Over the weekend, Nancy LeTourneau at Washington Monthly highlighted an excerpt from an interview with JEB! Bush that is gobsmacking in its honesty while also demonstrating that JEB! has apparently no political instincts and has inherited the family’s propensity for saying awkward things:
If this is an election about how we’re going to fight to get nothing done, I don’t want any part of it. I don’t want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that people are literally in decline in their lives. That is not my motivation. I’ve got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around being miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that.
By all means, JEB! head off and do those cool things. FWIW, it’s clear that the Bush’s have lost control of the Republican party. Jeb was always perceived as the “smart” Bush, the one with the political chops, the policy know-how and the ability to lead. He’s been a stiff, unappealing candidate, an ineffective campaigner and oddly maladroit in is messaging.
LeTourneau makes an observation I find interesting:
Overall I get that folks like Bush, Sr. and many of his team are probably shocked at the GOP’s response to Jeb’s presidential campaign. But the truth is, they would be in much better shape right now if they had stood up to all this nonsense a long time ago (like before Jeb decided to run for president). At least then it wouldn’t have come off so self-serving and entitled.
The Bushes are the Republican establishment. Their connections served to raise vast sums of money for Jeb’s campaign. By their thinking, he should have cruised to victory. But he isn’t. And the Republican base is having the time of their lives.