Stephen King wrote a short story in 1990 about what happens when people slip into the past, asleep and unaware the world has passed them by.
Fact is stranger than fiction, and Jeb has succumbed to the Langoliers. In King’s story, the Langoliers are monsters whose job is to eat the past. In the story, the hapless airline passengers and crew manage to find their way back to the present, but Bush is unlikely to make the jump.
In New Hampshire, Jeb sadly tried to push himself into the present, and failed.
Speaking at the Hanover Inn near the Vermont border on Tuesday, Mr. Bush finished a fiery riff about protecting the country — “I won’t be out here blow-harding, talking a big game without backing it up,” he said — and was met with total silence.
“Please clap,” he said, sounding defeated.
The crowd laughed — and then, finally, clapped.
The moment when the Langoliers devoured Jeb! was caught for eternity on Twitter.
— NTA by Mic (@NavigatingTrump) February 3, 2016
Unlike Huckabee and Santorum, who were paraded through Trumpland in a triumph after kneeling before Zod, and Rand Paul, who left with his dignity intact, or Carson, whose campaign is slowly imploding, Bush is simply fading away while the Langoliers and consultants consume him bit by bit.