Carson campaign cuts 50 staff positions, 40% of staff

posted at 12:41 pm on February 4, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Don’t jump to conclusions. Perhaps they’re just going home to retrieve a change of clothes.

The Washington Post reports that the downsizing will cut 50 jobs, not 30:

Ben Carson, the famed neurosurgeon whose bid for the Republican presidential nomination has struggled to keep pace with rivals, will cut more than 50 staff positions Thursday as part of an overhaul and downsizing of his campaign.

Salaries are being significantly reduced. Carson’s traveling entourage will shrink to only a handful of advisers. And instead of flying on private jets, Carson may soon return to commercial flights.

The employees being released — about half of Carson’s campaign — mostly work in field operations and at his headquarters in Northern Virginia.

This isn’t a shutdown of the campaign. Carson’s team had 125 paid staff positions, fueled by impressive fundraising in the second half of 2015. This would be a cut of about 40%, pushed in large part by a sharp drop in donations. Carson’s sometimes-arms-length spokesman Armstrong Williams insists that this move will make the campaign more effective:

“Dr. Carson is going to get his campaign lean — really lean,” Williams said in an interview. “One issue for a while has been too much infrastructure, and he has decided to fully address it so that he can sustain his campaign until the convention.”

Too much infrastructure? If so, it’s a curious time to streamline. The campaign will move from two small-population states to the larger South Carolina, one place where Carson needs to win or come close enough to impress donors all over again. Ten days later comes Super Tuesday, where campaigns that hope to compete literally have to be fifteen places at once — or at least as many of those fifteen as possible to remain competitive. This is a moment for a large footprint, not for lean.

The timing is equally curious. Carson just got done publicly dressing down Ted Cruz for his campaign’s suggestions at the Iowa caucuses that he was getting out of the race, which Carson’s own strange decision to fly home to Florida to pick up some clothes kick-started. (If one wants to get lean on the campaign trail, how about using a dry cleaner rather than a private-jet trip to restock the wardrobe?) After lecturing Cruz and citing Scripture to scold him over the suggestion that Carson wasn’t completely committed to the campaign, Team Carson then announces a 40% reduction in staffing. That dampens the message a bit, no?

Regardless of the spin coming from the campaign, a 40% staff reduction just before the New Hampshire primary can only mean two things. One: the campaign has been mismanaged. Two: The campaign is going badly and is running out of reasons to keep running, so to speak. Both could be true, but the numbers from Iowa, New Hampshire, and fundraising make it look like the latter is the reasonable conclusion.


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Buh bye

cmsinaz on February 4, 2016 at 12:43 PM

I’m hoping ¡Jeb! isn’t laying off anyone.

Keep spending that Chamber of Commerce Ca$h like it’s endless ¡Jebbie!

ConstantineXI on February 4, 2016 at 12:44 PM

I’ll be curious to see where Carson’s support goes once he drops out.

Doughboy on February 4, 2016 at 12:44 PM

Damn Ted Cruz all to he!!!!!!!

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 12:45 PM

Doughboy on February 4, 2016 at 12:44 PM

Trump has been his champion, as soon as he crashed him in the polls. Difficult choice.

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 12:46 PM

I’ll be curious to see where Carson’s support goes once he drops out.

Doughboy on February 4, 2016 at 12:44 PM

I don’t see it going to ¡Marco! or ¡Jeb!…

So, between ¡Kasich!, ¡Christy Kreme! and ¡Jeb! who will be the first out?

ConstantineXI on February 4, 2016 at 12:47 PM

That was sure one expensive change of clothes!

Constitutionalist on February 4, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Ed snarks:

Don’t jump to conclusions. Perhaps they’re just going home to retrieve a change of clothes.

Ed, didn’t you just violate some election law? Pretty close.

/I think your post should be brought down, or at least rewritten

LashRambo on February 4, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Trump only uses Twitter as his campaign staff.
Seems to be working tremendously.

LoganSix on February 4, 2016 at 12:48 PM

I’m sure Carson can think up a new lie to blame this on Cruz.

tetriskid on February 4, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Ted Cruz’s Fault!

