Headlines like "Steady debate performance banishes gloom for Jeb Bush" and "Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio Make Big Impressions During Debate" were typical over the last few days, but the reality was far different. You and I saw an unhappy candidate; someone who is obviously uncomfortable at the dais, less than eloquent, and unsuccessfully marketing unpopular positions on virtually every issue imaginable.
The donors weren't convinced either:
Even the Leftist hack Frank Rich threw in the towel, likening the campaign to SNL's old Francisco Franco bit: "Jeb Bush's campaign: Still dead".
Republican strategist and Congressional insider John Feehery told Chris Matthews to expect a very close partnership between House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Paul Ryan might be new to the job as Speaker, but his new chief of staff, Dave Hoppe, is an old hand,” said Feehery. “He once served as chief of staff to former senate leader Trent Lott and his top deputy in Lott’s office was Sharon Soderstrom, who is now the chief of staff to Mitch McConnell.”
Feehery, once a top aide to former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, said we should “Expect a high level of communication and coordination between the new Speaker and the senate majority leader as a result.”
Bush has as much a chance of winning the nomination as William Shatner has winning an Oscar.
Anyone giving Bush money should instead consider a better investment strategy: liquor, gambling and women, for instance, and in that order.
Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News Feed.