Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush Campaign Seeing Cuts as Poll Numbers Drop

Tell us again how money buys elections.


But … but … Super-PACs!
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It looks as though nobody is yelling "Jeb!" but the Jeb Bush campaign's own logo. The three latest Republican primary polls have Jeb down to between 5 and 7 percent of the vote. The once frontrunner is now solidly behind not just populist "outsiders" Donald Trump and Ben Carson, but behind Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and depending on the poll, Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul.

So now it's time for the "course correction" narrative. The campaign is cutting back staff and spending in Florida and trying to focus on field operations in early primary states. Bloomberg Politics has the scoop:

The campaign is parting ways with some consultants and downsizing its staff at their Miami headquarters in moves that will save more than $1 million per month and cut payroll by 40 percent this week, according to Bush campaign officials who requested anonymity to speak about internal changes. 

The campaign is also cutting back 45 percent of its budget, except for dollars earmarked for TV advertising and spending for voter contacts, such as phone calls and mailers. Some senior-level staff and consultants will continue to work with the campaign on a volunteer basis, while other junior-level consultants, primarily in finance but including other areas, will be let go, the officials said.

A little further:

One Bush adviser told Bloomberg Politics in an interview Friday morning that the team was "unapologetic" about the changes, saying the moves were from a "position of strength." "This is about winning the race," the adviser said. "We're doing it now and making the shifts with confidence. We expect to win." 

Bush plans to continue to focus on a core message that argues that he has experience to make the kinds of fundamental changes voters want to see in Washington. The campaign changes reflect that, an adviser said.

Bush: candidate for change! That's an awkward rallying cry when you're also spending time defending your former president brother from criticism.

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  1. In. Evitable.


    1. Jeb, this is where being “low energy” gets you.

      “Everyready” my ass.

  2. But does he still have enough money to run for his dream job of President of Mexico?

  3. OT: there might be a bit of a drawback to getting your over-the-counter genetic profile…..-suspects/

    1. Marge: The police have such a strong case against Homer! Mr. Burns said he did it, they found his DNA on Mr. Burns’ suit.

      Lisa: They have Simpson DNA; it could have come from any of us! Well, except you, since you’re a Bouvier.

      Marge: No! No, no. When I took your father’s name I took everything that came with it, including DNA!

      Lisa: Um…(rolls her eyes) Okay, Mom.

      1. Well, when Marge took something else from Homer, didn’t she take some DNA?

        1. That’s….not how it works.

          1. Otherwise hotels would be horizontal transfer hotspots. Which was the only explanation for the Holiday Inn Express Effect.

  4. Money buys elections when the guy you don’t want to win wins. When your guy wins then it’s a triumph of democracy.

    1. USA! USA! USA!

  5. So then we know he can cut spending.

    1. That, Fist, is pretty damned good.

      + a large whole number

    2. Only when it costs him.

      1. then that would make it a principled cut, right? It’s only a principle if sticking to it costs you something, or runs the possibility of costing you something.

  6. It’s worth pointing out that Jeb is a terrible name.

    1. It’s pronounced “YEB.”

      1. Exactly like jihad is pronounced “YeeHaw”

        1. Yub yub?

          /Episode VI muppet bear

          1. Go find a mirror and give yourself a narrow gaze.

            1. I…I…deserve that. Back in a minute.

              1. You said it, man. Punch yourself in the goddamn neck while you’re at it.

                1. …preferably in the throat area of the neck, ya bastid.

            2. Whysa yousa guys no lika his comments?

              1. Kinda embarrassed to say I laughed at this.

          2. Technically, they were little-person bears. Because 7 foot tall eastern europeans didn’t grow on trees back then.

          3. Yabba Dabba Doo!

          4. I give you a roaring applause.

            Yub Nub is great. The worst of Lucas’s many transgressions was replacing that song with some generic shit.

    2. For some reason, every time I see “Jeb!” I think “Gerbil”.

  7. “Bloomberg Politics has the scoop”

    And Swiss Servator had the hat tip coming… 🙁

    1. Q) What did the leper say to the prostitute?

      A) Keep the tip.

  8. So, how’s that Bloomberg money Shackford?

  9. It’s kind of interesting that the GOP is pushing Paul Ryan as Speaker in the wake of this. It seems like a last gasp. I can totally imagine the Trump campaign doxing him on his 2-year congress-critter gig.

    Ryan might have signed up for a Hogan’s Heroes gag (Ok, that’s probably not the origin) when the commander asks for volunteers to step forward.

    1. Triangulation. It will help the 2016 GOP get out the vote effort.

      “Sure we all hate The Donald, but we’ve got a nice, responsible centristservative keeping him under control!”

      1. As if the general public is sophisticated enough to take that into consideration. The presidential candidate provides the coattails. He doesn’t ride them. And most people won’t like where The Donald’s coattails lead.

        Seriously, Trump might be the only candidate that Hillary can beat, and Ryan isn’t going to change that. If anything Ryan is an excuse for why it’s okay to vote for a Dem president just this once.

        1. there is no rationale for which voting for Hillary is okay.