Torcert on February 4, 2016 at 12:49 PM

I’ll be curious to see where Carson’s support goes once he drops out.

Doughboy on February 4, 2016 at 12:44 PM

Maybe a clue.

Bmore on February 4, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Damn Ted Cruz all to he!!!!!!!

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 12:45 PM

LOL!!

Cruz is a fortuneteller

libfreesMom on February 4, 2016 at 12:50 PM

So are we not supposed think that maybe Carson is getting out?

Tater Salad on February 4, 2016 at 12:50 PM

I’ll be curious to see where Carson’s support goes once he drops out.

Doughboy on February 4, 2016 at 12:44 PM

Most of it will probably drop out with him.

kcewa on February 4, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Maybe a clue.

Bmore on February 4, 2016 at 12:49 PM

I don’t think so given the recent words of Carson. The staff just needs work.

Tater Salad on February 4, 2016 at 12:52 PM

I’ll be curious to see where Carson’s support goes once he drops out.

Doughboy on February 4, 2016 at 12:44 PM

All the Campaigns will have to wait a requisite fortnight to talk about it lest they get sued by Trump for unduly influencing the primaries..

Torcert on February 4, 2016 at 12:52 PM

Keep spending that Chamber of Commerce Ca$h like it’s endless ¡Jebbie!

ConstantineXI on February 4, 2016 at 12:44 PM

It actually is endless. If you pay attention to the prices at the register, you’ll realize where the money is coming from.

Rix on February 4, 2016 at 12:52 PM

I’ll be curious to see where Carson’s support goes once he drops out.

Doughboy on February 4, 2016 at 12:44 PM

I’m guessing Rubio after the recent Cruz dust up. Rubio has been relentlessly attacked and done reasonably well stay above the fray – something Carson values.

Tater Salad on February 4, 2016 at 12:54 PM

When Gentle Ben inevitably drops out, will he endorse Trump, the guy who compared Carson’s “pathological temper” to that of a child molester?

Dan333 on February 4, 2016 at 12:54 PM

This is a book tour seeking to capitalize on free earned media at this point. You don’t ramp down while voting is on-going.

blammm on February 4, 2016 at 12:54 PM

Donald Trump’s poll numbers took a nosedive in the first national survey after Iowa http://read.bi/1SZTkiz via @bi_politics

Torcert on February 4, 2016 at 12:58 PM

I don’t think so given the recent words of Carson. The staff just needs work.

Tater Salad on February 4, 2016 at 12:52 PM

I wouldn’t be so sure. Cruz is the likely landing place for Dr Carson’s supporters.

Bmore on February 4, 2016 at 1:00 PM

It actually is endless. If you pay attention to the prices at the register, you’ll realize where the money is coming from.

Rix on February 4, 2016 at 12:52 PM

Which is why I discriminate against any business that displays the US Chamber of Commerce logo.

Oh, and the US Chamber of Commerce knows it’s a negative and is hiding it’s members…

ConstantineXI on February 4, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Damn Ted Cruz all to he!!!!!!!

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 12:45 PM

Thread winner.

John the Libertarian on February 4, 2016 at 1:05 PM

Let’s be honest. Wasn’t Carson in this to sell books? He suspended his campaigning to do a book signing.

Really?

libfreesMom on February 4, 2016 at 1:06 PM

“One issue for a while has been too much infrastructure, and he has decided to fully address it so that he can sustain his campaign until the convention.”

Cough….Bull$hit, Cough……

Johnnyreb on February 4, 2016 at 1:17 PM

Stick a fork in it.

Joe Mama on February 4, 2016 at 1:17 PM

You’re not allowed to report on Carson campaign, it’s Durty Trix™.

Frankly it’s probably illegal too, frankly.

mudskipper on February 4, 2016 at 1:17 PM

The timing is curious. Also, the timing is curious.

boone on February 4, 2016 at 1:17 PM

Caron must have a real lot of dirty laundry piled up as he has
absolutely no appearances scheduled anywhere.

