It’s about to get ugly between Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.
…Seething with anger and alarmed over Mr. Rubio’s rise, aides to Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor, and his allies are privately threatening a wave of scathing attacks on his former protégé in the coming weeks, in a sign of just how anxious they have become about the state of Mr. Bush’s candidacy.
Their looming problem: In trying to undercut Mr. Rubio as unaccomplished and unprepared, Mr. Bush is a flawed messenger. Over the years he has repeatedly, and sometimes lavishly, praised the younger lawmaker, often on camera.
Not only that, have you seen Jeb! when he’s angry? He comes off like a prep school English master chastising a lowly freshman for using the wrong fork. Why, he might even raise his voice. That’s probably one reason he’s staffing this out to people that actually know how to attack someone.
Whether or not the onslaught ever materializes, Mr. Rubio and his team are bracing for it and preparing to counter it by sifting through hours of video footage for instances in which Mr. Bush spoke about Mr. Rubio as an admiring ally, not a political foe.
They are also telegraphing a warning that has already reached many of Mr. Bush’s donors: Such an assault, they argue, would be beneath the dignity of the Bush name. And Mr. Bush should focus on resurrecting his own candidacy, they say, not on trying to tear down Mr. Rubio, who they contend represents the future of the Republican Party.
And the one thing you don’t want to do in public is make a scene. Oh, how tacky.
Get the popcorn, please. Oh, and don’t forget the napkins and finger bowls.