My take on Jeb Bush dropping out of the presidential primaries, published at

Jeb Bush had it all. The son of a president and the grandson of a senator, Bush had former White House advisors and power brokers behind him. Loyal Republican Party fundraisers were a phone call away. And they were loyal: Bush raised US$150 million for his campaign, the most of any Republican candidate, and spent tens of millions of dollars on TV ads attacking his rivals.

But none of that was enough to stave off inevitable defeat. After placing fourth in South Caroli-na’s primary, 14 points behind Ted Cruz and a fraction of a point ahead of John Kasich, Jeb Bush dropped out of the presidential race.

It had been a long time coming. For months he was stuck at 4-5 percent in national polls, with no sign of forward progress. Now Marco Rubio and John Kasich, whose supporters had long been calling on Bush to leave the race, will compete for most of Bush’s support.

Jeb Bush was cursed. For all the good the Bush name did, it was also a heavy weight around his neck. “Jeb!”, who dropped the family name from his logo, was constantly hounded by questions and comparisons to his unpopular brother. It didn’t help that when asked about the Iraq War, he fiercely defended George W. By the end of the campaign in South Carolina, Jeb was desperate enough to invite Dubya to campaign on the same stage as him.