He raised 23 million last quarter, over $61 Mil total. His donors should be pissed he’s not even trying at this point and has decided to play the victim card instead despite exceeding expectations in Iowa.

I’d like to know how much his donations suffered as a direct consequence to his recent antics. Not that anyone in his camp would admit it.

Well I do hope he gets some rest so he won’t have to get his shut eye while he’s talking to news outlets anymore.

Buttercup on February 4, 2016 at 1:18 PM

I am sorry but shouldn’t this thread be filled to the overflowing by all the people who where so outraged just yesterday at the mere thought that Dr. Carson wasn’t a contender if not for Ted Cruz? Come on, people, this should be good for at least 350 comments. Where are you?

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 1:21 PM

Caron must have a real lot of dirty laundry piled up as he has
absolutely no appearances scheduled anywhere.

He raised 23 million last quarter, over $61 Mil total. His donors should be pissed he’s not even trying at this point and has decided to play the victim card instead despite exceeding expectations in Iowa.

I’d like to know how much his donations suffered as a direct consequence to his recent antics. Not that anyone in his camp would admit it.

Well I do hope he gets some rest so he won’t have to get his shut eye while he’s talking to news outlets anymore.

Buttercup on February 4, 2016 at 1:18 PM

He’s been bought.

Watch for a ¡Marco! endorsement…

ConstantineXI on February 4, 2016 at 1:22 PM

Is it still against the Law of Trump for us to point out that it looks very much like Ben Carson is folding up his tent and preparing to leave the race?

gridlock2 on February 4, 2016 at 1:22 PM

There’s this Aimee Semple McPherson effect inside the GOP. Ben Carson, Sarah Palin even to some extent Trump. The GOP is so lacking of leadership that people latch on to anyone that catches there eye just by giving a speech that goes against the normal Washington tripe.
To be honest Ben Carson should have never run for President and it’s not because he’s not a political insider or never held political office, it’s because he never took it seriously enough. Just like Palin he never bothered to take the time and truly study conservative ideology and how it relates to the issues of the day. Not that any of the current field is all that much better but just by the fact that most are involved in legislature or at least stay current on what’s going on they can at least sound somewhat coherent and aren’t caught flatfooted on basic policy questions all the time.

lowandslow on February 4, 2016 at 1:22 PM

Wow, got to appreciate the level of Carson hate. Reminds me of Slick Willy when he said, “You should put some ice on that.”

The Twelfth Commandment: Thou shalt not oppose God’s Emmissary on Earth, Ted Cruz.

fossten on February 4, 2016 at 1:23 PM

He’s been bought.

Watch for a ¡Marco! endorsement…

ConstantineXI on February 4, 2016 at 1:22 PM

Agree. And I saved your post for ya.

fossten on February 4, 2016 at 1:24 PM

*Still waiting for Ed to take down or at least rewrite his post for violating election laws*

LashRambo on February 4, 2016 at 1:24 PM

This is why you have to respect Rand.

He saw the same drop and instead of dragging it out, he killed it and when to focus on the Senate.

Carson cannot believe he went from #2 to OUT in 90 days. It’s not rationale to him, so Ben’s trying to dissect wtf happened.

budfox on February 4, 2016 at 1:26 PM

Donald Trump’s poll numbers took a nosedive in the first national survey after Iowa http://read.bi/1SZTkiz via @bi_politics

Torcert

Except for those other two where he didn’t…one of which came out before the PPP poll, lol.

Ipsos – Trump 38% Cruz 14%
Morning Consult – Trump 36% Cruz 16%

xblade on February 4, 2016 at 1:26 PM

I am sorry but shouldn’t this thread be filled to the overflowing by all the people who where so outraged just yesterday at the mere thought that Dr. Carson wasn’t a contender if not for Ted Cruz? Come on, people, this should be good for at least 350 comments. Where are you?

