He has the name. He has the connections. He has the money. What Jeb Bush doesn’t have is actual support from actual voters, and that’s taking a toll on his campaign staff:
The remedying began Monday with word that Bush has shaken up his campaign before the campaign has even been formally announced. The Bush team sent out word that Danny Diaz, a respected, hard-charging Republican operative, will become the campaign’s manager instead of Bush’s original choice, the highly thought-of Iowa strategist David Kochel, who will move to another senior position in the campaign.
Bush aides insisted it’s not a shakeup — “Nobody has left and nobody new is coming!” said one, via email. But it’s a shakeup.
The move comes amid bewilderment and disappointment among some Republicans who saw Bush as the natural leader of the GOP race. When word broke, a veteran party strategist recalled meeting recently with Republican donors who had become increasingly unhappy with the Bush effort.
There may be hope for the GOP yet.