From Miami to Columbia, S.C., Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign traversed every nook and cranny and everything in between in an effort to win the GOP nomination. But despite promises, hard work and a personal conviction to keep on fighting until he wins, Bush simply was unable to pull it off. According to ABC News on Sunday, Bush reluctantly made the inevitable announcement that he was suspending his presidential campaign for the 2016 presidential campaign.
As if in an earnest effort to distinguish himself from other politicians who have displayed bad sportsmanship when losing elections, Bush instead offered advice to the American electorate: “I firmly believe the American people must entrust this office to someone who understands that whoever holds it is a servant.” (It is unclear if this was a reference to Donald Trump and his attitude that if elected president that he is “the boss;” however, the next part of Bush’s sentence seems to confirm that he talking about Trump): “not the master, someone who will commit to that service with honor and decency,” he said.
Why Bush’s Campaign Failed:
Political experts have analyzed the demise of the campaign of the one time front-runner and have come up with some plausible explanations for it. Political pundits cite Trump’s reference to Bush as a “low energy”candidate. During the first GOP debate, Trump called Bush a “low energy person.” Bush never was able to live it down nor dispel the “low energy” label. His relatively laid back, gentle speaking style contrasted with Trump’s flamboyant, outgoing style and he simply was unable to compete with Trump nor with Cruz and Rubio.
Despite having raised over $100 million, Bush could not compete with Trump’s momentum. That, coupled with the fact that the Bush campaign underestimated the strength of the Trump campaign, rendered the money useless.
Finally, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, (R), endorsed Marco Rubio right before the South Carolina primary. This was a tremendous blow to the Bush campaign, especially considering that Bush had campaigned for her when she ran for governor. This brings to mind the old adage: “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” Somehow friendship and loyalty take a back seat to other things.
Bush once again deployed his mother, Barbara Bush, to campaign for him in South Carolina. As any mother would do, she bestowed son Jeb’s virtues: “He’s done the most amazing things as governor. … He’s a great husband. He’s a great friend. He’s loyal … my boy, Jeb.”
And now he has plenty of time to develop those attributes and to be an armchair quarterback for the remaining GOP players. Lean back on the ottoman, Jeb; the buttered popcorn is the best!