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 1:21 PM

Straw man. Who called him a contender? Why are you throwing out nebulous taunts? Most candidates wait until Iowa to see if they are viable. It is possible that Cruz’s dirty tactic affected Carson in Iowa. Since he only placed fourth, he lost momentum.

fossten on February 4, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Bummer. Was starting to swing to him.

Cleombrotus on February 4, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Donald Trump’s poll numbers took a nosedive in the first national survey after Iowa http://read.bi/1SZTkiz via @bi_politics

Torcert on February 4, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Wrong thread.

fossten on February 4, 2016 at 1:28 PM

I am sorry but shouldn’t this thread be filled to the overflowing by all the people who where so outraged just yesterday at the mere thought that Dr. Carson wasn’t a contender if not for Ted Cruz? Come on, people, this should be good for at least 350 comments. Where are you?

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 1:21 PM

Reeling from Trump’s shocking IA loss and his subsequent twitter meltdown.

Dan333 on February 4, 2016 at 1:29 PM

Oh my, it appears that Dr. Ben Carson may not be long for this campaign after all.

Who knew?

Brian1972 on February 4, 2016 at 1:31 PM

He’s been bought.

Watch for a ¡Marco! endorsement…

ConstantineXI on February 4, 2016 at 1:22 PM

No doubt.
Good thing Team Marco deleted the tweet his campaign sent out before the Iowa Caucus telling everyone Carson was leaving the race and to vote for him.
Marco didn’t apologize so it didn’t happen.

Buttercup on February 4, 2016 at 1:34 PM

Donald Trump’s poll numbers took a nosedive in the first national survey after Iowa http://read.bi/1SZTkiz via @bi_politics

Torcert on February 4, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Wrong thread.

fossten on February 4, 2016 at 1:28 PM

Perhaps not. Yesterday Trump bravely went to bat for Dr Carson. One might expect that show of solidarity with a fellow candidate who was cheated out of IA delegates by Ted’s dirty tricks might get a boost in the polls. Well, it appears Trump wasn’t rewarded by the public for his courageous stand on fairplay. Trump’s plunge in the NH PPP poll would indicate the same.

Dan333 on February 4, 2016 at 1:43 PM

Wrong thread.

fossten on February 4, 2016 at 1:28 PM

Is there such a thing as a wrong thread to discuss the Solid Gold Dumpster Fire you support?

Buttercup on February 4, 2016 at 1:44 PM

Rush just announced that Carson after the NPB, will not go to NH but NC instead. So, maybe there’s some truth there after all. This going to FL for a clean suit just ain’t gonna fly.

Kissmygrits on February 4, 2016 at 1:47 PM

So, considering that Carson isn’t even actively campaigning, where did his $20 MILLION war chest go? I mean, I know that dry cleaning is expensive, but …

Pork-Chop on February 4, 2016 at 1:48 PM

This going to FL for a clean suit just ain’t gonna fly.

Kissmygrits on February 4, 2016 at 1:47 PM

I demand to know if the RNC paid for Carson’s suits with donor funds.

As we all learned, this is a crucial campaign issue and we must know.

Brian1972 on February 4, 2016 at 1:49 PM

fossten on February 4, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Strawman, sarcasm whatever you like best. That’s right, though, Carson wouldn’t have been a contend, you think Trump would have won!

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 1:55 PM

Good and honorable men and women particularly in this case Dr. Carson are not used to chicanery, trickery,and the likes of campaign managers that are bare knuckles win at all costs cheats. Dr Carson ran an operation dealing with honesty, and the human aspect of this process, therefore to witness such acts especially by a fellow Christian for Dr Carson and his wife were anything short of a true dissapointment. Whether he was or was not dropping out. in the end was not up to any other person or persons to assume ( ass-u-me ). I do not care if he made the announcement before, during or after Iowa. The point is he never made an official announcement. He himself said anything of that nature would have been discussed campaign to campaign. All of you small minded and heartless uglies on here are disgusting. This is the first I believe African-American Republican candidate to go the distance and how proud we should be as Americans and THIS is the best we can do!! SAD

justonevictory on February 4, 2016 at 1:57 PM

Where are all the Cruz haters.

