If Jeb Bush had brought up Trump's prior liberal positions say in late July it would have resonated much more with the Republican base and prevented some of them anyway from jumping on the Trump ship. Also he would have gotten ahead of Trump attacking him (for example over the poorly photoshopped campaign poster where Jeb had a black hand) Now, it just seems like desperation and on the issue of the day which is immigration, Jeb is not in step with the Republican base. Attacking Trump both in English and Spanish is tone deaf with the increasingly nativist, anti-immigrant Trumpites. Also for Jeb to react in such a placid manner when Trump insulted his Mexican born wife in Twitter is emasculating. If that had happened to me, I would have waited until one of the debates, taken Trump aside, and given him a beating he would feel for some time. I have always felt Jeb Bush's campaign is a non-starter and he is not even second to Trump anymore in polls - He is fourth or fifth. He is also no longer the first in fundraising.
2.) It's not just Martin O'Malley criticizing the small number of Democratic debates and their late start. Both Bernie Sanders and James Webb have jumped in as have the AFL CIO. Limiting debates to somehow protect a fading front runner while projecting overconfidence is stupid - Criticize the Republicans all you want for their beliefs but at least they are out there .... “While the Republicans put their backwards ideas forward, before an audience of more than 20 million Americans, we put our forward-thinking ideas on the back-burner, as if we are trying to hide them from the airwaves.” Martin O'Malley continues, “Four debates...this is totally unprecedented in our party’s history.” Incompetent Clinton crony Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the DNC should have been fired after the Dems poor performance in the 2014 elections.
Objectively speaking, Hillary Clinton is a weak front runner, her campaign is a house of cards ready to collapse, the answer is not to protect her by limiting her public exposure. Aside from being totally unlikable and ideologically adrift in the Sanders surge, she is dogged by scandal. The E-mail scandal by itself may not be that important (she did break state department) and that would depend on what was in those deleted emails. If she was doing what I think she was doing which is using her office to solicit campaign funds to run for president it is a crime. But even if nothing like that is there it is yet another example of the Clinton's royalist do what we want attitude and haven't we had enough of that in the office of the President of the United States?