The word “decadence” is not a word one usually associates with the business of running for president. But I think it might apply when looking at the Jeb Bush 2016 presidential campaign. This campaign season is shattering almost all establishment notions about presidential elections. Nothing that held true in the past is holding water, or holding anything at all this year. A complete political outsider with zero campaign experience, who is spending almost NO money, is turning the entire process into a textbook clinic on how to upset the status quo and shake the foundations of the GOP: Donald Trump.
In so doing, Trump is also giving the nation a really good look at his general day to day fiscal disposition overall. The common sense frugality of his campaign spending is not just laudable, it’s outstanding. He’s teaching the entire nation a lesson on how to run for president – as well as pointing out how NOT to run for president. It’s not right to try to “buy your way in” and we all know that. But they have been doing for decades. Is it possible that the dirty rotten money machine behind American presidential elections might finally have a crack in it’s engine block? I hope so.
Have a look at Trump’s ad spending numbers [$216,000] vs. Jeb’s [32.5 million dollars]. It’s enough of a stunning spectacle of a difference to make you have to go sit down and just think about it for a while. Wow.
Meanwhile, for those who always believed that the biggest war chest would pave the way to the White House: witness Jeb Bush. The Bush campaign shamelessly burned through more than 120 million dollars since last summer, and Jeb couldn’t pull more than 3% in any early primary. It’s been a stunning comeuppance for Bush and his entire family, not to mention the Super PAC ‘Right to Rise’ that sponsored him and about 11,000 stunned angry donors. Alot of people got seriously ripped off here. It’s no wonder they are not happy.
Campaign strategist Mike Murphy is now feeling the heat over the squandered millions. He walks away with 14 million dollars. So how does all that work anyway? The guy who helps you fail gets a handsome paycheck for doing so? How is that remotely fair to those donors? And where did all the money go?
“Another big loser tonight: Mike Murphy,” tweeted conservative commentator Erick Erickson.
One Bush bundler told CNN’s Dana Bash that when it came to Murphy, “strong knives are out.”
“He made minimum of $14 million,” the bundler said, requesting anonymity to speak freely about campaign strategy.
It got so bad by the time the pathetic Jeb! camp rolled into Iowa that they were literally PAYING PEOPLE to go and fill seats at his events. This is an all time low in politics, as far as I am concerned:
Maybe, just maybe, the Jeb Bush 2016 embarrassment might be the beginning of a new era in American politics, where it literally becomes true that “money can’t you love” – and that it also becomes true that the biggest war chest gets DOESN’T always get go live in the White House, where the stakes are 1,000 times higher when it comes to fiscal sobriety, balancing budgets, whittling down our deficit, and living within our means as a nation.
We don’t need any more spendaholics running the country. I know that everyone in my own close circle feels the same way I do about this. BIG MONEY buying the White House is ruining our political process, corrupting our national elections, and eroding the fiscal fabric of the country. Putting a skilled and financially circumspect businessman into the oval office [ for a change! ] is the smartest thing America can do at this juncture to bring financial responsibility back to the governance of our nation. The last 16 years of reckless government spending has brought the country to the brink of financial ruin. Enough.
Even if Donald Trump does make the wrong comment once in a while, he’s got more business sense and fiscal intuition than all the other candidates combined, especially Jeb. That’s EXACTLY what this tattered bankrupt country needs right now. I’m voting for him. I’ve made up my mind.