Except for fossten. At least he’s consistent.

22044 on February 4, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Dang he was quitting. Lol

cimbri on February 4, 2016 at 1:59 PM

Carson campaign fundraising off of the “cheating” scandal.

They blame CNN, do not mention Cruz in their fundraising.

What a phony.

https://twitter.com/HeyTammyBruce/status/695306038027771905

libfreesMom on February 4, 2016 at 2:03 PM

fossten on February 4, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Let me get this straight. Cindy throws out her opinion, and you call it a nebulous taunt, and then go on to postulate your theory without any real proof, but yours is not nebulous, because….
Trump!?

Neitherleftorright on February 4, 2016 at 2:04 PM

he has decided to fully address it so that he can sustain his campaign until the convention.

I believe that Dr. Carson is a man of integrity, and that he actually plans to keep his campaign going until a candidate officially clinches the nomination.

Ed, however, does not appear to be willing to give Dr. Carson the benefit of the doubt:

Regardless of the spin coming from the campaign, a 40% staff reduction just before the New Hampshire primary can only mean two things. One: the campaign has been mismanaged. Two: The campaign is going badly and is running out of reasons to keep running, so to speak. Both could be true, but the numbers from Iowa, New Hampshire, and fundraising make it look like the latter is the reasonable conclusion.

Dr. Carson’s reasons for running aren’t about money.
Yes, it takes money to run a campaign, but Dr. Carson is not “running out of reasons to keep running”.

Five candidates received delegates in Iowa:
1) Cruz
2) Trump
3) Rubio
4) Carson
5) Paul

Cruz and Rubio were both born U.S. citizens, but with ties to foreign countries. They were not “born in the country, to parents who are its citizens”, and I do not believe that they are eligible to hold the office of President.

Paul has dropped out of the race.

That leaves:
1) Trump
2) Carson

For me, Trump is too much of an unknown. His past coziness with the Clintons and other Democrats bothers me. As a POTUS, he might make fiscal and social conservatives happy, but also might appoint “personally pro-life, but publicly pro-choice” justices to the SCOTUS and “repeal & replace” Obamacare with something nearly as bad. Like Obama in 2008, many people project their hopes upon him, not knowing what he truly stands for.

Carson, on the other hand, is much more of a known. His values are consistent and in line with values I hold dear. His personality is 180 degrees from Trump, but there is nothing wrong with that.

I have every intention of voting for Dr. Ben Carson in my state’s primary.

ITguy on February 4, 2016 at 2:05 PM

ITguy on February 4, 2016 at 2:05 PM

You may have a point with Cruz. But Marco was born in the US. Where his parents were born is immaterial, always has been.

Neitherleftorright on February 4, 2016 at 2:09 PM

What is really funny is this morning one of Fox’s anchorettes, when interviewing Dr. Carson, said that another campaign had also taken advantage of the vague update by Dr. Carson. But oddly enough she wouldn’t name said “other campaign”. And do we know why? Yes, we, do! Because it was Rubio.

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 2:19 PM

Where his parents were born is immaterial, always has been.

Neitherleftorright on February 4, 2016 at 2:09 PM

I disagree. I believe that the Founders’ intent was to keep foreign influence as far away as possible from the Commander in Chief of our military. Someone born on U.S. soil to a British subject was likewise a British subject. Rubio’s parents did not become U.S. citizens until years after his birth. I believe the word “natural” in “natural born citizen” means that you are not born with ties to any other country, via birth location or via citizenship of parents.

I will say that while I believe that completely, I think SCOTUS would have a very, very difficult time ruling that way if they ever hear such a case. Why? Because they would be forced to admit that Barack Obama was born a British subject (his own campaign web site admitted this), and ruling that he is not a natural born citizen would require that his entire presidency be nullified due to his being usurper who usurped the authority of the presidency.

ITguy on February 4, 2016 at 2:27 PM

To clarify, I know that Rubio’s parents were Cuban citizens, not British subjects. I was just referring to British subjects because:
1) That would be highly relevant to the Founders
2) Barack Obama was born a British subject (if what he has said about his birth narrative is true).

