Ben Carson NH victory party to be short one Ben Carson

posted at 6:01 pm on February 9, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

This seems to be turning into something of a pattern for Dr. Ben Carson. After sagging in the polls in Iowa, he headed out of town rather quickly, but his departure from New Hampshire will apparently preclude his showing up to spend time with his supporters after the polls close. Yep… Ben Carson won’t be around for the speeches this evening. (Politico)

Ben Carson will be notably absent from his New Hampshire primary party on Tuesday.

The retired neurosurgeon will instead fly to South Carolina in the afternoon, his campaign said. Following Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire, South Carolina Republicans will vote next, on Feb. 20.

It’s true that Carson isn’t exactly burning up the polls in the Granite State, but even with his various rhetorical stumbles along the trail, one has to wonder how much the voters of New Hampshire who might have been giving him a second look took note of his enthusiasm level. Instead of dashing to Nashua, Carson first headed to Florida. (Granted, those fresh shirts he picked up looked fabulous.) And now, after less than a week, he announces in advance that he won’t even be joining his own supporters this evening. If you’re somebody who is leaving work to head for the polls and you see that headline, are you going to bother voting for him or just head home and get out of the snow?

I noticed that Chrystal Wright of Conservative Black Chick had a slightly different take on it.

“Ben Carson’s strategy of leaving New Hampshire for South Carolina makes sense, especially considering his race. If you can’t beat ‘em, leave ‘em for better chances in South Carolina. Iowa and New Hampshire are some of the whitest states in the nation, compromised of over 90% white residents. Carson being black probably didn’t help him in those states and may have hurt him along with his fledgling campaign. Voters won’t admit this publicly.”

This is always a disappointing reaction when I see it cropping up. Do we really need to attribute Carson’s showing to his race? Not for nothing, but Iowa isn’t exactly on par with Harlem when it comes to demographics. (It has a 2% black population as compared to 1% for New Hampshire.) And yet Carson was either in the lead or a very strong second there for quite a while. And even in New Hampshire he was polling in second at 18% back in September in the same WBUR poll everyone is excitedly quoting this week. Carson wasn’t any less black four months ago, nor was New Hampshire any less white. Excuse me if I don’t buy “Carson being black” as the reason he’s not doing well.

Also, he’s heading to South Carolina, which obviously has a much higher black population. He’s currently running at 8.7% in the RCP polling average and, granted, that’s better than he’s doing in New Hampshire. But he was in first place at 28 in the beginning of November. Again… I haven’t noticed South Carolina getting a massive infusion of white voters in the past three months.

Perhaps… just maybe… race isn’t really a factor here. It’s just possible that Carson hasn’t run a very good campaign, has given some horrible answers to many questions in debates and interviews, and has shown a tendency to give up at the first sign of adversity and walk away from the battlefield leaving his supporters standing around looking lonely. Or maybe not. Maybe I’m just a racist with crazy ideas about how politics works.

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Carson is out of money. He needs to make a big showing in South Carolina to stay in the race.

Captain Kirock on February 9, 2016 at 6:05 PM

BREAKING: If you braved the snow to actually vote for this guy, too bad, he’s really not that into you.

Ten more books sold at Costco.

HornetSting on February 9, 2016 at 6:08 PM

Based on what happened in Iowa we should ignore him and his campaign and move along. No news here.

Deadeye on February 9, 2016 at 6:08 PM

How dare Ted Cruz cause this.

DCMickel on February 9, 2016 at 6:09 PM

I blame Ted Cruz …

ShainS on February 9, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Nothing says “Thanks!” to your supporters and campaign workers quite like leaving before the votes are counted.

can_con on February 9, 2016 at 6:11 PM

Carson is out of money.

Captain Kirock on February 9, 2016 at 6:05 PM

Shocking – Yes, he is.

I wonder what Carson did with the $60 MILLION he raised since launching his campaign – because, he sure as heck hasn’t been campaigning.

Pork-Chop on February 9, 2016 at 6:12 PM

It’s good he’s not being disrespectful to his volunteers and staffers, unlike persons who suggest that Carson’s actions imply he’s going to drop out.

talkingpoints on February 9, 2016 at 6:13 PM

Chrystal Wright sounds a lot like a racist.

jaime on February 9, 2016 at 6:14 PM

Cruz sent him a mailer that said “Victory Party Violation”…postage due

Senator Philip Bluster on February 9, 2016 at 6:14 PM

The Cruz campaign issued a press release saying Carson was dying of tuberculosis and voting for him will cause you to catch it too.

Bishop on February 9, 2016 at 6:16 PM

Somehow, Cruz will still be blamed for this.

HornetSting on February 9, 2016 at 6:17 PM

I didn’t think our party would stoop to using the race card – or blame “whitey” for not voting for a black man.

Nice work, Chrystal. /

Hill60 on February 9, 2016 at 6:17 PM

It’s just possible that Carson hasn’t run a very good campaign,

He basically quit actively campaigning in December. He at most makes a few appearances without conducting any real campaign events or stump speeches and that’s been pretty much it since then.

Johnnyreb on February 9, 2016 at 6:18 PM

wild, just for fun prediction—Carson will endorse Trump in SC, and then be his VP

Senator Philip Bluster on February 9, 2016 at 6:19 PM

The big question on this is if Cruz will be able to hold himself back or if he’s gonna go sharkjumping again so soon.

whatcat on February 9, 2016 at 6:20 PM

It’s going to be short on victories also.

