Here’s a guy who was supposed to be the immediate frontrunner for the 2016 GOP nomination.
He started with instant name-recognition, certified establishment backing, a sense of the heir apparent, an admittedly great record as Governor of Florida, zillions of dollars in donations, a big organization and what would seem to be an obvious leg up.
And so far he’s does nothing but squander it.
What’s the problem?
He’s coming off as somewhere between a nerd and a policy wonk. Wait, we don’t wanna insult nerds. And, he’d have to show us he’s better informed (or faster with his delivery, we suppose) to be a certified wonk.
No, he’s coming off as an either/or guy — the type of guy who says “Well, on the one hand; but on the other hand . . . “
This is definitely not the kind of guy you would want to have a beer with. And God forbid that you might have to sit through an entire dinner with him. Yawn . . . .
And, this too — those outdated granny glasses that he wears make him seem old and professorial.
Jeb seems self-conscious and awkward and even testy lately.
He needs to be more spontaneous; more lively; more comfortable in his own skin.
We need to get a sense of a genuine person — someone who really is running for president and who knows who he is and why he’s running. We need a Jeb Bush who’s unapologetically himself; who’s not running away from himself or anyone or anything else; who doesn’t look like a deer in headlights.
Hey, overall we’ve got nothing against the guy or his family. We like ’em.
But Jeb, C’mon — get your act together!