Ben Carson: Cruz’s attitude towards what he did to me in Iowa reminds me of Hillary’s attitude towards Benghazi

posted at 3:21 pm on February 5, 2016 by Allahpundit

Via BuzzFeed, I … guess this is true, if you’re willing to analogize at a sufficiently high level of abstraction. Cruz should have held his campaign staff accountable for spreading bad information just like Hillary should have held State Department staff accountable for not stopping jihadi savages from murdering Americans. At a high level of abstraction everything is easily analogized to some much greater failing. Ben Carson should have anticipated how his trip home to Florida after the caucuses might be misunderstood just like, I suppose, George Bush should have anticipated how his invasion of Iraq might be misunderstood. Carson should be less passive on the campaign trail in New Hampshire and South Carolina just like Obama should be less passive towards Iran and Russia in the Middle East. Given Carson’s propensity for Nazi analogies, it’s an act of restraint that he chose to compare Cruz to Hillary instead of Hitler. Maybe that’s next week.

Asked by Todd Starnes if he was “satisfied with the way Sen. Cruz has handled himself as Christian” over the incident in Iowa, Carson said, “Well, let me put it this way, it’s not the way that I would have handled it.”

“I would have said if I didn’t agree with what’s being — which he did say that — I would make sure that it didn’t happen again,” Carson continued. “And I would take corrective action. Not to take corrective action is tacitly saying it’s okay, or it’s sort of like, as Hillary Clinton said after Benghazi, ‘what difference does it make.’”

“I’m not saying that it rises to the level up Benghazi, I’m saying it’s the same kind of attitude,” he said, when pressed by Starnes if the controversy rose to the level of Benghazi. “The attitude being, it’s water under the bridge, it’s gone by, let’s not deal with it.”

Erick Erickson wonders how much of this is genuine upset within Team Carson and how much of it is a pretext to keep running a race that left them behind many weeks ago:

The Carson Campaign is really just a consultant heavy direct mail operation that pooped out a Presidential campaign and they’re hoping to keep the money flowing by playing up outrage over the Cruz campaign. The Carson campaign is collapsing with major staff layoffs planned and more cuts to come after New Hampshire. The plans appear to have been in the works before Iowa, which means the outrage over Cruz’s campaign efficiency has more to do with trying to bleed more money from people out of sympathy than anything else.

I don’t think Carson’s annoyance at Cruz is insincere, but given that there’s still zero evidence that Cruz’s “trick” made any meaningful difference to the outcome (where are the interviews with angry Carson supporters in Iowa who switched to Cruz under false pretenses?), the fact that we’re on day four of the outrage seems odd. One way to test Erickson’s theory is to try to gauge how hard Carson is still campaigning. Is he trying to win, and therefore justifiably upset that Cruz cost him a real chance? Strategically, he’s better off skipping New Hampshire and moving on to South Carolina given that there are many more evangelicals in the latter state. Failing that, though, if he’s intent on campaigning in New Hampshire, he should be going all out on the trail to try to pass Cruz on Tuesday night and vault himself back into contention as the social-conservative champion. Here’s a tracker of what the various candidates are up to this week. As I write this, he has … three events planned in New Hampshire before Tuesday night’s vote. Carly Fiorina, another also-ran, has at least five events each day for the next three days plus more next week. She’s in it to win it, however far-fetched that may be. Is he?

The fact that Carson will be onstage tomorrow night and Fiorina won’t is a more consequential outrage than what Cruz pulled on Carson in Iowa on Tuesday night. Not only is she campaigning harder than Carson is, she’s actually ahead of him marginally in RCP’s average of New Hampshire polls. And she’s a much, much better debater than Carson. She could hit Trump or Rubio with something that does them real damage before the vote on Tuesday; the odds that Carson will do so are near zero. In fact, given his reluctance to directly accuse him of dirty pool at his press conference a few days ago, it’s an open question whether Carson will even confront Cruz directly tomorrow night. We’ll see.


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I really need to know how Mr. Trump stands on global warming.

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:01 PM

Be careful – wherever he stands on it today, his position is likely to change 180 degrees tomorrow.

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 8:13 PM

Also, what’s funny is that instead of talking about Cruz winning, everybody is debating over whether he really cheated or not.

Another brilliant move by Trump, and people don’t even realize it.

And now, having done the damage he needs to, Trump is moving along without even looking back. You people are too easy.

Paperclips on February 5, 2016 at 3:59 PM

What time today did Trump say he’d consider Cruz for VP?

It’s interesting that Trump supporters view Trump’s total position reversals in the space of 24 hours (Cruz is a Canadian anchor baby who violated election rules and should have his results thrown out to he should be my VP) as superb campaign tactics while the majority of Americans view it as signs of mental instability.

I could be wrong, but I doubt very much the average voter is going to be encouraged to vote for Trump when he seems to be having a full blown manic episode. Turned away from Cruz to Rubio or Kasich or Christie or Jeb, but not to Trump.