ITguy on February 4, 2016 at 2:29 PM

ITguy on February 4, 2016 at 2:29 PM

I have far more faith in a man born of parents fleeing communism than I do of a man born with a silver spoon in his mouth and corruption in his wake.

Neitherleftorright on February 4, 2016 at 2:36 PM

Wow, got to appreciate the level of Carson hate.

fossten on February 4, 2016 at 1:23 PM

Feel the love Chumpanzee, I’m sure you can appreciate it.

Trump on Carson when Carson’s poll numbers rose in Iowa:

Speaking in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Trump declared Carson to be a liar, and said that voters were gullible to accept the word of Carson as that of the truth.
“How stupid are the people of Iowa?” Trump asked in his speech, “and how stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?”

Regarding Carsons book of which Trump questioned the accuracy:

So here’s the good news,” Trump thundered to those in attendance at his speech in Iowa, “he’s now saying all that stuff happened…because otherwise, he’s a liar!”
Much of Trump’s assertions about Carson’s believability derive from a chapter in Carson’s book Gifted Hands, in which Carson explains how he overcame a problem with uncontrolled anger and a sometimes violent temper as a child.

Trump has taken to mocking these stories, especially the one involving the knife breaking on the belt buckle, and makes little secret that he—Trump—considers Carson’s tale to be pure balderdash. Trump also refutes Carson’s claim that his religious epiphany occurred in the bathroom after a few hours of solitude and introspection, an event which brought about the soft-spoken man he became.
“So he goes into the bathroom for a couple of hours and comes out a religious man?” Trump asked the audience, “And the people of Iowa believe him? Give me a break.”
Trump has also mocked Carson’s own early beliefs that his anger as a youth was “pathological” and a “disease,” and likened it to other pathological disorders.
“I don’t want to say what I said, but I’ll tell you anyway,” Trump said in his speech, “if you’re a child molester—a sick puppy, you’re a child molester—there’s no cure for that. None. There’s only one cure, and we don’t want to talk about that cure. That’s the ultimate cure. If you’re a child molester, there’s no cure. They can’t stop you.”
“So, he’s a pathological, damaged camper,” Trump added, “…he went after his mother…went after his mother with a hammer at a fairly young age…fourteen…fifteen years old.”
Trump received some laughs from some in the audience, but he also received a few boos as well.
All told, Trump’s tirade against Carson and his lambasting of voters who would support the retired neurosurgeon lasted some 90 minutes (long even for a typical stump speech by Trump)

http://thursdayreview.com/TrumpMocksCarson.html

Buttercup on February 4, 2016 at 2:40 PM

You may have a point with Cruz. But Marco was born in the US. Where his parents were born is immaterial, always has been.

Neitherleftorright on February 4, 2016 at 2:09 PM

So, if Rubio’s parents were in this country illegally, at the time of his birth, would Rubio still be eligible?

Asking for a friend.

JannyMae on February 4, 2016 at 2:59 PM

Buttercup on February 4, 2016 at 2:40 PM

How does this in any way justify the ridicule and hate being heaped on Carson right now?

JannyMae on February 4, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Keep deflecting, Cruzophiles. Maybe something will bounce off and actually stick.

JannyMae on February 4, 2016 at 3:01 PM

time to get out.

My guess is he’s negotiating with Rubio for a job after the election. Everyone else is.

chuckh on February 4, 2016 at 3:08 PM

A dirty trick is getting your enemy to sign an agreement allowing you to take in billions of dollars and build a nuclear bomb.

A dirty trick is finding a “lost” box of paper ballots in the trunk of your car, 99% of which are marked for the Democrat.

What Ted Cruz did is called an election.

Rubbin’ is racin’.

Whining about it is like blaming the kicker for missing a last minute field goal. There were many other blown opportunities to score. Ted didn’t blow Carson’s campaign, Carson did.

tdarrington on February 4, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Keep deflecting, Cruzophiles. Maybe something will bounce off and actually stick.

