Roger Pugh

Jeb Bush; The Search for the Mongrel Within

Jeb’s three greatest qualities have all failed to make the Republican voters’ aspirational checklist for their presidential nominee—he’s a politician, a Bush, and a same old same old. Apart from that there’s the grave threat that his brother might start campaigning on his behalf.

Jeb has declared to the Republican nation that if they don’t want him they should vote for Trump. According to the polls this is the only thing he’s said so far which has prompted a positive response.

Republicans are as excited about his presidential prospects as they are about a ticker-tape welcome home parade for Edward Snowden.

His recent media blitz seems to have done wonders for Trump while consolidating his own position in the polls in fifth position down from fourth.

Not surprisingly Jeb has announced a scaling back of his campaign staff and a renewed search for answers. He needs to look no further than here.

Americans desperately need a towering and dynamic president with the power to inspire their country back to greatness. Based on its presidential track record there is a distinct lack of confidence that such a saviour could emanate from the Bush family. Dad did okay but George W handled foreign affairs like they were happening in Iowa.

The Bush family business is professional politics and while in the past this has been seen as a desirable qualification in Republican candidates for U.S. President it is currently ranked well below neurosurgeon and hotel and casino proprietor.

While it’s true that Jeb seems to be less Bushwhacked than his brother it could be nothing more than an effect similar to the one a new Burger King advertising campaign has on McDonald’s.

In order for Jeb to prosper something dramatic needs to happen, like Trump being unveiled as a Russian sleeper agent or a Bush campaign announcement that he’s changing his name or changing his policy on immigration and promising to send his wife back to Mexico.

At this stage he shows no promise of being the Republican candidate who can send Hillary back to Bill.

On the other hand there is possibly the outside chance that he is the Bush who can finally get the presidency right. However, he’s being obliged to spend so much time defending his brother’s presidential record that it’s beginning to look like his own.

 

Roger Pugh

Following a career that comprised heading up global marketing departments and advertising agencies Roger made a seachange to his hobby of humorous writing by co-founding Political Satire site, Friday Mash. Roger is now the Native Content Director, heading up The Big Smoke’s Creative team and a regular political columnist in both Australian and USA editions of The Big Smoke.

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