We’ll see next week.

talkingpoints on February 5, 2016 at 8:14 PM

I really need to know how Mr. Trump stands on global warming.

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:01 PM

Who’s he speaking to?

talkingpoints on February 5, 2016 at 8:15 PM

Cruz supposedly has a good ground game well established in a number of states – more so than pretty much any other candidate.

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM

And Cruz also has alot of money still on hand. He has been frugal with his money. Just like he will be with our money if he is President.

While the other candidates were all flying private jets all the time, Cruz usually flew Southwest Air. He still may, I don’t know.

Dr. Carson flew home to Florida from Iowa for his extended break from the campaign in a private jet. While his campaign was bleeding cash and staff.

Elisa on February 5, 2016 at 8:16 PM

cozmo on February 5, 2016 at 7:49 PM

You’re just jealous.

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:50 PM

Stop

Elisa on February 5, 2016 at 8:17 PM

Ben Carson: Cruz’s attitude towards what he did to me in Iowa reminds me of Hillary’s attitude towards Benghazi

“What difference does it makes, we have four dead Americans”

Mcguyver on February 5, 2016 at 8:19 PM

I really need to know how Mr. Trump stands on global warming.

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:01 PM

Ok, to be more serious – “global warming” seems to be one area that he’s somewhat ok on (e.g., DON’T take any action to “mitigate”), unlike civil liberties, the constitution, crony capitalism, big government, etc. Although he’s contradicted himself on some aspects of the issue too.

Take the info here with a grain of salt, because they do miss things, sometimes very MAJOR things, but it’s a good place to start. At least they do note at the bottom how he strongly supported ethanol subsidies — e.g., big government crony capitalism and blatant pandering to Iowa voters. But this site will give you some idea of what he’s been saying anyhow, just take it with a grain of salt:

https://www.conservativereview.com/2016-presidential-candidates/candidates/donald-trump#article-7

Here are some other sites that aggregate candidate comments in various areas too:

Take each of these with a large grain of salt – I don’t think any of them are really complete, and they all score/rate a bit differently, but here are some useful sites to at least start getting up to speed with the various candidates positions. I can’t say I have much feel for which is better or worse. Opensecrets.org of course, Ballotpedia.org, https://www.conservativereview.com/2016-presidential-candidates#comparison (note on that overall comparison chart you can click through on each issue for a comparison, or on each candidate to see what they’re using to rate that candidate on each position), http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm , and then for any candidate who’s been in Congress in recent years, you can find their “vote ranking” at nationaljournal.com , for example: http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings , FreedomWorks, and: Heritage Action

For just immigration related scorecards: 2016 Presidential Hopefuls Worker-Protection Immigration Grade Cards

For analysis of tax policy plans (for candidates that have one); taxfoundation.org

One I haven’t looked at yet and not sure how much weight to put on staffers, but this one takes a look at candidates key campaign staffers, which is an interesting concept anyhow:
http://ballotpedia.org/Presidential_election_key_staffers,_2016

I’m sure there are others too, ALWAYS open to finding out about other sites that way that are useful and reasonably unbiased!

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 8:24 PM

Elisa on February 5, 2016 at 8:17 PM

Um, we use red light/green light around these parts.

cozmo on February 5, 2016 at 8:29 PM

Rational db8
I’m having trouble with my Ipad….nice to meet you…. Snow yes…pretty…but it does get old ….its Feb….I look at that as hump day, Spring is on the way.

MontanaMmmm on February 5, 2016 at 8:29 PM

Oh, and that CNN report never, not once mentioned anything about Mr. Carson dropping out or suspending. Yep, that’s all on Mr. Christian Cruz, too. He’s a lying dirtbag. …BTW, this is a Class D felony.

Aslans Girl on February 5, 2016 at 7:19 PM

What a load of utter baloney. Time for you to look up the meaning of the word “suspend.” When Carson went to Florida and then to D.C. for things that had nothing to do with the campaign, he very clearly DID suspend his campaign for that period of time. There’s zero evidence of ANY lies – and there’s also absolutely NOTHING Cruz did that was illegal, let alone a felony – and multiple lawyers have already said that. Extra proof of that is the fact that Iowa already certified Cruz’s win. Trump’s false statements claiming it was “illegal” and bloviating about it is grossly disingenuous, opportunistic, and false. Ironically he even deleted his tweet claiming it was illegal then retweeted it without “illegal” in the tweet, most likely because he was concerned he could be hit with a libel lawsuit for the false claim. Also note, Breitbart has been badly in the tank for Trump and against Cruz for some time and must be taken with a large grain of salt.

