I cannot stand Jeb Bush, but it is nonetheless noteworthy that "Jebbie" is plummeting in the polls even as whackadoodle Ben Carson pulls even with blowhard, narcissist billionaire Donald trump. One can only imagine the growls coming from mamma bear Barbara Bush as the delusional GOP base rejects her son simply because he isn't utterly batshit crazy. Jebbie's a pawn of the wealthy and certainly no friend of working Americans, but he is the height of sanity when compared to Ben Carson or Donald trump who continues his nationwide reality show within the GOP nomination contest. The Raw Story looks at Jebbie's plummeting poll numbers. Here are highlights:
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush apparently is out of the top tier of Republican presidential contenders, a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll indicated Sunday. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina surged into the vacuum while real estate mogul and celebrity candidate Donald Trump retained his front-runner status, the poll of 1,000 people Sept. 20-24 indicated.
Bush has gone from a frontrunner to a sideshow. "Some 7 percent of Republican primary voters named Mr. Bush as their top pick for the GOP nomination, down from 14 percent in July and 22 percent in June," the Journal reported.
Fiorina, riding the wave of attention and praise following a strong performance on CNN's second Republican presidential debate Sept. 16, scored 11 percent as did Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
Carson is almost matched with Trump, taking 20 percent of GOP primary voters' support compared to Trump's 21 percent. It's a major jump for Carson after the last Journal/NBC News poll in July in which Carson only polled at 10 percent. The Journal noted when voters’ first choices are combined with their second, Carson actually overtakes Trump.
Significantly, the poll was conducted after Carson's inflammatory remark that a practicing Muslim should not be allowed to become president. After much criticism, Carson doubled down on that statement Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
The fact that Carson has risen in the polls should be no surprise given the Islamophobia son prevalent in the GOP base . The surprise is that anyone in the GOP base supports a black candidate even if that candidate is a religious extremist loon like Carson.