- Oct 2010
He's just awful. I really think Jeb believed being a Bush meant instant acceptance and respect - though that's a big disconnect with reality - and he's just puzzled that's not the way things have unfolded. And thank goodness Rand assumed the lonely and unpleasant task of pointing out the difference between having a Dept. of Defense vs. a Dept. of Offense.
At all.Why Jeb Bush just isn’t a good debater
Let's zero in on a telling moment in Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate.
A little more than halfway in, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) got into a heated back-and-forth about how much to spend on America's military, with Rubio accusing Paul of being an isolationist and Paul accusing Rubio of wanting to spend too much on defense and bankrupting the country.
The exchange was so contentious that other candidates wanted to get involved, lest a key moment pass by without their input. Many of them tried to interject all at once.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) jumped in to say, hey, there's a middle ground between the two.
Donald Trump cut in: "We have to make our military bigger, better and stronger than ever before."
Carly Fiorina moved to jump in, and John Kasich also attempted to have his voice heard before the moderator cut them all off and moved on.
You notice whose name we didn't mention yet? Jeb Bush, who stayed silent throughout the whole thing. In fact, the only other candidate who didn't attempt to get involved was Ben Carson, who is leading in the polls and didn't really need to.
The former Florida governor, if you believe analysts like The Fix, very much needs to inject more ! into his campaign. After a half-hearted, ham-handed performance two weeks ago on the debate stage and with slipping poll numbers, the one-time front-runner needed a spark to show he has a pulse in the GOP primary.
The problem is, Bush proved yet again in Tuesday's GOP debate he's just not that kind of guy. Whatever strengths he has as a politician, debating simply isn't among them. At all.