Jeb Bush has been left for dead by so many. But he’s staying alive, continuing to raise money and rack in political endorsements. His operation is built out in many of the early primary states and he shows no signs of giving up. Much like John Kerry at this point in 2003, Bush is seen as an elder party statesman being eaten up by an angry and reactionary primary electorate. At this point in 2003, Kerry ran 4th or 5th in Iowa polling, similar to where Bush sits today.
But it is very possible Jeb Bush is John Kerry in that election while Donald Trump is Howard Dean. Bush’s poll numbers have not improved, but the reality is that Jeb! continues to truck along, raising money and creating a decent ground operation.
When America wakes up from its Trump-induced dream, it is possible that January will be the month of Jeb. It will be fascinating to watch whether early 2016 is the death of a cynical politician or provides a revival of an excessively political and slimy character that has somehow sold himself as a caring statesman. I sense it might be the later though my personal preference would be for the former.
Americans are not paying close attention to the Presidential campaign in the way many politicos believe they are. It is entirely possibly as they do, the GOP will gravitate back toward Bush as a party that believes in hierarchy, inheritance and dynasties. Watch this space in the next six weeks.