Skip to comments.Is Jeb Bush's Campaign Dying, or Just Getting Ready to Begin?
Posted on 02/08/2016 5:07:49 AM PST by jimbo123
It's 11 AM on Saturday morning in Bedford, New Hampshire, and Jeb Bush's staff has a problem: A police officer is saying that that McKelvie Intermediate School has reached its maximum occupancy.
Hundreds of people-many wearing Bush '88 hats and W pins, the merch of a dynasty-have squeezed into the school's auditorium to see the latest Bush to seek the presidency speak. Other supporters are stuck outside, cheering the former Florida governor's "Safer, Stronger, Freer America" bus as it rolled in. While Bush takes selfies with the stragglers, Tom Ridge appears onstage inside.
These aren't great times to be a Bush running for president. The New Hampshire primary looms on Tuesday, and he's still only around 10 percent in most polls. Before the campaign started Jeb was the frontrunner thanks to an influx of cash from donors, but after a series of negative news stories, ugly debate performances, and a disastrous defeat in Iowa, he turned into a punchline. The nadir, probably, was when he was filmed telling a crowd to "please clap" after an applause line. It might have been a joke, but it's not a great joke for a struggling candidate to make. If he finishes fourth or fifth on Tuesday, it'll be humiliating, and probably a sign that he should drop out.
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....because nothing says “I’m planning a funeral” more than bringing 90 year old mom out on her walker in a snowstorm.
(I know it’s Mom, but the photo’s not obvious)
“While Bush takes selfies with the stragglers, Tom Ridge appears onstage inside.”
That’s got to really EXCITE the crowd.
Ridge was Bush-43’s first choice for VP, at least until someone got to him and told him that he would simply LOSE THE ELECTION if he didn’t pick a conservative (i.e., Cheney). He nearly blew it anyway.
Were they from NH or were they bused in from neighboring states?
"....because nothing says 'I'm planning a funeral' more than bringing 90 year old mom out on her walker in a snowstorm."
That photo of Barbara Bush is pathetic!!! I would never vote for Jeb Bush ever!!! That he would drag his 90 year old mom out in the freezing cold to help him...because, he is incapable of helping himself, is both sickening and low life!!! How any voter in New Hampshire could possibly cast a vote for this incompetent, Republican Establishment RINO moron is beyond sane belief!!! End of story!!!
that’s not a walker...... my mom called her’s “my Rolls Royce”
I’m originally from NH. Primary campaigns are the biggest winter entertainment around—and they only come round every four years. The excitement grows to a crescendo as the actual voting day nears.
Anyone in the top 5 can draw a crowd in that environment, purely from curiosity, with many locals racking up a count of how many candidates they get to see in person.
Trump, of course, adds a major celebrity draw on top of that. And, Jeb!, as a Bush, is a minor draw by name only.
That said, NH has become a land of the socially liberal/fiscally conservative voter. And other than the libertarian streak in the state, they seldom go for flame throwers. Probably the only way for Bush or Rubio not to come out with Establishment-candidate momentum is for Cruz, somewhat improbably, to eek out a second place there. Still, whoever of the rest of the gang ends up in the top three with Trump and Cruz will be hailed by the media (somewhat rightly) as the new GOPe hope. If it is Rubio, all the talk with be about his ability (however untrue the claim) to “unite” the party. If it is Bush, that mantle of “inevitability”, given name and money, will be the story.
Probably the best of all hopes would be for Christie to muscle his way in front of Rubio, Jeb! nd Kasich, since he’d very likely die by in the SEC primary, without much hope in the rest of the country.
Bush campaign has been “DOA” before he even began....we said “No More Bushes” and that is what we meant...
They used ‘eminent domain’ for their own purposes, and Jeb didn’t want the public to know about that...
Bush was Governor when the 9/11 hijackers came thru Florida and was given Driver Licenses and he knew about it and did nothing about it...
Look what he did to Terry, did he try to save her, NO...
“Oh show the Love” and let the illegal immigrants into our Country he says, just to rape, kill and live off our American ways...he’s an open border guy...
He’s a disgrace and the more I learn about the Bushes, to bad that ‘burning bush’ doesn’t burn down the whole darn family!!!
When a candidate has to beg his audience to applaud, I would think his campaign is over.
If we could just find a shirt like this, but without anything scary (swords, snakes, or cannons), it would be the perfect uniform for Jeb and his supporters.
“They used âeminent domainâ for their own purposes....”
Interesting and ironic statement from a Trump supporter.
She’s probably cussing him out under her breath.
I hardly think that anyone who could stand aside and watch a sick woman starved to death could feel any sense of duty toward his 90-year-old mother.
Go home Yeb! and do all those cool things you’d rather be doing.
The citizens do not want you turning the USA into North Mexico
Something sort of extra sad about the “Jeb!” sticker plastered on the side of the walker.
Something that was never alive can’t die.
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