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Jeb Bush Continues Reign Of Madness, Declares Something Called ‘Context’ Important

We are honestly quite curious as to what the context of this photo isJosiah Erasmus Buford “Jeb” Bush is just stone cold goin’ nuts, doing that thing that all Republicans do when they’ve decided that they’re not going to run for office anytime soon, which is to admit that the Republican party is completely insane. Last week he told Charlie Rose that maybe Republicans should accept some token tax increases to go along with the dismantling of Social Security and Medicare, and also maybe they shouldn’t hate on immigrants so much. (Jeb is famously the father of George H.W. Bush’s little brown grandchildren.) It seems that perhaps some of Jeb’s friends in the Republican Party were feeling a bit miffed by this hateful diatribe, so he’s trying to walk things back a bit, but is just making things worse by saying you need to figure out the context of statements before you get into a snit about them. Context? What the hell kind of politics does Jeb think he’s involved in?

In USA America politics, Jeb, you just wait for someone to say a sentence that sounds damaging in isolation and then your put it on continuous loop on every single TV station everywhere. Thus with Obama’s “the private sector is doing fine” “gaffe” (it was in the middle of a longer explanation that private sector hiring is up while public sector hiring is down) or Mitt Romney’s “I’m not concerned about the very poor” line (it was part of a longer explanation about how the very poor have a social safety net, which he actually promised to fix if needed). Jeb’s statements about how terrible the Republicans are had a larger context, which is that the Democrats are also terrible, everybody is terrible, let’s burn the house down and start over.

For extra irony, Jeb unleashed his context bomb on Twitter, the perfect medium for snippets of text to become completely detached from any even vaguely explanatory context. Here, retweet this and feel free to reframe it in new and exciting ways to imply that Jeb is a communist Tea Party-promoting meth dealer.


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Josh was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, leaving him with a love of chicken wings and a tendency to say “pop”. He taught ancient Greek and Roman history to undergraduates before fleeing from academia in terror; worked for a failed San Francisco dot-com that neglected to supply him with stock options or an Aeron chair; lived in Berlin, where he mostly ate Indian and Ethiopian food; finished in third place on his sole Jeopardy! appearance (the correct answer was “Golda Meir”); and was named 2007 Blogger of the Year by The Week, for obvious reasons. Josh is the creator/editor of COMICS CURMUDGEON (which you should read) and does geeky editing and writing about geeky things such as "the Java programming industry for JavaWorld." He lives in Baltimore with his wife Amber and his cat Hoagie.

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  1. Barb

    I think Jeb Bush probably wants to run for POTUS. Heck, no one else is going to pardon his brother if he doesn't do it.

      1. scvirginia

        Yeh, you just keep rubbin' it in cuz you still have your av, but an awful lot of Wonketeers have lost their faces… hopefully not in that Detroit bar…?

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Fucks Gnus exists because all the lies and distortions that they spew need an alternative universe to exist in. That's why it exists: it IS the context.

    2. TribecaMike

      Good question, and if profit is all that matters for the right why hasn't Murdoch's NY Post ever earned a dime?

    1. LetUsBray

      Bah, the electorate's ridiculously short memory is why I wouldn't be so sure. I thought the Bush family was over politically after Pops showed he was an out-of-touch, over-privileged ninny who didn't give a damn about people.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Well, the millions and millions of dollars that the family possesses probably helps cushion the blow somewhat.

    2. Butch_Wagstaff

      I might have mentioned this before on this here Wonkette bloggy-thingy but I recall reading in a book that was a fluffy, sympathetic take on the Bush dynasty, that it was Jeb who they (meaning daddy George & bulldog Barbara) wanted to run for President.

  2. Lucidamente1

    "I mean, goshdarnit, it's one thing to throw a presidential election for your retard brother, it's another to say mean things."

  3. Schmannnity

    Your frustration at the hijacking of your party by the Tea Party dull normals is still less than the country's frustration.

  4. randcoolcatdaddy

    Jeb is obviously vying for the nomination when the "old guard" Republicans split from the Tea Baggers at the convention to form the the new American Socialist Party.

  5. Mittens Howell, III

    Poor Jeb. He's like a poor loon wandering the lobotomy ward, wondering what happened to everyone, and not realizing his procedure is scheduled for the afternoon.

  6. Goonemeritus

    This is what scandal control professionals are for, had he hired a good one he would have been coached to say by immigrant he certainly wasn’t referring to those brown people. And by taxes he wasn’t suggesting that we further burden job creators he was referring to the freeloaders in our country. He then would be checked into a hospital to deal with dehydration.

      1. weejee

        Thanks for that. I'm a non-Twating olde who texts on his phone only when my youngest (a pair @ 29) text me. Instant messaging on my computer was nuked to avoid instant mistakes and instant lawsuits.