          1. There is no rationale for voting for Trump, either. And yet tens of millions of Americans will vote for one of the two if they win their nominations.

            1. Trump would do less damage. He is, by far, the lesser of the two problems and yes, I realize that scenario still results in a problem.

              1. Trump would do less damage.

                I remain unconvinced. Building a giant wall at the southern border and “cracking down” on immigration would do a lot of damage. And that’s just the one of his proposals. Between him and Hillary, I’d pull for whoever is most likely to give us gridlock (while I would actually vote for the Libertarian).

                1. Supreme Court nominations.

                  Enjoy revisiting Heller with Scalia & Kennedy (both 79) replaced by another Kagan & Sotomayor.

                  I suspect the Donald’s picks would be awful. (Although, if he’s really committed to trolling, Alex Kozinski‘d probably take the job. Or, Janice Brown…sigh)

                  However, I know that HRC’s would be.

  10. So Jeb? is pruning his bush? Nice pic.

    1. I can’t wait to see them all thrown in a woodchipper when it all comes crashing down.

      1. …;them all…

        Let it known that I, widget, oppose throwing judges in a woodchipper. Otherwise, I am a stand-up a guy.

  11. Jeb!

  12. Keep da bushes out da white house!

    1. Instead of Texas, wouldn’t it be nice if DC tried to secede.

      1. I’ve never heard of a tick scratching itself to get rid of a dog.

        1. Tell the tick he’s on the hook for the dog’s debt and you may.

  13. So my buddy’s been making melomel for a couple years now, and he’s producing pretty tasty stuff. I’m going to give it a shot if I can set up our utility closet with some heat. First idea: green chile peppers, a few jalapenos for heat, and mangos. At worst I can turn it into margarita mix.

    1. I can’t wait until the police helicopter picks up that marijuana grow room in its infrared sensors.

      1. Joke’s on you, Obama legalized pot back in ’08!


      2. Anyway, the temperature is specific to the choice of yeast but 70s is typical, so a very modest source of heat is all it needs. Plus it would make the winter more pleasant for the dogs.

  14. If money is less important than it used to be, why is that?

    I’m sure it was more important back when we were all watching the same three networks and there wasn’t an internet.

    Is there any political advertising on Netflix?

    And ads on YouTube are surely less expensive than ads on television used to be.

    1. I mean, it isn’t because people have become less susceptible to advertising, right?

    2. “Is there any political advertising on Netflix?”

      I can’t check at work, but I’m fairly certain the show “Madam Secretary” is should be consideredd an in-kind contribution to Hillary!’s campaign.

  15. OT – If it weren’t for double standards, the Obama administration wouldn’t have any standards at all.

    Two Muslim truck drivers won $240,000 from their former employer, a private trucking company, because they got fired for refusing to haul alcohol.

    The case was brought by Obama’s EEOC.

    So, basically, if you’re a private organization, you have to accommodate the religious preferences of your workers instead of just having them get other jobs. But the government doesn’t have to accommodate you at all. If you’re a bunch of nuns the government can require you to buy birth control for your employees. If you’re a baker, the government can force you to make gay cakes.

    It’s the heads I win, tails you lose theory of jurisprudence.

    1. There’s a standard. The standard is that you have to be part of a favored group.

      Muslim truck drivers are in the right group.

      Christian bakers and nuns are in a group that’s fallen out of favor.

      1. Some are more equal than others.

      2. The EEOC certainly brings a lot of cases involving Muslims. But they also do Sikhs, Pentecostals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a Seventh Day Adventist.

    2. The company had admitted liability in the case earlier this year

      Whether the men collect their money is another story. Star Transport went out of business earlier this year and it’s unknown who is now responsible for the judgment.

      So much stupid in this entire case.

      And the EEOC exists to expand its purview. They’re always looking for new and exciting ways to fuck with employers who don’t stand a chance against thousands of regs and liberal interpretations of statutes.

      1. Yeah, it’s really a bit of bad luck that the company went out of business just as the case was winding down.

        1. I have a feeling that they admitted liability knowing that they were going out of business. It would be one way to reduce attorney costs in fighting a bullshit case that would never see a payout anyway.

      2. Yeah, this case is bullshit. Seriously, if you’re going to claim that “making me carry alcohol is against my religious beliefs”, shouldn’t you actually have to show that it’s part of your religion? Seriously, the Quran says (more or less) “Don’t drink alcohol”. It says nothing about “Don’t work for anybody who deals in alcohol”, so the whole religious beliefs claim is bullshit on the face of it. Seriously, the fact that most Muslim countries have an alcohol trade should be prima facie evidence that being a Muslim does not prevent you from any and all indirect commercial dealings with it.

        OR…we have to accept that religion is whatever the person says it is. So if they say, “I’m Buddhist, so I can’t file my own paperwork, ’cause it’s against my religion”, you have to accept that. If they say, “I’m Episcopalian, so I can’t work on Mondays or Fridays, ’cause it’s against my religion”, you have to accept that. The problems of that approach should be obvious.

