Blasé Bush goes blah, blah, bah

October 26, 2015

Faced with reports that he’d been forced to slash his campaign payroll by as much as 40 percent, Republican Jeb Bush appeared positively blasé over the weekend.

“Blah, blah, blah,” Bush reportedly said in response to questions about the mere $13.4 million the presidential candidate raised in the third quarter, compared to $100 million by his fundraising juggernaut Right Rise in the second. “That’s my answer — blah, blah, blah.”

Bush brushed off those numbers, saying that the cuts to his team showcased his leadership, and dismissed suggestions they were endemic of a failing campaign.

Bush, who has led an uninspired run since formally announcing his candidacy in mid-June, has been dogged by accusations of representing a dynastic Washington elite, as well as criticisms of his mild-mannered, “low-energy” performance on the campaign trail.

In a Reuters/Ipsos poll from Oct. 23, Bush hovers above just 6 percent of possible Republican support.

Compounding his trouble in the polls is a fundraising operation that has chilled in the shadow of current campaign juggernauts, front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, who have outperformed, and in Carson’s case, outraised the once-presumptive Republican nominee.

A day later, at a South Carolina town hall on Sunday, he expressed frustration with Republican party, calling a particular opponent by name as the nexus of the problem.

“I’ve got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonize me and feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a joke.”

“Elect Trump if you want that,” he added.

 

 

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