At a roundtable hosted by Republican activist and real estate developer Renee Plummer in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Wednesday, former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FLA) announced that his last name is not his problem, it’s yours. And you need to get over it.
Eli Stokols, covering the 2016 trail for Politico, quoted 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush going Romney by saying that folks are just going to have to get over his lineage.
“Jeb in Portsmouth, NH at Renee Plummer’s biz roundtable, he says re: family lineage ‘folks are just going to have to get over it.'”
Jeb in Portsmouth, NH at Renee Plummer's biz roundtable, he says re: family lineage "folks are just going to have to get over it."
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) May 20, 2015
Then, as if determined to prove that he can follow in Romney’s footsteps (Bush shoved Romney out of the 2016 field, clutching the title of the GOP establishment favorite so close to his breast not even Romney’s entitlement could wrest it away), Bush set out to show just how out of touch he is.
Remember his brother W telling you that there was no recession in 2007 and 2008, even as jobs were evaporating and the stock market crash ate your IRA? Republicans only admitted there was a problem when a Democrat was in office, at which point they decided that pointing their fingers and howling “It’s his fault!” was the single most productive thing they could do for their country. Somehow while doing this, they also managed to ignore actual job losses while bemoaning the pain of Wall Street, so that their solutions cost Main Street in order to subsidize Wall Street.
But all is not lost! Republicans are finally going to come to the table and at least pretend to care about people. This, they learned from Mitt Romney, is a necessity, because it turns out people don’t vote for someone who openly disdains them. So 2016 is going to be the time of compassion from Republicans. They are in touch, babies.
So next up, Stokols observed Jeb saying, “People don’t need to be told how bad it is.” Stokols followed this up with a link to the Nashua Telegraph with the note, “NH unemployment drops to 4%.” Oh, dear.
Jeb in Portsmouth: "People don't need to be told how bad it is." Nashua Telegraph: NH unemployment drops to 4% http://t.co/iUtgpGXNBD
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) May 20, 2015
Stokols linked to this little tidbit by David Brooks, which shows that in New Hampshire, jobs are actually better than pre-recession days now:
The number of people with jobs in New Hampshire topped its pre-recession peak in April, according to data from the state Department of Employment Security, as the unemployment rate fell under 4 percent.
So that’s awkward. But still, it’s important to show he cares. Bush’s family might not have cared, but he does. Better late than never.
All of this goes to show that we had it all wrong. Jeb Bush isn’t his brother. He’s the perfect Republican specimen — He’s Mitt Romney meets George W. Bush.
Jeb is not the guy you want to have a beer with. He’s pure 1%er cluelessness with a large dollop of Mitt Romney arrogance, topped off with an entourage that reads like a who’s who from his brother’s disastrous eight years in the White House. In other words, the first choice of many in the Republican establishment to show you just how different they are this time around.
It is a duty incumbent upon upon y’all to get over Jeb Bush’s lineage. Forget about his family’s dynasty. Forget about his father being in the White House and really, really forget about his brother’s time in the White House. This is your task.
So says the guy who is instructing you to forget his lineage. ‘Cuz that’s the kind of privilege that comes from his lineage.
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