Red never likes to predict the demise of a particular political campaign, but a strong stench of failure is starting to emanate from the halls of the JEB!!!!$$$$? campaign. First, JEB!!!!$$$$? announces that he is cutting back on staff, taking some campaign workers off of payroll, and cutting spending by almost half. Then JEB!!!!$$$$? futilely lashes out again at an apparently Teflon-encrusted Trump making himself even more of punching bag for The Donald. Then he dashes back to Texas to consult with Mom and Dad and big Bubba – the same Mom who said the country had had enough of the Bushes – or words to that effect, and the same big Bubba whose presidency set a new standard for failure that few could aspire to match. Words of advice – always listen to Mom and ignore big Bubba. And now the latest polls show that JEB!!!!$$$$? is in 4th place in Florida – his adopted home state where he was actually Governor for two terms – behind Trump, Carson and Rubio. Apparently the good voters of the Sunshine State know a bad thing when they see one and the JEB!!!!$$$$? campaign cannot be characterized as anything other than incompetent and awful at this point. But Red remembers 2008 when a battered and bruised John McCain limped into the New Year and then destroyed the competition – before the utter incompetency of the W. Bush administration ended any chance he had to win the general election. Red doesn’t think JEB!!!!$$$$? has McCain’s fighting chops, but it’s too early to write anyone off that is still polling above a dead man or Rick Perry.
JEB!!!!$$$$? held his first post debate rally at a rec center in Las Vegas on Thursday. The response was, shall Red say, underwhelming. Right now it seems JEB!!!!$$$$? couldn’t draw a crowd of alcoholics to an open bar. The Washington Post has the skinny on JEB!!!!$$$$?’s flagging campaign.
Jeb Bush’s first post-debate political rally started a few minutes early, in a rec center room built for 200 but only half-full. He started with an in-joke, about a candidate who would not be named and whose rallies were at least a basketball stadium larger.
“I hope that I am so brilliant and so eloquent and so high-energy that you feel compelled to caucus for me,” Bush said as chairs were put down to fill out space. After delivering some of his stump speech, he asked if anyone had seen the debate. “It was crazy, different,” he said, before returning to the subjects of 4 percent economic growth, his “heart to serve” and the unaffordable spending plans of Democrats.
The Las Vegas rally demonstrated how far Bush still has to go. Several attendees, when asked about the debate, talked not about Bush’s performance but about Fiorina’s brutally effective comebacks against Trump. But all were at least satisfied by Bush’s new energy.
Vic Sotelo, who once worked on George H.W. Bush’s security detail, arrived early at the rec center with his wife, Pat. Both were happy to hear the candidate defend his family. Both also understood why their fellow Republicans were rebelling.
“People are excited about Trump and Carson and Carly because they don’t have that politician filter,” said Pat Sotelo. “But you need that filter if you want to govern. Jeb’s always polite. A lot of people take that politeness for weakness. I don’t.”
“All those issues that Trump is talking about are serious issues that everyone is thinking about,” said Vic Sotelo. “I think if Jeb addresses those Trump issues with the politeness and the charisma that he already has, he’ll do even better.”
Bush spent less time talking from the rec center’s stage than he spent signing autographs, posing for photos and chatting with potential voters. As he headed for the exit, he took only a few questions, about where he’d go next and why more people didn’t show up for the rally.
“Three o’clock in the afternoon,” mused Bush.
At least JEB!!!!$$$$? has erased any doubts about his ability to tell time.
From the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
Jeb!!!!$$$$?: Donald you tried to get casino gambling in Florida and I stopped it. You wanted to bring your Mafioso friends in and pay off politicians, but the forces of righteousness stopped you.
Donald Trump: If I had wanted to get gambling in Florida, I would have done it. I guarantee that because I am a winner. Look at the polls. If the people of Florida didn’t want gambling, screw them – I would have gotten it done because all that really matters is what I want. Again the polls. And the people would have loved me for it.
From the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Who knew they could fit a 707 into a presidential library?
Jay: Thanks to Donald Trump for being here tonight and I see there are some other guys on the stage, I’m not really sure who you are – please introduce yourselves.
Rand Paul: It’s time we had a curly-headed president again. Look how well Andrew Jackson did.
Marco Rubio: I could have sworn I shaved before this debate.
Chris Christie: Does this tie make me look fat?
Carly Fiorina: How did Nixon’s makeup man sneak into my dressing room?
Ted Cruz: I am shutting down this debate unless we defund CNN right now!
John Kasich: I’m over here.
Ben Carson: It takes real balls to wear a pin stripe suit this ugly to a Presidential debate.
Jeb!!!!$$$$?: See I told you I was taller than everyone else.
Mike Huckabee: Chris Christie’s tie does make him look fat. Really fat. I should know.
Scott Walker: ZZZZZZZZ
Donald Trump: Have you seen my poll numbers? Next question.
