It wouldn't be a huge surprise if no one remembers that time a while back when Jeb Bush appeared to suggest that the GOP stop behaving like a bunch of loons just this side of a Monty Python villagers spoof. Almost as quickly as he said it, he realized that to run for President he'd have to win over many of the same crowd if he had a snowball's chance of winning the 2016 nomination. Predictably, that meant tacking toward the inmate wing of the asylum. At the time he referred the current GOP's behavior as "disturbing." Of course, then he went on to blame President Obama for the political dysfunction because he wouldn't give the Conservative inmates everything they wanted.
So even though Jeb hasn't said much about this since, it doesn't really matter to some whose behavior he found disturbing, and some say the feeling is mutual. The crazies are determined to bypass anything even remotely resembling "moderation" and they're not buying what Jeb is selling them now.
Still, Jeb is sticking with the family snake oil business and his latest sales pitch, while laughable, isn't exactly a surprising one:
[Former] Florida Governor Jeb Bush said Friday that he has little interest in discussing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which started while his brother was president, as he aims to run a joyful campaign focused on outing a positive vision of the future.
"I won't talk about the past," Bush said in response to a reporter's question about his foreign policy speech planned for next week in Chicago. "I'll talk about the future. If I'm in the process of considering the possibility of running, it's not about re-litigating anything in the past. It's about trying to create a set of ideas and principles that will help us move forward."
Shorter Jeb: Ignoring reality isn't so disturbing after all.
Jeb handed the 2000 election to his older brother on a silver platter, and Dubya went on to lie the country into wars we're still paying for that never went on the books, cost more innocent lives than the event that led to said wars and, oh by the way, gave Wall Street a blank check from America's bank account on his way out the door after they nearly sent the world economy into the ditch George had so neatly dug during his eight years in office.
So now Jeb doesn't want to talk about the past. Go figure.
Instead, Jeb wants to move forward with a "joyful" campaign, and let's face it, the optics are bad when you're planning the next war while wearing a party hat. Jeb knows this. It didn't exactly pan out for George W. Now Watch This Drive, who celebrated the first anniversary of his invasion of Iraq by cracking jokes about hunting for those nonexistent weapons of mass destruction.
No doubt Jeb has just as little interest in revisiting the subject of the financial meltdown his brother brought on, given that he's fundraising from that same Wall Street Park Avenue crowd this week at $100,000 a pop.
No sir, Jeb will have none of this Debbie Downer nonsense, thank you very much! So stay tuned. There's lots more joy to come as he dons his version of a Mission Accomplished flight suit to distract America from the joys of Jeb Bush reality where he destroys public education, then profits off of said education disasters, Obamacare, and big liquor (just to name a few) while trying to hide it, and recently exercised "transparency" by publishing Floridians' Social Security numbers and other private information.
These are just the most recent Joyful Jeb delights, but there's plenty more where they came from. There's no place for reality or history in a Jeb Bush campaign, except for the reality that he can't ignore the wingnut club and he's joined it.
Ask any sane Floridian and they'll tell you he's just a cross between a more polished version of Rick Scott and Dubya.