So it's come to this.
After a sixth place finish in Iowa (only 2.8 percent of the vote), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is reduced to begging for applause at his campaign stops.
From the New York Times:
Mr. Bush finished a fiery riff about protecting the country as commander in chief — “I won’t be out here blowharding, talking a big game without backing it up,” he said — and was met with total silence.
“Please clap,” he said, sounding defeated.
The crowd laughed — and then, finally, clapped.
As most folks know, Bush was once considered the easy front-runner in the early days of the Republican nominating process.