(POLITICO) To hear Jeb Bush tell it, he’s right where he wants to be, the “joyful tortoise” in the race who doesn’t want to say “outrageous things that turns people off to the conservative message.” At the Koch Brothers’ GOP donor convocation in Dana Point, Calif., over the weekend, Bush waxed confident about the campaign strategy he’s following, including the $120 million war chest he’s spent six months amassing. “I mean, this is a long haul,” Bush said.
But many GOP voters don’t seem to care about the long haul. And they’re certainly not looking for a joyful tortoise. They want a fire-breathing dragon. They want, above all, passion. They want it now. And they’re not finding it in Jeb Bush.
Enter Donald Trump. Strategists in the Bush camp seem unconcerned about the vituperative magnate’s sudden rise in the polls, with one of them telling The New York Times that in the end the Trump surge will only create “panic” in the GOP and drive voters to Bush.
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