A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Coronation



“I want to know, who called that Motherfucker a piccolo player?”

It wasn’t supposed to be like this:

Jeb Bush has lost his front-runner status and now rivals say he’s getting nasty

On Monday, news broke that Danny Diaz will be the campaign manager when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) launches his expected White House bid next Monday.

As The Wall Street Journal reported, the position was originally “expected” to go to David Kochel, another operative who will instead serve as Bush’s chief strategist.

Business Insider had several conversations with aides to other Republican 2016 presidential campaigns who said they believe this staff switchup is evidence the Bush campaign is changing its strategy amid disappointing poll numbers and failed efforts to eliminate opponents.

“The strategy they were previewing with everybody is already changing substantially, and they haven’t even announced their campaign yet,” a rival 2016 GOP operative said of Bush’s team.

Overall, the operatives who talked with Business Insider said they thought Bush was abandoning efforts to run a positive, above-the-fray campaign. Last year, when he began publicly discussing a potential candidacy, Bush vowed to have a “hopeful, optimistic message” and said he would campaign with “joy in my heart.” This month, however, Bush has launched a series of attacks on his Republican rivals that some observers have pegged as a sign of a strategic shift.

The operative suggested naming Diaz as his campaign manager was further indication of a more aggressive strategy by Bush.

“Putting one of the best opposition research guys in the business in charge is a dramatic change from Jeb’s previous ‘joyful’ message,” the operative said. “This is essentially going back to square one and scrapping the original strategy they touted at the beginning of the year.”

An aide for another rival Republican presidential campaign echoed the notion Bush was changing course and attributed it to disappointing poll numbers.

“They’re having to change their strategy and attack much earlier,” the aide said.


While Bush’s team denies it is making any strategic shifts with staffing and tone, rivals point to another indication Bush hoped to run a different type of campaign. Earlier this year, there were multiple reports that Bush’s team hoped an early fundraising blitz would help him secure front-runner status and even scare off some potential opponents.

“Look at how he was sort of previewing his potential candidacy especially back in December … talking about running with joy in his heart … the massive fundraising that was supposed to push people out,” the rival operative said. “None of that seems to be falling into place.”

Ace wonders if this has something to do with the recent attacks on Marco Rubio.

I want to know who called that motherfucker a frontrunner? Jeb can raise money from the GOPE but he can’t raise votes from the GOP base. To say that he’s unpopular with the base is to put it mildly. He’s acting like he already won the nomination and is looking to attract moderate swing voters for the general election.

Hillary can get away with acting like she’s a sure thing for the nomination because she doesn’t have any real competition. There are several legitimate contenders on the GOP side, along with some no-hopers. Jeb would have a tough time beating a weak field. Sooner or later the GOP voters will coalesce around one or two of the top contenders, like Rubio, Walker, Perry and Cruz. Jeb can rearrange his campaign all he wants but he will be finishing with the other losers, like Christie, Huckabee and Kasich.

Here’s another bad sign: His opponents aren’t attacking him, except maybe Marco Rubio in Florida. You attack what you fear, and nobody is afraid of Jeb.

Meanwhile, Hillary is re-launching her campaign on saturday. I guess the last launch wasn’t “official”.


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87 Responses to A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Coronation

  1. votermom says:

    Jeb was planning to run as the “hispanic” candidate.

    • Lulu says:

      Uh huh. That died last summer with the illegal hordes but nobody told Jeb. His mom needs to have a talk with him.

  2. Dora says:

    Hillary’s good friend and former campaign manager still refuses to endorse her. Rumor has it that he wants to run himself. Now, that would be a joke!

    Bill De Blasio will skip Hillary Clinton’s launch rally


  3. HELENK3 says:

    the person who gets it right on common core and immigration will be the person that the American people want as president. Both affect the future of this country. The international screwups of the backtrack bunch can be fixed by the next administration if they are smart enough to put the right people in the right places. The government overreach can be set back. It will take more than 4 years to undo the backtrack damage, but it can be done.

