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Is Bush Unnerved by Trump?

Jeb Bush suddenly lurched to life during Thursday night’s Fox News debate, offering crisp, forceful comments of the kind that have largely been absent from every one of the preceding six debates and begging the question: Is he completely cowed by Donald Trump?

With Trump on the stage, the former Florida governor had in previous debates seemed hesitant, like a tentative child who thought he was about to get smacked by his parent for saying something stupid. He often spoke meekly, seemed a bit apologetic, and sometimes politely stammered that he might like to get a word in before being denied by moderators of smacked down by Trump.

But during the final debate before Monday night’s Iowa caucus, Bush sounded far more self-assured. If voters respond, Trump’s absence may have had one unattended effect: Giving the beaten former favorite a chance to remove the stake from his heart and return from the political dead.

Bush did not put himself in a position to overtake Trump. He’s way too far behind for that. But he may finally be able to mount a challenge to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for the mantle of Establishment candidate.

The only problem for Bush is that Rubio also turned in a strong performance, offering his typical passionate comments and levying bruising attacks against both Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

The other problem for Jeb is that what’s wrong with him as a candidate is not just his demeanor, but his moderate Republican, pro-amnesty, policies and his firm ensconcement in the GOP Establishment, which is not what most Republicans are looking for.

“We should have a path to legal status for the 12 million people that are here illegally,” he declared.

After adding certain conditions, he said, “I think that’s the conservative consensus pragmatic approach to how to solve this problem.”

Bush specifically embraced his exalted place in the Establishment.

But look below at how much less assertive he appeared during a previous debate with the dominant Trump by his side.

But of course, Bush’s ability to crawl out of his shell without Trump around begs a second question: Will he creep right back in it the next time he shares the dais with towering real estate mogul.

Bush, Rubio Declare War on ISIS

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday the United States should declare war on ISIS and Sen. Marco Rubio said the U.S. should activate NATO, suggesting the two chief GOP Establishment candidates for president would massively increase American commitments in Iraq and Syria. Their comments follow the terror attacks in Paris on Friday night that… Continue Reading

Jeb May be Finished

Jeb Bush failed to distinguish himself yet again in the third Republican presidential debate, missing a crucial opportunity to energize his campaign at the very moment when Establishment donors are making final decisions about where to put their money. Making matters doubly worse for the once-inevitable GOP nominee, Sen. Marco Rubio offered himself up as… Continue Reading

New Poll: Bush at Four Percent

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush scored just 4 percent of the vote in the latest national GOP survey, a catastrophically low number that is sure to raise grave concern among the establishment donors who have invested millions in his success for the 2016 presidential race. The poll, released Friday by the Pew Research Center, shows Bush slipping… Continue Reading

Combine and Conquer: Candidates Link Bush Brothers to Bring Down Jeb

Republican candidates are beginning to target the presidency of George W. Bush, viewing it as an Achilles’ heel for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush even though they are attacking the most recent chief executive from their own party. This week, both Carly Fiorina and Ohio Gov. John Kasich suggested massive failures on the part of… Continue Reading

Bush: Yes, It’s an Act of Love

Jeb Bush confirms statement that most immigrants come to the United States out of “an act of love.” > Meantime, Bush continues to step up his attacks on Donald Trump, comparing him to Democrats and accusing him of being “soft of crime.” “Donald Trump Supported Legalizing Illicit Drugs,” states a Bush news release. “Trump Has… Continue Reading

Eric Cantor Endorses Bush

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor endorsed Jeb Bush for president Thursday evening. “Governor Bush is a true conservative leader with a long-term vision for this country and the practical know-how to implement it,” Cantor said in a statement. This gives the Bush camp a backer with strong ties to the business community who may… Continue Reading

Jeb Gets Edgy at the Border

Jeb Bush arrived on Monday at the Mexican border hoping to reclaim the immigration issue — and the campaign narrative — after two months of domination by fellow GOP presidential contender Donald Trump. The former Florida governor reminded people of his “comprehensive” immigration strategy and showed off his fluency in Spanish. But even as he sought… Continue Reading

Jeb Junks the Joy

Back in January of 2014, Jeb Bush said he would run for president only if he could “do it joyfully.” And for a while, a fun time it was, as Bush stood as the presumptive favorite and joyfully amassed tens of millions of dollars to ensure that sadness never crept into the campaign. But then… Continue Reading