Some assembly required (h/t darkblack for the wonderful starter kit.)
It turns out that however often the donor and brain caste of the GOP meet in quiet rooms and strategize about assembling an acceptable Establishment Candidate out of snips from old Jerry Ford speeches and dollops of Ronald Reagan's hair dye and Third Way/No Labels Both Siderist soft-core pornspeak, it turns out the Base of their party doesn't really give a shit about their schemes anymore.
The Base -- which the donor and brain caste of the GOP has labored ceaselessly to flatter and cultivate -- wants a shiny new war against the scary Mooslims. And Moar Military. Gargantuan tax cuts and gettin' rid of them there regulations that keep them from being rich as pirates. Balance the Budget and Build the Wall! Also end Planned Parenthood...and moochers and climate change hoaxers should be beaten in the streets. The Base wants torch-lit rallies full of spellbinding speeches about their surpassing awesomeness and moral superiority. They want to make a bonfire of the Enlightenment and dance around the flames, armed to the teeth, braying about Freedumb and Murrica.
And EstaBushment Fix It Man Jeb! ain't that guy. From the WaPo:
Things are bad and getting worse for Jeb Bush. Just look at this chart....Six percent. Six! That's roughly one-fifth the support enjoyed by Donald Trump, the leader in the new Post-ABC survey. It's also a precipitous fall from Bush's peak in March when he stood at 21 percent in the poll. There have been four Post-ABC polls done since late July; Bush started at 12, went to 8 percent in September, 7 percent in October and is now down to 6 percent.Yes, you are right to point out, Bush supporter, that there is no such thing as a national primary — that this is a made-up construction of the media. The problem with that argument is two-fold: 1) Bush isn't in better shape in Iowa (5th) or New Hampshire (5th) than he is nationally and 2) this race is more nationalized than any in recent memory thanks to the presence of Donald Trump in it.The national polling — and in particular, Jeb's trend line — reflects the fact that the buzz surrounding him has absolutely cratered over the past few months. The strongest argument Bush had going for him was his inevitability; he was the front-runner and was going to stay that way so you might as well get on board or run the risk of being left behind. With that message now rendered useless, Bush continues to cast around for another one that might work: One week he is the "fix it" guy, the next he is the one who is serious enough and strong enough to deal with the threat of terrorism.None of those messages — nor the $20 million his Right to Rise super PAC has spent on his behalf in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — has worked...
The Base fucking well wants Barrabas, it wants him now, and will not line up behind anyone who won't promise to deliver.