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 8:55 PM

OMG! Rubio, Trump and Cruz supporters were ALL talking about the CNN report. Iowa is a caucus! You try to persuade supporters of other candidates to support your candidate. Trump surrogates were telling people that Cruz was not an American, for crying out loud! Get over it! Grow up!

fight like a girl on February 5, 2016 at 8:57 PM

Trump has said that Cruz is not an American. Huckabee has said that Cruz is not a Christian. Rubio has said that Cruz was for amnesty just like he was. Every one of these statements are false. So I guess they are dirty tricks. I guess these are felonies. The ignorance on here is astounding.

fight like a girl on February 5, 2016 at 9:00 PM

Trump has said that Cruz is not an American. Huckabee has said that Cruz is not a Christian. Rubio has said that Cruz was for amnesty just like he was. Every one of these statements are false. So I guess they are dirty tricks. I guess these are felonies. The ignorance on here is astounding.

fight like a girl on February 5, 2016 at 9:00 PM

It will probably blow over by next week. I wouldn’t be too concerned.

cimbri on February 5, 2016 at 9:07 PM

Elisa on February 5, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Ok, so if guys have “bromances,” what’s it called when it’s two women? Somehow “womances” just doesn’t do it for me! ;-)

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 9:14 PM

I really need to know how Mr. Trump stands on global warming.

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:01 PM

As a Republican or a Democrat?

Lime in the Coconut on February 5, 2016 at 7:51 PM

LOL!! Ding-Ding-Ding!! You win the internet for today!!!

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 9:16 PM

what’s it called when it’s two women?

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 9:14 PM

The only one I can write here without being banned, is “one cozmo shy of paradise”.

cozmo on February 5, 2016 at 9:17 PM

And doubly amusing, considering that the Cruz supporters, on this site and elsewhere, are openly praising Cruz for his Machiavellian tactics — because “politics ain’t beanbag,” and because tactics that are considered sneaky and underhanded and a sign of bad character in the real world are practically required in politics to win (or so Cruz supporters imply).

Aitch748 on February 5, 2016 at 7:54 PM

If you think that’s what we’re praising, you’re off in la-la-land or some alternate universe. Try again, because that’s a massive fail that only shows you have zero interest in any sort of honest discussion. So perhaps you need to look to your own Machiavellian sneaky underhanded tactics rather than making things up about others.

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 9:19 PM

Did you know that Ted Cruz, personally and all by himself, bombed Pearl Harbor?

Lime in the Coconut on February 5, 2016 at 7:59 PM

Yeeeeaaaaah… I didn’t want to mention it, was afraid that might put people off him – right along with him being Hitler’s right hand man. Cruz really gets around, doesn’t he? ;0)

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 9:22 PM

That ain’t rational. Because they ain’t rational.

cozmo on February 5, 2016 at 8:11 PM

Ah, I see now. Got it. Thanks for clarifying that for me. ;-)

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 9:27 PM

And Cruz also has alot of money still on hand. He has been frugal with his money. Just like he will be with our money if he is President.

While the other candidates were all flying private jets all the time, Cruz usually flew Southwest Air. He still may, I don’t know.

Dr. Carson flew home to Florida from Iowa for his extended break from the campaign in a private jet. While his campaign was bleeding cash and staff.

Elisa on February 5, 2016 at 8:16 PM

I didn’t realize he was flying SW, but I’m not surprised – I WAS surprised to find out Carson flew home on charter – going commercial would have been bad enough with zero advance purchase, but charter when his campaign is in the toilet?

Cruz has a very good history on not only protecting all of our civil rights and the Constition, but also on killing excess government regulations and refocusing the government off protecting big business crony capitalism and the government itself, to helping ensure a level playing field for the little guy, small businesses, entrepreneurs. See:

What his time at the FTC suggests about how he’d run the White House.

…Rolling back regulations has been a perennial promise of GOP presidential candidates for a generation. Every Republican presidential hopeful says he’ll cut red tape; very few make it a top priority once they’re in office. Cruz faces a steep climb to the nomination and the presidency. But if he can defy the odds and claim the White House, he’ll bring a level of hands-on experience with the regulatory state — and a proven zeal for cutting it down to size — that few, if any, of his predecessors could match. [emphasis added]

and:

What Cruz actually did while Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning: What No One Seems to Know About Ted Cruz’s Past

…At the FTC, Cruz’s agenda could have been written by Milton Friedman….

Cruz promoted economic liberty and fought government efforts to rig the marketplace in favor of special interests….

Moreover, and perhaps surprising to some, Cruz sought and secured a broad, bipartisan consensus for his agenda. Almost all of Cruz’s initiatives received unanimous support among both Republicans and Democrats….

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 9:33 PM

I like Dr. Carson and had considered voting for him or Carly. But this is getting ridiculous. This whole thing started because he talked about going home for awhile and CNN speculated on what that might mean. The Cruz camp ran with it and tried to win over Carson supporters. Isn’t that what they are all trying to do, win over the other guys support? There’s more outrage over this than there was over Trump calling Dr. Carson a psycho because of an attempted stabbing that took place decades ago.

Those Carson Iowa voters must be all kinds of dumb to fall for one candidate saying vote for me cause your guy’s not running and so they don’t vote for their guy – even though he is on the ballot and hasn’t told them he’s dropping out.

