Jeb! Super PAC mailing out New Hampshire voters mini DVD players with charging cable and documentary. pic.twitter.com/Qez5B5ZRxD
— sean (@SeanMcElwee) January 18, 2016
This would qualify as beating an effectively dead horse, except this is the Bush Crime Clan with its scion on the field, and there’s always the chance that they’ll bribe, steal, or threaten a spot onto the final ballot somehow. Maybe he’ll settle for the VP slot on a Trump ticket and hope the big guy gets indicted for some kind of financial fraud between Cleveland and November? Or agree to understudy Ted Cruz, and then “accidentally” beat him to death in a dark basement, after which every abused campaign volunteer & bored security staffer who witnesses the incident will swear Jeb honestly mistook Cruz for an unusually large poisonous reptile threatening them all?
The Right People are out there doing their best for him, per the Wall Street Journal:
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.—Since Jeb Bush signaled a likely presidential bid one year ago, his family’s decades-old network of former ambassadors, cabinet secretaries and Wall Street financiers has been doing what it does best: raising money.
But now, with Mr. Bush lagging behind in the final stretch before Republican votes are cast, hundreds of supporters from his Florida governorship and two family White Houses are trading their checkbooks for comfortable shoes to canvass neighborhoods in the early-balloting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina…
This past weekend, a group of more than 50 Bush alumni, mostly from Florida and Washington, D.C., paid their own way to knock on doors in South Carolina, where Mr. Bush is polling in fifth place with 8.5%, according to the Real Clear Politics average.
The group included longtime Republican operatives who worked for Mr. Bush’s father and had never used voter-targeting software on mobile phones, as well as the younger network of Hispanic professionals cultivated by Mr. Bush’s two sons, George P. and Jeb Jr. Bush. Many are more accustomed to hosting receptions and consulting on policy than the grind of campaign volunteer work…
Bush isn't just freezing up money, he's freezing up a small but important cluster of votes in NH that would go to a viable Trump alternative
— Drew Cline (@DrewHampshire) January 15, 2016
… even though, per the Washington Post, “the biggest donor to Jeb Bush’s super PAC says Bush is ‘not living up to expectations’“. And they’re not sure his handlers, this time, really know what they’re doing…
"I'm a big boy," Bush says about new Rubio attack ad pic.twitter.com/sHqjHNBhhE
— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) January 15, 2016
A prominent donor to Jeb Bush pressed the chief strategist of the “super PAC” supporting Mr. Bush over the group’s negative ads about Senator Marco Rubio during a closed-door meeting in Manhattan on Friday, according to three people familiar with the encounter.
The exchange took place between Barry Volpert of the private equity firm Crestview Partners and the strategist Mike Murphy at a meeting of about 35 donors at the Palace Hotel in Midtown, according to one attendee…
Some donors to the group have questioned the decision to produce and air a 15-minute documentary telling the “the Jeb Bush story” on the New England Sports Network and have privately mocked billboards featuring quotes by Mr. Bush that Right to Rise paid for in Des Moines.
Even Mr. Bush, on a swing through Iowa this week, seemed to question the billboards’ value. “What the hell is that?” Mr. Bush asked, driving past one of the large red billboards, according to a Des Moines Register reporter who was with him at the time. “Is that Right to Rise?”
Super PACs, which can accept unlimited donations, are not permitted to coordinate with candidates’ own campaign staff. (Mr. Volpert does not work for the Bush campaign.) Asked by reporters in Iowa if he thought the group was spending its money wisely, Mr. Bush said, “I don’t know.”…