Well, I've got something else to blame Jeb! for, before the world forgets that he exists- he made Green Eagle look like an idiot for predicting that, eventually, the rich guys would have their way, and make Jeb! the Republican nominee.
At several points in the last few months, Jeb seemed to be steadying himself and moving back into the race, which should have been easy for him to do given the competition and his huge financial advantage. But every single time, he revealed himself to be the most pathetic candidate that anyone can remember. And don't tell me that this is a result of some subconscious desire to sabotage himself. No one gets this far in political life without wanting the prize; it is just that Bush showed a combination of almost unbelievable stupidity and a sense of entitlement unknown outside of the first sons of British Dukes, and the Kardashians.
And I guess that I am also guilty of underestimating a force that I have talked about for years, since long before it became an acceptable topic in polite discourse: the deliberate manufacturing, by the leaders of the GOP, of a huge cadre of people so inflamed by hatred and greed that their most obvious self interest, or the most basic human decency, no longer means a thing to them. I guess I wrongly thought that, in the end, the real owners of the Republican party would manage to get their monster back in its cage, and things would move on as before, with a nominee like Romney, Bushes I and II, Dole, Reagan, Jerry Ford and Nixon- a nominee owned lock stock and barrel by the rich, and carefully trained to hide what he will actually do in office.
Well, if I miscalculated, so did they, and in a much worse way. We now have only three real Republicans in the race, and all of them (despite Marco Rubio's efforts to hide the fact in his case) are creatures of the insane right. And we must never forget that, in a nation where money can get a grotesquely unsuitable guy like George W. Bush close enough to the White House to steal it, and where the press is going to do everything it can (as with Bush and all the rest of them) to hide their catastrophic unsuitability to be President, anything can happen from here on out.