Given his bungling 2016 campaign, I could say I feel sorry for Jeb! Bush, but that would be dishonest because I've never liked him, nor his policies.
Still, his latest acts of desperation have just become sad.
In an attempt to pander to gun loving South Carolinians, yesterday he Tweeted a picture of a gun with his name engraved on it with a one word message: America.
America. pic.twitter.com/TeduJkwQF3— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) February 16, 2016
Not only was it shameless pandering, but it was pretty much a slap in the face to America and all the victims of gun violence from the guy who's not only the father of legalized murder Stand Your Ground laws, but he's also the same guy who responded to one of the most recent mass shootings at a college campus in Oregon by saying "stuff happens."
Meanwhile, as South Carolina's Governor Nikki Haley is passing over Jeb! to endorse Marco Rubio, Jeb! is making another attempt to boost himself at Rubio's expense in the foreign policy department.
That, too, is not going well:
“I know what it is to be commander in chief,” Mr. Bush said, referring to his time as governor of Florida, where he oversaw his state’s National Guard. “I know what it is to lead.”
“And for someone who has no experience at all to suggest I don’t — having lived overseas, having worked overseas, developing relationships with leaders overseas, being governor of the fourth-largest state and being a commander-in-chief of the Florida national guard,” Mr. Bush said. “With all due respect Senator Rubio, your four years or five years or whatever it is as senator does not match up to my capabilities of understanding how the world works.”
While he's certainly right that the senator who's most famous for being MIA from the Senate for the last five years lacks foreign policy experience, Jeb's self-proclaimed experience makes about as much sense as it did when Sarah Palin used the same argument in 2008.
Being in charge of the state's National Guard hardly qualifies one for CIC duties and saying so sounds even sillier considering Jeb! and many of the other half dozen GOP candidates still running claim that a former Secretary of State isn't qualified in the foreign policy department.
Under U.S. code, when a unit in a state National Guard is called to active duty, or performs a national defense mission, the Guard personnel convert from Title 32 status under the command and control of the state governor to federal Title 10 status under the command and control of the Defense Department.
When Jeb! was the governor, the responsibility he had was for in-state Florida National Guard activities such as disaster assistance.
To Jeb's credit though, he has yet to also add "could see Cuba from my house" to his resume, but I suppose there's still time for that between now and the South Carolina primary on Saturday.