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Moneyed, but Popular? Jeb Bush’s #RightToRise Hashtag Swamped by Hard Rock Band

Jeb Bush is in financial gloat mode. But does this mean he's popular?Jeb Bush’s campaigns are gloating right now. Sure, Jeb Bush’s official campaign, which is limited to accepting only a few thousand dollars per donor, is doing poorly: it has raised just $11.4 million so far this year. But Jeb Bush’s shadow Super PAC campaign, with which it is in close coordination in possible violation of the law, can accept cash in unlimited amounts from just a few people.  Bush’s Super PAC campaign has grabbed $103 million from its few donors.  Taken together, these amounts represent the largest campaign cash grab for any candidate in the 2016 presidential race yet.  On the other hand, Jeb Bush’s reliance on his Super PAC indicates that his base is narrowly limited to a very few, very rich, people — and unlike in the money race, in the primary elections very rich people still only get to vote once.

To gauge Jeb Bush’s popularity among actual people, not Swiss bank accounts, let’s turn our gaze to the social media platform Twitter, where on January 7 2015 Bush declared that people wanting to show support for his campaign should use the hashtag #righttorise.  On Twitter, it takes actual people, actually using a hashtag, to make a hashtag succeed.  When I last checked back in April, only a dozen people in the entire United States were using Jeb Bush’s hashtag.  Let’s take another look, this time tracking use of the #RightToRise hashtag for the month of July to date:

Use of RightToRise Hashtag by the Jeb Bush for President 2015 hashtag and others, July 2015

The Bush campaign has lost control of the #RightToRise hashtag, with the vast majority of Tweets being used to promote a new album by the Detroit hard rock band Wilson.  The next most popular use of #RightToRise is to make statements opposing Jeb Bush, and the third most popular use of #RightToRise in tweets is for Wilson fans to make fun of Jeb Bush for his hashtag fail.  Only one post on Twitter in July has featured a pro-Bush statement made independently from the Jeb Bush campaign.

The bottom line: Jeb Bush is very popular among wallets.  He is not popular among people.

9 thoughts on “Moneyed, but Popular? Jeb Bush’s #RightToRise Hashtag Swamped by Hard Rock Band”

  1. Larry says:

    Just read on news article this morning where amongst Republicans who indicated that they were likely to vote in their primary that Trump (insert giggle) is now in a virtual dead heat at top of heap. I believe it was 15.8 for Trump and 16.1 for Bush. And Christie (insert another giggle) was third – 9.5! Rand Paul was next with 8.1 and then Ben Carson (another giggle) was fifth at 7.2%.

    The article noted that in a 3-way between Bush, Trump, and Rubio that Bush led 42% to Trump’s 28.4% and Rubio’s 20%.

    Why Rubio? He didn’t even make the top six in poll including everyone (Scott Walker was 6th). What about Trump versus just Bush? I think that Bush would maintain a lead (as of now anyway) but larger, or closer? I would think that the gap would be larger simply as I couldn’t see Rubio’s Latino supporters (not that they all would be Hispanic) NOT going to Trump.

    But who knows what field will look like in 9 months?

    I don’t think either will do well in the debates.

  2. thedogfacedboy says:

    It really must be wonderful to have to much time available to waste it counting and sorting the hashtage of some blowhard politician. I think I’d rather be fishin’ and I really don’t even like fishing that much.

  3. Larry says:

    Hmmm… I think that if I didn’t want to get Posts from a blogger who routinely does stuff like that, well, I wouldn’t bother subscribing to it – and go fishing!

  4. ella says:

    Jim, do you know if there is a break down of the age groups in the polling data? Did you know that there is a Democratic add to vote against something the Republicans in Congress are doing, in the Mother Jones article? It makes it seem like it is a Clinton trap to lure possible Republicans into a negative add, and make them place their name on a list against Republicans. I have noticed that before on Internet sites that seemed intended for Republican information. It is best I do not give my honest opinion of Democrats here. Republicans may or may not be popular on the Internet. How could anyone tell? Democrats have learned how the manipulate the Internet for purposes of deceit, and call it (negatively presented mis-) information. Here is the carrot and mule analogy.

    1. Larry says:


      “Negative add”? Add or subtract? Or multiply?

      IMHO, if Democrats learned to do that, it was years ago… from the Republicans!

      But then that comment didn’t make a whole lot of sense anyway.

      Then again, like with Alex Jones, some people simply haven’t ever met a conspiracy theory that they didn’t like!

  5. ella says:

    Larry, I don’t mean to suggest a conspiracy. Adds can be placed on pages if they are allowed. But if that is the case… It is just a method that I do not agree with – on either side.
    I was/am looking for the age/gender-age break down in polls on JEB and for that matter for Clinton. It is always interesting to watch the trends in young voters vs older voters and how they change as a campaign develops. Lack of interest in the early attempt at Internet response for Bush was not unexpected. For one thing Clinton had already spent a great deal of time drawing that crowd and had already anticipated the Bush posting online. Bush is experienced, has spent time developing the needed basis for presenting his campaign and is ready for the debates. I believe he will do well representing Republican Party. Then will watch the developing changes in polling between the parties. The ‘right to rise hashtag’ may never be the place for his online campaign. But who knows?

    1. Larry says:

      I think that you meant “ads” rather than “adds”.

      Adds refers to the mathematics concept of addition. Ads refers to advertising. Pretty much an abbreviation for advertising. But it is ads, not adds.

      Almost ALL commercial websites today require that commercial ads be allowed. Most of them have the technical capability to insert ads based upon what “cookies” reveal that each particular user has an interest in. So, on those type of pages, the ads that I see would differ (likely, at least to some extent) from ads that you see.

      While I understand you saying that you didn’t mean to be suggesting conspiracy, the ending segments of your post seemingly does just that.

      Also, the original Post – in my opinion – was concerned with how JEB (for many months) circumvented (and likely broke) election campaigning laws with the coordination of “his” PAC and his then still unofficial campaign with the dual usage hashtag. While your posting seemed to be – and still seems to be – one of ignoring the point of the original posted article while cheerleading for JEB.

      As to age, gender, ethnic, religious, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, breakdown of various polled populations, as the fields (mainly GOP) narrows and the campaigning becomes more intense (I almost said “serious”!) then we will see that type of breakdown repeatedly… time and time and time again. That has been the case in every election cycle (if nothing else it gives pundits things to talk about and speculate on).

  6. ella says:

    Sorry about that double ‘d’ on ad, point taken. The Right to Rise hashtag, apparently served its purpose of telling investors in the JEB campaign where to go. The rest was, it appears people who quickly realized what it was and used the site for whatever purposes. Is it legal for a person who is testing the waters to seriously investigate supporters before making the decision to run for an office? It makes good sense if the intention is to win. Some just dive in and continue personally seeking investors. Bush waited until he was reasonably sure and then filed to run for president. That is just the way it happened not, in this case, being a cheerleader. But since being rerouted by the ZOG, I prefer a Republican candidate that can be elected. I still like the person of the candidate that is opposing the major Democrat running for president along with her husband and former President. But have realized that, although it may be possible for him to reach the convention, there are factors that are intervening. Now about the Right to Rise, it is great that Irregular Times is offering to relay any new comments on the site, really. There is another Right To Rise Very active site. Are they related?

    1. Larry says:

      I believe that the Twitter account IS related. In fact, my understanding is that they are one in the same.

      Rerouted by the ZOG?

      As in Reagan – Bush – Bush???

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