  7. TribecaMike

    Bush's description of his grandkids was "the little brown ones." He rented them out to his fellow Richie Rich's as piñatas on weekends.

  8. Callyson

    You want context, Jeb? OK, here's some context–your father gave us a mild recession and your brother gave us an economic implosion..

    1. GeorgiaBurning

      Jeb is working as an economics intern in North Korea, he needs to pick up some skills to top George W.

      1. Callyson

        Well, mild compared to what the son did. Kind of like saying Nixon was reasonable compared to the Republican presidents that followed him……and on that note, thank God I can finally get my drink on tonight…

  9. Mittens Howell, III

    More Bush Tweets:


    Am reminded today why I rarely read Headlines




    Am reminded today why I rarely read Headlines




    Am reminded today why I rarely read Headlines


  10. edgydrifter

    Jeb, if you couldn't see fit to talk openly about context, reasonableness and policies not 100% fear and greed-based during the eight years your bro was in charge, then you've got no business talking now. STFU, moderation troll.

  11. DrunkIrishman

    Why is it that I lost my cool Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles photo!?! I feel naked. I DON'T LIKE THIS AT ALL.

    And Jeb Bush is just gettin' all cozy with the middle as he anticipates a 2016 run.

    Which shows he has about as much faith in Romney winning in November as Syrians have in their own government.

  12. Opportunisticly_Joe

    Mitt Romney’s “I’m not concerned about the very poor” line (it was part of a longer explanation about how the very poor have a social safety net, which he actually promised to fix if needed).

    Exceeeeept that his actual stated economic positions involve slashing the hell out of said safety net, and in the same statement he also claimed that 90% of people are middle-class, which means that Mitt's definition of "middle-class" includes households below the poverty line. So actually, that's one spot where the context doesn't actually make things better?

    Just saying.

  13. Wonderthing

    Come and listen to my story 'bout a man named Jeb, a poor politician barely made it is as a Neb. Then one day he was quoted saying shit. And his buddies on the right they had a little snit. Context-wise…they were deficient…y'all lean right now…or else….

  14. Serolf_Divad

    "Context" is a compound noun, made up of the prefix "communist" and the suffix "text" (that thing that French post-structuralist literary theorists are always going on about.)

    I rest my case.

      1. Mumbletypeg

        Do you remember — early on, around the time S. Palin came on the scene — when the wonketteers were having so much fun with the twitter business. "Twit", "twat", "the twatter"… I have been unable to find online, there's this one post in particular: some commenter remarked "Back in my day, when you twittered a gal? You were then obligated to ask her hand in marriage" — etc.
        Good times.

  15. TribecaMike

    Jeb Bush@JebBush

    Am reminded today why I never read Camus like my egghead older bro.


  16. glamourdammerung

    I wonder when/if some of that clan have already changed their names so they can plague the country once again. Kind of like the Republicans, er conservatives, er teabaggers did.

  17. glamourdammerung

    Also, I recall "W" did not seem to be too big on reading headlines either. Something about "bin Laden determined to…" something anyway. Probably not important.

  18. shortsandpants

    And Jeb's brother is constantly reminded as to why he never learned how to read.

    1. Tundra Grifter

      Sometimes when Wonkette is really busy on just one blog with a couple of hundred comments I go on and it looks completely different and all the avatars are different and it's really, really hard to post.

      Usually at the same time I can see music and when I wave my hand it leaves multi-colored trails, but that could just be coincidence.

  19. mavenmaven

    Anything having to do with "head" and "republicans" is usually prelude to a scandal.

    1. Butch_Wagstaff

      Could have been worse. It could have been Jamie Radtke.
      Oh, who am I kiddin'? This is just as bad.

    2. Negropolis

      And, he can go lose again by a few thousands votes, this time to Tim Kaine.

      NoVa says: All your votes are belong to us.

      1. ThundercatHo

        I sure hope you're right. That fucker deserves to be dropped in the jungle with nothing but a penknife and a box of Cheez-its.

        1. Negropolis

          And, yet, he's been narrowly leading Allen in the polls since forever. Virginia is more about demographics than it is political skills. And tim Kaine's campaign skills can't be talked about without talking about Allen's propensity for horrible, horrible gaffes.

          If Obama wins Virginia, and it's crazy to realize that that seems very likely, Kaine wins. Period.

          1. BarackMyWorld

            Demographics are important, but the fact they elected Bob McDonnell (yes, I know…off-year election turn-out) doesn't fill me with hope.

          2. Negropolis

            You see what happened in 2010? Republicans of the most crazy variety were elected everywhere and to every kind of office. Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio…everywhere. And, it wasn't just an off-year election, it was a very particular wave election, the type of election where the stars need to line up just right to get those type of results. I don't base anything off of 2010.

