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Jeb Bush drops out of the Republican primary

February 21, 2016

 Jeb Bush has dropped out of the Republican primary. This is old news at this point in time but I would be remiss if I did not at least touch on the subject. I have to admit that while this was the right thing for the former Governor of Florida to do after his poor showings in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina I did not expect it–I thought he would hang on until Florida but perhaps he feared being embarrassed by Marco Rubio in his home state.

  Mr. Bush’s withdrawal from the race most likely will have little impact moving forward because he did not have much support in the first place however it could be a boost to Marco Rubio, who is now the Republican establishment’s first choice. We can expect the establishment to throw its money behind the Florida Senator in an attempt to finish off Ted Cruz and then move on Donald Trump.

  As long as both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are in the race the anti-Trump vote will be split and the billionaire businessman will likely take the nomination. 

  In years passed the establishment has been able to basically select the candidate we would nominate while giving us the impression we were the ones who were actually making the choice. This has been done by spending enough money on the preferred establishment candidate and with a populace which mostly determines who they will vote for based on thirty second television commercials it has been quite successful. 

  This year is different however and I think much of the credit for taking down the establishment candidate has to go to Donald Trump because he has the money to take on the establishment. If this were any other year it is likely Jeb Bush would have won the nomination and I point to John McCain and Mitt Romney as proof of what the establishment can accomplish–neither one of these candidates was a conservative yet they won the nomination because the establishment told us they were the only ones who could defeat Barack Obama…how did that work out?

  Regular readers of America’s Watchtower know how I feel about Donald Trump so I cannot give him full credit for taking down the establishment’s number one candidate: I think this also shows us how fed up the conservative base is with the establishment and the antics of John Boehner, Paul Ryan, and so many more. This is where the whole thing gets convoluted to me because I believe most of the conservative voters also realize that Donald Trump has never been a conservative until he decided to run for President and in that way he is much the same as John McCain and Mitt Romney.

 In their angst they desire to take down the Republican establishment at all costs–and believe me I feel that same angst and want to take down the Republican establishment as well–and they are now willing to vote for the same type of candidate they rejected in both 2008 and 2012. I share your angst but I think Donald Trump is the wrong answer to the problem.

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