What Made Jeb a “Frontrunner” Other than the Bush Name?

The Bush name is why Jeb is treated as special in this election, so why is the media pretending that he is just now “embracing” it?

The Washington Post expects us to be mesmerized by their contrived narrative: “Is Jeb Bush ready to embrace his last name?”

He didn’t plan to say it. But two hours into the second Republican presidential debate, Jeb Bush took a firm stand.

“He kept us safe,” he said.

The quick and simple defense of his brother George W. Bush earned one of the loudest rounds of applause of the night. Aides said it was an impromptu decision spurred by an attack from Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner.

But those four words refocused a campaign in desperate need of a “moment,” and signaled the extent to which Jeb Bush has become comfortable — even eager — to highlight rather than play down his family ties.

Then we get this kind of bizarre analysis:

Ron Bonjean, an unaligned GOP strategist, said that “it’s a razor’s edge of embracing his brother because of family loyalty and creating his own path, which Jeb Bush must do to show his independence. However, Bush would turn off conservative voters if it looked like he was disavowing his family for the sake of political gamesmanship.”

Anyone who hires Bonjean as a strategist is a fool. Conservative voters are already turned off by Jeb Bush. They are turned off by the dynastic pretensions. They are turned off by the defense of common core. They are turned off by the same-sex “marriage.” They are turned off by the advocacy for Big Brother.

Jeb Bush is a conservative nightmare.

And how can an event at the debate be such a pivotal moment for Jeb Bush when Donald Trump remains far more popular than he is? According to Morning Consult,

A strong performance in last week’s Republican presidential debate has raised former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s public profile, but not nearly enough to cut into real estate mogul Donald Trump’s lead over the rest of the GOP field.

Trump takes 32 percent of the vote among self-identified Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, according to a new Morning Consult tracking poll — far ahead of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s 12 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s 11 percent.

Fiorina finishes in fourth position, at 6 percent, just ahead of Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas), who clock in with 5 percent each.

So when voters heard Trump say he was against the Iraq War, and heard Jeb Bush claim that his brother kept us safe, they weren’t noticeably impressed.

Yet the Washington Post wants you to believe that disavowing the Bush legacy would hurt Jeb among conservative Republicans. Nonsense.