Money doesn’t buy you brains
This report from the Miami Herald contains a telling quote from one of Jeb Bush’s top Florida donors, oxymoronically identified as a conservative and supporter of Jeb Bush. Billionaire businessman Mike Fernandez is so repulsed by the surging candidacy of Donald Trump that he says, “If I have a choice — and you can put it in bold — if I have a choice between Trump and Hillary Clinton, I’m choosing Hillary,” telling the newspaper “she’s the lesser of two evils.”
John McCain was far less equivocal, as he called Hillary a “rock star.”
Fernandez, a healthcare tycoon, is so anguished by Trump’s continued ascent, he purchased a full-page ad in the Sunday edition of the Herald calling Trump a “narcissistic BULLYionaire with a hunger to be adored.” Fernandez bizarrely compared Trump to some of history’s bloodiest tyrants, including Hitler, Mussolini and Peron.
The combative ad will also run Dec. 14 in Des Moines, and Las Vegas newspapers.
Fernandez’ $3 million plus donation was the stand alone largest contribution to the Bush-backing PAC, Right to Rise USA, as of the last financial disclosure report. After throwing big bucks down a rat hole Fernandez’ tantrum might elicit some sympathy, though it didn’t take a seer to predict that the third and squishiest Bush was going nowhere.
Despite Bush spending tens of millions on television ads, he’s sinking like a rock — falling into even lower single digits. Real Clear Politics aggregates the latest data, revealing Bush’s political future becoming even more dismal. This CNN/ORC released Friday shows Jeb! (who appears to have recently ditched his exclamation point) trailing Trump by 33 points.
Fernandez’ ad: (unfortunately, this was the best version we could provide)