Election 2016

Jeb Bush is Dipping his Toes Back Into the GOP Primary

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

For some unknowable reason, the remaining Republican presidential candidates not named Donald Trump have agreed to meet with failed candidate Jeb Bush.

Bush, who until recently was also a presidential contender, plans to meet separately with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a spokeswoman said. There are no plans for Bush to meet with businessman Donald Trump — no surprise given their acrimonious relationship.

The spokeswoman wouldn't say where or when the meetings will take place other than to confirm they will occur today.

One assumes he will endorse a candidate after meeting with each of them, but it's hard for me to imagine why any of them would want his endorsement.

I was going to say his endorsement wouldn't make a difference, but that's not necessarily true. It's likely Jeb's endorsement would actually hurt the candidate he endorses. Even if he doesn't endorse a candidate, there couldn't possibly be any worthwhile advice he can offer them.

It's amusing to think that one of the most recognizable names in the world, a name forever wed to the Republican brand, has been so thoroughly tarnished it's practically Kryptonite.

The neo-cons are dead.

  • muselet

    Since ¡Jeb! Bush’s endorsement would be toxic, my entirely uninformed guess is that will give the others the names and phone numbers of his most generous donors and fundraisers.

    Either that or Jebbie wants to impress the others with his impression of Marlon Brando from On the Waterfront (around 1:19).


    • Toolymegapoopoo

      I have to admit, quickly looking of the still of your link I thought it was Ted Cruz for a second. My eternal apologies to Marlon Brando who was a beautiful man. Cruz is reptilian.

    • BuffaloBuckeye

      Very possible. What do you think Jeb? would get out of it.. other than satisfaction of ‘networking’?

      • muselet

        Good question.

        It’s possible ¿Jeb? Bush is angling for a cabinet post, or he may even be doing it to save the GOP from itself (with the bonus that being “the man who stopped Trump” might restore some luster to the Bush name). It’s also possible he’s following Barbara Bush’s orders and has no motives of his own.

        We’ll just have to wait and see.


  • Aynwrong

    “The neo-cons are dead.”

    May they and their philosophy rest in an exceptionally well earned infamy. Good riddance.

    • ninjaf

      Now, if only we could get rid of supply side economics!

      • Badgerite

        Especially the supply side economists!