There are many reasons Jeb Bush never should have even thought about running for president — his father and his brother are two of them — but the principal one is: he’s a terrible candidate. As I tweeted last night:
Jeb Bush resembles nobody more than one of the loser salesmen in Glengarry, Glen Ross, who’s not going to win the Caddy or the steak knives.
Now comes Jonathan Last in the Weekly Standard, piling on. The headline alone is worth the price of admission:
Jeb’s Dead: Adiós Amigo
The Bush hit on Rubio was obviously premeditated, so it wasn’t gaffe or a mistake. It was a revealing measure of his political talent and judgment. Let’s count the ways in which it was strategically ill-conceived and tactically incompetent:
There follows four reasons why last night was a career-ending disaster for the last the least of the Bush family pols. Here’s No. 3:
As I said, Bush’s attack was almost certainly a pre-meditated set piece. Yet he didn’t have the political sense to see that Rubio was in a very good frame coming off of an answer where he beat the snot out of the moderators. Bush had no ability to read the scene and understand that it would have been better in that moment not to take the shot. He had a plan, so he robotically stuck to it.
Read the other three at the link. Bush is as terrible a candidate as Hillary! but the problem is the Democrats don’t have and don’t want anybody else. The GOP, fortunately, does.