Monday, January 25, 2016

Thanks, Mom

The Jeb! juggernaut is pulling out the last stop to get him above 10% in the polls.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush, in a web-video entitled “A Message From Barbara Bush” attempts to sway voters, as only she can, praising him as “a wonderful son” whose “heart is big.

“When push comes to shove, people are going to realize Jeb has real solutions. Rather than talking about how popular they are, how great they are, he’s doing it because he sees a huge need and it’s not being filled by anybody,” she says in the video, seemingly taking a dig at frontrunner Donald Trump. “Of all the people running, he seems to be the one who can solve the problems. I think he’ll be a great president.”

This is kind of sad on several levels.  First, that the best they can get out of Mrs. Bush is that “he seems to be the one who can solve the problems” is laden with the implication that “he’ll do until someone better comes along,” and following that up with “I think he’ll be a great president” isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement even if you take into account the natural WASP penchant for understatement.  In Kenilworth, Kennbunkport, and Ottawa Hills that may count as a huge attaboy, but to the average voter it sounds like “Meh.”  As Billmon tweeted, “This sounds like Barb trying to convince a skeptical prep school admissions officer to let her dim bulb boy in.”

Second, there has to be some rule in politics that when you resort to bringing in your mom to endorse you, it sounds like desperation on the playground.