If there isn’t one already, there will soon be a Hitler video about the Jeb! campaign. There is definitely a bunker mentality as Mr. Inevitable Dynasty has become Mr. Stuck-in-Single-Digits-While-Donald-Trump-Drinks-His-Milkshake. Recently, the Jeb! camp met with its megadonors (i.e. “Jeb’s Base”) to convince them to keep writing checks because despite Jeb’s low and sinking poll numbers, eventual victory was inevitable. Out of that meeting leaked this slide:
“Voters have ADD” and “Cash matters.” In two bullets, we have a summary of how the Bushies feel about the voting public, and what is really important to them.
The Bush’s have always projected a sense that they did not see elected office as an opportunity to advance the priorities of the voters; but rather to use powers to drive the public down a path of their choosing, because they knew best by virtue of breeding and education. They are indistinguishable from Democrats in that regard. It’s why I have never warmed to the Bush sense of entitlement about high elected office.
Another part of the Bush campaign strategy has been to attack Marco Rubio as inexperienced, lazy, and possibly corrupt. This makes sense from a tactical perspective; Rubio is the natural fallback for the donors who are losing faith in Bush. The attacks on Rubio are intended to make the Donor Class think twice before leaving the Bush plantation. But attacks like these are precisely why Reagan counseled against Republicans attacking Republicans. If Rubio is the nominee, the Bush campaign just wrote their attack ads for them. “Even Jeb Bush thinks Marco Rubio cannot be trusted.”
About Rubio himself, I can take a step back and conclude that he may be the Republicans best shot against Hillary. The contrast of a dynamic, well-spoken, and much younger candidate against haggard, elderly, NichteinmenschlichFrau” Hillary Clinton could work well with the low-information-voters who decide elections based on “which candidate would I rather have a beer with.” (Yes, ironically, I have as little respect for voters as Jeb does, but I’m not a prig about it.)
On the other hand, I trust Marco Rubio to keep is promises about as much as I’d trust Bill Clinton to babysit my zoftig teenage niece. Electing another Republican who would just stab us in the back again would be almost as bad as electing Hillary.