America. pic.twitter.com/TeduJkwQF3— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) February 16, 2016
The Bush campaign posted this after the candidate toured a gun-making facility and the candidate was given the monogrammed pistol shown in the tweet.
I know that Jeb has been mercilessly mocked on Twitter since he posted this -- but don't forget, he's being mocked for defending guns. Among GOP base voters, I think that's good. Those voters harbor a permanent sense of persecution. They think they're hated because they own guns. I think many of them like owning guns precisely because gun ownership enables them to feel persecuted.
Yes, the very idea of the tweet has been repeatedly mocked:
And Jeb himself has been mocked:
But I imagine that gun-loving Republicans feel a sense of self-righteous rage when they see responses like this:
This is basically a version of the self-posted picture that ended Anthony Weiner's political career... https://t.co/3P4QQIV2HP— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 16, 2016
SoI'm guessing that they're on Jeb's side -- which tells me that Jeb might be getting the hang of this running-as-a-Republican thing, nearly a year too late.
Now, if he really knew what he was doing, he'd be posting graphics like this one, which appears regularly at Free Republic:
But he's trying, at least, even though it's probably too late for his floundering campaign. And this is an appropriately Republican follow-up:
Jeb Bush's campaign is calling on CBS News to apologize for a report that cited jokes about the Republican presidential hopeful committing suicide.The Bush campaign is complaining despite the fact that Garrett's report is accurate:
"The network should apologize," Kristy Campbell, Bush's press secretary, told CNNMoney after the segment aired on Tuesday night's broadcast of the CBS Evening News.
In the report, CBS News correspondent Major Garrett said that social media was "abuzz" over a photo Bush had tweeted on Tuesday showing a firearm emblazoned with a personalized insignia that read, "Gov. Jeb. Bush."
"There were some people who were supportive, but many said, 'Your campaign is dying. Please, Governor Bush, don't take your own life.' Only in jest, but it shows you how painful things have become for Bush in South Carolina," Garrett reported....
"In addition to the mainstream-media's total lack of understanding when it comes to gun rights and gun culture, it is absolutely inexcusable to make light of suicide," Campbell wrote.
@JebBush We know you're losing Jeb but suicide isn't the answer. Go paint with Georgie.— Wireless Puppet (@WirelessPuppet) February 16, 2016
Complaining about the media? That's perfect. Republicans love that.
The Bushies still don't seem at ease doing this sort of thing, but they may have finally figured out what party they're running in. Jeb has been running as a meek, mild whiner, and it's slowly dawning on him that he should have run as an angry, self-righteous whiner. After all, that's what Republicans like.
UPDATE: Well, they're not impressed at Free Republic. This is a typical response:
Has he noticed the safety on it and I bet he can’t even load a mag.Oh, and this:
Desperation for the Mama’s boy
But a couple of Freepers offer faint praise:
Niiiice. But still not voting for ya.It's the right direction, but it's way too late. There should have been much more of this, and much less of Jeb's real personality and campaign style.
Im very happy to see something he does that I approve of, because there are not that many.