    • HELENK3 says:


      this is one of the most scary things I have read in a long time. This is the future of our country, that they are fouling up

      • elliesmom says:

        The problem really isn’t which teaching method a school uses. Both teaching phonetics and sight reading work. But neither one works for all kids. It’s the “one-size-fits-all” mentality that fails. A lot of kids who fail at reading in the regular classroom are reading quite well after a few months with a reading specialist because he or she is free to experiment with different methods to find one that clicks with the student. Most early readers learn to read using the sight method. No one really remembers teaching them to read. They just sort of learned by osmosis. For kids to whom reading doesn’t come quite as naturally, phonetics gives them a rule-based method to learn from. Sight reading methods frustrate kids who need the rules, and phonetics bores the kids who can sight read. So why not separate them into “reading groups”? Oh yeah, that might be racist or sexist.

        • Somebody says:

          I agree different methods work for different kids. I used both methods with my kids, they used phonics to sound out words, but they also learned high frequency sight words, many of which don’t follow phonics rules.

          I’ve never understood purists when it comes to phonics vs whole language, but I’ve certainly encountered plenty of them.

          • elliesmom says:

            I taught science, not reading, but I was very good a spotting the kids who could barely read, but who had managed to slip under the radar. You have to be pretty smart to make it to high school w/o anyone figuring out you can’t read. It was amazing how quickly these kids caught up to grade level when they were assigned to a reading specialist with a large array of teaching options at her fingertips. One of my protégés went from Dick and Jane to Shakespeare in 6 months. Since reading is so fundamental to everything else we do, it would seem worth it to individualize the teaching as much as we can even if it’s the only place we do.

        • Constance says:

          Usually when they separate kids into reading groups it is so they can use the exact same teaching method on every group but move slower for some kids. It’s not like they want to try anything innovative. Eventually kids sort it out with little support from anyone. It would be helpful if schools would not equate early reading with intelligence.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      What does Barack have on them?
      It must be powerful stuff!!! 👿

    • 49erDweet says:

      Helen, we need a ‘maximum of four years lifetime in one office’ amendment else nothing else we do will cure the “Establishment Flu” problem that’s killing the country.

      • Somebody says:

        A US Senate term is 6 years so four years wouldn’t work for the Senate. I think something more like 3 or 4 terms for a representative and 2 terms for a senator is probably more reasonable and has a chance of gaining wide spread support.

        • 49erDweet says:

          Meant to insert “one term or” just before ‘four years’. My bad.
          What we need to do is virtually eliminate the element of campaigning for re-election. That’s where the temptation to jump the rails destroys the ethical sensibilities of too many otherwise nice folks. 😦
          And the current crop of Senators disprove the myth they need all that time to “learn the ropes”. That’s self serving. It was originally based on part time (two or three months each year) service. A constitutional convention could cure that.

    • Somebody says:

      His campaign was always headed for trouble because of his last name. I know that’s not fair, but it’s just the way it is. Even still if he was Jeb Smith former Governor of FL, it wouldn’t change his position on immigration or common core, both of which are at odds with republican voters. That’s like a losing trifecta.

  4. threewickets says:

    Wouldn’t write off Kasich just yet. Anybody who can carry Ohio and Florida has a fair shot in the general.

    • Somebody says:

      Agree FL and OH pretty much will decide this race. Although VA and NC could swing either way and decide the race too, but without FL and OH it’s lost anyway

      • DeniseVB says:

        VA could easily go Dem if Jim Webb was the candidate. I’d vote for Jim if Jeb were the GOPE pick.

        • elliesmom says:

          If I have to choose between a Clinton and a Bush, I think I’m going to be too sick to leave the house that day.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Clinton v. Bush could certainly give birth to a viable 3rd Party…..headed by Walker, Perry, Cruz, Rubio or Fiorina. Then Rand can head up the 4th Party. What a mess, huh?

          • Myiq2xu says:

            Rand is another one – his numbers look competitive against a large field because he has a committed core of supporters but when people start dropping out his numbers won’t change because most of the voters will go somewhere else.

