And just like that, Jeb Bush was gone.
No one has been more “all in” than Bush was in South Carolina. He and his Super PACs spent millions. He brought in the whole family to try to make a difference. But when it was over, he came in a disappointing fourth place with slightly more votes than John Kasich and Ben Carson and with only one third of the votes of Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. He was 25 percent behind Donald Trump.
It was obviously over.
Trump killed Bush’s chances when he repeatedly hit him with the “low energy candidate” tag that stuck. Pundits had noticed it before it became Trump’s favorite description of him.
Bush was running tepidly somewhere between complacent and disinterested. He was very well funded, but if you run a great ad campaign for your business and the doors are closed when the potential customers arrive, it doesn’t do any good. The Jeb store was closed for business. His main message seemed to be “I can’t believe more of you aren’t supporting me.”
Erick Erickson - whose parents wanted to make sure he could remember his name - said after Bush dropped out that he is ready to name Rubio the presumptive winner of the GOP nomination. Rubio has finished 3rd in Iowa, 5th in New Hampshire, and now barely in 2nd ahead of Cruz in South Carolina. So obviously, he wins.
Jeb Bush brought us the saddest moment in modern presidential politics. After he hit one of the high notes of a campaign speech in New Hampshire, the crowd sat stoically.
“Please clap,” Bush said. A few in the crowd granted his wish. When the people that were excited enough to come hear you speak aren’t excited to hear you speak, you know you are in trouble.
I can’t believe I did better than Jeb when I ran for President in 2012.
My running mate and I made it to the General Election and received 48 write-in votes as official candidates in Kansas.
When you think of it, I deserved to beat Jeb. At least my middle name is Walker like his dad and brother. Jeb isn't even Jeb's real name. I have heard multiple people ask what Jeb's middle name is. His entire name is an acronym for John Edward Bush.
I feel like the outcast of the “Walker Bush” gang. Not only did George H.W. not get me a free ride into Yale, George W. wouldn’t campaign for me in 2012 – not that it mattered much for his brother.
It is almost time for the tectonic shift in political platforms as these candidates who have run to the furthest fringe positions to win the favor of party faithful suddenly “restate” their positions to be more palatable to independent voters and those from opposing parties.
Unlike these candidates on both sides of the political spectrum who change positions every five days depending on the demographics of the state where the next primary is held, all of my positions are printed nationwide three times a week.
Right now, Cruz is sponsoring robocalls touting "our confederate flag" in South Carolina and criticizing Trump for being pro gay.
It's true, gay people and attractive female immigrants who might be his next wife are the two people groups Trump hasn't gone after in this primary season.
However, if Cruz wins the nomination, you won’t hear him embracing the confederate flag or being openly anti-gay. It isn’t likely that Cruz will win, though, since he had to fire his national spokesman Monday for spreading a false story about Rubio. It wasn’t the Cruz campaign’s first foray into falsehood so the candidate had to make a change before it happened again. When you give the moral high ground to Trump, you’re doing it wrong.
Perhaps no candidate has been more affected by a primary opponent than Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders’ success has pulled her so far to the left that it will be hard for her to get back close enough to the center to win a general election. Sanders accused Clinton of appropriating so many of his positions that he thought one of her campaign ads was his.
Clinton’s saving grace may be her party’s Superdelegates. One out of every five delegates used to determine the Democratic nominee is a party leader who can chooses any candidate regardless of how votes are split.
As a comparison, it would be like a basketball team hosting a game and before the teams take the court, the referee says, “The score is 18-2. The first team to reach 100 wins.”
When Clinton wins, she really wins. When she loses, she still kind of wins.
It isn’t exactly fair.
Hillary has another advantage in that her opponent isn’t a typical Democrat. She can look at Bernie Sanders and say, “Really folks, you are voting for him?” When she does, voters realize the error of their ways and switch back to her side.
On the GOP side, the Trump’s challengers say the same thing but don’t get the same result. No matter what the megarich megalomaniac says or does, his supporters cling tightly to him.
There are a lot of sore necks among GOP candidates from shaking their heads after trying to figure out what is wrong with their electorate in 2016.