Department of WOW. 2016 Republican Presidential nomination wannabe Jeb Bush when asked about the violence in Oregon and about gun violence said “stuff happens.”
A day after a massacre on a U.S. college campus, Jeb Bush said “stuff happens” but that does not mean gun restrictions should be tightened.
“We’re in a difficult time in our country and I don’t think more government is necessarily the answer to this. I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It’s very bad to see,” the former Florida governor said. Then he added: “Look, stuff happens and the impulse is always to do something and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.”
Perhaps he has a point.
“Stuff happens.” So why spend the money on TSA? Why do any checks at airports?
“Stuff happens.” Why use seat belts? Those laws are pesky, the seat belts are costing car manufacturers money and who is the government to require people to wear them? If a cop stops you, quote Jeb Bush.
“Stuff happens.” If someone’s called before a judge about violating a law, embezzlement, robbery, why not just say “Stuff happens.” And I’m sure the judge will undestand he/she has no right to get involved in someone’s life.
“Stuff happens.” Why should California spend money on making sure bridges are earthquake proof? It’s Mother Nature doing her thing. Why should the government get involved?
“Stuff happens.” Why should lawmakers in states and in Congress ever do a thing if someone bursts into a school and mows down 4 through 10 year old kids and their educators? Wait! lawmakers and Congress have already not done that. Sorry.
“Stuff happens.” So why should those who are pro-life or pro-choice make such a big deal about having/not having abortions?
“Stuff happens.” Many voters will remember Jeb Bush’s answer on this, which now confirms he is NOT the smartest Bush. In fact, he’s turning out to the most politically inept — as nimble as a plate of spaghetti slowly falling off a table.
“Stuff happens.” To be sure: his gaffes are giving Democrats a pirate’s treasure chest of video to use against him if he gets the nomination (miracles do occur).
“Stuff happens?” Even my cat knows that the real saying isn’t the word “stuff.”
“Stuff happens.” In that sentence Mr. Bush shows what kind of President he would be.
I don’t think Ronald Reagan, George HB Bush, George W. Bush would use a phrase like that.
“Stuff” may happen.
But REAL leaders make stuff that’s needed happen.
They don’t just say “Stuff happens” when asked about gun violence that has taken so many lives and destroyed the lives of so many families and friends of those butchered for no reason.
What isn’t happening is the campaign of Jeb! He’s now down to 4 percent.
Deservedly so from the eyes of hard-line conservatives and I would easily venture to say from this comment more moderate and centrist voters.
Stuff does happen.
UPDATE: Jeb! unleashed a firestorm.
The New York Times has a piece which is INCREDIBLE in the response from the Bush camp.
The inelegant phrase immediately set off a wave of criticism from observers suggesting he was playing down the scourge of gun violence and the tragedy on Thursday, in which a gunman killed nine people at a community college in Roseburg, Ore.
Mr Bush, taking questions from the state’s attorney general, Alan Wilson, was speaking about a pattern of proposing legislative responses that he said did not halt the tragedies they were meant to stop.
Asked afterward about the “stuff happens” comment, Mr. Bush said, “it wasn’t a mistake,” and requested that a reporter point out “what I said wrong.”
“Things happen all the time,” Mr. Bush said. “Things. Is that better?”
The fact this guy can’t find a better choice of words suggests that perhaps in political terms he’s missing something, and needs to call in someone to give it to him: Karl Rove (aka “Bush’s Brain.”)
Asked what he meant, Mr. Bush said he was talking more generally about the tendency to pass laws in response to tragic events.
“Tragedies,” he said. “A child drowned in a pool and the impulse is to pass a law that puts fencing around pools. Well it may not change it. Or you have a car accident and the impulse is to pass a law that deals with that unique event. And the cumulative effect of this is, in some cases, you don’t solve the problem by passing the law, and you’re imposing on large numbers of people burdens that make it harder for our economy to grow, make it harder to protect liberty.”