JannyMae on February 4, 2016 at 3:01 PM

Why does Dr Carson’s fundraising email about the “cheating” in Iowa blame a bad CNN report, and NOT Ted Cruz?

For all his anger over this, he blames CNN now when he wants your money?

https://twitter.com/HeyTammyBruce/status/695306038027771905

libfreesMom on February 4, 2016 at 3:32 PM

Carson hasn’t dropped out yet.

Someone tell the Cruz henchman Steve King

SpongePuppy on February 4, 2016 at 3:40 PM

I have far more faith in a man born of parents fleeing communism than I do of a man born with a silver spoon in his mouth and corruption in his wake.

Neitherleftorright on February 4, 2016 at 2:36 PM

I understand, and I really have nothing personally against Rubio, Cruz, Jindal, etc., but I think all of them were citizens at birth but not natural born citizens. I have a hard time with the concept of voting for someone who I honestly believe isn’t Constitutionally eligible to hold the office. I won’t do so in the primary, and I hope I won’t have to do so in the general in an effort to prevent another socialist/collectivist/communist from occupying the Oval Office.

ITguy on February 4, 2016 at 3:47 PM

This is funny.
You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to know Carson’s run for office is done.

Tommyhour on February 4, 2016 at 3:48 PM

Why does Dr Carson’s fundraising email about the “cheating” in Iowa blame a bad CNN report, and NOT Ted Cruz?

For all his anger over this, he blames CNN now when he wants your money?

https://twitter.com/HeyTammyBruce/status/695306038027771905

libfreesMom on February 4, 2016 at 3:32 PM

Excuse me, but Carson isn’t getting any of my money, because I don’t support Carson.

Regardless of what Carson does, I know what Cruz’ campaign did, and it was dirty. They knew, early on, that there was nothing to the rumor that Carson was dropping out, and they continued on with the deception. There’s more coming out about it, now. Long after Carson clarified he wasn’t dropping out, they were still soliciting votes for Cruz under the pretense that he was.

Here’s a new article from Breitbart.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/02/04/ted-cruz-voicemails-ben-carson-exclusive-audio/

You can’t blame Carson or CNN for this. It was deliberately done. Now, if you want to minimize it and say it’s “politics as usual,” then you’d better be prepared to admit that Cruz is a typical politician, and not the paragon of moral virtue that we keep being told he is.

JannyMae on February 4, 2016 at 4:03 PM

Buttercup on February 4, 2016 at 2:40 PM

How does this in any way justify the ridicule and hate being heaped on Carson right now?

JannyMae on February 4, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Way to deflect GrannyMae. Hitting the gin already?
I’m not justifying anything just pointing out typical hypocrisy from Trumpster Divers.
Frankly I didn’t notice hate and ridicule being heaped on Carson more than any other candidate and he’s not off limits but the fact is the only person who has heaped hatred and personal attacks on Carson is Donald Trump. One of your fellow chumps make baseless accusations, I respond and you ask what that has to do with anything.

Buttercup on February 4, 2016 at 4:22 PM

JannyMae on February 4, 2016 at 4:03 PM

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

– Joseph Goebbels

Buttercup on February 4, 2016 at 4:25 PM

Regardless of the spin coming from the campaign, a 40% staff reduction just before the New Hampshire primary can only mean two things. One: the campaign has been mismanaged. Two: The campaign is going badly and is running out of reasons to keep running, so to speak. Both could be true, but the numbers from Iowa, New Hampshire, and fundraising make it look like the latter is the reasonable conclusion.

It seems like they scaled the size of the organization based on early polling and contributions, and have taken too long to cut staff as they lost in both areas. That’s probably why they have to cut so many at one time.

But I think the campaign is losing ground, and cuts were inevitable. If they had been made sooner, maybe there wouldn’t be so many at one time, but the cuts have probably been coming for a while.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2016 at 4:36 PM

I am sorry but shouldn’t this thread be filled to the overflowing by all the people who where so outraged just yesterday at the mere thought that Dr. Carson wasn’t a contender if not for Ted Cruz? Come on, people, this should be good for at least 350 comments. Where are you?

