|No political capital left, so buh-bye.|
Via Hot Air, former president Bush finding his voice to criticize Trump is now real;
In 2009, less than two months after Obama was sworn in, Dubya had this to say about criticizing the new president:“I’m not going to spend my time criticizing him. There are plenty of critics in the arena,” Bush said. “He deserves my silence.”…“I love my country a lot more than I love politics,” Bush said. “I think it is essential that he be helped in office.”Four years later he was still true to his word. Now he’s crapping on Trump. As a certain losing presidential nominee might say, what happened? It can’t be tactical.
Allahpundit goes on to speculate that it's personal. It is. Bush cannot apply one standard to Obama and another to Trump without his motivation being questioned. If what he says about country being greater than politics is true, then by extension, he should not criticize president Trump either. But he has. That means there has to be something greater than country. That would be family. Then-candidate Trump was pretty harsh on Jeb Bush, and he's family.
The Bushes seem as incapable of any level of self-reflection; Jeb Bush regardless of Trump, was not going to win the Republican nomination for president. Even if he did he would have lost to Hillary Clinton. Putting Clinton ahead of Trump from the perspective of most Republicans is not putting country first. A Clinton presidency would have been the final nail in the coffin of America's future. Either they're ignorant of that fact or clearly the Bush's took Jeb Bush's loss personally.
For a family that prides itself on putting service to country first, this is a bad reflection on that image.