The Republican field for 2016 is a hot mess—so much so that Rand Paul is being taken somewhat seriously as a candidate. But what matters is the big elite coastal money, that poured so deliciously from Wall Street into the coffers of that sad stupid thing called Mitt Romney. With Chris Christie face-down for the count, it just doesn’t know where to go: Scott Walker? Paul Ryan? They’re both petty hoodlums, and, like Ted Cruz, they’re too socially conservative for bankers who just care about cutting taxes, not regulating Wall Street and a cessation to the “Wall Street v. Main Street” dialogue. Oh they also would like to continue to enjoy endless access to nearly free government money in the form of the Fed discount window. They just want their respect (along with all their money)!
Who’s more perfect for all that than a Bush? Here’s Greg Valliere, chief political strategist for the Potomac Research Group: “If Jeb says ‘I’m in,’ I think all the Wall Street money goes to him. Like, immediately.” GREAT. LET’S DO THIS THING.