Ibanez Lotus on February 5, 2016 at 9:37 PM

MontanaMmmm on February 5, 2016 at 8:29 PM

Good to meet you too. I have no idea what an El Nino does to Montana, if anything… I know that California/Tahoe, etc., have gotten quite a lot of snow and that’s common with El Nino’s… does it have much affect in your area, warmer, colder, heavier snow, lighter??? I sure feel for all the animals outside around your parts in winter tho, regardless – and for the people having to deal with it too.

But with that sort of view…. it must make you feel good & lift your spirits just looking out your door/windows in the morning!

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 9:37 PM

Trump surrogates were telling people that Cruz was not an American, for crying out loud! Get over it! Grow up!

fight like a girl on February 5, 2016 at 8:57 PM

An excellent point, and one that I’ve not heard brought up in this context!

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 9:39 PM

This started because Carson innocently said he wanted to go home to get some clothes and sleep in his own bed. He was out on the trail as long or longer than anyone. Little did he know that going home for one night, would be twisted into “Carson quitting, vote for us”, by the Cruz campaign.

cimbri on February 5, 2016 at 9:55 PM

This started because Carson innocently said he wanted to go home to get some clothes and sleep in his own bed. He was out on the trail as long or longer than anyone. Little did he know that going home for one night, would be twisted into “Carson quitting, vote for us”, by the Cruz campaign.

cimbri on February 5, 2016 at 9:55 PM

It wasn’t even just one night. He left Tuesday morning and was only going back on the campaign trail Saturday for the debate.

Let’s face it, the man is winding down. Hoping to have enough steam to last so that he can have some impact in this race with someone else the nominee, possibly get a few more delegates he can use do that.

When the disappointment diminishes and when he swallows his pride, Dr. Carson will see he behaved unfairly to Cruz this week.

Elisa on February 5, 2016 at 10:05 PM

Elisa on February 5, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Ok, so if guys have “bromances,” what’s it called when it’s two women? Somehow “womances” just doesn’t do it for me! ;-)

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 9:14 PM

How about “new friends.” :)

When I get a chance to come on here the last couple weeks, your posts as well as several others here, like constitutionalist, mimsey, lime, etc (don’t mean to leave anyone out – you know who you are) have helped keep me sane. Thanks.

Elisa on February 5, 2016 at 10:10 PM

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 9:33 PM

Very interesting.

At the FTC, Cruz’s agenda could have been written by Milton Friedman….

Cruz promoted economic liberty and fought government efforts to rig the marketplace in favor of special interests….

doesn’t get better than Milton Friedman, may he rest in peace.

Moreover, and perhaps surprising to some, Cruz sought and secured a broad, bipartisan consensus for his agenda. Almost all of Cruz’s initiatives received unanimous support among both Republicans and Democrats….

Here’s the thing about Cruz that no one talks about.

Cruz isn’t stupid. As president, he will know how to get enough (not all) people to support him. The power of the presidency and it’s allure is more than people realize. Enough people will want to be on his good side for their own best interests, even if they resent him or his full agenda.

Elisa on February 5, 2016 at 10:14 PM

I like Cruz less than I like Trump, but I have little doubt that they were correct and that Ben Carson was planning on suspending his campaign. Some of the comments that the Carson campaign has made as to why he’s not going to New Hampshire make me think that they were planning on suspending the campaign, but now are carrying on just to spite Cruz…

publius75 on February 5, 2016 at 10:21 PM

The only one I can write here without being banned, is “one cozmo shy of paradise”.

cozmo on February 5, 2016 at 9:17 PM

Awweee, be nice, and maybe we’ll save a spot for you. ;-)

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 10:29 PM

And doubly amusing, considering that the Cruz supporters, on this site and elsewhere, are openly praising Cruz for his Machiavellian tactics — because “politics ain’t beanbag,” and because tactics that are considered sneaky and underhanded and a sign of bad character in the real world are practically required in politics to win (or so Cruz supporters imply).

Aitch748 on February 5, 2016 at 7:54 PM

Did you happen to catch the comments in this thread?

Self-congratulatory, hypocritical Voxplaining crybullies provide endless entertainment. lol :D

Anti-ControI on February 5, 2016 at 10:35 PM

How about “new friends.” :)

When I get a chance to come on here the last couple weeks, your posts as well as several others here, like constitutionalist, mimsey, lime, etc (don’t mean to leave anyone out – you know who you are) have helped keep me sane. Thanks.

Elisa on February 5, 2016 at 10:10 PM

I much prefer simple “new friends” too – never liked the “bromance” either. Thanks for the compliment too. I’ve certainly appreciated your well thought out posts too.

Cruz isn’t stupid. As president, he will know how to get enough (not all) people to support him. The power of the presidency and it’s allure is more than people realize. Enough people will want to be on his good side for their own best interests, even if they resent him or his full agenda.

