Saturday night was a microcosm of everything wrong with how presidential campaigns are run. First, the South Carolina primary was called in Donald Trump’s favor with only 3 percent of the vote counted. Perhaps Trump’s victory was a foregone conclusion, but for the networks to determine a victor with such a small percentage of the vote was overzealous and irresponsible.
Worse, Jeb Bush dropped out of the race with just a hair more than half the votes counted. Couldn’t the concession have waited until the end of the evening or, even better, today?
I am not a Bush supporter and I didn’t think that he would win. But he has earned the right to make his own decisions and set a reasonable timetable. Unfortunately, because of the immensity of his war chest, filled by donations from a few ultra-rich fat cats that are protected by the Citizens United, and the twitterverse, which sends out mass partisan proclamations within seconds of something happening, Bush had to acquiesce to whatever his benefactors demanded.
Though he claimed that he wanted to be his own person, Bush was a pawn.
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Robert Elman, Miami