Last Week Tonight With John Oliver started off the second episode of Season 3 by roasting former contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination Jeb Bush over his lackluster showing in the primary process. After mentioning whatever is going on between Papa Frank and Trump, Oliver brilliantly roasted Jeb Bush's exit from the GOP stage. Calling the former Florida governor "the side of plain white rice that nobody ordered," Oliver pulled up a CNN clip that showed one of Jeb!'s less than ringing endorsements from a legendary member of the GOP old-school.
Who was the issuer of this lackluster endorsement? None other than Bush's own mother, Barbara. Who knows if the steadfast matriarch of the Bush clan was really trying to squeeze in a shadow dig at Columba Bush when she said, "What's left for me to say is that Jeb has been a great son, great father, great husband, married well," but when she said that Jeb was one of her "four favorite sons," that's just when it got really awkward. When not even your mom can come out and offer up a modicum of enthusiasm for your campaign, you may want to be thinking if you waited too long to drop out of the running.
Oliver kept the heat up, going on to say "She actually went on to call him 'steady,' 'honest,' 'modest,' and 'kind,' and his campaign was over right then and there, because you know you've lost when your own mother is selling you to America like an unappealing blind date: He's steady, he's honest, he has a pet mouse. Honestly, he hasn't been with a woman in a long time and he really needs this." At this point, it might be worth asking if Barbara's last ditch appearance to stump with her son in South Carolina may have hurt more than it helped.
Aside from grossing out nearly 99 percent of the nation by making people think about going out on a blind date with Jeb Bush, Oliver was on form tonight, delivering his audience a very well-done Bush on a silver platter.