So long Jeb, at least you tried
After a long, tired, battered campaign Jeb Bush finally decided to call it quits Feb. 20 during the South Carolina primaries. The good news is that SMU won’t have to think about making room for a second Presidential library, while the bad news is that the republicans have lost what might have been a sensible choice for the presidential nomination.[pullquote align=”full” cite=”RELATED: 2016 election tightens as candidates gear up for Super Tuesday” link=”http://www.smudailycampus.com/news/2016-election-tightens-as-candidates-gear-up-for-super-tuesday” color=”#034174″ size=”14″][/pullquote]
But sensible or not, it has seemed that Bush’s campaign has been doomed for a long time. He seemed to be stepping into gaffe after gaffe on the campaign trail, while falling victim to the brute force of Donald Trump’s “bullying” onstage. While Bush tried to fight back, he could not stand up against the barbs of “the Donald.”
His campaign could not even be saved by the efforts of both his brother, SMU favorite George W. Bush, and even the help of his mother campaigning on his behalf. The robust Bush financial network and donations, even the $100 million spent could not keep his campaign from going defunct.
The upside to this is that there is one less non-Trump candidate to split votes between. While many may have seen Jeb Bush as a sensible choice between his experience and the demographics that he appealed too, that is all a moot point now. Those who supported Jeb Bush will now have to choose among those who are left, and that could shift the balance in the critical upcoming primaries. Maybe not enough to knock Trump off the top, but it could give one of the other candidates the edge of momentum that they need.
So goodbye Jeb Bush, we all will look intently on how your absence will affect the race. But thank you for the memories — from being low energy to asking people to clap for you when they could not care less about your speech. Trump will miss you too, as he will have to find someone new to pick on. At least you can take solace in the fact that there are at least a number of people (somewhere around 7 percent) who will legitimately miss your candidacy and will now have to choose someone else to stand behind.