Jeb Bush knows his time is coming to an end. As his campaign sputters, he’s been forced to slash salaries as his once formidable war chest dwindles to pennies. Lacking a coherent message, any kind of enticing charisma and a remarkable lack of energy, it’s hard to see how he has any chance of earning the nomination at this point. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump was quick to pounce on this, slamming him in Jacksonville for his failing campaign: “Here’s a guy who wants to run our country, and he can’t even run his own campaign. And you know what? He’s cutting back big. Bush has no money. He’s cutting. He’s meeting today with mommy and daddy and they’re working on their campaign.”
Jeb decided to vent some of his frustration to CNN’s Jake Tapper, complaining heavily about the partisan gridlock that he and his brother helped create and how he doesn’t want any part of it, perhaps a bit touchy after the public torching that Trump gave him earlier today:
“If this election is about how we’re going to fight to get nothing done, then I don’t want anything, I don’t want any part of it. I don’t want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that people literally are in decline in their lives. That is not my motivation. I’ve got a lot of really cool things I cold do other than sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonize me and feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that.”
Somehow, after all his years as Governor of Florida and watching his brother ruin this country, Jeb has clearly learned nothing. To govern is to accept conflict and find reasonable solutions, to compromise and to be the bigger man, to rise above the pettiness of partisanship and do what’s right for this nation. Incredibly, Trump has a very good point. If Jeb Bush’s vaunted campaign apparatus, the network of family donors and influence, and a governor’s track record isn’t enough to make him a viable candidate, then he definitely doesn’t deserve a shot at the presidency.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.