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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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  • nounverb911

    Jeb's just annoyed that no one likes him anymore.

    • sullivanst

      Wait, people liked him once?

      *shudder*

    • Negropolis

      Anymore?

    • thedeathofirony

      "Objections, your Honor, the question assumes facts not in evidence!"

  • 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.

    • Mittens Howell, III

      Missing Kitty alert!

      • 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…?

        • Barb

          They got their faces fucked off.

  • nounverb911

    Jeb is your daughter out of rehab yet?

    • Major Thom

      That's really low. I like it.

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    But if context is important, why does FOX News exist?

    • nounverb911

      Think of it as the Bronx Zoo for Wingtards.

    • ph7

      Context is meaningless when blondes with big boobs tell you taxes = murder, all day long.

    • 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.

    • memzilla

      Faux News exists syllabically: CON + TEXT.

    • TribecaMike

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

  • Mittens Howell, III

    Context (ie: idiot brother) is why Jeb Bush will never become President.

    • scvirginia

      From your lips to FSM's ears…

    • 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.

  • ph7

    The whole Bush dynasty must be secretly pissed that W permanently fried their mojo.

    • BaldarTFlagass

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

      • new_pic_for_NEWTer

        …and the Fortress of Solitude they're building in Paraguay too.

      • tessiee

        Also, the blow helps cushion the blow somewhat.

    • 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.

      • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/ Chet Kincaid

        Yeah, everybody saw that in the movie, too.

        • Butch_Wagstaff

          Who nixed that idea? Was it the Bush that was pickled in a jar?

      • Terry

        Too bad for Jeb that Karl Rove overruled them.

  • Mittens Howell, III

    Someone give that man a pretzel.

  • Lucidamente1

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

  • Schmannnity

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

  • LionHeartSoyDog

    There's a Jorge Boosh?
    Awesome.

    (where did my avatar disappear to?)

    • http://www.wonkette.com smokefilledroommate

      Noelle snorted it.

    • nounverb911

      Your avatar isn't the ghost of Breitbarts past?

    • TribecaMike

      Oh sure. He was Juan Peron's major fuckbuddy.

  • nounverb911

    So context is how Jeb justifies his Nazi banker Grandfather Senator Prescott Bush?

    • Mittens Howell, III

      There's some sweet, sweet Karma to play out in that family's future.

    • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/ Chet Kincaid

      Why is this relevant?! Much more importantly, Nobama's Grandpa, a formerly loyal servant to the Crown, was tortured in Kenya's British Gitmo, so it is obvious that the Usurper hates all English-speaking white people!!
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obama_family#Paterna

  • 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.

  • http://www.wonkette.com smokefilledroommate

    I think the Obama quote in that Romney ad about "keep talking about the economy and we're going to lose" was a bit taken out of mccainmouth 'context'.

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/ Chet Kincaid

    Heehee, their sister (the one not in a jar) is named "Dorothy Bush Koch". The "Koch" in question is actually a Democrat, and works for something called the "Wine Institute." Clearly, he will be in charge of FEMA in Jeb's future administration.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Koch

    • http://zvibleindmeis.tumblr.com/ Spurning Beer

      Heckuva job, Koch-face!

    • http://www.wonkette.com smokefilledroommate

      Is that the one they call Dodo?

    • Negropolis

      Not only that, but they call her Doro. I mean, why go fuck up your name like that?

  • Blueb4sunrise

    Rarely any of them, Katie.

  • 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.

    • new_pic_for_NEWTer

      OT, but will you please say `Lovey`for me…

      • Mittens Howell, III

        Where's your face, Lovey?

    • TribecaMike

      He may be a loon, but he's about as poor as Midas.

  • qwerty42

    I believe he broke Grover Norquist's heart with what he said about Grovers mostest bestest wonderful idea ever.

  • 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.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Poor guy.

  • Generation[redacted]

    Context is important?

    So Jeb Bush didn't say he invented the Internet?

  • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

    Context? Is that Tweeting from the big house?

    • new_pic_for_NEWTer

      I believe you meant instant messaging from the big house. You`re welcome.

      • http://wonkette.com/ 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.

  • SayItWithWookies

    "I rarely read"

    — Jeb Bush

    • Negropolis

      No, no, no. Jeb is the readin' Bush. Dubya's the one that enjoys coloring books.

  • 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.

    • Boojum

      I hope Rush Limbaugh never got his sweaty pedopaws on them.

      • TribecaMike

        "A Thousand Points of WTF??!!!!"

  • 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..

    • GeorgiaBurning

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

    • Mittens Howell, III

      And your mother gave us the shits.

      • Generation[redacted]

        Which is working out quite well for us.

        • PuckStopsHere

          I see what you did there…

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnny-Appletruth/133951326629923?sk=wall deanbooth

      A mild recession? See Pierce's recent takedown of HW:
      http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/george-h-w-

      • 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…

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnny-Appletruth/133951326629923?sk=wall deanbooth

          No criticism of you, Callyson. Pierce got my Bush hate a-goin', and I didn't want to see HW get off easy.

