Even before former Florida Governor Jeb Bush entered the GOP presidential candidate field expectations were high. The son of former president George H.W. Bush and brother of former president George W. Bush was pushed immediately by the GOP establishment as the frontrunner. But, he was never actually the frontrunner, only in their own alternate reality.
The debut of his campaign featured his first name followed by an exclamation mark. Noticeably absent was a reference to his last name, which some have said from the beginning could hurt Jeb due to Americans not wanting a ‘dynasty’ family in the White House.
But, what has ultimately hurt Jeb Bush has been his inability to inspire voters. Despite spending nearly $100 million, Jeb only polled at just under three-percent in the Iowa caucus. He attempts to attack Florida Senator Marco Rubio did not have the effect that Bush had hoped. Rubio finished in the expected third place slot in Iowa, but with a much larger percentage, 23.1%, than he was predicted to receive.
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Jeb’s embarrassing finish in Iowa is followed by a major reported embarrassment in New Hampshire.
Speaking to a crowd at the Hanover Inn near the Vermont border during his final stop of the day, Mr. Bush finished a fiery riff about protecting the country as commander in chief – “I won’t be out here blowharding, talking a big game without backing it up,” he said – and was met with total silence.
“Please clap,” he said, sounded defeated.
After spending so much money only to see himself falling even more in the polls, it doesn’t look like Jeb is capable of breaking into the top three. Those spots are solidly held by Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio.
Perhaps this is another sign that Jeb should see the writing on the wall and end his campaign.