Sunday, August 30, 2015

Jeb Bush loses three top fundraisers as poll numbers plummet.

Courtesy of Politico: 

Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy, POLITICO has learned. 

There are different versions of what transpired. The Florida-based fundraising consultants — Kris Money, Trey McCarley, and Debbie Aleksander — have said that they voluntarily quit the campaign and were still working with Bush's super PAC, Right to Rise Super PAC. Others said the three, who worked under the same contract, were let go because they were no longer needed for the current phase of the campaign. 

None of the three responded to requests for comment. Bush spokesman Tim Miller would only say that “Governor Bush has the widest and deepest fundraising operation of any candidate in the field. Ann Herberger — a longtime aide with more than two decades of experience in state and national politics — will continue to lead the operation in Florida with our team in Miami.” 

The departures came at a time of uncertainty for Bush. While he has had massive success raising money for his Super PAC, he is overseeing an official campaign that has many more staffers but far less money. Earlier this week, the New York Times revealed that it had taken steps to rein in some of its spending and had gone so far as to cut some employee salaries. And POLITICO reported one Bush fundraiser expressed concerns about the slowing pace of the campaign’s fundraising after Bush’s shaky debate performance. 

For the record I in no way think that Jeb bush is going to have any difficulty raising money. In fact that campaign is already reaching out for replacements, and will assuredly find them.

However I do think that it is a sign that Jebbie is just not the candidate that Republican establishment had hoped for.

Not only is he a gaffe machine that makes Joe Biden seems smooth by comparison, but his poll numbers now have him trailing, not only Donald Trump, but also Carson, Walker, and Ted Cruz.

And it seems that every time Bush tries to rise above the pack, he jams his foot so far down his own throat that even W. is shaking his head in disbelief.

At this point not only is Jeb's inevitability in question. So is his viability.


  1. Anonymous2:38 PM

    If Republicans put up Jeb Bush, they will lose the election! If Republicans put up Donald Trump, they will lose the election! And, if Republicans put up Ted Cruz, they will lose the election.

    They truly are screwed and they did it to themselves!

    1. Anonymous2:03 AM

      Be careful. Beware. The voters must show up. Do not take this coming election lightly or for granted. Remember 2010? Make sure your friends, family and all know the issues and facts.

  2. Anonymous2:50 PM

    None of the current republican candidates can win. Every one of them is a LOSER.

    Oh, they'll end up picking one for show otherwise they'll be seen as the complete idiotic losers they really are and then Sarah Palin will ride in on her white charger and save the day. /SNARK

    1. Anonymous3:25 PM

      I see you visit c4p as I do. hahahaha

  3. Anonymous3:38 PM

    When your own mother says, "we've had enough Bushes in the White House," perhaps he should have paid attention. The country is echoing.

    And then there's this inre $arah: “I sat next to her once, thought she was beautiful, and I think she’s very happy in Alaska,” Bush said, before adding, “and I hope she’ll stay there.”

    1. Anonymous4:23 PM

      Barbara Bush knew that Sarah Palin's attractiveness was only skin deep. She found her to be inept and publically said she didn't particularly care for her.

    2. Anonymous2:06 AM

      Yes. Barb is a wise woman. Unfortunately she was not able to stop her hubby or her other son from causing America harm.

  4. Rats, ship. I truly do not want to see any of these assholes leave early. The longer on stage, the worse they all make themselves look.

    I want to see every single GOP primary vote be met with a dozen lawsuits from the other campaigns.

  5. Anonymous3:52 PM

    All I see when I look at him is his brother and father. Triple yuk!!! The Cons thought his name would carry him through - until he started talking.

    Pat Padrnos

    1. Anonymous4:20 PM

      I almost feel sorry for Jeb. Think he was pushed into this 'president job candidacy'' and he obviously isn't into it or interested.

      He is an even worse candidate than was his brother! And, I do not foresee his party making him the candidate when it actualy gets down to it!

      They have no one they can put out there that will beat Hillary Clinton even as much as the media is trying to tear her apart!

    2. Anonymous7:32 PM

      Hillary is not the only candidate. I am pulling or Sanders, Chafee, O'Malley, or VP Biden to be nominated.

    3. Anonymous1:30 AM

      Hillary has been dropping from the moment she announced her candidacy 4:20.

      Hillary knows when to nod her head in concerned agreement, and when to act appropriately flabbergasted, but that is really about it.

      Hillary is no leader. She never has been and never will be. She lacks the special, undefineable qualities, that make great leaders. Being Bill Clintons wife might get her thru the front door at the fancy party, but that is about it. She wil not be president.

    4. Anonymous2:09 AM

      They are counting on EVERYONE being too tired, sick, poor, drugged or just plain ignorant to care. And the bush dynasty will continue another generation. Same with many families in DC. Entitled. Entitled to lie to Americans and profit!!!!!

    5. Sgt. Preston of the Yukon6:10 PM

      "Hillary has been dropping from the moment she announced her candidacy 4:20."

      The symbolism of this act escaped me in April.
      Now it's absolutely clear -- she's a stoner.
      She's got my vote, unless Trump lights up on national TV.

  6. Anonymous3:54 PM

    Jeb Bush looks almost as sad as Bristol Palin with her bump.

    I think Republicans are in a deep dark funk. Trumps rump better start twerking like now.

  7. If you deliberately make yourself the party of reactionary angry old white men, and are openly contemptuous of every other voting group, how do you fail to see the suicidal path you're on?

    1. Anonymous5:19 PM

      That's what I'd lie to know. Especially when your brother killed countless people in a war that didn't need to be fought.

  8. SallyinMI4:14 PM

    I thought it was illegal for the campaign to be ted to a these three are admitting that they've been working for both?