Elisa on February 5, 2016 at 10:14 PM

Again, I very much agree. Another crucial issue that hasn’t occurred to many – and that I never even saw mentioned in the news until just this past week – the next president will almost certainly appoint at least 1 and maybe up to 4 Supreme Court justices. That is probably every bit as important as sealing the border, maybe even more so since Supreme Court justices are appointed for life.

Trump thinks a known liberal activist/extremist judge (his sister) would be a “PHENOMENAL” Supreme Court justice – and he clearly favors nepotism and has no hesitation that way. So much for his judgement!! Rubio is an establishment Republican himself, and doesn’t have the background.

The LAST thing this nation needs is one or more additional liberals on the Supreme Court – after all, that’s what allowed Obamacare to continue and in Kelo gave us eminent domain for the benefit of private interests at the expense of our personal property rights. Not to mention the thousands of other top judges in federal appellate courts etc. that presidents appoint each term. Remember Supreme Court justices are lifelong appointments – even ONE more liberal on the court and this nation is sunk, and it will be essentially impossible to undo.

Cruz, on the other hand, has prepared over 80 Supreme Court briefs himself, plus won a number of Supreme Court cases against the federal administration, including protecting our sovereignty against Bush, the World Court, and the U.N., and guaranteeing our 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. He’s ideally suited to appoint good Supreme Court justices who will actually uphold our Constitution rather than trying to modify it with judicial fiat.

He’s also got the experience to undo so many of the legal tangles Obama has created – and do so in ways that can’t be easily reversed. Plus he’s huge on actually implementing and enforcing the rule of law equally for all, and that’s something we desperately need to return to.

I’ll take Cruz for president over Trump, Rubio, Carson, etc. ANY day – and of course over any of the Dems.

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 10:37 PM

Carson knew on Monday that he was going to slash his staff after the caucus, but he did not tell that to the voters: Seems misleading to me.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 5, 2016 at 10:44 PM

Again, I very much agree. Another crucial issue that hasn’t occurred to many – and that I never even saw mentioned in the news until just this past week – the next president will almost certainly appoint at least 1 and maybe up to 4 Supreme Court justices. That is probably every bit as important as sealing the border, maybe even more so since Supreme Court justices are appointed for life.

Trump thinks a known liberal activist/extremist judge (his sister) would be a “PHENOMENAL” Supreme Court justice – and he clearly favors nepotism and has no hesitation that way. So much for his judgement!! Rubio is an establishment Republican himself, and doesn’t have the background.

The LAST thing this nation needs is one or more additional liberals on the Supreme Court – after all, that’s what allowed Obamacare to continue and in Kelo gave us eminent domain for the benefit of private interests at the expense of our personal property rights. Not to mention the thousands of other top judges in federal appellate courts etc. that presidents appoint each term. Remember Supreme Court justices are lifelong appointments – even ONE more liberal on the court and this nation is sunk, and it will be essentially impossible to undo.

Cruz, on the other hand, has prepared over 80 Supreme Court briefs himself, plus won a number of Supreme Court cases against the federal administration, including protecting our sovereignty against Bush, the World Court, and the U.N., and guaranteeing our 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. He’s ideally suited to appoint good Supreme Court justices who will actually uphold our Constitution rather than trying to modify it with judicial fiat.

He’s also got the experience to undo so many of the legal tangles Obama has created – and do so in ways that can’t be easily reversed. Plus he’s huge on actually implementing and enforcing the rule of law equally for all, and that’s something we desperately need to return to.

I’ll take Cruz for president over Trump, Rubio, Carson, etc. ANY day – and of course over any of the Dems.

THIS is what matters folks. This is brilliantly stated!

Every candidate has their flaws. Who’s flaws are more dangerous to the future of the Republic? Ted Cruz, a solid proven conservative, or Donald Trump, a reality star?

Susanl on February 5, 2016 at 11:15 PM

This started because Carson innocently said he wanted to go home to get some clothes and sleep in his own bed. He was out on the trail as long or longer than anyone. Little did he know that going home for one night, would be twisted into “Carson quitting, vote for us”, by the Cruz campaign.

cimbri on February 5, 2016 at 9:55 PM

Oh so the staff defections prior to the Caucus didn’t help paint the picture he was on the verge. And his subsequent staff reductions don’t support what the CNN tweet implied either?

Thanks for the comedy. I’ll go to sleep smiling.

voiceofreason on February 5, 2016 at 11:24 PM

Dr. Carson is flailing. It’s sad.

Kenosha Kid on February 5, 2016 at 11:54 PM

Elisa on February 5, 2016 at 10:14 PM

Again, I very much agree. Another crucial issue that hasn’t occurred to many – and that I never even saw mentioned in the news until just this past week – the next president will almost certainly appoint at least 1 and maybe up to 4 Supreme Court justices. That is probably every bit as important as sealing the border, maybe even more so since Supreme Court justices are appointed for life.

