If there’s anyone who deserves to be bitter after their exit from the race, it’s Jeb Bush. The darling of donors, the well-wisher of Wall Street, the rebel of the blue-blooded Bush clan felt called to become the president.
It was not to be. Trump set his 18-inch smooth-bore mouth squarely on Jeb and heaved Volkswagen-sized high explosive insults onto the calm and well-mannered Bush. After well over $100 million of campaign funds and another $100 million of super PAC money, Bush left in tatters after South Carolina.
Now that Rubio is out, Jeb has fallen in behind Ted Cruz.
“Today, I am endorsing Ted Cruz for President,” said Bush. “Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests. Washington is broken, and the only way Republicans can hope to win back the White House and put our nation on a better path is to support a nominee who can articulate how conservative policies will help people rise up and reach their full potential.”
Bush continued, “For the sake of our party and country, we must move to overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee and reverse President Obama’s failed policies. To win, Republicans need to make this election about proposing solutions to the many challenges we face, and I believe that we should vote for Ted as he will do just that.”
“I’m truly honored to earn Governor Jeb Bush’s support,” said Cruz. “Governor Bush was an extraordinary governor of Florida, and his record of job creation and education innovation left a lasting legacy for millions of Floridians. His endorsement today is further evidence that Republicans are continuing to unite behind our campaign to nominate a proven conservative to defeat Hillary Clinton in November, take back the White House, and ensure a freer and more prosperous America for future generations.”
That may even earn some free points with former President George W. Bush, who has said he dislikes Cruz personally.
But the question remains: Where is Marco Rubio?
The one person who could most help Cruz stop Trump is silent, other than telling us he has no interest in a unity ticket.
If Jeb can overcome his bitterness and disappointment, Rubio needs to grow up and fall in line. You can say you’re #NeverTrump all you want, but until you actually do something about it, it’s just words.