Let’s Not Get Nostalgic About Jeb Bush
Matthew Yglesias, Vox: Let’s not get nostalgic about Jeb Bush
The pathos of the Jeb Bush presidential campaign has, in the wake of the candidate’s departure from the scene, begun to generate an entirely unwarranted sense of Bush nostalgia.
Seth Stevenson, for example, writes in Slate that “Jeb Bush Was Not a Joke” and that his concession speech “felt like a last stand” — not just for the candidate, but “for the tattered legacy of the Bush family” and even “for the quaint notion of civility in public life.”
The one thread of truth here is that Jeb was not a joke. He was a money-in-politics juggernaut armed by Wall Street with ungodly sums and given the mission to be the kind of president his brother was, which is to say a terrible one.
the legacy of the Bush family — foreign catastrophe and economic ruin courtesy of W, and the rise of Trump courtesy of Jeb.