That’s right folks. Jeb Bush’s Super PAC has decided to just become an anti-Rubio Super PAC. They have stopped trying to get people to support Jeb Bush and are instead trying to get people to oppose Marco Rubio. There is no battleground in Campaign 2016 in which Jeb Bush is competitive. He is not even competitive in New Hampshire.
The Jeb Bush Super PAC has taken to running attack ads against Rubio in local cable buys on Fox News in states like South Carolina, Iowa, and Georgia. I’ve seen the ones in Georgia. For a while, there were pro-Bush ads. But they were really crappy ads that did nothing other than put you to sleep. Now the super PAC has gone from poorly produced ads supporting Bush to super slick ads attacking Rubio.
It’s like Mike Murphy never had his heart into backing Bush. He just wants to beat up Marco. Seriously, the ad quality in the pro-Bush ads was terrible. Now suddenly they’re running slick ads against Rubio all over the place. The ads are at a higher production value and also being run with what looks like greater frequency.
More and more it seems to be a case of Jeb Bush’s Super PAC going off the reservation just to attack Rubio. The attacks against Donald Trump have amounted to a billboard or two while the Rubio attacks are a sustained air war by a candidate who is less and less viable by the day.
Jeb Bush, at this point, really should denounce his Super PAC. Bush is not going to be the nominee, but is getting backed by a Super PAC doing its level best to stop someone who is a potential nominee and a Bush protege. I know it is personal for Bush, who feels betrayed by Rubio, but the polling shows it was never going to be him. Too many Republicans have moved into the “anybody but Bush” camp through no fault of Bush’s. And now Bush’s team has turned to nonstop character assassination against a candidate who tried to get passed a policy Jeb Bush himself supported. Even more laughable is Bush’s campaign directly attacking Rubio for being part of the “Establishment,” which is the Old French word for “Bush Family.”
This is just silly and has to be embarrassing to Governor Bush. Bush is a terrific man. He was the most conservative Governor of Florida the nation had ever seen once he got elected. He had an amazing track record of improving education in Florida schools. In the mid-90’s, he was the Bush I wanted to be President. He’s just tremendous. And I’m so disappointed for him. He’s never been my guy because, as I’ve written before, I think it would speak poorly on our republic if in 2016 the nation could offer up no leaders better than the legacies of 1992. But that doesn’t mean I hate the guy. I genuinely like him. I’d have gladly supported him if he were the nominee. At this point, though, he’s becoming the punchline to a joke he does not deserve. I am embarrassed for him, wish him well, but this is some nonsense and he should denounce it.