The New York Times headline kind of says it all, Jeb Bush Bows Out of Campaign, Humbled and Outgunned.
Jeb Bush dropped out of the presidential race on Saturday, ending a quest for the White House that started with a war chest of $100 million, a famous name and a promise of political civility, but ended with a humbling recognition: in 2016, none of it mattered.
I’ve written a lot about Jeb as an unstable, unprepared, and unserious candidate, so I’m not sad to see him go. So if anyone wonders if his master plan of winning the nomination without the base was working, the answer is clearly no.
Despite (or maybe because) the fact he never would have won against Hillary, even if she ran her campaign from a jail cell, he was declared the front runner by the media, and continued to consider himself the front runner, even after Trump exploded the primary race and his numbers fell. He never made a compelling reason for his campaign and in spite of a media generated image as a deep thinker and policy wonk, was incoherent and contradictory, such was when during his book tour on immigration, he contradicted in an interview the main thesis of his book. Just a word of advice, if you are a politician and have a book ghostwritten, you should at least read your own book.
And who can forget when it took him five days to answer a question about Iraq, the most obvious question he should have expected upon entering the race?
And this was supposed to be the smart Bush?
Well he can now slink back to Miami where he can turn off all English language media, and he and Columba can sit around and try to figure out what they are going to do with all of those left over guac bowls.