Jeb Bush’s Anti-Intellectual Nonsense

The Bush family has a long history of pretending to be a bunch of Bubba’s, despite multi-generational wealth, attending Philips Exeter and Ivy League schools and the like. Bush 41 famously declared his love for pork rinds to make himself look more Joe Sixpack-y. Bush 43 bought a fake “ranch” that apparently only generated brush for him to clear when the cameras were on. Now it’s Jeb’s turn to strike the fake populist pose:

Bush then advocated for more blunt and simple type of statesmanship — reminiscent of the style of his brother, former President George W. Bush as well as Vice President Dick Cheney — in dealing with world.

“You don’t have to be the world’s policemen, but you have to be the world’s leader and there’s a huge difference,” Bush explained. “This guy — this president and Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry – when someone disagrees with their nuanced approach where it’s all kind of so sophisticated it makes no sense. You know what I’m saying?”

Bush continued, “Big syllable words and lots of fancy conferences and meetings and – We’re not leading. That creates chaos. It creates a more dangerous world. So restoring the alliances that have kept the world safer and our country safer – getting back to a position in the Middle East where there’s no light between Israel and the United States.”

This is standard right wing populist nonsense of the sort identified so brilliantly by Richard Hofstadter half a century ago, but going back much further than that. They love to distinguish between themselves and those pointy-headed intellekshuls with their big fancy words and big fancy degrees and their salsa made in New York City (NEW YORK CITY???). This has strong appeal to the ignorant masses that make up the right-wing base, who yearn for the simple world of John Wayne movies where if you don’t like someone, you just go kick his ass like a Real Mantm does.

It’s ridiculous enough on its own, but the fact that it’s being used by a highly educated scion from one of the nation’s most powerful political families trying to do his best Joe the Plumber impersonation makes it all the more ridiculous. New rule: No one who graduated from Philips Exeter Academy ever gets to refer to anyone else as elite. Ever.

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  • scienceavenger

    IOW, Jeb Bush can’t lead the fight against The Man, because he is The Man.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    “This guy — this president and Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry – when someone disagrees with their nuanced approach where it’s all kind of so sophisticated it makes no sense. You know what I’m saying?

    Not really, no. I’m not fluent in Authentic Frontier Gibberish. Even when it’s not really authentic.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    The appeals to your nation’s founders are often silly, but I would be curious what they would think of things today where the country they birthed through sedition (God Bless The Queen!) is so beholden to another.

  • eric

    getting back to a position in the Middle East where there’s no light between Israel and the United States.”

    Jeb, what you just suggested is not leading, its following. The only way the US and Israel can have such closely linked foreign policies that there is ‘no light’ between them is if we consistently do what they want.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Jeb Bush: Fuck the man!

    Voter: For you…wouldn’t that be incest?

  • daved

    getting back to a position in the Middle East where there’s no light between Israel and the United States

    How exactly does this make us safer?

    Yeah, I know, you have to suck up to Israel totally to bring in the evangelicals who are sure that Jesus is coming back Any Day Now, but I still find this nauseating.

  • John Pieret

    Big syllable words and lots of fancy conferences and meetings

    The rest of the world isn’t as pig-ignorant as the electorate you’re chasing. Somebody has to talk to them in ways they comprehend.

  • raven

    To be fair, Bush isn’t entirely faking it.

    He is genuinely just as stupid and vicious as his idiot brother.

    The elite make sure their kids don’t flunk out of Exeter, Yale, or Harvard. No matter what it takes.

    Bush has already raised $115 million with a few phone calls. Looks like what passes for the powers in the GOP realize that one of the christofascist toads probably isn’t electable.

    Hi, I’m Jeb Bush and I’m not completely crazy or really a wild eyed, ignorant religious kook.

    PS BTW, the guy is even lying about his own name. It isn’t Jeb. It’s John Elliot Bush Bush. Jeb just sounds more backwoodsy than someone who has to have 4 names.

