Former Florida governor and GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush has not lived up to establishment expectations for his campaign. Although he tried to generate excitement from the beginning with “Jeb!” as his campaign logo, notice the exclamation mark, the Republican base just never really bought into him.
Although he was once described as the front runner, a claim with which many would disagree, Jeb has been falling in the polls, polling as low as three percent in some. According to Jeb, that’s not only alright with him, it is right where he wants to be.
Appearing on Face the Nation on Sunday, Jeb discussed his fledgling campaign with host John Dickerson. The host said, “Six months ago, people thought you were the front-runner.”
Jeb’s response? “I hated that.”
He continued his nonsensical answer with more claims that will cause you to scratch your head.
“I feel much better back here. I’ve always thought that there was going to be a high expectation for me, and I totally get it. … Because I have a brother that was president and a father who was president.”
“Being the front-runner made me feel like that people were going to begin to say, ‘Well, this guy is just dancing right through this.’ I have to go earn it. I have higher expectations on me than people have on me. So it doesn’t bother me a bit that the expectations are high.”
“I want to win, which means that you garner momentum when it matters. So I feel good about where we are right now.”
So he feels better in the back of the pack and although he seems to drop in the polls after every debate he sees that as a good thing because somehow he’ll pick up steam later?
Though that argument makes no sense to those with common sense, perhaps it does to someone who proclaimed that he could win the GOP nomination without the support of the base.
I wonder if Jeb regrets ever uttering those words.