Jeb Bush is facing hard times. Jeb Bush is facing the reality that it is not going to happen for him. Dorkier younger brother is his role. Flaming out before the primaries might be the perfect ending to his political career. All is not lost. His son now knows that his dad failed for some specific reasons, and George P. Bush will calibrate his candidacy for president in 2028 (if we make it) to account for his dad's failure. Jeb did let slip something weird though in his rant about having better things to do.
Something does not seem right in his rant. I will copy and paste the rant into this post for you to review.
I don't want to "sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant". Correct me if I am wrong, but the GOP has both houses of Congress. The GOP has some tough turf to defend in 2016, NH, FL, PA, and WI, but has some opportunities to pick up Senate seats. The GOP could lose all four of those tough Senate seats, pick up zero contested seats and still be able to push the president's agenda through. President Jeb would be sitting pretty with some citizen dissatisfaction with his predecessor as a goodwill cushion (Just look competent!).
What gridlock? Where would the gridlock be? I do not think Congress has much, if any, power, but there is a major agenda item that you could do that would not run into any gridlock and deliver cost savings to a majority of Americans: repeal Obamacare. Straight line party vote to get rid of it, but before you do, call all of those insurers to guarantee premium reductions for the fall January enrollment season. Insurers would be heartbroken, but the mergers are going through, consolidation is happening and a 20% drop after multiple years of double-digit increases would still put them ahead. That is a huge opportunity. It would automatically give him a better legacy than his dad or brother.
Jeb might be whining about gridlock because Jeb's agenda is not base friendly. Jeb might be planning something gigantic that will change America forever. Oh, jeez, what could it be? Immigration reform. Jeb's fear is that Trump's shifting of the immigration discussion and how it has emboldened immigration opponents will destroy the immigration grand bargain his elite donors seek. Jeb's main problem is that the Tom Delay crowd is not in Congress anymore. Potential allies who shared the same donor network like Eric Cantor are gone. Jeb not passing the 14 year freshness test really hurts him in this instance.
This throwaway rant by Jeb is not as much about gridlock as it is about where his campaign is now. Gridlock is a slip of his tongue that can have an alternative reading as I provided above, but this is about his sickly campaign. Jeb prevented a third Romney run by scooping up his donor base. Jeb's competition was suppose to be donors working it to have him take on the Koch supported Walker. The parasitic consultant class saw a predetermined match-up offering limited jobs for them in an environment of a way too easy of a donor class to prey on to give themselves fat paychecks. The 17 candidate race started.
I will cut Jeb some slack on one account. Jeb's cuckservative bit is his betrayal of America for immigration. He lost his 1994 bid for the Florida governorship by being honest that he wouldn't do squat for blacks. Immigration is high end punditry type of betrayal. He is not an entirely brainwashed retard like the lower tier of the GOP punditry. The entire GOP pundit and consultant machinery not treating Dr. Ben Carson's campaign the way they should have has hurt their supposed chosen one. Carson gave one speech. Carson has all of the traits that the GOPe smart set hates about Trump and no positives. He just is NOT Trump. Carson has some additional negatives, but he is NOT Trump.
Jeb Bush had no clue that the GOP is so brainwashed about "not appearing racist" that they cannot properly brush off comatose Carson. Jeb probably saw Carson as useful (just like the dumb GOP punditry), but now the GOP has a candidate eating 20-25% support when in reality they are just a fundraising machine for some hustlers. Add to this Trump's 20-25% support, and it's major trouble. The fighting with proxy candidates is weak and something that his father and Reagan did not do in 1980, nor his brother in 2000. Had Jeb showed a bit of dominance, he might have prevented the 17 candidate clown car race.
The clown car atmosphere has killed Jeb. Even if he were to win the nomination, he has been mortally wounded in the eyes of voters. Jeb's hoped for 30% baseline of support was eroded by similar GOPe approved candidates like Kasich, Pataki, Rubio and Fiorina siphoning off 2-6% a piece. The GOPe played it too cute. Now the coronation is in jeopardy. If there is one silver lining for the GOP, it is seeing Jeb behave when he is in a rough spot. This is not the behavior of a man who can think quickly, fight while outmatched and stay positive. Jeb is a puppet, but one that needs both a hand up his ass and the wind at his back. Jeb is a sunshine candidate, not a winter soldier. America is in decline. Our civilization's winter is upon us. No more Jebs. Bring on the Faustian Caesars.