We all kind of knew it would come to this, but there was a beautiful moment there where it felt like maybe Wall Street Republicans would have a real choice outside of Marco Rubio or JEB!
To be frank, that moment has been over for some time now but Business Insider has just published something of an official epitaph for the idea of Wall Street getting a candidate it could really, truly love.
US Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) is scheduled to headline a fundraiser Wednesday night hosted by Philip Rosen, the co-head of the real-estate practice at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP. The fundraiser is $1,000 per person or $2,700 to be a co-host, according to the invitation obtained by Business Insider.
Bush, meanwhile, will be the main attraction at a breakfast reception Friday at the Hilton in midtown Manhattan, according to the invitation for that event obtained by Business Insider. The Bush breakfast is $2,700 per supporter. Those who help raise and contribute a combined $27,000 earn co-host status and a "photo opportunity."
It's finally all down to the young latino senator from Florida, and the former Florida governor who is also latino, but in more of a Rachel Dolezal sense.
So who on Wall Street is giving to whom?
Some of the listed co-hosts on the Bush reception include Ken Lipper, a financier and the former deputy mayor of New York; Alex Navab, the head of Americas private equity at the firm KKR; former Barclays managing director Larry Wieseneck; and Scott Kapnick, the CEO of Highbridge Capital Management.
We also know that Anthony "Mooch" Scaramucci of Skybridge Capital is now fully on-board with JEB! after his torrid bromance with Scott Walker ended in sadness.
The list of the Rubio fundraiser's attendees, a bit shorter overall, includes hedge-fund manager Daniel Arbess; Wayne Berman, the senior adviser for global government affairs at the Blackstone Group; Courtney Deduldig, the executive vice president of McGraw Hill Financial; and Joe Wall, the DC-based vice president of government affairs at Goldman Sachs.
Obviously, a ton of Republican whale donors remain uncommitted up and down Wall Street, but it stands to reason that even rascally Kasich-flirters like Steve Schwarman will more than likely come around to playing a game of "Pick Your Floridian."
In other political news, the first Democratic debate takes place tonight in Las Vegas and promises to be...[Snoring].