Tonight, another Republican Presidential debate will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For Jeb Bush, whose position in the polls bears an inverse relationship to the number of words he speaks on television, this is a make or break night. Although Jeb has fallen to fifth or sixth place in the polls, he still gets the second most media coverage of any of the candidates; however, almost all of it lately has been negative.
Bush, who still has the Establishment’s big money behind him (for now), has baffled many with his clear-cut attacks on a candidate he previously endorsed in 2010, [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ].
One of Bush’s notable moments in the last debate was his lazy attempt to criticize [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] on his voting record in the Senate. Rubio was unfazed, responding to the criticism with clear confidence and his signature Rubio swagger. Bush’s reviews from that night reflected his awful debate performance. Bush emerged from his ill-advised tussle with Rubio looking like Leon Spinks after spending 90 seconds in a ring with Mike Tyson.
Surely, one would think he would move on from his mistakes and end his attacks on Rubio.
Oh, Jeb! Bless his heart, he never learns. After the debate, U.S. News & World Report managed to obtain a copy of Bush’s campaign strategy, where it outlines more pointed attacks planned for Rubio, including the “Rubio Misused Credit Card” line, which has already played itself out in the media. Even the liberal media has reached a consensus – the credit card issue is a non-story.
But, it gets worse. The New York Times reports that Bush and his super PAC, Right To Rise, are unleashing a barrage of attacks pointed at Rubio, including a video compilation attacking his opponent for his stance on abortion.
“In an attempt to blunt Mr. Rubio’s appeal against a Democratic nominee, Mr. Murphy recently showed some Republicans a video portraying Mr. Rubio as too extreme on abortion. A longtime opponent of abortion rights, Mr. Rubio said in a debate in August that he had “never advocated” laws that would allow abortions, even in cases of rape or incest.
Mr. Murphy has privately said to several people that Right to Rise would be ready to devote up to $20 million to fighting Mr. Rubio, according to several people told of the conversations. Asked about the figure, Mr. Murphy declined to comment.”
That Mike Murphy seems really charming. It’s no wonder he’s Bush’s right hand man.
No, really. This is the same Jeb Bush, who in 2003 labeled himself as “the most pro-life governor in modern times” and fought to appoint a guardian for a fetus of a developmentally disabled woman who was raped to prevent an abortion from occurring.
This is also the same Bush who challenged the legal right of a 13 year old girl to get an abortion in 2005.
Let’s not forget he also signed a law to create “Choose Life” license plates, with the proceeds from the purchase of the license plates going to anti-abortion non-profit groups.
Let’s also not forget that Bush’s first exposure to national media attention was during his attempts to keep Terri Schiavo from being starved to death.
Yeah, that Jeb Bush is challenging Marco Rubio for his “extreme” views on abortion. Rubio and Bush actually have strikingly similar views on abortion, but the difference here is that Rubio isn’t afraid to hide it, as evidenced by his interview on last week’s “Meet The Press.” Another difference is that Bush is willing to throw his pro-life credentials in the trash if he thinks it will help him win an election, whereas Rubio is willing to stand by them.
Jeb Bush and his super PAC have $20 million to throw into the wind on baseless attacks, and he’s still floundering. What does it say about the candidate who, between his own campaign and his super PAC, has raised over 128 million dollars and is still flopping in every way possible? The Republican Presidential candidate who has raised over $30 million more than Hillary is still going after – not the frontrunner, not even the guy after that, but Marco Rubio, who is currently pulling in almost 12% of the voters, according to the latest RCP average. Who would possibly donate money to this guy at this point?
If the recent stories are to be believed – not many people.
This speaks volumes about who Jeb Bush’s camp believes will be left standing at the end of the day, and it isn’t Trump or Carson. Personally, I hope they’re right. I also hope to see Bush try to attack Rubio on any of these ridiculous accusations tonight during the debate so Rubio can wipe the floor with him in the way only Rubio can do.