Jeb Bush’s presidential aspirations are over even as he’s officially launching them.
It doesn’t matter how much money he raises. It doesn’t matter how much the liberal media tries to brainwash us about how he’s the only “electable” candidate we have. It doesn’t matter how many people he has shilling for him on Fox News. And it doesn’t even matter how unlikeable Hillary Clinton is or how little the public trusts her.
We can look at 1980 as the watershed year for such analysis because that was the moment of the last major political realignment in America – the Reagan Revolution. It produced two tectonic shifts: The Christian Right was born and the former solidly Democrat south began moving into the Republican column.
The Christian Right, the formidable alliance of traditional Catholics and evangelicals forged by the likes of Paul Weyrich and Jerry Falwell (among others), gave Reagan a third leg to his stool that his upstart predecessor Barry Goldwater couldn’t have dreamed of in 1964. Prior to 1980, Catholics had only voted majority Republican once in the previous seven presidential elections and evangelicals weren’t even considered a viable demographic until then. In fact, the first real attempt to mobilize evangelicals politically post-World War II was done in 1976 when Democrat Jimmy Carter openly advertised himself as a born-again Christian.