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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jeb Bush knows it is over

Jeb Bush knows it is over. His family too. His Mom is out there and his brother in a show of solidarity. Dad would have been out there, but he is too frail. They love him, and many Americans love them. And rightly so.

Trump draw thousands. Cruz draws thousands. Bush draws dozens. They have been at it for a year and Trump has soared, Cruz has soared, and Bush has crashed.

I suspect out of all the candidates, he is the most at peace with not winning this race. It was not his year, and frankly, it is not his era. After 9/11, Americans trusted government to make things right, and the government failed miserably. Two wars, big debts, a sour economy, Obamacare, a Supreme Court that upheld Obamacare, Christians being forced to bake cakes for gay weddings -- what the heck is this?

Americans have legitimate beefs with Washington. Failure has its consequences.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Those are not just words; they are the DNA of the greatest nation on Earth.

Just as the Great Depression swept out the old government, and just as the Civil War swept out the old government, we are on the precipice of wiping the slate again.

Jeb Bush cannot be part of that, which is nothing neither he nor his family should be ashamed of. We are headed to a New America, using the framework James Madison and the rest of the Constitutional Convention gave us. Do not be afraid, America. And Jeb, hold your head high. Given how Poppy raised his sons to be decent and honorable men, I suspect we will hear from the Family Bush again in a generation or two.


  1. If he were as decent as you describe, he would call it quits and not see how much damage he can do to the party in his failure. "If I can't have, nobody can." Perry is decent. Walker bowed out gracefully. Jeb! is driven by his sense of entitlement. Not an appealing trait. Last year, I thought he would make a good president. I'm over that now.

    1. Jeb is being driven by the GOPe...he was groomed for it since their 2013 plan. Lots info here :

  2. I may end up voting for Trump and he may win, but I'm not sure I agree that his ascendance foretells a return to constitutional government.

    1. Which is exactly why conservatives cannot vote for him. He makes up stories as he goes and attacks anyone that he believes to be a threat. So Donnie the President would be in a real war in the first hundred days.

    2. Which is exactly why conservatives cannot vote for him. He makes up stories as he goes and attacks anyone that he believes to be a threat. So Donnie the President would be in a real war in the first hundred days.

    3. When was the last time "conservatives" did squat? Immigration? Education? Patriot Act? pfft.

  3. Donald Trump has two settings: Attack; and Attack!

    He has demonstrated this. Hillary was trying to play the War on Women game and also deploy Bill in support of her campaign. Donald Trump attacked and trashed both plans.

    Jeb Bush was the presumptive Establishment nominee. Donald Trump attacked him with "low energy" and then with his brother's presidency when George W. Bush appeared on the campaign trail. Donald Trump attacked the decisions of GWB.

    With Ted Cruz, a man who was a state Solicitor General (handles appellate cases for the state) and a law clerk at the US Supreme Court. Attacks him on the circumstances of his birth, and then on his probable honesty. (Arguing in any court, especially an Appellate Court, requires scrupulous honesty because the other guys will use that to destroy you - and destroyed you will be.*)

    Anyway - Donald Trump does damage to Ted Cruz.

    Is anyone else seeing a pattern here? Donald Trump always attacks** and when he does he picks a weakness and then he will work his way around to the main weakness and keep hitting it.

    This may explain why he acts like he does.

    *I am an attorney; I have argued before state appellate courts. Lying is punished harshly - it really is because think - you are trying to play a judge for a fool. What sort of vengeance do you think you are going to get if you play US Circuit Court judges or US Supreme Court judges for fools?

    **My main theme. And if I recall correctly many of the complaints I heard from the blogosphere's starboard side was that no Republican would actually go into attack mode.
    Here is Donald Trump, who is not doctrinaire anything Republican or conservative or Right. But by golly he will fight, and looks like he always wants to fight.

    You do not have to support him, but you can encourage those you do support to take a chapter or two from his playbook and attack. And when attacked attack again. And when counter-attacked to just keep swinging and pounding away.

    - Mikey NTH

    1. YES! Many conservatives and Reps are so tired tired tired of being attacked and not attacking back -- the Rep "rules of engagement" seem to always "be nice" even when the Dems are not.

      Trump is not great, but at least he's attacking evil Political Correctness, so in the culture wars he's a friend of the third kind.

  4. I shall attempt a summary:

    Republican/conservative candidates, Please consider these things.

    (1) Attack your political foes.
    (2) When attacked by your political foes, attack them.
    (3) Keep attacking your political foes.
    (4 - 8) See #3.
    (9) Having a principled philosophy of conservative principles and a respect for the text of the United States Constitution is a must - but also useless if you do not attack, attack, and attack your political foes.
    (10) Do not be above brazenly lifting techniques from recent masters like Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer while you attack, attack, and attack.

    Get it?

    - Mikey NTH

  5. Thanks Mikey NTH. You nailed it better than my post. I like that Trump is an out-and-out capitalist.

  6. "They love him, and many Americans love them. And rightly so."

    Just how barking mad insane do you have to be to "Love" the Bush crime family?

    An absolute disaster for America, worse perhaps than the Clintons .

    1. Whether George Bush's war in Iraq was a disaster for America can be debated. I can see arguments on both sides of the issue. But for you to call the Bush family a CRIME family is, as you so enthusiastically put it, just barking mad insane. If you have proof of such criminality, let's hear it. Otherwise, I'll just inscribe your screen name on a long list of Internet trolls.

    2. Take your pick. 1 for starters is 'he Immaculate Deception: Bush Crime Family Exposed'..a few more with reputable sources.

  7. Jeb, Kasich, and their ilk have vastly misread the electorate: their is no room for compromise or getting along. As Mikey points out, it's time to fight the democrats with the guerilla tactics they've been using for years. Don't fight a guerilla war using conventional tactics. I want a president who is going to make the democrats feel the crushing pressure of the bottom of someone's boot like Barry and his gang have done the last 7 years.

  8. I'm genuinely sad for Jeb. He has the experience, the will, and the talent- but he is just not that exciting, and the populist tide has left him behind. Too many BDS infected on the Left would have made his campaign problematic in the best of times.

    Now he should retire gracefully, and Enjoy the Decline. I'm sure he will endorse Rubio, for whatever good that will do.

    Keep Calm and Carry on!

  9. For better or worse, we're on the verge of something big - Out with the old, in with the new! - Elric