When Jeb Bush’s go-to political hit man Mike Murphy began unleashing the hounds on Marco Rubio, it’s fair to wonder if any of the state republican pols who backed Bush’s presidential run were horrified. If so, they’ve been silent. What that speaks to about them is for later, but Dan McLaughlin takes Bush to task in this morning’s Red State column:
In context, Jeb’s strategy is the worst of all. Jeb is focused laser-like on sinking Marco Rubio in the hopes of rendering himself nominally the only candidate left standing between the GOP establishment and a Trump nomination. What is especially awful about this is both the irony of Jeb using a SuperPAC (Run by Murphy) called “Right to Rise” to try to prevent the rise of a guy Jeb himself had supported and to some extent mentored a decade ago, precisely the sort of next-generation Republican who was supposed to carry the conservative movement to the next level. Now Jeb seeks to burn him down…for what?
McLaughlin’s illustrates Bush’s improbable path to the nomination and it’s scorched earth methods are characterized as “extortion” of which he also attributes to the campaigns of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
Perhaps that silence from Florida republican pols is louder than we realize and some head shaking is underway. Bush dominated republican politics in the state long after he left the governors mansion through his education foundations and relationships with business leadership councils, the later as a virtual rainmaker. Is this why state republican pols are obliged to acquiesce to Bush’s whims? Because he has allowed them to wet their beak?
Young Marco is a threat to the Godfather and must be destroyed.