Jeb has better rationale for quitting than for staying in race

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The political campaigns are about to go into a deep freeze over the holidays, as the nation’s attention turns to other things. And I’m beginning to wonder whether Jeb Bush might use this hiatus as an opportunity to quietly walk away and end his campaign.

He probably won’t. He probably should.

The one-time frontrunner is going nowhere but down in the polls, both nationally and at the state level. He’s in fifth place in Iowa at 6 percent, which isn’t necessarily disastrous. But he’s doing no better in New Hampshire, which ought to be friendlier territory for him. At roughly 7 percent, he’s in a virtual three-way tie for fourth in the Granite State with John Kasich and Ben Carson.

Bush also continues to prove hapless and ineffectual in the debates, the very picture of all that the GOP base has decided to reject. As governor of Florida, he had a reputation as someone more than willing to play hardball, but in person his tough-guy persona doesn’t come across as credible. He’s Mitt Romney without the street smarts. As a result, his campaign’s sole reason for existence these days seems to be to spend all the money it raised back in the heady days of spring and early summer.

Now, none of that means that Jeb and his inner circle have given up. Whatever else you might say about them, the Bush family aren’t quitters. But there’s more here at play than Bush’s own fate. The party establishment that tabbed Jeb as its champion early in the race is showing signs of increasing nervousness verging on desperation. It’s bad enough that Bush has faltered; what makes it much much worse is that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have emerged as the two leaders in the race, and the prospect of either as the nominee terrifies the party professionals.

They realize that they have one realistic alternative, one potential failsafe against disaster. His name is Marco Rubio. And you have to think that at some point pretty soon they’re going to decide that they better do everything possible to strengthen Rubio’s candidacy, including clearing the field of would-be competitors for what remains of the moderate GOP electorate.

In short, the same party leaders who rallied around Bush as the responsible, seasoned grownup may soon go and appeal to him, as the responsible, seasoned grownup, to get out of the race for the good of the party and the country. Stepping aside in favor of his one-time protege, a man whom Bush clearly believes is not ready for the job, would be hard. But sometimes you take one for the team.

Admittedly, this is all conjecture. Hope, pride, family expectations and money in the campaign fund may very well keep Bush in the race a while longer. But I’ll be very surprised if he’s still campaigning come March 15, when the delegate-rich Florida primary is held.

 

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xxxzzz
xxxzzz

Sanders and O'Malley have more reasons for getting out than staying in too.  In any event, Rubio isn't ready.  Jeb is still a better hope for getting a responsible adult in the White House than Christie or Kasich.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@BuckeyeGa But but but....our RWers will never call him a thug...... he's white!

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

“They’ve scheduled it during shopping season, December 19th,” Mr. O’Malley said. “I don’t know why that is. I think it’s out of a false sense that they have to circle the wagons around the inevitable front-runner.” 

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

If a presidential debate is held and nobody watches, does it really happen?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@DownInAlbany

Given what Hillary's been saying recently, I'm guessing NO!

Obamacare discourages full-time workers?

Glass-Steagall need not be re-established? 

Her strategy to defeat ISIS requires she intensify and broaden Obama's policies with more special forces?

Depends on what her definition of "special" is. 

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@FIGMO2

Reading 'tween the lines, fIGGY is POd that a Democrat (and a woman no less) is coasting to the D nomination, thereby enabling her to kick back until she needs to kick some white male butt.  All the while, fIGGY's preference for a crazy white guy in the White House looks to be in jeopardy on account of the self immolation occurring to the GOP.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@DownInAlbany @FIGMO2

With the current R platform of Hate, Fear, Loathing, Despising, Destroying, Fear and Hate, the other party could win just by repeating "We're not crazy like they are."

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@FIGMO2 Another Saturday night dem "debate."  You have to wonder, do they REALLY want to get their message out to the masses?

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@FIGMO2 “We’re playing the hand we were dealt,” said Michael Briggs, a spokesman for Mr. Sanders. “I guess Christmas Eve was booked.”  What a joke the democratic primary has become.  Dems should be ashamed.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@FIGMO2 Disagree...in 07, the same thing was said about Clinton winning the race...and guess what happened.  

Peachs
Peachs

We are really starting to see the networks jockeying for all this money in the Republican Primary.  You have 18 million people watch your network, which is a bonanza maybe even more than a Super Bowl take considering you have to pay for the Super Bowl rights. In return they tell the network how to do the interviews, you start to see a pandering to the party and threats to pull the debate off a network that is not cowing down to their demands and production expectations. 


I use to worry about the Mr. Potter in the party who can anonymously buy his candidate, now I worry about the party buying the network. 

Gmare
Gmare

Hi, you libs, if you are still here. You said earlier that Cynthia McKinney is nuts. Yeah, she probably is, but did you ever meet her daddy? I did. With Billy for a father, no wonder the poor woman is nuts!

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Gmare


Every party has its unhinged extreme; you just don't want them to take over your party.

~moonbat_betty~
~moonbat_betty~

@YouLibs @Gmare

lol - or in the case of gotalife and kamchak, you just throw an American Tourister piece of luggage in the middle of their cage and watch them try to open it.

Fun - E!

skydog12
skydog12

@gotalife @~moonbat_betty~


When are the pardons going to start?


My son says on the last day in office Obama should announce "weed is legal in all states", drop the mic on the floor and walk out.

~moonbat_betty~
~moonbat_betty~

@skydog12

If Obama was a courageous, non-coward, he would pardon all the prisoners of Gitmo and put them on welfare in a nice city they would enjoy like....Detroit.


Kamchak
Kamchak

The Weather Channel is forecasting 76 degrees for Atlanta on xmas day.

Just sayin'.

skydog12
skydog12

@Kamchak


Those people in Arizona spray paint their lawns green to save water.


Get out the white paint and crank the AC down to 40.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@~moonbat_betty~ @Kamchak


Well, now you've hurt MY feelings. 


I feel like someone in outer Mongolia hearing an American say God bless America. Skydog is doing okay right now, I'M the one who needs some prayer, alright?


They just notified me that they're cutting back my welfare benefits.


Pray for me y'all or I swear I'm gonna get a job and write in Bachmann.

gotalife
gotalife

The bromance with trump and putin is nauseating on media. trump loves him some dictators and kgb. trump is not very loyal to America . I question his patriotism.

~moonbat_betty~
~moonbat_betty~

@gotalife

Putin didn't want to get fired...

Perhaps someone will have access to the Clinton Foundation contributions (lol - as if they voluntarily let us have unabated access).


Should be fun.