By Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris
2.5.16: National – (Politics): On Monday, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, the consummate Republican underdog, suspended his campaign for President of the United States of America, it received very little reaction from the public, except, of course, mockery. That same day saw Mr. Martin O’ Malley, the former Governor of Maryland who was so much of an afterthought in the race for the presidency that in his last showing on a debate stage he had to plead with moderators to speak, also bid the campaign trail farewell. Two days later, Senator Rick Santorum – who won the 2012 Iowa caucus but this year gained roughly one percent of the vote – and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul bowed out of the race, too.
All of the aforementioned men had one thing in common: in an election year dominated by personalities and controversies, their lack of either caused them to quickly fade into the background. And there are a few more of these types of candidates out there, no one more so than Mr. Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida who when talking recently about the death of Mr. Tamir Rice, the 12 year black boy who while playing with a toy gun was killed by a police officer, referred to Chicago instead of Cleveland. Mr. Bush, who hasn’t fully embraced his family’s political dynasty or last name for fear of appearing entitled and too reliant on legacy, seems to be changing that strategy as his campaign signals implosion.
Former first lady Barbara Bush on Thursday appeared on the campaign trial in New Hampshire with her son, who on numerous occasions has been called by Mr. Donald Trump “low energy” and has done little to show why that’s not true. Instead of instilling confidence in voters by highlighting pedigree and lineage, the move by Mr. Bush to bring his mother on stage appeared to some as an act of desperation. New York Times columnist Mr. Charles Blow tweeted the following:
“When you have to bring your mother out to tell people you’re a good guy, it’s all over.”
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Two days prior to his appearance with Mrs. Bush, the pitiful Republican presidential candidate, still in New Hampshire, asked the crowd to “please clap” after he finished a statement meant to elicit emotions. The awkwardness of the moment caused it to go viral online. The only good thing, it seems, that’s resulted from Mr. Bush’s latest stunts is that the media is talking about him, even if the conversation isn’t flattering. Considering that Mr. Bush, unlike Mr. Donald Trump, has spent millions of dollars on advertising his campaign without any real return on investment, the earned media, no matter how silly it makes him look, might excite him, and excitement is what his run for the presidency is lacking.
Can Mr. Bush evolve as a candidate into someone who doesn’t have to ask for applause? Will he soon master the art of public engagement? It doesn’t, from my and others viewpoint, seem likely. But Mr. Bush, a policy wonk, appears not to be throwing in the towel anytime soon, as the White House is his to lose, his attitude sometimes suggests.
For the foreseeable future, Mr. Bush will remain in the game, which leads me to ask: Is Jeb Bush in denial?
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