Election 2016 Jeb Bush

Severely Conservative

Fear not, lunatic primary voters; Jeb(!) Bush is severely conservative.

That's the message from former governor and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney who, like Jeb(!) Bush, was forced to assure primary voters that he is "severely conservative." And, in a similar fashion, I'm not sure if anyone is really convinced.

“Governor Bush is a man of integrity,” Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“He has very strong record,” he said. “He doesn’t have to speak his way into conservatism, he’s lived conservatism.”

Jeb(!) doesn't have to speak his way into conservatism if Romney will do it for him, and who could ask for a better messenger?

The version of Jeb(!) that formally enters the clown car campaign will likely be a very conservative version, but the lack of foam in his mouth could be a problem.

Jeb(!) is tasked with the unenviable mission to thread the needle between the anti-government gusto of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and the aloof dumbstupid of Scott Walker. Jeb(!) Bush may claim to hold the same positions as they do, from gay marriage to foreign policy, but it's not quite as convincing if your head doesn't rotate 360 degrees when you say it.

In 2012 I didn't believe the Republican party would nominate Mitt Romney, but obviously I was wrong about that. I could also be wrong about Jeb(!) Bush.


Yes, that is Jeb's official campaign logo.

  • swift_4

    The logo is actually pretty smart. He’s dealing with a mass of people who think putting “lol” in a comment makes it true.

  • muselet

    “Hey, boss, you know who’d really help you break through with conservatives? Mitt Romney.” “You mean the guy who lost the popular vote by five million and the Electoral College by a hundred twenty-six?” “Uh … yeah.” “Sounds good, give him a call.”

    As for the logo, well, at least they didn’t use Comic Sans.


    • Victor the Crab

      I believe Scott Walker plans on using Comic Sans.

      • Christopher Foxx

        What’s with all the lack of love for Comic Sans?

        • muselet

          Because Comic Sans is—to borrow a phrase from Jeremy Clarkson—uglier than a war wound.

          Okay, fine, that’s an overstatement and a poor attempt at a joke, but there’s an element of truth to it. It’s really not a very nice-looking typeface. It’s perfectly fine for things like greeting cards or invitations to kids’ parties, but after twenty words or so, it gets hard on the eyes.

          For a detailed, and for the most part serious, discussion of all that’s wrong with the face:

          Now, to be honest I don’t hate Comic Sans, as long as it’s used appropriately. Same with Helvetica, which was never designed as a body face (it’s barely a display face: it was designed for signage in Swiss rail stations). But there are prettier and more legible and more grown-up faces out there to choose from.