Last night Jeb Bush suspended his campaign for the Presidency of the United States. Why did this man, who early in the campaign was the presumed Republican frontrunner, do so poorly? I think I know.
Back when Barrack Obama was first elected President, there was a lot of complaining by Democrats that George W. Bush was the reason for most of the problems they faced. Most Republicans took umbrage at the new President’s claim. The Republicans countered with the idea that President Obama was just not able to handle the job of President. Some even paid for “Miss me yet?” billboards of the former President.
The party faithful rallied to support the ex-president’s legacy. All blame fell on President Obama. Never did they waver from this position. They even encouraged his brother Jeb to run for the office to return the country back to the glorious years of the Bush Administration. However, when Jeb did launch a campaign for the Presidency he was soundly defeated and forced to drop out after only three primaries. Why did this happen? I believe that no matter how much Republicans claimed out loud that George W. Bush was a great President, deep down they knew that his administration was a dismal failure, and that “Mission Accomplished” was a joke.
So, when George’s brother ran for the office of President, they didn’t consider his personality or his platform as much as they considered his DNA. They didn’t see him. They remembered his brother.
Can President Obama blame the Presidency of George W. Bush for many of the problems he faced when he took office? Maybe. Maybe not.
Can Jeb Bush blame the Presidency of George W. Bush for many of the problems he faced running for the office of President? Most definitely. Now, it looks like the Republicans will be stuck with Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, or Ted Cruz as their standard bearer in 2016.
Feel the Bern.
Peace and Love, and all of the above,