The Houston Chronicle details how Land Commissioner George P. Bush seems to be more interested in helping JEB!!!!$$$$? than in doing his job. Questions about Bush’s commitment to the job were asked during his campaign – with the assumption that the Bush scion already had his eye on bigger things.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has been out of the state or otherwise off of work nearly half of the time since his father entered the GOP race for president, records show, raising questions about whether the scion is fulfilling his pledge to remain focused on his first elected office.
Personal time – both related to the presidential race and for other reasons – took the commissioner away for the equivalent of 23 of the first 50 work days after father Jeb Bush announced his bid on June 15, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis of records obtained under the Public Information Act. The total includes 15 full days off and dozens of smaller chunks of time off on other work days that add up to eight more days.
It is impossible to tell exactly how much of the time off was spent campaigning, because the commissioner’s official calendar does not say what he did in those hours. Social media posts indicate he spent a significant amount of it on the trail, however, speaking at his father’s announcement in Florida, publicly stumping for him in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, headlining a fundraiser in Texas and attending a campaign staff retreat in Maine.
Sen. Ted “Canadian Bacon” Cruz (TP-Texas) has practically fallen over himself in his attempts to alternately praise and avoid criticizing Donald Trump. One might think that Cruz was positioning for a Vice-Presidential nod from the Grand Old Party, but that clearly is not his style. And anyone willing to take the firebrand Cruz on as a second banana certainly gets what he deserves.
But a new poll commissioned by a group called the Texas Bipartisan Justice Committee shows that Trump is eating at Cruz’s house. The Florida-based Gravis Marketing firm conducted the poll. And it’s really bad news for TC. In June, Cruz sat at 20% in the Texas Politics Project poll. Now Trump is at 24%, while Cruz is 8 points back with 16%. What will Ted do?
It’s even worse for JEB!!!!$$$$$? who is in 4th place with 9% behind a guy whose brother and father didn’t pave the way to the White House for him. Meanwhile Rick Perry’s flagging hopes took another hit. In June, Perry was a respectable second with 12%. He now polls at 4% in the state that he ruled for 14 years. It now seems only a matter of time until the fat lady serenades Rick with a rousing “Adios Mofo.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (TP-Texas), who has refused to criticize Donald Trump for attacking Mexicans, Gays, Weenies and oh, my gosh Fox News, has finally found another GOP candidate that he is willing to use as a punching bag. And it’s the doughy, sad sack, scion of the Bush dynasty – JEB!!!!$$$$$? Cruz, who has refrained from uttering the dastardly accusation of being a RINO at JEB!!!!$$$$$?, is leaving that epithet for use by his supporters. Cruz, however, is going after him with bacon-wrapped guns blazing. The Texas Tribune has the details.
Cruz, who wraps up his bus tour through the South today, has become increasingly critical of the former Florida governor “as a prime example of what’s ailing the GOP,” and his crowds are liking that message . . .
During campaign stops Monday and Tuesday in Tennessee and Mississippi, Cruz’s references to the former Florida governor, now a staple of the senator’s stump speech, often elicited loud booing, sometimes accompanied by scattered shouts of “Establishment!” or “RINO!” (Republican In Name Only). …
“We’re tired of losing,” Cruz said Tuesday when asked why he thought Bush’s name was drawing such strong reactions on the campaign trail. …
In an interview aboard his campaign bus Tuesday in Mississippi, Cruz praised Bush’s “candor” in a seemingly backhanded compliment.
“He has been quite candid in embracing amnesty, in embracing Common Core,” Cruz said. “Now those policy positions are dramatically out of step with Republican primary voters, but I have commended his courage of convictions that he sticks with his defense of amnesty and his defense of Common Core.”
Them’s Fighting Words.
Three of the four GOP presidential candidates with ties to Texas made the cut for Fox News first national debate on Thursday. Sen. Ted Cruz (TP-Texas), JEB!!!!$$$$$?, and Sen. Rand Paul (TP – Curly Top) are in but former Governor Rick Perry is on the outside looking in. Perry who, to his credit, has relentlessly attacked Donald Trump as a sideshow act, tried to make the best of his situation claiming that “One debate won’t make or break a candidate.” Perry seems to have forgotten that one debate and one moment in one debate (“Oops”) broke his candidacy in 2012. But in reality, Perry is getting more press out of missing the Fox debate than he likely could have generated from a scintillating performance – and how likely was that?
JEB!!!!$$$? has been quoted as stating that Americans need to work longer hours. As usual, Red will translate so that you don’t have to do it yourself.
“My aspiration for the country [another failed Bush presidency] and I believe [at least my cadre of the usual Bush family advisors tell me that I should believe it] we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth [please don’t laugh out loud] as far as the eye can see [of course, I have notoriously bad vision]. Which means we have to be a lot more productive [get off your fat lazy working poor asses], workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours [which is very easy to say for a guy who gets $75,000 for a one hour speech to willing syncophants] and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families [which we will figure out how to tax so that rich guys like me pay less]. That’s the only way we’re going to get out of this rut [a Democrat in the White House] that we’re in [caused largely by my incompetent fool of a big brother].”