Remember when Ben Carson was nipping at the heels of Donald Trump in almost every national poll? While that was only a few weeks ago, it seems like it’s been much longer. While I never truly understood the allure of Carson, he is the only other candidate thus far who’s come remotely close to challenging Trump nationally. Ted Cruz may be leading Trump in Iowa, but he’s still very far behind him in just about every national poll.
When it came to Carson’s rise, ignorance really was bliss. Once the former neurosurgeon was placed under the often unrelenting spotlight of national scrutiny, his downfall quickly began. A candidate who just over a month ago was polling at over 24 percent now finds himself polling at 9 percent nationally.
In other words, it’s over for Ben Carson.
That’s a reality which became even more imminent on Thursday following an implosion of a good chunk of his campaign staff. On the last day of 2015, Carson’s campaign manager, Barry Bennett, and 20 other staffers quit the doomed campaign over increasing tension from within.
Barry Bennett, who oversaw Carson’s rapid rise to the top tier of Republican contenders and his later fall, said he quit over differences with another top adviser to Carson, Armstrong Williams.
Specifically, Bennett blamed Williams for an interview Carson gave last week to The Washington Post suggesting that the campaign was in disarray. “It’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever seen a candidate do,” Bennett said.
Things had “boiled over” with Williams, Bennett told Reuters. “For the past seven weeks, I’ve been doing nothing but putting out Armstrong Williams-started fires,” Bennett said.
That’s a bit ironic considering at the peak of Carson’s rise, the former surgeon told reporters that Armstrong Williams had “nothing to do with the campaign.” Yet, here Williams is, apparently still a very influential figure within Carson’s campaign.
While most campaigns hit rough patches here and there during these ridiculously long election seasons, when one has a max exodus such as Carson has recently experienced, that more or less marks the end of the road for that candidate. Though the truth of the matter is, it’s not his campaign that’s the problem – it’s him. The bottom line is, Carson is completely unqualified and unfit to be president. His downfall began not because his campaign changed, but because his incompetence was exposed. Ben Carson himself is the main reason why he’s plummeting into obscurity.
Now the question seems to be how long does he stay in the race? With Ted Cruz taking much of Carson’s evangelical support in Iowa (a key demographic for his campaign), and his current seventh place standing in New Hampshire, there doesn’t seem to be a “silver lining” for his campaign. Especially when a good chunk of those working for him just quit.
The harsh reality for Ben Carson supporters heading into 2016 is that it’s no longer a matter of if your candidate drops out of the race – but when.
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