The Bush/Clinton dynasty is turning away voters, especially Republicans. Why is the RNC committing suicide?
I just saw this brief video embedded in a Washington Post column:
As you can hopefully see, the video was produced and posted by the Donald Trump campaign.
I’m no fan of Donald Trump but if no one else will use such obvious material, and if Jeb Bush is stupid enough to provide such material, then the Bushians are going to need to assassinate him or frame him for a crime (hopefully I am being sarcastic). He will beat them otherwise.
If you watch the next videos, however, which show Trump praising Clinton, you will see evidence that Trump is no more conservative than Bush. But Trump wasn’t planning on running for President when he said those things so it is not surprising such footage exists.
Jeb Bush knew he wanted to run so why did he provide such material and not expect it to be used against him?
It seems that Bush and other establishment Republicans have decided that they are simply entitled to rule over us. They no longer need to pretend to be conservative. All George W. Bush’s careful work crafting his image as the governor of Texas is no longer necessary. Jeb Bush can simply declare himself the front runner and that means he will be the nominee.
But you can’t just insult voters like that and expect no blowback. Yes, voters may be gullible, but you still need to go through the motions of actually fooling them. Both Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are grabbing the power as if they are supposed to inherit it. It is their birthright. They are a dynasty.
And the voters hate the dynasty.
In the Washington Post column mentioned above, Dan Balz writes:
At the beginning of this year, the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania sponsored a focus group in the Denver suburbs composed of a dozen adults — Republicans, Democrats and independents. Looking back almost nine months later, the two-hour discussion proved to be a prescient guide to the surprising politics of 2015.
For any conventional politician paying attention, what was said there should have been unnerving. The name Donald Trump was never mentioned, nor was that of Ben Carson or Bernie Sanders. But the sentiments expressed that evening help explain why those three candidates are in the forefront of the political conversation on this Labor Day weekend.
The participants made it clear that they were fed up with politics as usual. They were harsh in their judgments about most traditional politicians, the political establishment and the way Washington works. They had no particular appetite for a clash-of-dynasties presidential campaign pitting a Bush against a Clinton.
They were especially critical in their assessments of Jeb Bush. They were tepid toward Hillary Rodham Clinton, although judgments fell more predictably along partisan lines. The participants longed for someone who seemed different and who they believed understood their lives. The name Elizabeth Warren, the populist senator from Massachusetts, sparked positive comments, even from some of the Republicans.
When the conversation was all over, pollster Peter Hart, who conducted the session, summed up what he had heard. “The political classes told us it’s going to be Bush against Clinton, but these people are hundreds of miles away from that choice,” he said. “Essentially what they’re telling us is, ‘I don’t trust these people. They’re part of an establishment that I don’t like.’”
That certainly does seem to have predicted the course of the election campaign thus far.
The problem I have with the way it is going is that I don’t think anger at the establishment is the same as a conservative platform that can rescue our country. I am thrilled with anything that defeats Jeb Bush, but I still fear for the country if Trump wins. He may solve problems relating to immigration but I don’t think he is going to help in many other areas.
Why can no more experienced conservative candidate win over the electorate? I understand the attraction of Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina, but I don’t understand why more aren’t interested in Ted Cruz or Rand Paul.