Implosion in JebLand! Via the NYT:
Jeb Bush has ordered across-the-board pay cuts and slashed staff positions at his Miami headquarters — a drastic shake-up for a campaign that has performed far short of early expectations.
According to an internal memo, Mr. Bush plans to reduce payroll costs by 40 percent this week, cut salaries for all but the most entry level staff members, cut travel costs by 20 percent and significantly reduce headquarters staff.
Bloomberg News got ahold of the memo that went out to campaign staffers. It was snippy!
“It’s no secret that the contours of this race have changed from what was anticipated at the start,” the memo said, adding, somewhat defensively, ”We would be less than forthcoming if we said we predicted in June that a reality television star supporting Canadian-style single-payer health care and partial-birth abortion would be leading the G.O.P. primary.”
Friday’s changes were discussed on a conference call with donors led by Mr. Diaz and Sally Bradshaw, Mr. Bush’s top adviser.
Still, party leaders who had great hopes for Mr. Bush – who entered the race hoping to intimidate other rivals into abandoning the field – expressed dismay and confusion at what has become of his campaign.
“By any honest analysis, the first 10 months of this year have been a political disaster. Candidates need to understand this and make changes,” said one senior Republican in Washington, who frequently speaks with the Bush campaign and asked for anonymity to speak candidly about the position the candidate now finds himself in.
It is “an unbelievable position to be twisted into from ‘shock and awe’ to aw, shucks,” this person said.
But others with close ties to Mr. Bush’s campaign questioned whether it needed to make more fundamental changes to his campaign’s message and leadership.
“Belt tightening is one thing, but sometimes you need to change pants,” said a Republican strategist who insisted on anonymity to speak candidly.
Dayum! I’ve been thinking all along that the Trump, Carson and Fiorina boomlets would follow the Giuliani and Fred Thompson model toward a reverse-mortgage infomercial gig and that Jeb would have the money and connections to choke out the real candidates. It may still shake out that way. But it’s looking more like the Shitstain Campaign everyday.