  • raven

    If money talks, and commonly it does, Idiot II Bush might well be the GOP nominee.

    And if he becomes President, I’m definitely leaving the USA.

    Mentally that is. As a Boomer it isn’t very practical to pick up everything and the cats and run.

    I’ll just develop other interests, keep 0.1 eye on the Bush Catastrophe II, and raise a glass of wine occasionally to the former USA. If a majority of 319 million people decide to be lemmings and jump off a cliff, not much you can do about it.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Look, you Liberal Elite can keep your diplomas, conferences and fancy words. Us Real Americans know the only diplomacy America needs is for us to walk up to the rest of the world and punch it in the face. You know what they say, “Violence never did not solve anything.”

  • zenlike

    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    Jeb Bush: Fuck the man!

    Voter: For you…wouldn’t that be incest?

    Masturbation.

  • Sastra

    Wasn’t “Jeb Bush” a character in one of Sinclair Lewis’ books? The quotes sound eerily familiar.

  • colnago80

    Where is Obama, the ayatollah’s Obama, his echo, his shadow, his suit of clothes.

  • http://Www.metalmischief.com YOB – Ye Olde Blacksmith (Social Justice Jaegerkin)

    Aaarrrggghhh

    Zenlike beat me to it @11

    *shakes fist*

  • busterggi

    Heck, at least the Bush family isn’t laundering money for the Nazis anymore. Prolly.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    It seems redundant that Jeb! calls for ” no light between Israel and the United States” when the paucity of enlightenment among the leadership of both nations leaves the intervening interval absolutely Stygian.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Pierce R. Butler, you out yourself with them big words.

  • caseloweraz

    Bush continued, “Big syllable words and lots of fancy conferences and meetings and – We’re not leading. That creates chaos.

    William F. Buckley continues to spin in his grave. His angular velocity must be approaching that of the ultra-dense cylinders that formed the stargates in Poul Anderson’s The Avatar — or, to put it in terms Jeb would prefer, he must be spinnin’ faster than a gol-darned Texas Twister.

    “So restoring the alliances that have kept the world safer and our country safer — getting back to a position in the Middle East where there’s no light between Israel and the United States.”

    Does this mean Jeb won’t repeat his brother’s mistake of abrogating those crucial international treaties like the Geneva Conventions? Or does he regard those as more collections of useless “big syllable words”?

  • Synfandel

    That the proudly butt-ignorant vote is large enough to be worth wooing is a sad statement on the US educational system.

  • eric

    @19: even sadder is the fact that even with this pandering, Jeb probably won’t win this particular race to the bottom. He gave a good effort at appearing all down-homey, but we have yet to hear from the challengers. I bet one of them will out-down-home him.

  • grendelsfather

    Bush then advocated for more blunt and simple type of statesmanship — reminiscent of the style of his brother, former President George W. Bush as well as Vice President Dick Cheney — in dealing with world.

    … because that worked out so well last time.

    This guy really is George the Third.

  • Michael Heath

    The poser Jeb Bush:

    . . lots of fancy conferences and meetings . . .

    This is particularly ironic given how hard Mr. Bush’s dad worked the phone as president. But especially so when considering his Sec. of State, James Baker. Baker was relentless in meeting with even our opponents. He wore his willingness to engage on the enemy’s turf or nearby neutral country as a badge of honor.

  • pixiedust

    “… their salsa made in New York City (NEW YORK CITY???).”

    That should be (NEW JERSEY????)

    Pace Picante salsa advert. Late 1980s.

  • eamick

    @23: Uh, no, it’s New York City. https://youtu.be/mSxnieYctVM

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Jebya cannot be as dumb as the mouth breather that was PotUS from 2001 until Cheney put his hand up his ass.

    One of the young lady’s who is a moderator* at my “Drinkin’n’debatin” club just took off for Aryanzona with a guy she met two weeks ago. I gave my nephew in Flagstaff a “Heads up!” and told her she was coming to the Grand Canyon to see a bigger hole than the Trumpinator.