Trump thinks a known liberal activist/extremist judge (his sister) would be a “PHENOMENAL” Supreme Court justice – and he clearly favors nepotism and has no hesitation that way. So much for his judgement!! Rubio is an establishment Republican himself, and doesn’t have the background.

The LAST thing this nation needs is one or more additional liberals on the Supreme Court – after all, that’s what allowed Obamacare to continue and in Kelo gave us eminent domain for the benefit of private interests at the expense of our personal property rights. Not to mention the thousands of other top judges in federal appellate courts etc. that presidents appoint each term. Remember Supreme Court justices are lifelong appointments – even ONE more liberal on the court and this nation is sunk, and it will be essentially impossible to undo.

Cruz, on the other hand, has prepared over 80 Supreme Court briefs himself, plus won a number of Supreme Court cases against the federal administration, including protecting our sovereignty against Bush, the World Court, and the U.N., and guaranteeing our 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. He’s ideally suited to appoint good Supreme Court justices who will actually uphold our Constitution rather than trying to modify it with judicial fiat.

He’s also got the experience to undo so many of the legal tangles Obama has created – and do so in ways that can’t be easily reversed. Plus he’s huge on actually implementing and enforcing the rule of law equally for all, and that’s something we desperately need to return to.

I’ll take Cruz for president over Trump, Rubio, Carson, etc. ANY day – and of course over any of the Dems.

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 10:37 PM

Carson knew on Monday that he was going to slash his staff after the caucus, but he did not tell that to the voters: Seems misleading to me.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 5, 2016 at 10:44 PM

Excellent points. I very much agree with you both.

Elisa on February 6, 2016 at 12:05 AM

I really can’t believe you Cruz people are standing by your man. He is a sleazy Harvard lawyer willing to do or say anything to get elected. It’s now beyond question that Cruz’s staff and surrogates were telling Carson people he was quitting. It’s a dirty trick by a guy whose whole campaign is based on the fact that he says he’s not just another politician. Well guess what, he IS just another politician.

And whether or not this cost Carson enough votes to win the Caucuses is beyond the point and you know it, Allah. The point is, Cruz has surrounded himself with win at all costs type A-holes. It tells you alot about Cruz the man that he’s OK with this.

rexbatt on February 6, 2016 at 12:16 AM

Nothing like rightie pious hypocrites, nothing at all.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2016 at 12:28 AM

Cruz cannot win a national election. He can win the nomination by doing what he does best though…dividing and conquering. He reminds me of Andy Kaufman doing Foreign Man when he says he’s winning the support of libertarians, Reagan Democrats and young voters. And he says this with a straight face as if these people don’t find him absurd.

Coltrane on February 6, 2016 at 12:32 AM

Nothing like rightie pious hypocrites, nothing at all.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2016 at 12:28 AM

Yeah, the Carson ridicule is sliced thick and piled high.

Several of these ‘new’ Cruzophiles seem to be popping up every day. I have no doubt some of them are paid operatives. They post the same crap at a phenomenal rate. I hope, for their sake, that they don’t think they’re persuading anyone. Then again, let them waste their time.

JannyMae on February 6, 2016 at 2:03 AM

Carson’s whole campaign has been nothing but nothing- I once called him Herman Cain with a scalpel instead of a pizza wheel, but that’s unfair to Cain, who at least had 9-9-9 and some other ideas that showed he at least studied and considered his role as president and leader of the country. Doc Carson don’t know his onions yet, and he’s been campaigning for a year! Flush this guy, Jeb and Christie, and let Carly in on the main stage.

fitzsweetpea on February 6, 2016 at 2:50 AM

Yeah, the Carson ridicule is sliced thick and piled high.

Several of these ‘new’ Cruzophiles seem to be popping up every day. I have no doubt some of them are paid operatives. They post the same crap at a phenomenal rate. I hope, for their sake, that they don’t think they’re persuading anyone. Then again, let them waste their time.

JannyMae on February 6, 2016 at 2:03 AM

Carson has had it pretty hard. I remember Trump trying to cast doubt on his religion, calling him a liar, even going to the lengths of play-acting, lampooning him on stage, and comparing him to a serial killer (as usual, without comparing him to a serial killer) while suggesting he was in incurable psychotic.

I like Cruz less than I like Trump, but I have little doubt that they were correct and that Ben Carson was planning on suspending his campaign. Some of the comments that the Carson campaign has made as to why he’s not going to New Hampshire make me think that they were planning on suspending the campaign, but now are carrying on just to spite Cruz…

publius75 on February 5, 2016 at 10:21 PM

Something so strange in all that. It bubbled up into the Hot Air running coverage as well, and even Morrissey noted the weird.

No, no; I just need pants.

I’m not sure how you do a 180 on dropping out, so I would guess that wasn’t at the bottom, but I’m also still suspicious about what really was.

Axe on February 6, 2016 at 4:54 AM

I’m sorry. Child molester, not serial killer.

I remembered it wrong. It’s been awhile since Carson was a threat.

