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October 29, 2015

The End of Jeb! ?

Once again I felt sorry for Jeb.

A winning candidate should not make his detractors feel sorry for him.

He just doesn't have it. Any of it.

Chuck Todd and his partisan liberal harpies declare that the mood of the Jeb camp feels like a wake, and I don't think they're wrong.

[T]he most significant story from last night is that Jeb Bush's campaign now finds itself on life support, especially after Bush swung and missed when trying to hit Rubio over his Senate voting record. As one Republican operative told NBC's Peter Alexander, Bush had to demonstrate to his supporters and donors -- after a rough last few weeks -- that the former Florida governor could land a punch, particularly after telegraphing to the political world that it was coming. But Bush missed. Badly.

It was the equivalent of a teenager who, after telling the whole school that he was going to fight a classmate at lunchtime, ended up being the one taking the licking.

Video and commentary from Ed Morrissey at the first link.

He also agrees with Jonathan V. Last that it's time to exclude Jeb, Huckabee, Paul, and Kaisch from the debates, and only permit Trump, Carson, Rubio, Cruz, Christie, and Fiorina in the next one.

I'd say that two should be added -- Jindal and Lindsey Graham, the only two of the undercard people doing anything at all. Now, I know you hate Lindsey Graham, and I do too, but I'm including him as cover for my Jindal boosterism. And it cannot be denied he gets the biggest audience reactions, and has the best jokes, at the undercard debates.

It's time for relegation, as they do in the European soccer leagues. Poor performers are dropped to the lower league, and those winning in the lower league are elevated to the premier league.

Jeb's Still At It: He's keeping up his "French work week" attack, because, I don't know. I guess he can't admit what a colossal failure this was.




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