The Joyful Hateful Tortoise
Jeb! Bush keeps flailing and failing, so he's trying to do whatever it takes to crawl above 4 points in the polls. That apparently includes making the rounds to Bush-friendly conservative editorial boards in Florida where he's currently losing by a landslide to Donald Trump.
You see, Jeb! just can't believe that he's losing what he assumed would be an easy ride into the Oval Office to someone who is channeling Hitler, in spite of the fact that until recently, donors were still willing to set fire to bags of their own money to get him there. Yes, poor Jeb! is learning the hard way that all the money and connections in the world can't buy brains, competence, nor erase the Bush legacy of failure any more than adding a " ! " to your campaign logo can. So apparently Jeb! has decided that if you can't beat Trump-Hitler, join him.
Jeb! tried ignoring Trump because he was afraid of attacks, but since the rest of the world was cringing, the best Jeb! could do was say Trump and his ideas were "unhinged." That was a few days ago.
And this was yesterday, via The Tampa Tribune editorial board, on his views that only refugees from Syria who can prove they're Christians are worthy of entering the U.S.:
“I don’t think that’s a mean-spirited idea,” Bush said, “but everything is so politically correct now.”
Unless you've been under a rock since Trump entered the Presidential race, and came out in favor of first tracking all Muslims, and then proposing to ban all of them from the country, being "politically correct" is the phrase Trump uses as an excuse to say any old racist thing that flies off the top of his head.
So while Jeb! claims Trump is unhinged and not at all a serious candidate, Trump's ideas, nor his talking points that represent them, aren't unhinged enough for Jeb! not to incorporate them into his own failing campaign in the hopes that some of the benefits of Trump's hate-fest will rub off on his poll numbers.
After all, as the GOP establishment is now plotting to orchestrate a brokered convention in order to get rid of Trump, they've got their eye on those voters who want nothing to do with Jeb! now in favor of Trump. To try and be the establishment candidate, Jeb's got to keep upping the crazy himself now, which will of course doom him in a general election later. But first he's got to become a blip on the poll radar.
Yeah, good luck with that.
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