Much touted inevitability never materialized
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has finally thrown in the towel on a presidential race that was bogged down from the onset. Americans are not inclined toward dynasties, but the fact that both his father and brother were previously elected, was the least of his problems. Jeb! (as he chose to refer to himself in campaign sloganeering) is uninspiring, too liberal for the irate grassroots of the Republican Party, and possessed a decided amnesty bent that doesn’t play in 2016. His predisposition toward the Fed Ed Common Core “standards” despised by parents who pay attention proved an early stumbling block. Even his $100 million war chest was not enough for him to fulfill establishment expectations as he continued to falter. Numerous national polls showed him dragging bottom.
This is the year of the political outsider, as evidenced by the rise of the unlikely candidate Donald Trump and first term Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, often at war with the liberal inclinations of his own party.
Undeniably awkward, Bush was unable to breathe life into a bungled campaign that his own mother previously said shouldn’t get under way. He should have listened to her and saved himself and the rest of us months of listless tedium.