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.
“I made the mistake of saying that the Congress operates on a French workweek,” Bush told reporters in a deadpan voice while campaigning in New Hampshire, according to Time magazine. “I really did a disservice to the French.”
During last week’s debate among the Republican candidates, Bush had criticized one of his rivals, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, for missing votes, as well as Congress in general for working a three-day week.
“I mean, literally, the Senate — what is it, like a French workweek?” Bush had asked.
I’m not sure what’s worse, the French work ethic or the Congressional one. It’s definitely a toss-up.