Axe on February 6, 2016 at 5:57 AM

He’s keeping a Black man down!!!!!!

Carson is destroying his “great guy” persona…quit Ben, I beg you.

trs on February 6, 2016 at 7:19 AM

Oh, and that CNN report never, not once mentioned anything about Mr. Carson dropping out or suspending. Yep, that’s all on Mr. Christian Cruz, too. He’s a lying dirtbag. …BTW, this is a Class D felony.

Aslans Girl on February 5, 2016 at 7:19 PM

Repeating a press release is a class D felony?
I’m in biggg trouble.

talkingpoints on February 6, 2016 at 8:21 AM

Darlin, we are all going to voting for Rubio in November.

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:22 PM

You make me sad.
But you are very likely correct.

talkingpoints on February 6, 2016 at 8:24 AM

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 8:24 PM

Thank you very much!

Cindy Munford on February 6, 2016 at 8:49 AM

Someone in Carson’s campaign thought this would be a good response, but it doesn’t sound like him at all. He’s can’t even control the press releases coming from his campaign and is losing. He needs to realize he wasn’t cut out to be in politics and go home.

Kissmygrits on February 6, 2016 at 9:52 AM

And whether or not this cost Carson enough votes to win the Caucuses is beyond the point and you know it, Allah.

rexbatt on February 6, 2016 at 12:16 AM

Indeed. In the real world, the intent and attempt to commit a crime is still a crime even though the effort may have been unsuccessful.
I’m quite sure Allah knows better.

but given that there’s still zero evidence that Cruz’s “trick” made any meaningful difference to the outcome (where are the interviews with angry Carson supporters in Iowa who switched to Cruz under false pretenses?),

Carson is right at least when it comes to Allah’s analysis.
What difference does it make? Right?

lynncgb on February 6, 2016 at 9:56 AM

I don’t think Carson’s annoyance at Cruz is insincere, but given that there’s still zero evidence that Cruz’s “trick” made any meaningful difference to the outcome (where are the interviews with angry Carson supporters in Iowa who switched to Cruz under false pretenses?), the fact that we’re on day four of the outrage seems odd.

Yeah and I mean no CIA agents were killed because Hillary was passing NOC lists back and forth on the email server in her bathroom so “what difference does it make.”

Cruz is perfectly comfortable engaging in these tactics while he pretends to be holier than thou. He is an opportunist who is playing conservatives desperate for the second coming of Ronald Regan and think they have found him (are you paying attention Glen Beck?)

ReformedDeceptiCon on February 6, 2016 at 10:24 AM

I must of missed Hillary apologizing for her screw up in Benghazi ifCruz had same attitude.

Herb on February 6, 2016 at 10:44 AM

They have all kinds of Cruz stuff up over there, everything from analyzing his face, to the people that didn’t like him in college.

cimbri on February 5, 2016 at 7:11 PM

All brilliant reasons not support someone. I don’t know any of my friends from 19 to 24 that I would want to be president either

Cindy Munford on February 6, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Carson’s campaign screwed up before talking about him going on a book tour and not campaigning, leading people to think he was suspending his campaign. Entirely avoidable and completely his fault. This is more of the same, and I have to say he is really mailing it in, showing less energy than Jeb, which is saying a lot.

At this point he should wrap it up and thoughtfully direct his supporters on what to look for in the country’s leadership. He doesn’t have to endorse, and can add positively to the process as he exits.

This applies to the others who must leave the race. You cannot control the outcome, but you can shape the circumstances and consequence.

virgo on February 6, 2016 at 11:49 AM

Thank you very much!

Cindy Munford on February 6, 2016 at 8:49 AM

You’re sure welcome! One change to the list I provided… It looks like the National Journal has gone over to a paid site… but their vote rankings of Congressional members for 2011-2012-2013 can be found here: https://ballotpedia.org/National_Journal_vote_ratings

Rational Db8 on February 6, 2016 at 12:08 PM

TED CRUZ can’t win more than 5% in New Hampshire but he’s still campaigning there. Why? Because he’s THE PRICIPLED CONSERVATIVE in the race and respects the voters unlike the Establishment RINOS and LIBERAL SOCIALISTS….

Realdemocrat1 on February 6, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Will the independents in New Hampshire break for the Establishment RINOS or to the LIBERAL SOCIALISTS???? That is the big question for next Tuesday….

Realdemocrat1 on February 6, 2016 at 12:15 PM

The more I see of Carson, the more I want him in the next GOP govt. Here’s hoping he’s appointed to a senior position that could groom him for POTUS 2020 or beyond.

petefrt on February 6, 2016 at 12:34 PM

Despite his weak debate performances, I’m surprised Carson isnt doing better as he is pretty much the ONLY non-establishment guy in the race for either party.

Trump has been playing footsie with political wonks for years and is certainly an established mainstay on the donor side of BOTH parties.

Sanders and Cruz are both career politicians.

