Jeb Bush’s prospects are tanking even faster than the price of oil
By Jeremy Bloom
How out of touch is Jeb Bush? As he announced his energy policy at the headquarters of a Pennsylvania shale gas fracker, Rice Energy, yesterday, he came out with this nonsensical statement:
“We do not have a supply problem in our energy sector. We have a demand problem because of lack of infrastructure,”
This, in the face of a global glut that has driven prices down to record lows, and also eliminating all possible rationale for the Keystone XL pipeline (it’s not profitable to extract tar-sands petroleum at these prices, so there’s no point in building the pipeline). So of course Jeb? had to dig himself even deeper:
“As president I would also approve the XL pipeline – for crying out loud, that is the lowest-hanging fruit.”
And his energy plan? It’s not that different than what his dad might have proposed in his first run against Reagan in 1980. “We need to embrace the energy revolution – we have it in our midst,” he said, completely ignoring the fact that Obama’s energy program has done just that, while Jeb!s ignores it. (See our full analysis of Jeb’s Energy Policy here.)
As reported by The Guardian, Bush is sounding more and more bizarre as his campaign flounders and his poll numbers tank.
“I hope your stock price goes up,” he told Rice employees sheltering from the rain in marquee that had set up in the company car park. “That is the American way. Praise Jesus.”
The former Florida governor joked at the evangelical tone to his remarks, adding: “I feel like I just met the pope. This is a tent revival meeting.”
With his sleeves rolled up despite the pouring rain, Bush claimed the company’s success “makes environmentalists nervous” but should be celebrated.
“Where’s the marching band, for crying out loud?” he said. “That’s the American way.”
And the Guardian Reporter added that he isn’t exactly making points with the press, either.
The former Florida governor left without taking questions from journalists, who were forced inside a metal pen and prevented from leaving to speak to him after his speech, which only saw brief questions from the company founders.
After the former governor left, the press tent was overcome with fumes from one of the several generators that had been set up in the parking lot.
This was the man who was supposed to be the SMART Bush brother… And who was supposed to be the great white hope of the GOP establishment. He currently trails Trump, Carson, Fiorina AND Rubio in the polls….
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