          • Lulu says:

            I think the debates will clear part of the deck pretty fast. Rand Paul comes across as an asshole. Paulbots and Obamabots like assholes because they are assholes. Everybody else not so much. I expect some of them to say something really stupid. Then they are out. Lindsay Graham and Perry will act like themselves then they are out. Ben Carson, a very nice and good man, will be trampled. Christie will be the funny, loud, annoying fat guy. And etc, etc. It will be like a demolition derby. Lots of crashes, crowds saying “Oooow”, and dust.

            And Fox is going to have a “second tier” debate. http://www.nationaljournal.com/2016-elections/newspaper-to-host-competing-debate-for-b-list-candidates-20150610 It all looks like fun to me.

          • Constance says:

            Christie doesn’t have a chance on the west coast because of his loud mouth promises to enforce Federal marijuana laws on (western) states who have legalized recreational pot. Pot has been legalized by peoples initiatives, voters have voted for legalization. Having some east coast know it all declare we are going to do it the east coast way or go to jail will not sell even to people who didn’t vote for legalization. As well as cities and counties are beginning to get addicted to recreational pot tax money and won’t give it up without a fight.

        • Dora says:

          Jim Webb has already been a member of each of the 2 major parties and knows his way around. I think he’d make a good Independent Party candidate if it comes to that.

          • Constance says:

            Again, he’s too old. Everyone from the Democrat side is. And I say that as an old person.

  5. Somebody says:

    I know the NYT hit pieces are supposedly tracked back to a democratic operative, but I’ve thought from the beginning that Jeb might have been behind them. It would be really easy to use a democratic channel to help cover your tracks. WJC is chummy with the Bush clan and I’m sure the Bush family has lots of other democrat pals to help whitewash an attack trail. After all their family has been in politics for generations.

    Part of Jeb’s thing is he can bring the Hispanic votes and the state of Florida. He’s splitting those with Rubio right now, in fact I would imagine that Rubio has a lock on the Cuban vote in Florida which is a powerful voting block. If Jeb can’t pull out a win early then his campaign will sink like a rock, his best chance is likely Florida, but not if Rubio is still in.

    Furthermore anyone that knows Florida politics knows Jeb helped punch Rubio’s ticket. Marco was Jeb’s boy and ever since Rubio landed in the senate there has been a bit of a power struggle between the two. I’m sure Jeb knows a lot of Rubio’s supposed skeletons. I expect more hits on Rubio to be forthcoming.

    I’m not on board with either of them and I live in Florida. I can’t get behind anybody that supports amnesty and both of them do.

    • HELENK3 says:

      well they did not do the NYTs a favor with that story. It is now open to ridicule. I am sure there will be payback.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I heard on the radio this morning that Rubio has a billionaire sugar daddy that’s been financing his campaigns, the story here should be, what did sugar daddy get in return?

    • lildoggy4u says:

      The thing with Rubio and Jeb puling the Hispanic vote is only a part of Florida. Thats just South Florida. The northern tier of the state is a whole different animal and they hate South Florida. You cannot count on the Hispanic vote to swing Florida especially with the two candidates splitting the voting block. I’d say it negates the two. Look for Rubio to get a VP spot. I think that’s his plan.

      • Somebody says:

        Florida swings along the I-4 corridor and that corridor is getting more and more Hispanic.

    • Constance says:

      Still with this ridiculous “parking ticket Rubio scandal”… My response was “Seriously?! is that all you’ve got on this guy”. I get really tired of these bullshit gotchas and I blame whichever opponent is irritating me most but don’t tally them against the victimized candidate at all.

  6. Somebody says:

    OT…..typing one handed while holding a baby sucks!

    • leslie says:

      You’re a good grandma, Somebody.

      • Somebody says:

        Thanks Leslie…….too old for this!

        • SHV says:

          Sounds like Grandma is the best thing that’s happened to those kids.

        • leslie says:

          I understand. Yesterday after I had my car repairs done (after leaving work early to take the car in . . . ) I visited the grandbabies who live pretty close to where I took the car. The other grandma was already there and was grateful for the break. They are adorable, and 2 handfuls You are really, truly, a good mom/grandmom.

