After spending so much time following the internecine machinations of the professional DC scheme throughout 2014, it is a prudent and necessary duty to leave a footnote for the exit of Jeb Bush.
In the aggregate, we’ve probably spent more time defending the various Bush’s than framing their flaws, faults and self-interests. Indeed, I’ve personally defended Dubya more than most from a re-writing of specific historical events. However, there is a certain issue which deserves to be folded neatly into the recently closing chapter.
Any favorable opinion of the Bush Clan which -justified or not- was previously held, is now a long and distant memory. The 2013 decision to run Jeb Bush for president of the United States in the election of 2016 has proven the historic detractors were entirely correct.
There has never been a more selfish or self-serving decision made by a top-tier political group of insiders, than for the Bush Clan to promote Jeb Bush knowing full well the electorate wanted nothing to do with another Bush candidacy.
They knew (full well) in 2013 and 2014 Jeb Bush would never achieve more than 20% support, if that high. They knew this from the outset; yet they went through the extraordinary effort to create an entire plan dependent on scheme and graft for no other reason than to hoist Jeb upon the electorate.
Changing party rules, conducting exclusive planning meetings, structuring foundational election principles to their benefit; conscripting co-conspirators in their scheme at the federal and state levels of the republican party; recruiting candidates to work as enablers to their ruse…. and more.
Why? Entirely to benefit one person, one member, of one family, because they wanted to.
When you accept what they did you begin to accept the scope of lust for affluence, power and influence, regardless of cost or consequence to the nation. They wanted what they wanted, and they were willing to do anything to get it.
Even when it was brutally obvious the American electorate was not going to be persuaded to accept their pedigreed next-in-line offspring, they refused to accept it.
Hundreds of millions of dollars were raised and spent in a futile effort to get what they wanted. Along the way, anyone who questioned the reasonableness of such tone-deaf elitist behavior was viewed as a disloyal threat to be cast into the pit of the unwashed masses in flyover country. Their insufferable behavior made Marie Antoinette seem inclusive by comparison.
Because of their collective and purposeful intent, any favorable opinion of the Bush family has been forever lost.