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Jeb Bush has now been reduced to defending his losing candidacy — by publicly debating the last losing Republican candidate, and standing up for the popularity of a certain other disastrous Republican…

In an appearance today on Morning Joe, Bush had to respond to Mitt Romney, who recently told The Washington Post that he’d warned Jeb that the “the W. years” would be a burden to him on the campaign trail, and it would “too easy for the Democrats” to put another Clinton up against another Bush.

Jeb’s couldn’t help but display a certain testiness about their private conversation being made public, nor could he pass up another chance to show off just how tone-deaf he still is regarding his brother’s legacy.

“Look, Mitt Romney’s a great guy, and I do consider him a friend,” Jeb told panelist Willie Geist. “And in that private conversation, we talked about the campaign — because he was thinking about running. I went out to see him, I wanted him to know I was all in, and that I had a plan to win this. And I still do.”

And not only that — but Jeb insisted George W. really is popular, too.

“So my brother, if you did the polling and actually looked at it, he’s probably the most popular president amongst Republicans in this country. So the whole idea that somehow he’s a burden — any mistakes I make, they’re my own. My brother and my family, I’m honored to be part of that family, I love them dearly. And all of the psychobabble that goes along with it, I’ve gotten over it. You guys can meditate on your navels about it. I’m not.”

This all gets us to a more serious point about Jeb’s fundamentally flawed campaign: In so many ways, he has seemed to echo the worst qualities of both his brother George W. Bush, and the 2012 GOP loser Mitt Romney — and combined them into a single candidate.

Video via Morning Joe/MSNBC.

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