Jeb Bush – Kicking a Dead Horse

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks during the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in Washington, DC, December 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

ELDER PATRIOT – It’s time for Jeb Bush to concede.  Despite having an immense financial advantage he continues falling in the polls.  Jeb Bush was never the strongest candidate in the field.  His persona on the campaign trail is less like Teddy Roosevelt and more like Mr. Rogers.  He remains the big moneyed interests favored backup in the event they can’t pull Hillary Clinton across the finish line.  You read that correctly.  These wealthy investors are used to hedging their bets and that’s exactly what they were doing by promoting Mr. Bush along with Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Bush’s lack of charisma and lack of machismo never mattered to the donor class of bankers and CEO’s who had grown complacent with their past successes at deluding Republican voters with slick advertising and aggressive image building for their wholly owned candidates.

To paraphrase Herb Brooks, not this time boys.  Not this election cycle. 

Republican voters have had enough of their party’s establishment politicians who have uniformly violated their campaign promises.  In 2010, House Republicans ran on “A Pledge to America” that was ostensibly an updated version of Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America.”  Newt delivered.  Boehner didn’t even try instead forming groups to provide cover for Republicans that he asked to deliver the votes in order to advance President Obama’s agenda.

The story was much the same in the Senate with Mitch McConnell.  The only difference is McConnell had much more willing support from long time senators who were only interested in gaming the system for their personal benefit than their wide-eyed ideologically driven newly elected colleagues.

Everything was going along as planned.  Dodd-Frank was closing down main street businesses and with it competition for large cap corporations was disappearing, and banks were swimming in free money that they were under no obligation to lend.  Big Pharma was enriched with the passage and demands of Obamacare.  Every lever of government was being used to enrich the already rich at the expense of the poor and the middle class. 

This all brings us back to Jeb Bush and his shrinking donor base courtesy of the ascension of Donald Trump.  Trump is everything Bush isn’t, more Teddy Roosevelt and without any ties to the moneyed class.

Try as it might to revive Jeb Bush’s waning campaign, the mainstream media has found itself beating a dead horse.  Things are so bad for Bush that if every Republican trailing him in the polls dropped out and he secured everyone one of their followers, he’d still be trailing Trump.  Why he’s even being mentioned at this point is a question only they can answer.

Democrats have always voted for the false promises of government.  Polling shows they are content with the candidates who continue making those promises despite the $250 trillion of debt they have already ran up without any strategies in place to address it.  That’s probably because a large number of them are largely disaffected by the horrific economy and have no intention of ever working to better their situations.

It’s now left to the much-maligned conservative voters of the Republican Party to put a stop to the crash course our country is on.  Like the cavalry rushing to the rescue they have heard the call and appear to be answering it.  Hopefully they remain resolute because the battle for control of the Republican Party is going to grow very ugly.  The idea of the people actually choosing their next president doesn’t sit well with either the party establishment or their big moneyed supporters.

It’s worth echoing the words of Herb Brooks to the party’s insurgent conservatives one more time, “if you blow this you’ll carry if to your f*cking graves.”