There are only two questions worth asking Jeb Bush:
1) Amidst tanking poll numbers and nervous donors, when will you put this flailing presidential campaign out of its misery?
2) Is it possible that you aren’t as bright or quick-witted as your brother?
That second question was almost unimaginable during Dubya’s disastrous presidency, when Jeb was often described by wistful conservatives as “the smart Bush.” He’s not.
This became blazingly clear for me upon reading his supportive comments about the Washington football team’s name. I am not calling Jeb a dullard because he stands with this racist brand. Doing so is a no-brainer politically, which speaks volumes about the current state of the GOP primary race. Calling for the name to change in that crowd would probably make you a party pariah. In addition, there is the knowledge, revealed in July, that team owner Dan Snyder gave Jeb’s Super Pac $100,000, so the opinion of the Bush princeling had already been purchased. But just because I don’t believe that there is a compelling argument to keep the Washington team name, doesn’t mean this position cannot be argued coherently. Jeb could not reach the bar.
Here are his exact words:
“I don’t think it should change it. But again, I don’t think politicians ought to be having any say about that, to be honest with you. I don’t find it offensive. Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive. We had a similar kind of flap with FSU [Florida State], if you recall, the Seminoles and the Seminole tribe itself kind of came to the defense of the university and it subsided. It’s a sport, for crying out loud. It’s a football team. Washington has a huge fan base—I’m missing something here, I guess.”
Within this goulash of word-slop, there is something valuable. Breaking it down sentence by sentence, one can diagram just why this man should never be handed the nuclear codes, not to mention ever again be referred to as “the smart Bush.”
SENTENCE ONE: “I don’t think it should change it.”
Damn. For a political party that demands everyone learn English, they might expel Jeb for his opening salvo alone.
SENTENCE TWO: “But again, I don’t think politicians ought to be having any say about that, to be honest with you.”