With the hours to the first Republican debate ticking down and Americans in anticipation of a Super Bowl style tilt, the stories of behind the scenes pissing contests are coming out. It is no secret that all of the establishment Republicans hate billionaire insurgent candidate Donald Trump like he was the earthly personification of Satan himself. That Trump has roared to the top of the polls and is able to connect with regular Americans is just salt rubbed into the open wound for the professional political class and there may be fireworks tonight.
Bespectacled buffoon Rick Perry talked a lot of trash about the Donald but didn’t make the cut for the main stage. However, none other than the establishment’s golden boy “Jeb!” has an ax to grind with Trump despite warnings from his handlers not to engage.
An extensive piece published today by Politico underscores the animosity towards Trump. The article is entitled “How Jeb and the GOP Got Trumped” and I excerpt the following:
Jeb Bush, the man who would be frontrunner, was as surprised as anybody when Donald Trump jumped into the 2016 presidential race in June. His instinctive first reaction was to hold his tongue, and his advisers agreed the best option was to keep his distance from an interloper who wanted to drag him into a reality-show shouting match.
Bush stayed strategically silent even when Trump delivered his infamous crack that some Mexican immigrants were “rapists.” It wasn’t easy, considering Bush speaks nearly flawless Spanish, backs comprehensive immigration reform and is married to the former Columba Garnica de Gallo of Leon, Mexico.
Like everyone else, Bush soon found Trump impossible to ignore. When Trump reposted a nasty tweet a couple of weeks after his contentious announcement speech— “Bush has to like Mexican illegals because of his wife”—the former Florida governor was forced to respond. “You can love your Mexican-American wife,” he told one interviewer before telling another that Trump was “preying on people’s fears.”
The half-dozen conservative senators and governors who had planned to run before Bush brought out his shock-and-awe fundraising campaign, had to laugh: They viewed Bush himself as an intruder, a political semi-retiree who sat on the sidelines for eight years while they fought Barack Obama. Now it was Bush’s turn to rage at an outsider.
“Seriously, what’s this guy’s problem?” he asked one party donor he ran into recently, according to accounts provided by several sources close to Bush—and he went on to describe the publicity-seeking real estate developer now surging in public polls far ahead of Bush and all the 15 others in the Republican field as “a buffoon,” “clown” and “asshole.”
One can understand “Jeb!” being miffed at having his thunder stolen by an outsider like Trump. After all, the Bushes are one of the top brand names when it comes to American politics and they have a history of entitlement going back decades. While the media has dutifully played up the narrative that the Bush family rose to power in the hardscrabble, renegade style that is commonplace in Texas what goes unsaid is that they are Yankees with ties to the eastern establishment that go back a century.
The Bush crime family are just a pack of sleazy carpetbaggers who caught a ride on the rise of sunbelt conservatism and like all upper east coast elitist snobs they have a problem with anybody who isn’t a part of their club. Someone for example like Donald Trump who probably doesn’t give a tin shit about what is the proper fork to use when eating your shrimp cocktail in front of those who have it made. He is looked down upon as crude and it just makes lots of assholes pucker even if he does have more money than his social 'betters'.
We will see if “Jeb” goes off on Trump tonight but someone will, probably some RINO who has zero chance at the nomination but is auditioning for vice president like the mealy mouthed cabana boy Marco Rubio or the obnoxious fat slob from Jersey, Chris Christie. It should be a hell of a good show though but it would be better if Bush III were to put his money where his mouth is instead of being a pampered and entitled chickenshit.