            Virginia is one of the few places that really seems to be trending blue in a very real and measurable way. Surprisingly, the states we need to be worrying about for the presidential election are traditionally blue states in the industrial midwest. VA is trending better than places like Ohio.

  20. chascates

    Joe Kennedy's death in WWII forced his dad to push Jack toward the Presidency and he acquitted himself pretty well. Jeb was the family choice for the Oval Office but his damaged brother managed to get it instead. Eight years of 'gut feeling/instructions from God' administration not only ruined a lot of global life but will keep the Bush family out of politics for a long, long time. And the price we paid isn't worth it considering we got the worst of the litter.

    1. TribecaMike

      Old Joe Kennedy's hubris was on a par with tragedies like Macbeth and King Lear, but the Bush family's saga is shallower than the average mediocre SNL sketch.

      Either way, many many innocent civilians died.

  21. C_R_Eature

    C_R_E @ CRE

    Am reminded today why I rarely read headlines.


  22. Steverino247

    OT, but these are the latest results in the judicial race in San Diego County:

    With 17,700 absentee and provisional ballots still to be counted:

    SUPERIOR COURT – Office No. 34

    GARLAND PEED 195920 50.01%

    GARY GEORGE KREEP 195841 49.99%

      1. Steverino247

        That's what he said.

        Seriously, that's not a good change. Peed was ahead by 601 yesterday. We may not know for sure until July 6 when things are certified. Ugh! I know a lot of people are unhappy about how close this one is. Mr. Peed at the top of the list, probably. It would be like losing to anyone named "Palin."

  23. TribecaMike

    The evolution of a Jeb meme in a day or two:

    Am reminded today why I rarely read headlines.
    — @JebBush via HootSuite

    The point I was making yesterday is this: The political system today is hyperpartisan. Both sides are at fault.
    — @JebBush via HootSuite

    Past 4 years, Democrats have held leadership roles w/opportunities to reach across political aisle. For sake of politics, they haven't.
    — @JebBush via HootSuite

    Yes, Jeb old bean, it's always someone else's fault. Wussy.

  24. Negropolis

    Josiah Erasmus Buford “Jeb” Bush

    That is an epic name. Way better than John Ellis, which isn't bad, itself.

    BTW, you are being far too kind to Romney on his "gaffe", Josh. In context, it's pretty clear from his many previous statements and actions that he, in fact, doesn't care about poor people. Sorry.

  25. Negropolis

    My replies keep hanging making it so that in order to post, I have to refresh the page every time. What's going on?

    1. TribecaMike

      Thanks for the reminder, Blue. I was talking to an Tucson politician pal the other day who filled me in on how the 8th was redistricted in such a way as they got rid of many conservative voters. Two can play that game, Repugs!

        1. TribecaMike

          Either way, it's Ron "Colonel Sanders" Barber's race to lose in November. ;-)

          Anyway, since he's got it neatly wrapped up, are you talking about the possible GOP winner? I gotta give the edge to Himmler over Goebbels.

          1. TribecaMike

            To be embarassedly honest, I'd forgotten about the special election tonight. I thought it was next week. Dyuh!

            Anyway, as Joe Garagiola said, "It ain't over 'til Gregory Pecari sings."

  26. Fukui-sanRadioBarb

    I didn't know he was called Jeb because J.E.B.

    Now whenever I see him I'll imagine "final countdown" playing and expect him to pull a dead dove from his sleeve or something.

  27. Blueb4sunrise

    Hey Negropolis, replies to you are hanging-up also.

    The 'hover' doesn't work on you, but the link to your Int Deb profile does.

    1. Fukui-sanRadioBarb

      I reached this point through a long series of awakenings and realizations- a path marked by literally years of wrestling with, and finally accepting, the political implications of a number of difficult truths. It involved ever-increasing levels of cognitive dissonance, as I tried to square my experiences, concerns, and knowledge, with my continued loyalty to the GOP.

      Wow, it's almost as if he'd been indoctrinated in his early years and finally fought himself to mental freedom. Rather like people who have been brought up in evangelic churches and been to bible camp and so on.

  28. Zombie_Reagan

    So the truth (re: GOP) comes out as soon as Jeb realizes he's politically irrelevant. Funny how that happens.

  29. lulzmonger

    Am reminded today why I still don't have a Twitter account.

    #toomanyassholesnot enough nooses

  30. ttommyunger

    I am reminded today how thrilled I am that this dickwad's brother is finally out of the picture.

  31. Diabeetis

    Not that I disagree with Jeb, but I feel the same way about it as I do David Frum taking the GOP to task for what it's turned into despite having a hand in it.

    It's just as insincere when the Teabaggers call the Bushes RINO's considering they were the same people who supported everything Dubya did post-9/11.

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