    • HELENK3 says:

      now you know that baby owns grandma and grandma loves it

      • Somebody says:

        If it was just the baby that would be cool, but there is also a 4 year old and one that will be 2 in a couple of weeks, OY!

        • HELENK3 says:

          where is the liquor supply?

          • Somebody says:

            Oh I have plenty of that, but then I’d be no better than their mom was. I’ll survive, but damn I’m worn out by the end of the day! Right now baby is down for nap! Older two are having a mid-morning snack and then it’s time to do a little preschool work with the oldest. The almost two year old joins us because she enjoys it and what the heck maybe some of it will rub off.

          • Myiq2xu says:

            NYC politicians (and other residents) don’t seem to have a clue how the rest of the country perceives them. Sinatra was wrong, just because you make it there doesn’t mean you can make it anywhere.

  7. leslie says:

    OT ~ I just heard the inestimable Father Michael Pfleger in Chicago say something I agreed with. (The end is near, people.) He is hosting a “block party” this weekend (not unlike other block parties his parish hosts throughout the year) and was refused a permit from David Moore (the alderman ) unless Spike Lee changes the name of his movie – “Chi-raq” being filmed in Chicago. The alderman objects to the name of the movie because “It casts Chicago in a bad light”. (lol)
    Fr. Pfleger is angered saying that the alderman ought to be as outraged by all the shootings/killings in the city as he is by the name of a movie.
    Per Fr Pleger’s FB:

    “The Chicago Tribune reports that Shootings in Chicago since Jan 1 have passed the 1,000 number as of last week, more than doubling numbers in both New York and Los Angeles . . .

    • SHV says:

      Chi-raq is getting a bit of a bad rap for murders….a couple of years ago the murder rate in Chicago was 18.5/100,000, Flint MI was 62, Detroit 57, New Orleans 53….I suspect that Baltimore is going to move up quite a few places on the list after the coming summer’s gang banging extravaganza.

  8. HELENK3 says:


    sounds like a good idea. look at all the money backtrack’s buddies will make

  9. DandyTIger says:

    I think ’16 should be a relatively easy win for Repubs if they have the right candidate. I think Hillary wins is if the Repub is Jeb. Maybe also someone far right and weak, like Santorum. If it’s one of the other governors or maybe Rubio, then they win.

  10. angienc says:

    Hillary is hitting the “reset” button on her campaign launch.
    The stupid people see the difference.

  11. swanspirit says:

    What amazes me, is the absolute hubris of both Jeb and Hillary. The American people should just roll over and elect them President. We should throw rose petals while they campaign, and definitely not ask any “Hard Questions”.

  12. HELENK3 says:


    speakers for the redstate gathering in August

  13. HELENK3 says:

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says during Poland trip that US needs to expand military presence in central Europe – @ReutersPolitics
    Read more on reuters.com

  14. Myiq2xu says:

    Apparently Huffpoop has 15 year old boys writing for them now.

  15. Myiq2xu says:

    Say wut?

  16. DeniseVB says:

    For those who like lists……I’m assuming these are ranked by traffic, if so, can’t believe how high up some of the wingnutters (like InfoWars) are.

  17. Myiq2xu says:
  18. DeniseVB says:

    Well you know me and my popcorn movies 😉 Only in NYC…….lol !

    • Somebody says:

      Jurassic World opens tonight!! Unfortunately I’ll be too tired to go to the movies tonight or tomorrow night…..but maybe Saturday!

      • DeniseVB says:

        I usually wait a week or so after the blockbuster releases since I like watching them at the local cinema cafe …. with food and wine 😀

  19. Dora says:

    Now don’t be put off because the source is a supermarket tabloid. We know that this is not the sort of news that the liberal media would ever cover. Also, remember that the National Enquirer was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of John Edwards. Lastly, it just sounds like something Michelle Obama would do. With taxpayer money too!

    Michelle Obama’s Plastic Surgery Scandal!

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