2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is having a tough time. The political climate has undeniably changed since he first stepped-up to announce his candidacy, believing that it was “his turn” in the RINO establishment queue. For decades, that is how the establishment GOP has operated; moderates who are good boys wait patiently until it is their turn to be nominees.
However, few expected the shake-up that Donald Trump brought to the race. Now, Jeb Bush is looking to undermine Trump’s influence by challenging him to a one-on-one debate.
Good luck with that, Jeb…
Since Trump exploded onto the GOP scene with his bold candor and “I don’t care about the RNC” attitude, the coast has been clear for a more-honest and substantive race as even the most-staunch conservative now appears more measured and polished when compared to Trump’s forceful habit of telling the truth about the current state of America.
Since Trump’s skyrocketing to the top of the GOP heap, few have been able to keep up with him. Ted Cruz has dominated fundraising and crafting a significant evangelical coalition, Ben Carson has had brief flares and Marco Rubio has served as the “conservative-lite” candidate.
Jeb Bush’s campaign, in contrast, has remained sluggish and as exciting as reading the dictionary. The only option left for the former governor and RINO candidate is to start swinging and hope a punch lands.
Laughably, this moment for Jeb came in the last GOP debate on December 15th where he tried to take-on Donald Trump. He blasted the billionaire directly, saying, “You’re not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency.”
After accusing Trump of being highly divisive and not what the American people want or need, Trump easily rebuffed Jeb’s annoying buzzing like one would wave-off a fly and succinctly highlighted, “That’s why I’m at 42 (percent) and you’re at 3!”
Jeb’s attempt at tough-talk came off about as sincere as Justin Bieber’s “gangsta” bravado.
Unbelievably, Jeb’s campaign used the moment in television ads to highlight Jeb’s new-found backbone and fiery demeanor- a political Hail Mary if ever there was one.
Now, in yet another desperate attempt, Jeb has issued a challenge to Trump: debate me anytime, anywhere, one-on-one.
On Monday, while speaking at the Forum Club in Palm Beach, Florida, Jeb discussed Trump and issued his challenge. “Donald, I’ll take you on one-on-one in a debate, any time, any place,” Bush said. “You name it and I’ll do it.”
The move was likely intended to earn points with the stale-Republican crowd, but it’s likely too late and far too little. Jeb’s support for amnesty and his duller-than-dry-toast campaigning and debate performances have left people largely unimpressed with the candidate who serves as a symbol of not only what’s wrong with the RNC, but with politics in America in general.
Jeb is wise to take shots at the leader of the GOP pack, but issuing a challenge that can end in no other way but an embarrassment for him is not the magical solution to his campaign woes.