Jeb Bush Campaign Disintegrating, Latest Move Shows Quitting Just Around The Corner

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It looks as though people are done seeing a Bush in the Oval Office. With falling poll numbers, dismal campaign contributions and an apology tour for his brother, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush looks as though his campaign may be on its last legs.

Bush has been unable to remotely get close to being a frontrunner, and according to the Wall Street Journal, he hasn’t even been able to get the donors that his brother George W. Bush was able to get. WSJ stated:

“Only about one out of four of George W. Bush’s “Rangers” —those who raised at least $200,000 in 2004—have each bundled at least $17,600 for his brother’s campaign, according to a list released last week. Another 15% have given to a super PAC backing Mr. Bush or made a smaller donation.”

This lack of cash is hurting Bush’s campaign in such a severe way that he was just forced to make cuts across the board. He cut his staff and the salaries of those remaining.

The New York Times reported:

“Mr. Bush plans to reduce payroll costs by 40 percent this week, cut salaries for all but the most entry-level staff members, cut travel costs by 20 percent and significantly reduce headquarters staff.”

Also noting:

“Mr. Bush’s deep cutbacks were perhaps the most telling admission that he will be unable to match the structure of his brother’s well-funded and sprawling 2000 campaign.”

Bloomberg stated:

“Bush’s advisers, under pressure from their donors and from falling and stagnant poll numbers, have been discussing ways to retool the campaign in recent days, and came to the conclusion that a course correction was essential.”

Nearly every poll shows non-establishment candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson rising and holding steady, while Bush steadily has been falling since July. He’s currently hovering around 7-8% in most polls.

Not one establishment candidate seems to even be remotely close to the frontrunners. This is a stunning blow to the GOP which seems to be losing control of itself to candidates who gain numbers through controversy and egomaniacal tendencies, rather than solid and steadfast conservative policy positions.

Bloomberg also notes:

“Symbolically, the changes turn Bush from an establishment battleship into a more scrappy underdog, making radical alterations in how the campaign operates in order to avoid the existential threat the campaign now faces. When his brother George W. Bush ran for president in 2000, he was the fundraising leader from start to finish and never had to contemplate such draconian cuts.”

Is the candidate done for? Well, that’s really up to Bush and his advisers. Going into the race, he likely thought he was the presumed nominee. However, what recent debates and remarks have taught us is that within the GOP itself these days, nothing is predictable anymore. If Bush’s numbers continue to fall and his cash continues to dry up, it’s all but inevitable that he’ll likely need to bow out of the race at some point.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info