Mr. Bush said he was not referring specifically to Oregon when he said “stuff happens.”
The Times story notes President Barack Obama’s withering response to Bush’s comment:
At a news conference in Washington, President Obama was asked to respond to Mr. Bush’s comments after being read a small portion of them.
“I don’t even think I have to react to that one,” Mr. Obama said, adding, “The American people should hear that.“
How do you think Bush responded?
But blaming liberals, liberals, liberals, liberals.
That’s the way to change the subject (even if the words were a)stated by Bush b)defended by Bush). And so you get this:
A spokeswoman for Mr. Bush, Allie Brandenburger, said in an email that Mr. Bush’s critics were “taking shameless advantage of a horrific tragedy.”
“It is sad and beyond craven that liberal Democrats, aided and abetted by some in the national media, would dishonestly take Governor Bush’s comments out of context in a cheap attempt to advance their political agenda in the wake of a tragedy,” she said.
This is the way it works in modern politics:
1. Say something insensitive, downright dumb, or something that gets you in trouble.
2. The Best Defense is a Good Offense is what they say, so attack the other side for pointing out your insensitive, downright dumb or trouble-creating comments.
It’s all the liberals and press who created the words Mr. Bush uttered — and later defended (until he had to have a spokesperson come out and try to deflect this words and defense with a statement trying to change defensive mode to attack mode).
Meanwhile, on Twitter:
— POLITICO (@politico) October 2, 2015
"Stuff Happens" just happens to be the perfect summation of Bush's plan to fight gun violence in this country. Which is to say: No plan.
— Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) October 2, 2015
Easy prediction: if Jeb Bush becomes the GOP nominee, "stuff happens" will be in a TV ad. Ditto "anchor babies."
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) October 2, 2015
Stuff That Isn't Going To Happen? – A 4th Term For the Bush Dynasty
— LivingLiberally (@LiberallyLiving) October 2, 2015
'Stuff happens' – Jeb Bush speaks for 95% of the American people. #OregonShooting
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 2, 2015
A message for Jeb Bush: 380 Americans have been killed in 294 mass shootings in 2015 alone. "Stuff" doesn't just "happen." Inaction happens.
— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) October 2, 2015
Jeb Bush put his foot in his mouth with #stuffhappens. But don't focus on that. Focus on the years of GOP stonewalling any progress on guns.
— Carol Fitzpatrick (@crl_fitzpatrick) October 3, 2015
Bush's comments are actually worse "in context:" Stuff happens. We shouldn't do anything about guns. Next question…
— Guy Cecil (@guycecil) October 2, 2015
Jeb! Bush says #StuffHappens. Ya, like children being killed with guns. That kind of "stuff."
— C Schappert (@TragicallySchap) October 2, 2015
Democrats pounce as Bush defends remarks // Could never have imagined Jeb would be so aloof & flip, checking 4 pulse? http://t.co/gmnFWBs8cg
— Ty Campbell (@TylerTyCampbell) October 3, 2015
— Progressive Push (@progressivepush) October 2, 2015
Pretty fun how a Jeb Bush gaffe spreads instantly and widely with all the energy he lacks. http://t.co/tzxHnnJjFw
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) October 2, 2015
Jeb! Bush's clarification is way worse than his gaffe. https://t.co/A14boKFq9A
— Kriston Capps (@kristoncapps) October 2, 2015
This Jeb Bush gaffe is completely the fault of the NRA for not getting its talking points to him on time.
— Owen Good (@owengood) October 2, 2015
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Joe Gandelman is a former fulltime journalist who freelanced in India, Spain, Bangladesh and Cypress writing for publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. He also did radio reports from Madrid for NPR’s All Things Considered. He has worked on two U.S. newspapers and quit the news biz in 1990 to go into entertainment. He also has written for The Week and several online publications, did a column for Cagle Cartoons Syndicate and has appeared on CNN.