Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush Spent $32.5 Million Per Delegate

By on 2.25.16 | 3:05PM

We knew that Jeb Bush's campaign would be a great demonstration in how massive amounts of money were not an adequate predictor of success in partisan politics, but no one knew quite how spectacularly such a well-funded campaign would fail. 

Now that Jeb is well out of the game, and back home considering what might have been, his final spending numbers are slowly emerging. He is, of course, more than just the victim of bad consumer choices - Jeb made the mistake of making himself Trump's whipping boy, early on, and, it seems, assuming that someone can "legacy" their way to the nation's highest office - but the amount Jeb spent on his campaign, to fizzle out just three primaries in, is absolutely astounding. According to one estimate, Jeb spent so much, each delegate he accrued (four, in total), cost him a whopping $32.5 million.

Jeb Bush did a lot of things wrong on the campaign trail. One thing he did right, though, was raise money – lots and lots of money.

Jeb Bush Makes Worst Campaign Video In History

By on 1.12.16 | 11:29AM

There was a time in my life when I was a campaign communications consultant, responsible for helping political campaigns come up with new and intriguing ways to engage voters using digital media. There is a reason I don't do it anymore, and that reason is, because no matter how many times I or any of my colleages explained that most Republican consultants had the pop culture knowledge of 80 year old men and couldn't find a connection to Millennials if they were accosted by an entire room of Urban Outfitters employees, they still produced things like this.

Though, in fairness, no one I worked with ever produced something this terrible. We had to wait for Jeb Bush to waste $100 million on a campaign before we got something this terrible. Behold, the Jeb! campaign's newest whack at Marco Rubio: a LSD-inspired, trippy hit job on his heeled boots set to Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots are Made for Walking."

Because, obviously

Jeb Bush Would Totally Kill Baby Hitler

By on 11.10.15 | 11:41AM

In case you were wondering, if Jeb Bush were given the power of time travel and ended up seeing Adolf Hitler while the latter was still in infancy, Jeb Bush would not have a second thought about snuffing out the future dictator and mass murderer

“Hell yeah, I would!” the former Florida governor told HuffPost. “You gotta step up, man.”

The question initially arose when The New York Times Magazine polled its readers last month and found that a plurality of respondents said they would, in fact, kill Hitler as a baby.

Bush was then asked the question directly via the email address that he distributes widely to public audiences: Jeb@jeb.org. But he did not answer the inquiry until asked on camera by HuffPost, while riding on his campaign bus in New Hampshire.

Bush did acknowledge that murdering the future German dictator before he had the chance to ignite World War II would be an act that could set in motion unknown consequences.

Jeb Bush Apologizes for Insulting France

By on 11.4.15 | 3:18PM

I think the rumors of Jeb Bush's imminent demise are radically overstated. He still has millions in his PACs, and it would be silly for anyone polling in the top ten or so to drop out now (though I think we could use less Gilmore, Pataki, Huckabee and Santorum), while the leaderboard is shuffling in key early states. I mean, it's not that I think Jeb Bush has a chance of locking it all down here anytime soon, it's just that I can't dash a man's dream of following in the footsteps of his father and brother so quickly into his run — at least until I know he plans on retiring to a private island as a consolation prize, or something.

At any rate, Jeb Bush had a middling debate performance last week, and managed, within the context of an attack on Marco Rubio's miserable Congressional attendance records, an attack on the French. Not wanting to insult the French by comparing them to Congress, today, Jeb Bush surrend....errr....apologized. To the French

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The Self-Immolation of Jeb Bush

By 10.30.15

Marco Rubio is another Obama. And oh, by the way, he should resign his Senate seat because he’s running for president.

Remember back there in September when there were gasps from Establishment GOP types and some in the media because Donald Trump said this?

McCarthy and Bush Tagged by Bad Quotes or Bad Journalism?

By on 10.5.15 | 1:56PM

Friday, everyone from the New Yorker to the White House was in a tizzy over comments Jeb Bush made about the Oregon community college shooting at a campaign event. Apparently, according to reporter Ryan Lizza, who was at the event, Jeb Bush . took a casual moment away from his campaign speech to address the tragic event with the words, "stuff happens."

Is it Already “Make or Break” Time for Jeb Bush?

By on 9.28.15 | 5:02PM

According to the Washington Post, Jeb Bush has until Halloween to clean up his act, or his donors will be bailing for greener, less moderate, possibly less entitled pastures.

Jeb Bush has been something of a non-entity through the first leg of the 2016 campaign. He came in assuming that the waters of the GOP pool would simply part to allow him to walk easily into the nomination, as though he were some sort of second coming of Mitt Romney, and not the third coming of the Bush dynasty. He's run up against Donald Trump, no doubt, which makes it much harder to capture any breathing room even in debates, but Jeb has also failed to distinguish himself from his rivals, he's been skipping fundraisers, and though he's still cashing his checks, the people writing them are starting to speculate that they might have backed the wrong horse - so they've reportedly given Jeb an ultimatem.

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Jeb Bush Silent on Mark Levin’s Challenge

By 8.25.15

“Why does baloney reject the meat grinder?” So answered William F. Buckley, Jr. when he was asked why the most popular Democrat of 1967 — New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy — refused to come on Buckley’s television show Firing Line to discuss the issues of the day.

The Buckley remark comes to mind as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush — the GOP Establishment favorite in the presidential race — is silent as a church mouse in response to an on-air challenge from Mark Levin to appear on Mark’s radio show for a discussion of birthright citizenship. 

Bush has been out there defending “birthright citizenship.” As reported in Politico

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush split from many of his fellow GOP presidential contenders on Tuesday and staunchly defended birthright citizenship for children born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants — saying it is a constitutional right that should be protected.

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Jeb Bush Pushes the Poison of Identity Politics

By 7.16.15

“This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.… [R]ace has no place in American life or law.”
John F. Kennedy, 1963

“America represents something universal in the human spirit. I received a letter not long ago from a man who said, ‘You can go to Japan to live, but you cannot become Japanese. You can go to France to live and not become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Turkey, and you won’t become a German or a Turk.’ But then he added, ‘Anybody from any corner of the world can come to America to live and become an American.’”
Ronald Reagan, 1988

Leading the First Polls Is…Jeb Bush?

By on 6.22.15 | 5:39PM

I'm just going to call this my Pauline Kael moment

How can 75% of Republicans be willing to vote for Jeb Bush? I don't know a single person who doesn't throw up a little in their mouths just thinking about it.

And yet, America, here we are. In the midst of Jeb-mentum

Three-quarters of GOP primary voters say they could see themselves supporting Mr. Bush or Mr. Rubio, a significantly larger share than for any other contender…

When presented with six election developments that might raise concerns, only 4% of all poll respondents said their top worry was that “too many people from the same families are running as have run in the past,” a concern that might also apply to Democrat Hillary Clinton. The top concern was that “wealthy individuals and corporations will have too much influence over who wins,” a worry expressed more by Democrats than by Republicans…

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