"I just cringed," said one member of Jeb Bush's extended circle of advisers when asked his reaction to Bush's recent mini-tantrum on the state of the Republican presidential race. "Every politician, at some point, and sometimes justifiably, is pissed off at the voters. But you can't display your frustration with the public."
That's what Bush did, thrusting into public view the deep frustration that has been building as his once-mighty campaign slipped behind not only Donald Trump but other GOP rivals as well.
"If this election is about how we're going to fight to get nothing done, then I don't want to have any part of it," Bush told a Republican gathering in South Carolina Saturday. "I've got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around and be miserable, listening to people demonize me and feeling compelled to demonize me. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that."
The short version: I don't need this. The other guy's a clown, but if that's what you want, vote for him. I've got better things to do.