REPUBLICAN PRIMARY: Jeb Bush Bows Out of Campaign, Humbled and Outgunned.
Jeb Bush suspended his presidential campaign on Saturday, ending a quest for the White House that started with a war chest of $100 million, a famous name and a promise of political civility, but ended with a humbling recognition: in 2016, none of it mattered.
No single candidacy this year fell so monumentally short of its original expectations. It began with an aura of inevitability that masked deep problems, from Mr. Bush himself, a clunky candidate in a field of gifted performers, to the rightward drift of the Republican Party since Mr. Bush’s time as a consensus conservative in Florida.
The Republican establishment will now rally around Rubio, as its most preferred candidate out of the three with a strong showing. The Republican establishment, often referred to as “GOPe”, dislikes Trump and fears Cruz.
That Rubio was or is a tea-party candidate shows how far the GOPe has lost control of the Republican Party to the tea-party grassroots. However the amnesty bill showed that Rubio is willing to compromise or bend to GOPe interests.