        1. The problem is this is the private sector, which should have broad authority to set its own standards.

          In a case involving the government rather than the private sector, if an Episcopalian sincerely believes that he can’t work Fridays, then as long as he can prove his sincerity, the government should have to show that making him work on Friday is the least restrictive means of achieving a compelling government interest.

        2. OR…

          Yeah, that’s the one. Doesn’t matter what you actually are, or believe. It only matters what you claim to believe; what you identify as. If anyone questions you they are being insensitive and owe you even more restitution.

        3. I had a Muslim friend in high school whose dad, a devout Muslim himself who did not drink alcohol, owned a liquor store.

    3. What the social justice dick wavers don’t realize is; Muslims are not going to easily get jobs in trucking and elsewhere in the economy after rulings like this. If there was absolutely no push back and the SJWs got their way every time, society would collapse in on itself under the weight of it’s own contradictions.

      1. it’ll just spawn a new victim class for lawyers in discrimination suits. You don’t think the Muslim card will get whipped out in a hurry when a job is not offered?

        1. It’s my impression that discrimination suits are a lot easier to win in the case of firing than in not being hired in the first place.

  16. “Look, I know it’s a difficult and painful decision, but you’ve got to face the truth, Brain dead is dead. This campaign is not going to wake up and smile back at you some day. Just pull the fucking plug, Son. Get on with your life.”

    1. This reminds me that there is a reason Ds hate Rs. Terri Schiavo.

  17. Money totally buys elections. Ask House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

  18. Reality has a left wing bias. It’s about time people get on board with this.

  19. It surprises me that JEB! hasn’t been able to catch on more. If there’s one thing I’d think the GOP could get behind it would be nominating a candidate who neutralizes a very effective attack possibility. Romney was the only Republican who would have been unable to capitalize on attacking Obamacare, so of course they nominate him. It would be very difficult to campaign against returning a Clinton to the WH when you’re running a Bush.

    1. JEB!’s problem was his last name, I think. Otherwise, his cookie-cutter-Republican qualifications are top-notch.

      1. JEB!’s problem is something a discrete visit to a NuMale? clinic can fix.

        #Trump2016 #winning #hefights

  20. XKCD rarely ever hits it out of the park anymore, but today’s is worth a smirk.

    1. No wonder she’s mad, someone stole her clothes!

    2. Most of this list reads like humble bragging.

      1. It’s the new “look at me!”

    3. Reading the first two paragraphs, it sounds like she made it through all of elementary, middle, and high school getting insulted only once per year. And in fact, one of those insults was a juvenile joke about the name of her school and not directed at her. I’m envious.

      1. But it was racial, and while it’s predictable for children to pick on any and every noticeable foible in other children, apparently race is exclusively malicious.

    4. She should follow the example set by the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler, who drives around without a rearview mirror because he does not want to live in the past.

      Still, he loathes reliving the past?so much so that he has removed the rearview mirror on his car (yes, really) as a symbolic reminder to never look back.

      When I ask why he hates talking about the past so much, Butler shifts uncomfortably on the sectional in the grand San Diego house. “It’s because I don’t ever want that to define me,” he says. “I hated it whenever it came up because that’s all anybody ever wanted to talk about. Like, that hasn’t gotten me to where I am today. I’m a great basketball player because of my work. I’m a good basketball player because of the people I have around me. And if I continue to be stuck in the past, then I won’t get any better. I won’t change, I’ll get stuck as that kid. That’s not who I am. I’m so far ahead of that. I don’t hold grudges. I still talk to my family. My mom. My father. We love each other. That’s never going to change.” In fact, the day I visited Butler, his father was staying with him.

    5. A former boyfriend cut her off when she started telling him able his privilege… the nerve of that asshole. How could be not know that you’re supposed to look down and nod sheepishly when someone starts explaining your privilege?

      1. Seriously, what an entitled asshole

    6. Good grief, that woman is insufferable.

      1. Racist

  21. Jeb Bush Campaign Seeing Cuts as Poll Numbers Drop
    Tell us again how money buys elections.

    Worry not, Seattle’s got this problem solved, bitches.

  22. Diane Reynolds (Paul.)

    Wait, what?

      1. Or at least her email account.

        1. That’s just what he/she wants you to think.

  23. So now shriek will have this bold prediction of success tacked onto the Great Gold $600 oz prediction (’bout 12 months now for that one… and it is $1,167.40/oz today) and the 8% Solution.

    1. It has to have been over a year since he made the $600 gold prediction. I swear that one goes back to 2013 at least. Just wish I could find the link… Wasn’t it around one of the modest drops in gold price?

    2. What was the 8% solution? I missed that one.

      1. His famous posting of an article he claimed showed that EVERYONE LOVED THE GREATEST FREE MARKET HEALTHREFORM EVAH (O!care) – it showed 8% support for the law.

        So I was just riffing on “The Seven Percent Solution” and how un-Holmsian he is.

    3. Notice how shriek has not made an appearance on this post.

  24. GET OUT!!! Nobody want’s and we can’t afford another bush in the white house, that includes hillary. Your brother didn’t keep us safe, he destabilized the mid east and made it look like continued gov’t spying on the people was a good thing.

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