentiment about the former Florida governor. The change was greatest among likely Republican primary voters, whose positive feelings decreased to 39% from 50%. Meanwhile, negative feelings toward Mr. Bush increased by four points.
EvenThe(Rigidly)Conservative USNews has defected on JEB… replacing him with thirsty one-time protege, Marco Rubio…
— Larry West (@LarryWest42) October 2, 2015
Hillary again hits Jeb on "stuff happens." "No, that's like an admission of fatalism and defeat. That's not who we are," she says
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 6, 2015
His campaign might as well have been directed by M. Night Shayamalan, the twist is its been dead all this time. https://t.co/9Z8ETbIVjS
— John Smith (@RikiTikiTavi91) October 2, 2015
Sad to think the money donated to Jeb Bush's campaign could have gone to something more productive, like cocaine fueled Las Vegas weekends
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) October 5, 2015