Bill Maher took down Jeb Bush and the myth that he is the smart one, by pointing out that after Bush’s recent campaign stumbles, there’s no such thing as a smart Bush.
During his monologue, Maher said:
We learned something this week. There’s actually no such thing as a smart Bush. They kept saying that he was the smart one. No, no. I think only a Bush could answer a yes or no question two different ways, and be wrong both times. I mean it wasn’t that hard. He was asked knowing what we know now, would you have invaded Iraq? And he had a different answer every day.
First it was damn right I would. Absolutely. F**king great idea, and the next day it was sorry what? I misheard, or I misinterpreted, and the next day it was, well, that’s hypothetical. I can’t answer. When did a politician ever answer a hypothetical question? And then finally it was, okay, my brother’s a giant f**k up. Are you happy? Every day a different answer, which is how he got his nickname, the undecider. All of this was on Fox News where the anchors are ordered to prelike you.
I’ll tell you. I think the Bush family has actually been in decline since the patriarch Prescott Bush. He was Jeb and George’s grandfather. The first President Bush’s father. He was a good guy. He was a senator for Connecticut, a moderate. One of the first big advocates for Planned Parenthood. If only he’d practiced what he preached.
The media storyline was that Jeb Bush was supposed to ride in and save the Republican Party by setting up a 2016 matchup of political heavyweights with Hillary Clinton. The reality is that Jeb Bush is nowhere near the campaigner that his brother was and is not even as good as his father was on the stump. Ideas like replacing Obamacare with Apple Watch prove that Jeb’s trying to fit in with the crazy crowd.
The Bush family is like a copy of a copy. Each presidential candidate from the Bushs is worse that the one that came before it. The media is still hanging on to the idea that Jeb is the smart one, when the truth is that even if Bush is smart, he has realized that he can never win the Republican nomination by saying smart things.
The path to the Republican nomination is paved with stupidity. A candidate has to be or play dumb to win the Republican nomination. This simple fact is why there can be no smart Bush candidates.
Jeb’s brother is responsible for forever changing the Republican Party with his natural lack of intellectual curiosity, and his insistence on being guided by belief.
Today’s Republican Party looks more like George W. Bush than it does Ronald Reagan.
The media won’t admit it, but there is no such thing as a smart Bush. In part, because the Republican Party won’t allow it.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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