    * She 86’s assholes who are immoderate in their language or deportment (get shitfaced) on her watch

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    That the proudly butt-ignorant vote is large enough to be worth wooing is a sad statement on the US educational system.

    It’s the whole point of the US educational system.

  • dragon

    raven @8

    PS BTW, the guy is even lying about his own name. It isn’t Jeb. It’s John Elliot Bush Bush. Jeb just sounds more backwoodsy than someone who has to have 4 names.

    I believe the name you are looking for is John Ellis Bush. Not Elliot. Not Bush Bush. The Jeb moniker is made from his initials and he only has 3 names, not 4. I think only George the 41st had four names within the immediate family.

    I agree with your sentiment however.

  • thebookofdave

    @eric #20

    I bet one of them will out-down-home him.

    Not for lack of effort, but no one can outdumb Rick Perry, even in his pointy-headed intellekshul geek glasses.

  • pixiedust

    @24 eamick

    You didn’t go back far enough. The original ad had New Jersey, not NYC.

    https://forgottenadvertisements.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/the-pace-picante-cowboys/

    “Originally these ads had New Jersey in place of New York City at the time these ads were new. However New York City had a better ring to it so that over shadowed the phrase “New Jersey” within the years that followed.”

    I remember because I was dating a guy from NJ at that time and used to erase him with ” get a rope”.

  • pixiedust

    I used to tease him, not erase him.

  • azpaul3

    Jeb Bush: Fuck the man!

    Voter: For you…wouldn’t that be incest?

    And gay?

  • gshelley

    This is standard right wing populist nonsense of the sort identified so brilliantly by Richard Hofstadter half a century ago, but going back much further than that

    I don’t think it is coherent enough for that. It is Palin level babbling

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    thebookofdave “Not for lack of effort, but no one can outdumb Rick Perry, even in his pointy-headed intellekshul geek glasses.”

    “I’ll take that bet!” ~ The entire GOP field

  • sugarfrosted

    He has to compete with the sociopathic college dropout governor of Wisconsin. No one has been quite so anti-education ever. Recently he vetoed a law that he promised the UW Madison (control over purchasing and acquisition), because we wanted to retain tenure, because it’s almost like we’re a research university.

    300 million dollar cut with no benefit. And yet the college Republicans still support him?

  • daved

    This sort of thing goes all the way back to Bush I, who, during the campaign in 1988, excoriated Mike Dukakis over Mike’s “Harvard advisers.” Someone at the time, I think either Molly Ivins or Dave Barry, commented that “Bush himself went to an impoverished land-grant school called Yale.”

  • Georgia Sam

    Yeah! Shoot people & blow things up! That’s the Real American ™ approach to all foreign policy issues. (Works for a lot of domestic issues, too.) But mostly we like it because it’s fun.

  • Georgia Sam

    Yeah! Shoot people & blow things up! That’s the Real American ™ approach to all foreign policy issues. (Works for a lot of domestic issues, too.) But mostly we like it because it’s fun.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ethan.myerson ethanmyerson

    @14 YOB

    “Zenlike beat me to it @11”

    The point of masturbation is that others don’t beat you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ethan.myerson ethanmyerson

    @14 YOB

    “Zenlike beat me to it @11”

    The point of masturbation is that others don’t beat you.

  • justsomeguy

    @27 dragon:

    If “Jeb” stands for “John Ellis Bush” then “Jeb Bush” means “John Ellis Bush Bush.”

    It’s the same as how “PIN number” means “personal identification number number” and “ATM machine” means “automated teller machine machine.”

  • justsomeguy

    @27 dragon:

    If “Jeb” stands for “John Ellis Bush” then “Jeb Bush” means “John Ellis Bush Bush.”

    It’s the same as how “PIN number” means “personal identification number number” and “ATM machine” means “automated teller machine machine.”