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 1:21 PM

Reeling from Trump’s shocking IA loss and his subsequent twitter meltdown.

Dan333 on February 4, 2016 at 1:29 PM

I think you underestimate them. They’re just taking a while to recover from their moral outrage.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2016 at 4:43 PM

fossten on February 4, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Let me get this straight. Cindy throws out her opinion, and you call it a nebulous taunt, and then go on to postulate your theory without any real proof, but yours is not nebulous, because….
Trump!?

Neitherleftorright on February 4, 2016 at 2:04 PM

Hey, I’ll have you know there is nothing nebulous about Trump!

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2016 at 4:45 PM

This is why you have to respect Rand.

He saw the same drop and instead of dragging it out, he killed it and when to focus on the Senate.

Carson cannot believe he went from #2 to OUT in 90 days. It’s not rationale to him, so Ben’s trying to dissect wtf happened.

budfox on February 4, 2016 at 1:26 PM

Funny you should mention Rand Paul. It seems his campaign also thought Carson was dropping out, and was going after his supporters.

Here is a tweet was from a Laura Shupe, who from her twitter picture seems to be on the Rand Paul campaign.

@RandPaul @ChipEnglander @dougstafford Word on the street Ben Carson done!Grab them voters!!!Look at @CNN

https://twitter.com/shupe_laura/status/694323748003012608

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2016 at 5:59 PM

I think Carson is a person of integrity, but why on earth is no one questioning the whole “go home for clothes” statement? It sounds to me like he picked one of many truths and publicly went with that one.

There were several better options than going home for wardrobe options, if that really was the main reason for him to take a break for the campaign trail at this point of the game.

1. Dry cleaners
2. Buy some clothes
3. Send staffers to get clothes and meet in NH

It defies reason. So what really was the #1 reason for going home?

I don’t think it strained credulity to make the assumption he was going home because he’s on his way out. If anything, the downsizing seems to confirm it.

@RandPaul @ChipEnglander @dougstafford Word on the street Ben Carson done!Grab them voters!!!Look at @CNN

https://twitter.com/shupe_laura/status/694323748003012608

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2016 at 5:59 PM

RockyMtnGirl on February 4, 2016 at 6:57 PM

Hate to see a decent guy turn into a pitiful clown.

ex Dem from Miami on February 4, 2016 at 7:25 PM

[email protected], tater salad….slow down and try completing full sentences for a change…..

Indiana Jim on February 4, 2016 at 10:32 PM

Dan333. Trumps shocking plunge of 3 percentage points in NH???? Lol!! Try harder to make shiat up next time, you precious little forest gumps dumb brother…

Indiana Jim on February 4, 2016 at 10:39 PM

Dan333. Trumps shocking plunge of 3 percentage points in NH???? Lol!! Try harder to make shiat up next time, you precious little forest gumps dumb brother…

Indiana Jim on February 4, 2016 at 10:39 PM

I believe the last poll done by the same firm showed Trump at 34%, and this one at 25%. Of course, the last one was done in mid-December.

Of course, poll numbers vary all the time, and this particular one was done about six weeks ago. Still, that at least sounds like a pretty significant difference.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2016 at 10:51 PM

Of course, poll numbers vary all the time, and this particular one was done about six weeks ago. Still, that at least sounds like a pretty significant difference.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2016 at 10:51 PM

Just to clarify, the poll was just released, but the last one they did, that they’re using for comparison, was from about six weeks ago.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2016 at 10:53 PM

Carson is a good guy, but Heidi Cruz is more qualified to be president. Truly.

Younggod on February 5, 2016 at 5:48 AM

Younggod
Carson is a good guy, but Heidi Cruz is more qualified to be president. Truly.

Why? Does she lie less than her husband?

ChuckTX on February 5, 2016 at 6:08 AM

JannyMae on February 4, 2016 at 2:59 PM

Pointless.

Neitherleftorright on February 5, 2016 at 11:47 AM