Wednesday, January 27, 2016
108,046,300 reasons why Jeb won't drop out
Tonight, six men will take the stage for the seventh Republican presidential debate. Only two of them have a shot at it -- Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, in that order. If Fox News really wanted to screw Donald Trump, they would have told the others to take a hike and have Cruz and Rubio battle it out. That would have knocked the wind out of Trump's sails, but he goes sailing along because the press still does not get him.
The rest are pathetic also-rans, none of whom average 10 percent in the polls nationally, which at this point in the modern nomination process is a death sentence. It is January, not June. The last time any of them was above the political Mendoza Line was Ben Carson on December 7. Of the rest, only Jeb Bush was ever in the double digits, most recently on August 26.
Their presidential ambitions are a joke.
On paper, they looked good a year ago.
But the reality is, the largely self-funded Donald Trump tromped them. He stomped them. He entered the room and sucked all the air out of it, like Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Jack Kennedy before him.
So why are they hanging on?
The suckers are still donating money. As long as the checks come in, they will stay in the race, shelling out money to political consultants, pollsters and ad men. And boy, do these candidates have money. The latest figures available are two months old, but let us look at them.
Jeb Bush had $108,046,300 cash on hand.
Chris Christie $12,779,044.
Ben Carson $12,241,845.
Carly Fiorina $7,510,740.
Rand Paul $6,419,560.
Mike Huckabee $4,030,885.
To be fair, John Kasich was $2 million in the hole, but he must be raking money since then, as he has hung in there.
You know how much money Trump had? Just $254,773 cash on hand. He's largely funding his own campaign.
Now I know I lose readers when I say anything nice about Trump. People think I have lost it, and truth be told, I lost it years ago. But I must tell the truth. The people I mentioned are professional politicians. Yes, that includes Dr. Carson and Mrs. Fiorina. They sell themselves to donors -- not their principles, I am not saying they are sellouts. But they are Willy Lomans, selling the smile on their face and the shine on their shoes.
So are Trump, Cruz and Rubio.
But the difference is those three are selling themselves to the public. The rest are selling themselves to donors. And as long as the donors are paying for the Bubble Up, they will continue drinking with them. What has created Trump and Bernie Sanders is this Politics Incorporated game.