Back during the 2016 Republican primary race, we were told incessantly by the media that Jeb Bush was the “sensible” choice.
The reason that the former governor of Florida went from the frontrunner to literally begging audiences to clap, they said, wasn’t because of his tepid commitment to conservatism or lack of substantive ideas. Rather, it was taken as gospel that Jeb was too “gentlemanly” for a race that included deplorables like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
Alas, the Yale gentleman just wasn’t America’s cup of tea. So, Jeb decided to go back to his alma mater and imply that the president’s children didn’t love him, because that’s what gentlemen do.
According to the Yale News, Jeb was in New Haven this past Tuesday to give a talk sponsored by The William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at the Connecticut school.
He swore he wasn’t going to talk about the 2016 election because, he joked, “I’m still in therapy.” So he went on to … talk about the 2016 election, because apparently this was group therapy.
And much like one of those therapy sessions gone wrong from the movies, some pretty mephitic things came bubbling to the surface during Jeb’s talk.
“At one point, Bush described the current president as ‘Republican in basically name only,’” the Yale News reported.
“And earlier in his speech, Bush said that after the 2016 Republican primary in South Carolina, he returned home to children who ‘actually love me.’ (Emphasis ours.) His comment was met with raucous laughter from the crowd, and several audience members interviewed after the event said they interpreted Bush’s comment as a jab at Trump.”
Those Yale kids, they are smart. You can’t get much past them.
Let me first state that it’s ironic and hilarious that it’s Jeb Bush calling President Trump “Republican in Name Only.” While conservatives can disagree with some of the president’s positions, at least he actually holds positions — as opposed to Jeb(!), who is a focus-groupped, meticulously-polished consumer product.
But, alas, not even the best politician can be a human consumer product 100 percent of the time, and Jeb’s speech at Yale proves it. He’s basically implying that Barron Trump, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and/or Tiffany Trump don’t love their father.
Why? Because, well, he lost. That’s the reason, nearest I can tell. There’s not a whole lot of context, although one assumes that if there was context, it would have been included. How very “gentlemanly.”
If you wanted more evidence that Jeb has officially lost contact with conservatism and/or reality, let me relay the unfortunate title of his address, “A Conversation with Jeb Bush: Restoring Conservatism in America.” Really not making that one up, folks.
“If there was ever need for a Bill Buckley-like approach, to transforming conservatism in this country, it is right now,” Jeb told the audience. “Maybe not a 19th-century or a 20th-century version of conservatism but certainly a 21st-century version of that. And sadly the fracturing of the conservative movement could not come at a worse time.”
If you feel the tug of gravity has been a bit stronger these past few days, it’s probably due to the insane torque created by the spinning in William F. Buckley’s grave over Jeb Bush giving that speech under the auspices of a conservative association endowed in his name.
Anyone slightly acquainted with the work of Buckley — widely credited with incubating the modern conservative movement — would know that Jeb Bush was exactly the kind of pseudo-conservative the ur-pundit loved tearing into. Buckley was a man who found President Eisenhower insufficiently to the right for his liking. Now Jeb Bush is claiming to be leading a restoration of Buckley’s legacy.
I don’t know what’s worse — the actual insult to Trump and his children by claiming that they don’t love their father, or the implied insult to my intelligence by the claim that Jeb Bush is going to rescue conservatism from the man who got Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. One may not agree with Trump on every major issue, but the idea that the solution lies in a man who couldn’t even make his name sound exciting without an exclamation point is a patently absurd one.
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