          • Callyson

            Understood. So many insane Reeps to hate these days, it's hard to keep track…

  • Mittens Howell, III

    More Bush Tweets:

    @GeorgeWBush

    Am reminded today why I rarely read Headlines

    #comicsareimportant

    *

    @GeorgeHWBush

    Am reminded today why I rarely read Headlines

    #dementia/incontinence

    *

    @JennaBush

    Am reminded today why I rarely read Headlines

    #bodyshots!

    • Boojum

      @BarbaraBush

      Am reminded today why I rarely read Headlines

      #servants

    • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/ Chet Kincaid

      That's a trifecta right there!

    • Nostrildamus

      Oh, look. Con texts!

  • 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.

  • BarackMyWorld

    The ghost of Lee Atwater laughs in your general direction.

  • 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.

  • http://www.notfrisco.com/colmatales/norton/proclaim.html#declaration Joshua Norton

    The first rule of Good Ol' Boys Club is you NEVER talk about Good Ol' Boys Club.

  • http://dismalpseudoscientist.wordpress.com 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.

  • 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….

  • 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.

  • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

    Jeb Bush reminded me today why I rarely read tweets.

    #onereminderoutofmany

    • http://dismalpseudoscientist.wordpress.com Opportunisticly_Joe

      Jeb Bush reminded me today why I rarely read twits.

      • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ 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.

  • TribecaMike

    Jeb Bush@JebBush

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

    #DontTouchMySweetSweetPension

  • http://zvibleindmeis.tumblr.com/ Spurning Beer

    What's that? Jeb Bush sent a cunt-text?

    • Boojum

      Yes. It said "Hey Mom. #mymomisgeorgewashington"

    • http://www.wonkette.com smokefilledroommate

      He twatted it.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • shortsandpants

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

  • Tundra Grifter

    Today all our Avatars (well, most of them, anyway) are Casper.

    • 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.

  • mavenmaven

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

  • b[redact]opple

    jfruh, what is this "TV" you speak of?

  • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

    LIBEL LIBEL!

  • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

    Am reminded today why I never go commando. #underwearisimportant

  • fitley

    Jeb will soon be wallowing in the taste of Rush hindquarter.

  • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

    Am reminded today why I have always avoided Bangkok whorehouses. #penicilinisimportant

  • BarackMyWorld
    • ElPinche

      *sigh* I just don't think this country gives a fuck anymore.

    • Butch_Wagstaff

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

    • 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.

      • 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.

      • BarackMyWorld

        Tim Kaine's campaign skills as DNC chair were slightly worse than horrible.

        • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • BarackMyWorld

            Ok, but McDonnell was elected in 2009.

  • ElPinche

    Look at those cocksucking lips.

  • TribecaMike

    Jeb Bush@JebBush

    Am reminded today that I'm rich and you ain't.

    #DaddyWearsPearls

  • sbj1964

    The Bush family Jewels next on BRAVO! Balls out for Jeb,and the breeze is cold?

  • 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.

    • 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.

      • tessiee

        Also like the average mediocre SNL sketch, it went on and on and on, for far too long.

      • HempDogbane

        "What's this I hear about many innocent sevillanos dying? What? Oh, never mind."

  • C_R_Eature

    C_R_E @ CRE

    Am reminded today why I rarely read headlines.

    #thesegoddamnbushesjustwontfuckofftoparaguayfastenoughforme

  • 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%

    • Blueb4sunrise

      I wanna say that's incredible, but I know it's not.

    • bobbert

      Damn, that tightened up.

      • 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."

  • 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.

  • Negropolis

    OT: Okay, because I'm just now checking in, what happened to the avatars?

  • 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.

    • http://dismalpseudoscientist.wordpress.com Opportunisticly_Joe

      Fun fact, for those of you who weren't already aware of it, this is precisely the construction that George Oscar Bluth, Jr.'s nickname was intended to lampoon.

  • C_R_Eature

    OT: Fiona Apple has suddenly undergone Cephalopodization!

    Who knew this would catch on?

    • TribecaMike

      Fiona can cuttle my fish any day of the week.

  • 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?

  • tessiee

    Just posting to see whether I've been de-flowered.

  • Blueb4sunrise

    awaiting results of AZ. 8th. Results won't begin appearing until 8:00 Pacific.
    Here's a link in case I pass out.
    http://www.kvoa.com/pages/news-4-tucson-decision-

    • 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!

      • Blueb4sunrise

        I think this is still the old 8 until Nov.

        • 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.

          • Blueb4sunrise

            Yep. Himmler in a walk.

          • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • http://Wonkette MilwaukeeKent

    Strange behavior on the nets today, no help Im signing in from Canada, from a Holiday Inn in center of Homeless Toronto

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    He's not alone:
    Why I Gave Up On Being a Republican

    Now THAT is a trend I can believe in.

    • 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.

      • TribecaMike

        Yep, or folks who grew up in Scientology.

  • Negropolis

    A dingo stole me avatar! For true!

  • Zombie_Reagan

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

  • lulzmonger

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

    #toomanyassholesnot enough nooses

  • ttommyunger

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

  • 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.