As his poll numbers continue to sag and donors are getting skittish, Jeb Bush’s campaign responded on Friday by drastically slashing staff and cutting salaries of his remaining aides nearly in half.
In a desperate move clearly demonstrating his weakened position, Jeb has had to call in the Dynasty Duo of Dubya and Daddy, both former presidents, to try to rev up the fundraising mechanism as he attempts to adjust his focus to the early primary states. Papa Bush is 91 and confined to a wheelchair after a serious fall in which he broke a bone in his neck and George W. Bush had previously said he would stay out of Jeb’s campaign, correctly noting “voters don‘t like dynasties.”
Yet the Wall Street Journal reports there will be a Texas confab today with both Georges, Jeb and longtime donors in an effort to resuscitate the dying campaign. Money can be political oxygen, although it’s doubtful this torpid carcass is able to be revived.
Neurosurgeon. Ben Carson and business mogul Donald Trump, both political outsiders, are leading the Real Clear Politics aggregated polling with Trump at 27.2 and Carson at 21.4. Bush, the establishment’s anointed “inevitable candidate” is now in fifth place and limping in with single digits. In the Iowa Caucus poll, Bush barely makes a ripple.
The classic award-winning Broadway relic “Oklahoma” featured a satirical tune, “Pore Jud Is Daid.” As you listen to it here, it becomes apparent the name Jud sounds an awful lot like Jeb. The songwriting team of Rogers and Hammerstein were more than musical wizards. It appears they were also political prophets!