  9. Anonymous4:15 PM

    This is why, as much as I love Rachel Maddow, I'm shocked every time she talks about what a "deep bench" the Republicans have this cycle. She says this with absolutely no trace of a smirk and it's just so ridiculous. Once JEB! is out of the race, who could possibly compete in the general??

    Carson, Fiorina, Gilmore, Graham, and Pataki are lightweights without the knowledge, name-recognition, talent, or personality to run a successful national campaign. Christie is weeks away from indictment and Perry's legal woes are even worse. Huckabee and Santorum are religious nutbag also-rans who will terrify anyone who doesn't identify as evangelical. Cruz and Jindal are smarmy snake oil salesmen selling one lie one week and its inverse the next- they can't even convince their own party of their credibility. Rubio and Walker are amateurs trying to play with the big boys who look great to supporters on the surface, but quickly crumble under any real scrutiny. Trump, it goes without saying, started out as a troll to increase his own visibility and is gonna ride it out until he inevitably goes up in flames.

    Who does that leave? Kasich and Paul. Paul can't garner enough support from the base to get the nomination (because of his handful of reasonable positions among a whole lot of crazy). Kasich is a bit of a dark horse. He'll have some visibility from his time on Fox and will piss off some of the evangelicals, but will get enthusiastic support from many. But, Kasich up against Clinton or Sanders? Hahahahaha! That's a fight (s)he'll happily welcome.

    The greatest myth of this election cycle is a Republican deep bench. It just doesn't fit reality.

    I hope we see a hard-fought battle that ends in a Sanders/Clinton (either of those names with someone else or together in any configuration-- with HRC so progressive lately) landslide!

    1. fromthediagonal4:40 AM

      I see the "deep bench" label as one which recognizes that there are a bunch of politicians fighting over being first. I do not think that the "deep" refers to depth of knowledge.

    2. Anonymous9:52 AM

      That's not what it means in the context of politics. It's meant to indicate a breadth of quality choices, which is why I find it mind-boggling that Rachel would describe the Republican field that way.

  10. Anonymous4:15 PM

    I'll wager the big guys in the Republican party are having a huge talk with The Donald - suggesting he calm his rhetoric especially as to his racists thoughts, etc. They are in big, big trouble and Hillary Clinton is going to be the winner!

  11. Anonymous4:16 PM

    who needs this arrogant corrupt shithead anyway?

  12. Anonymous4:17 PM

    This republican primary battle couldn't have been done better if it was a production of The Asylum and called Sharknado: Feeding Frenzy!

    If you think it's getting good so far wait until they all start figuring out that Trump really is doing this for the publicity and it will all end with the destruction of the GOP.

  13. Scruffer4:28 PM

    He's a momma's boy and even his own momma didn't want him to run. Too many Bushes already, she said. For once she was right.

    1. Anonymous5:06 PM

      I have never gotten the impression he really wants it. He really doesn't have his heart in it, he's just dutifully fulfilling the family tradition. He's pretty much a dud.

    2. Anonymous5:25 PM

      If he's the "smartest one," we're in trouble and there's a darn good reason why he kept his last name off his official banner. They ALL know we remember.

    3. You are spot on, Anon 5:06, he only agreed to run because someone convinced him there was no one in the republican field who could challenge him and he would essentially walk away with the nomination. Now that he knows how hard he will have to work to get it, his heart is not in it because ... his heart is not in it. And I'm pretty sure Columba would be happy, very happy, not to be First Lady Columba.

    4. 5:06 & 6:39
      I agree, and I felt the same way about McCain in '08, that he didn't really want it, but just didn't want Obama to have it, and that was even before McCain added Palin and removed all doubt. It's just as clear with Bush there's no fire in belly there. Romney in '12, yes he wanted it, but not McCain or Jeb.

  14. Anonymous5:04 PM

    Jeb Bush is losing

  15. Anonymous5:23 PM

    One by one, they are tanking...

    What happened to Scott Walker?

  16. Anonymous5:36 PM

    He's also a thief:

    Jeb Bush Made Millions Giving Investors Billions Of Florida Pension Funds To Lose

  17. Anita Winecooler6:09 PM

    Gee, his dad and brother got their turn, how unfair!!! Please tie a knot in that rope and hold on as long as you can. I've been saving my best adult beverage to watch the grudge match of the century, and it won't be the same without Jeb!!!

    And to think, he was supposed to be the "it" guy in this election.

    1. Anonymous7:38 PM

      Oh the shits gonna hit the fan, sure enough! LOL

  18. Anonymous6:11 PM

    check out the betting pools. Jeb is 2nd as far as odds go, at least on the site I checked, which was My husband said that back in the old days, the betting odds were one of the major ways people could pre-judge the candidates' chances more broadly, as polls weren't efficient. So, don't write off Jeb just yet. Wait for the bookies to give up first.

  19. Anonymous6:20 PM

    Turn out the lights, the party's over! Good riddance.

  20. Anonymous7:35 PM

    GO BIDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Anonymous4:12 AM

    Jeb's campaign strategy began to fail the moment he first opened his mouth and revealed the myth of there being a smart Bush bro.

  22. 4:20, I don't feel the least bit sorry for JB. Like Trump, he was born into a life of means and privilege.He's a big boy, and by his own admission, his own man. He wasn't pushed into the race. He made that choice. It takes a special kind of arrogance to believe you can lead the nation. He thinks he's got the juice; we'll see.

    Why isn't he getting much traction? Even if Trump weren't getting all the attention, it wouldn't make any difference. Bush is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of the pack. They're falling all over themselves trying to court the extremists with their tough guy, tough talk shtick.

    What would get my attention is a republican who had sensible proposals, instead of harping on the things Obama has done without plans or policies to replace what they say they'd take away.


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