Is it me or has so much stupid shit been happening recently that it’s difficult to do anything anymore than shake your head? Because I don’t know about you but by the time I formulate a response that’s not, “I need to drink some wine and cuddle Claire” something even dumber than the last dumb thing has happened and at that point I just go hide under the bed.
To wit, Jeb Bush:
“Our message is one of hope and aspiration,” Mr. Bush said. “It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff. Our message is one that is uplifting — that says you can achieve earned success.”
While Mr. Bush has spoken often of broadening the party’s appeal, he has stumbled at times while attempting to deliver the message.
A spokeswoman for Mr. Bush, Kristy Campbell, noted that the candidate “talks constantly about the need for Republicans to reach out to all voters,” though she did not directly address the reference to “free stuff.”
“We will never be successful in elections without communicating that conservative principles and conservative policies are the only path to restoring the right to rise for every single American,” Ms. Campbell said.
I see. He was using language designed to reach out to black people. Because black people can’t hear what he’s saying. Black people are somehow just UNCLEAR on the Republican message. Since the savages know not of our Civilized White Ways, let us speak to them in a special voice, like maybe a couple of decibels louder than normal and really, really slow, so that they’ll smell what Jeb is cooking!
To me, “free stuff” wasn’t the offensive part of this comment. It was “earned success.”
Because: You have not earned any success you may already have. You have not built that. You have not won it on your own merits.
You’ve gotten it because of affirmative action, obvs. Or welfare. Probably Uncle Sam took care of you when your baby mama I can’t even do this anymore. Earned success. Motherfucking Jeb Bush, son of a president, brother of a president, is talking about earned success in running for president. You know, the next time he throws a fundraiser, somebody should just give him a condescending bullshit speech about selling some bling and pulling himself up by his bootstraps instead of relying on hardworking taxpayers.