Usually, attacking an opponent’s family is uncalled for and distasteful (unless that family member is or was in politics themselves, such as Bill Clinton). It’s a tactic that the Left uses sometimes, and a tactic that failed Republican nominee Jeb Bush used recently.
According to the Daily Wire, the biggest failure of the Bush family (and that’s saying something) had a talk “sponsored by The William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale University,” where he said that “after the 2016 Republican primary in South Carolina, he returned home to children who ‘actually love me,’” thus attacking both Trump and his family.
His anger after the 2016 primary loss is clear and present. Much like Hillary Clinton, Jeb’s defeat has severely affected him, given that during that appearance at Yale University, he also said: “I’m not going to talk about the 2016 election. I’m still in therapy.”
I don’t know if he meant that as a joke or not, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he really was in therapy. Particularly given the response from Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter: “Jeb! I love everything about my father. I love that he’s a fighter, I love that he has guts, I love that he’s President (all those things you’re not). Also love that he learned enough about politics in a few weeks to dismantle you piece by piece despite it being your life’s work.”
Here’s some advice for Jeb Bush: apply cold water to the burned area.
All of those things are hard truths about Jeb Bush. He’s not a fighter (something that I think even he knows). That much was evident during the campaign. And that much would’ve been expected had he become the Republican candidate. He wouldn’t have fought hard against Hillary. Much like Romney didn’t fight hard against Obama. Same goes for McCain (though I doubt he would’ve won against him even if he had actually fought hard).
The Establishment’s darlings don’t ever fight hard. They are more than happy with being the gracious losers of elections. They don’t fight the fire with fire. They fight fire with ice. And they’re more than happy to keep things that way. It’s part of the reason they hate Trump as much as they do.
He also is lacking in guts. Part of fighting hard is having the willingness and the guts to do it. While Bush’s pride may make him believe that he does have guts, reality is far different from his imagination.
The third truth is one that surely stings more than the previous two: Trump is President and he’s not. Now, without the guts and willingness to fight hard against Hillary, he likely was not going to be President anyway. But what stings him more than not being President is seeing that the man he hates most in this world is sitting at the Oval Office and running this country.
Like I said, the Establishment is more than happy with being gracious losers. Not being President is not what stings Jeb more. It’s the fact that Trump actually IS President that angers him.
But the final comment, and hard truth, in Trump Jr’s. tweet is what surely destroys Jeb the most. It’s not that he is not a fighter that hurts him. He knows he’s not a fighter. It’s not that he’s gutless. It’s not even that he’s not President and Trump is that hurts him the most. It’s the fact that, despite being a career politician, being in the Establishment, being a member of the Bush family and having been a governor of one of the largest states in the country (Florida), he was soundly beaten by someone who’s never held political office before.
He was beaten by someone who’s only had to play politics in order to gain favor in building projects. He was beaten by someone who wasn’t simply outside of the Establishment, but was outside of the career of POLITICS altogether.
And all of this happened, resulting in an embarrassing loss for Jeb Bush. Donald Trump ended the primaries with 1,457 pledged delegates. Jeb ended the primaries with 4.
Jeb was nowhere near among the biggest contenders for the nomination. Even his fellow Establishment candidates, Marco Rubio and John Kasich did considerably better, with 166 and 160 delegates respectively.
Aside from being a massive defeat for the Republican Establishment, this was an even bigger defeat for Jeb, someone who was born into the right family, ran at the right time when America was getting sick of Obama’s policies and the likelihood of a Republican winning was a tad higher than the previous two elections, and had made a career within the realm of politics to understand it and experience it up close.
He had a lot of things going for himself and ended up being utterly spanked by someone who had spent less than a year in politics by the time he announced his withdrawal from the primaries.
His anger is clear as well as the reason for it. At least he’s likely doing considerably better than Hillary Clinton. If there’s any former candidate from the 2016 election that needs therapy it would be her.
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
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