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Butt-Hurt Jeb Bush Blames the Pope?

Posted on | July 12, 2016 | 18 Comments

Moaning on MSNBC about his defeat in the GOP primaries — his campaign spent $34 million for nothing — Jeb Bush needed a big scapegoat:

Asked about his final days on the campaign trail, Bush reflected on the South Carolina primary during which he was in a three-way tie behind Trump with Sens. Marco Rubio (FL) and Ted Cruz (TX). Recalling South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s endorsement then of Rubio, Bush said “it clearly hurt.”
In addition to Haley’s endorsement of Rubio, for whom Bush was once a mentor, Bush also went on to blame the Catholic Church, saying, “the Pope intervening in American politics didn’t help.”
“[The Pope] was talking about basically open borders at a time when the whole Trump phenomenon was to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it. [The Pope] literally goes to the border for a massive mass,” Bush said. “I don’t think he should be intervening… I don’t think he understood he was intervening in our political affairs.”

Where does blaming the Pope fit in the Kübler-Ross “five stages of grief”?



18 Responses to “Butt-Hurt Jeb Bush Blames the Pope?”

  1. Quartermaster
    July 12th, 2016 @ 8:15 am

    Poor little Jebbie. He’ll be butt hurt for the rest of his life.

    In other developments, a Federal Shyster…er….Judge, has ruled that it is unconstitutional for a GOP delegate to be bound. You don’t have to like Trump to realize that the Judge has interfered beyond his legal authority. The never Trumpers are asking for chaos. Goldberg may be right that Trump is destruction of the GOP no matter which way things go.

  2. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 12th, 2016 @ 8:28 am

    Says it all

  3. Art Deco
    July 12th, 2016 @ 8:30 am

    It’s a reasonable complaint about Francis. It likely did injure Bush and Rubio, though very little of what was wrong in Bush’s campaign can be attributed to that episode. (Recall Bush lost 2/3 of his polled support between June 2015 and January 2016 and was trailing Trump, Cruz, Rubio and Ben Carson while duking it out with Gov. Flintstone for 5th place).

    Francis is the darling of forces in the Catholic Church who wish to eliminate Catholicism and replace it with the cloying therapeutic and social worker bilge which the mainline protestant churches now peddle, or, as Fr. Paul Shaughnessy puts it, replace Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the Magisterium expounded by apostolic authority with a religion based on personal experience (or fancies about personal experience) informed by the helping professions. Every time he opens his mouth is a cause for dismay among orthodox Catholics. His most appalling excursions have been his attempts to eliminate antique teachings about the sacrament of marriage (in re which he’s been restrained by the Cardinals who understand the implications of that) and his abuse of traditional orders like the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. He’s truly awful and the sooner he’s out to grass the better. (And I’ll wager Jeb Bush is motivated by this factor).

  4. marcus tullius cicero
    July 12th, 2016 @ 8:39 am

    …Bush was weak from the start. And he only needed a touch to crumble!

  5. Finrod Felagund
    July 12th, 2016 @ 9:09 am

    Instead we have a presumptive nominee that’s worse than Jeb Bush.

    Oh well, at least it looks like the delegates will have their chance to take out the trash at the convention.

  6. CrustyB
    July 12th, 2016 @ 9:33 am

    We live in a time when “Is the pope Catholic?” has become a legitimate question but I do believe Jeb’s cheese has slid off its cracker.

  7. Quartermaster
    July 12th, 2016 @ 11:25 am

    There are plenty of groups within the RCC that are every bit as bad as the increasingly sideline Protestant denominations. The Popes have been no more ready to expel people than the sidelines have been. The “Magisterium” and its apostolic authority has been of no help whatsoever.

  8. guinspen
    July 12th, 2016 @ 12:42 pm

    Jeb’s goes to 6.

  9. Whitney
    July 12th, 2016 @ 2:49 pm

    Yeah. I don’t want to defend Jeb(!) but the Pope is a heretic

  10. Daniel Freeman
    July 12th, 2016 @ 3:38 pm

    #2 Anger, which is the blaming stage. Although Jeb isn’t wrong about Francis having Obama-esque manos de intestino, it’s a bit much to hang his defeat on the Pope.

  11. Adobe_Walls
    July 12th, 2016 @ 4:40 pm

    Sour grapes make sour whine.

  12. Art Deco
    July 12th, 2016 @ 4:50 pm

    He didn’t, and it’s clear from the quotations he did not. People here put that gloss on it for their own amusement.

  13. Art Deco
    July 12th, 2016 @ 4:56 pm

    ‘Groups’ are not much of a problem. The daily grind of parish and diocesan life is.

    The Pope’s authority is limited to teaching, appointments, and adjudication. The dimensions of the Church vis a vis the Holy See (which has about 4,000 employees) render it impossible for the Pope and his camarilla to govern the Church. The quality of institutional life rests with bishops and superiors (who may be more or less effective depending on secular corporate law). Episcopal appointments are made by the Holy See, but after a nomination and consultative process run by metropolitans. Episcopal appointments are going to reflect to a large degree the character of the available clergy.

    And, no, the condition of the Church (and of the Orthodox bodies) has not been nearly as parlous as the mainline bodies, which are Christian only in a historical sense. Francis is making wreckage.

  14. Quartermaster
    July 12th, 2016 @ 6:44 pm

    The religious that are problems are pretty much isolated, but they still have a sad influence in church life.

    Given my study of Scripture and Theology, I was forced to conclude that the RCC is Christian only in an historical sense. The Council of Trent was the final dividing line.

  15. Quartermaster
    July 12th, 2016 @ 6:47 pm

    His whining about the Pope interfering with our politics is a strong inference that Bergoglio bears a lot of the blame for his defeat. It isn’t just a gloss, Art.

  16. Adobe_Walls
    July 12th, 2016 @ 8:52 pm

    You refer to Hillary of course, though I remain unconvinced Jeb would be any better.

  17. Greg Toombs
    July 12th, 2016 @ 9:43 pm

    Just reading about Jeb Bush drains my energy.

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