Did you hear the news? Jeb Bush has dropped out the 2016 presidential race. Oh, you haven’t heard? Yes, he still wishes to become the next monarch-in-chief but has decided to not actually run for the office.
Instead, Jeb, ever the innovator, has decided to let a super PAC run in his place.
Well, that’s not exactly accurate, but it is close. He will become his campaign’s figurehead—or puppet, if you will—and the super PAC will do the heavy lifting. By heavy lifting, I mean lifting all those heavy bags of cash his super PAC will raise from the myriad of influence peddlers who wish for the Washington gravy train to continue.
The Daily Mail reports: “Jeb Bush is preparing to embark on an experiment in presidential politics: delegating many of the nuts and bolts tasks of seeking the White House to a separate political organization that can raise unlimited amounts of campaign cash.”
The experiment, of course, is to discover whether it will be possible to simply buy the White House—or, at least, the Republican nomination. And in my estimation, that will be the only way he has a chance to win. No doubt he and his team know this.
Although I’m not a fan of Jeb, or any of the Bushes, I believe he has the right to raise as much cash as he wants. Anyone should, providing it comes from United States donors and not the Saudis or some other foreign entity.
What should immediately follow a contribution is full public disclosure, and I’m not certain super PACs are required.
“Should Bush move ahead as his team intends, it is possible that, for the first time, a super PAC created to support a single candidate would spend more than the candidate’s campaign itself – at least through the primaries. Some of Bush’s donors believe that to be more than likely.”
The Right to Rise super PAC (should be the Right to Raise… cash) will be in charge of not only television advertising and direct mail but will most likely branch out into other areas normally controlled by the campaign, such as data gathering, phone banks, and online advertising and dirty tricks.
In other words, they will, in fact, be running Bush’s campaign. This sounds to me as if Bush will indeed be a mere puppet controlled by a single source of what some say will be unlimited amounts of cash.
The Daily Mail reports that Right to Rise “cannot legally coordinate its actions with Bush, or his would-be campaign staff.” Yes, I’m sure that won’t happen.
Jeb’s campaign will still be responsible for handling polling, travelling, and such, but the brunt of the campaign will be the job of the super PAC. This way, Jeb has more time to go out and meet the folks.
So, as Jeb sets out on the campaign trail, you may be lucky enough to run into him, now that he has all this extra time. If you do, don’t be surprised if he looks like the plastic Santa in the Santa Clause 2 movie and has a pull cord in his chest.
He may meet you, shake your hand, and ask you to pull the cord. Upon release of the cord, Jeb will then begin speaking a prerecorded message from Karl Rove “that many who illegally come to the United States do so out of an ‘act of love’ for their families. If you wish to hear another message, the minimum donation is $5,000. You may swipe your credit card across the reader implanted in Jeb’s hand – and thank you for your support – support – support – support.”
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