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…
A broad set of GOP primary voters say they are considering Messrs. Bush and Rubio for the nomination. The two men rank No. 1 or No. 2 in potential support among socially conservative voters, who account for half of the GOP electorate, and gun-rights backers, who account for two-thirds. They also lead among self-described conservatives and those who identify themselves as moderates or liberals
Rubio, I understand. He’s young, smart, he’s got a minority background and very visible life struggles. He’s been soft in all the right places for governing, and strong in all the right places to maintain his conservative credentials. He’s got a nice-looking family and he runs well. He’d be a lower-key, yes, but good choice to take on the one-Clinton circus. But Jeb Bush?
Please don’t tell me that everything I’ve ever come to understand is right and good in politics is wrong. By all accounts, Jeb is running his campaign all wrong. He’s not financing well, he’s assuming too much about the people who need to vote for him, and he’s got that weird exclamation point at the end of his signature that makes it always look as though someone is yelling about him in Spanish. How can you all be so Jeb-tastic? How can you all be so Jeb-crazy? Why is everything coming up Jeb?
I blame Bush.