Zybalto on February 6, 2016 at 1:48 PM

JannyMae on February 6, 2016 at 2:03 AM

So what kind of ????phile are you? Is your candidate paying you to post the sludge you offered?

jazzuscounty on February 6, 2016 at 1:53 PM

I thought Carson dropped out a while back…..what’s the big deal? Carson needs more money? Very strange campaign….

Realdemocrat1 on February 6, 2016 at 1:57 PM

The way Carson runs his campaign is the way Americans want him to run The White House?

Realdemocrat1 on February 6, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Really Ben? Are you really that obtuse? Ted has apologized on TV for what happened. I’ve never seen or heard Killary utter a single apology.

Nutstuyu on February 6, 2016 at 3:06 PM

Several of these ‘new’ Cruzophiles seem to be popping up every day. I have no doubt some of them are paid operatives. They post the same crap at a phenomenal rate. I hope, for their sake, that they don’t think they’re persuading anyone. Then again, let them waste their time.

JannyMae on February 6, 2016 at 2:03 AM

They could be paid Carson Super PAC operatives who quit to volunteer for Cruz.

That would gut your argument, but has more evidence than paid Cruz operatives on HA.

I like Cruz less than I like Trump, but I have little doubt that they were correct and that Ben Carson was planning on suspending his campaign. Some of the comments that the Carson campaign has made as to why he’s not going to New Hampshire make me think that they were planning on suspending the campaign, but now are carrying on just to spite Cruz…

publius75 on February 5, 2016 at 10:21 PM

Spite would explain too much of Ben Carson’s behavior, but mere desperation in a failing campaign is sufficient.

widget on February 6, 2016 at 5:08 PM

I like Cruz less than I like Trump, but I have little doubt that they were correct and that Ben Carson was planning on suspending his campaign.

publius75 on February 5, 2016 at 10:21 PM

What if Carson had won the caucuses? Would he had suspended his campaign after winning? Any of them will suspend if they don’t win anything for a while. Cruz is going to drop out too, at some point, they all probably will but one guy. So basically, Cruz tried to keep Carson from even having the opportunity to win in Iowa. Everyone on the ballot deserves the full opportunity to win without interference.

cimbri on February 6, 2016 at 5:49 PM

What if Carson had won the caucuses? Would he had suspended his campaign after winning? Any of them will suspend if they don’t win anything for a while. Cruz is going to drop out too, at some point, they all probably will but one guy. So basically, Cruz tried to keep Carson from even having the opportunity to win in Iowa. Everyone on the ballot deserves the full opportunity to win without interference.

cimbri on February 6, 2016 at 5:49 PM

Carson had no chance at winning or even coming in the top 3 in Iowa. Stop dreaming.

smfoushee on February 6, 2016 at 8:37 PM

Carson supporters must be very easily deceived. If Carson were to win, Clinton would just have to tell his supporters that election day for them was changed to Wednesday.

I like Carson, but he needs to call it a day.

justltl on February 7, 2016 at 7:27 AM

I think the two generations — the one during the rise of Nazi Germany, and the one immediately thereafter, understand better than any of the succeeding generations what the Nazis were about. Those who are younger find it all rote and passe, but there’s something quite truthful when one compares progressives to Nazis.

After all, Hitler, was a progressive — he wanted every German to have the best of everything, he wanted them to own their own homes and not be forced to pay rent, he wanted worker ownership of businesses, he wanted a good education for all, and, last but not least, he artfully painted some minority in society as the root cause of everything, and hence to be marginalized and eliminated.

Hitler had his Jews, and the progressives have their 1%.

unclesmrgol on February 7, 2016 at 10:34 AM

Carson will be out and he knows it. Pity because I’d rather see Bush and Kasich be out where they really belong.

Low energy?? Did you catch that interview Baier had with Bush on the campaign trail? Bush was sitting there about to slump over.

Now, Hillary…she’s about to fall out from a nervous breakdown and I hope Bernie keeps it up. If she falls out I will be ever so joyful.

Sherman1864 on February 7, 2016 at 11:03 AM

Carson is quickly devaluing his stock. He really should have quit the campaign during the Iowa caucus.

trs on February 7, 2016 at 11:33 AM

Trump lives in reality. A builder cannot fake it. Ergo: Trump is 100% against the Hoax about CO2 caused Global Warming.

It does not exist at all. It is only a Big Lie told for 20 years by the paid for propagandists of the super rich modern Nazis that want to save their earth from the rest of us us by reducing human population by 90%.

Trump is still in favor of human life. So he laughs at Global Warming Fraud.

jimw on February 7, 2016 at 3:40 PM

Ben is a great guy, but it is time for him to go back to doctoring.

TexasRedbud on February 8, 2016 at 3:56 PM

Trump is still in favor of human life partial birth abortion. So he laughs at Global Warming Fraud.

jimw on February 7, 2016 at 3:40 PM

FIFY

Buttercup on February 8, 2016 at 4:40 PM

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