Wake Up And Smell The Smoke
You know some people have way too much money when they beg a losing candidate to please, please, stop making them throw their money at him so he can set it on fire. But that seems to be happening in the Gullible Billionaires For Jeb! Bush Club, according to Politico:
When Jeb Bush announced a record fundraising haul in July, the Florida Republican rewarded major donors with a two-day celebratory retreat at the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. They also delivered a message: $114 million was just the beginning of how much cash they would need to win.
Now, seven months later and just 17 days before the first ballots are cast, Bush’s donors are no longer high-fiving or strategizing how to keep funds flowing. Instead, the money spigot is shutting off as the donor class believes it is just a matter of time before the candidate they threw so much money behind drops out of the race.
POLITICO talked to nearly two dozen major donors, and most say they are waiting for what one veteran Republican and former Bush 43 administration appointee described as the "family hall pass" to jump to another campaign after the New Hampshire primary.
Think about that. They're hoping the family of the worst President in U.S. history will tell them it's OK to put down the matches and stop feeding the bonfire of the one person in the family who might beat that "worst President ever" record. But until that happens, they're helpless to make this decision on their own? The donor class, who haven't yet come to the realization that money may not buy elections after all, is also proving to the rest of us that being a billionaire also can't buy you brain cells.
Whew. After you wrap your head around that concept, look at some of these quotes:
“I’m resigned to it being over, frankly. It’s really disappointing,” said one top Bush Wall Street donor. “I’d urge him to get out after New Hampshire if he doesn’t do well, but he probably won’t."
Reaches for his checkbook, and a can of gasoline...
"Hey, I need you to throw away money on Jeb — out of loyalty," a Bush fundraiser has told donors recently.
Empties his wallet over the old Weber grill and reaches for the lighter fluid...
“I think Jeb has the best qualities to be the president, he’s just not doing the world’s best job of getting there,” said a top Wall Street executive who has donated and raised money for Bush. “My attitude is still wait and see what happens. I can’t believe Donald Trump is going to get the nomination. As long as there is still all this insanity there is hope for Jeb.”
Ashes. Ashes are what happens. The money won't magically pop back into it's former crispy green state. But hey, we're insane! Which way is the incinerator?
These are quotes from Jeb's so-called friends, mind you.
Then there are those who are rooting for other losers in the party, like the other candidate from Florida who's giving Jeb! real competition for the Who's Dumber Than George W. Bush crown, Marco Rubio. And, as luck would have it, his operatives don't fall far from Rubio's "duh" tree, but they apparently do know a gullible billionaire cash cow when they see one:
"Donors I've talked to are desperate not to abandon Jeb because of their long bonds and loyalty with the family, but they are also recognizing there is no ROI [return on investment] on this campaign," said Rick Wilson, a veteran Florida political operative who is backing Rubio. "The sense of these folks is it is so sad. They whisper to each other, 'When will Jeb go?'"
Yes, don't let the grass around the Jeb! bonfire grow under your feet boys! Quick, run to the bank, Marco Rubio's holding his own greenback barbecue and you don't want to miss it! Run, don't walk! We'll bring the matches!
And once Rubio joins Jeb! in the flameout pile, they're thinking they may have to resort to the ultimate Molotov cocktail, Ted Cruz. I would bet there are a lot of people who might also pay to watch grown billionaires cry while they nuke a chunk of their income on Ted Cruz' behalf.
I, for one, would personally supply the marshmallows.
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