Flange on February 9, 2016 at 6:22 PM

I wonder what Carson did with the $60 MILLION he raised since launching his campaign

From what we’ve heard along the grapevine he had a lot of staff at very high prices and a pretty big entourage. Bought quite a bit of ad time too. I guess I could see him burning through a lot of it and his intake tanked a little while back.

Jazz Shaw on February 9, 2016 at 6:23 PM

I assume this report is based on a trap by CNN to bait the other candidates….????

I still say Cruz did nothing wrong, except it gave the media three days to blunt any “WINNER” banner he could wave after Iowa.

And I didn’t like that Cruz apologized to Carson at the debate. Ben is all about Ben…..and campaign donations and books at Costco and Microchip Medical records and speaking fees after he leaves the race.

So if he gets 5th place in SC will he drop out or is his sole purpose to keep votes from going to Cruz at this point?

PappyD61 on February 9, 2016 at 6:23 PM

he announces in advance that he won’t even be joining his own supporters this evening.

Logical conclusion:

Ben Carson doesn’t expect to need these supporters for help in the general election.

It is time for Ben Carson to leave the campaign trail, so we can focus on candidates who are running serious campaigns for the U.S. Presidency.

wren on February 9, 2016 at 6:26 PM

Can someone get in touch with the Cruz campaign to see if this is true?

Word has it the Cruz campaign has hired several former KGB operatives.

Creepy.

Dick Richard on February 9, 2016 at 6:29 PM

The Associated Press [email protected] 3m3 minutes ago
BREAKING: Supreme Court agrees to halt enforcement of sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.

Oil Can on February 9, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Idiot…why would anyone in line now vote for him

cmsinaz on February 9, 2016 at 6:32 PM

Do something wrong once…that’s a mistake. We all make mistakes.
Do it wrong twice, that’s no mistake.

The end of the Carson Campaign is merely missing the announcement. The question is, is he going for Veep or the book deal at this point.

mikethemoose on February 9, 2016 at 6:33 PM

Do something wrong once…that’s a mistake. We all make mistakes.
Do it wrong twice, that’s no mistake.

The end of the Carson Campaign is merely missing the announcement. The question is, is he going for Veep or the book deal at this point.

mikethemoose on February 9, 2016 at 6:33 PM

It still didn’t stop a week of lamenting about the long suffering Dr. Carson and that bad man, Cruz.

HornetSting on February 9, 2016 at 6:35 PM

The Associated Press [email protected] 3m3 minutes ago
BREAKING: Supreme Court agrees to halt enforcement of sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.

Oil Can on February 9, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Outstanding! That means it is dead on arrival as this will play out long after obama is gone. Hurray for the good guys!.

Johnnyreb on February 9, 2016 at 6:35 PM

If you can’t beat ‘em, leave ‘em…

A new twist on love ’em and leave ’em?

Fallon on February 9, 2016 at 6:36 PM

I wonder what Carson did with the $60 MILLION he raised since launching his campaign – because, he sure as heck hasn’t been campaigning.

Pork-Chop on February 9, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Private jets home to do your laundry really eats into the bottom line.

libfreesMom on February 9, 2016 at 6:36 PM

“What a Pu$$y!”

– King Trump

libfreesMom on February 9, 2016 at 6:38 PM

Outstanding! That means it is dead on arrival as this will play out long after obama is gone. Hurray for the good guys!.

Johnnyreb on February 9, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Whew, that was close.

Dick Richard on February 9, 2016 at 6:39 PM

What is up with this guy?

Realdemocrat1 on February 9, 2016 at 6:41 PM

Ben Carson NH victory party to be short one Ben Carson

Ben Carson the Cam Newton of the New Hampshire primaries?

Seriously, and it may not be the most polite approach, but Carson doesn’t seem to be one to stick around for parties after-the-fact. In one sense, I kind of appreciate that focus. It’s the kind of response I would expect from a surgeon. Nothing more to be done in New Hampshire, on to the next patient (SC).

Happy Nomad on February 9, 2016 at 6:42 PM

“What a Pu$$y!”

– King Trump

libfreesMom on February 9, 2016 at 6:38 PM

NO! Trump would get one of the howlers to say that so he can repeat it for the national media.

Happy Nomad on February 9, 2016 at 6:43 PM

“What a Pu$$y!”

– King Trump

libfreesMom on February 9, 2016 at 6:38 PM

NO! Trump would get one of the howlers to say that so he can repeat it for the national media.

Happy Nomad on February 9, 2016 at 6:43 PM

Don’t you mean for the national media –mand the anti-Trump wackos — to pounce on, and scream “he’s so vulgar!” so they can ignore the substance of what he says?

Oh no, you didn’t mean that. You’re too deranged to figure that out.

JannyMae on February 9, 2016 at 6:54 PM

Oh no, you didn’t mean that. You’re too deranged to figure that out.

JannyMae on February 9, 2016 at 6:54 PM

Go to your happy place.

libfreesMom on February 9, 2016 at 6:56 PM

It really is time for Ben to go home for good. He hasn’t been serious about this campaign for quite awhile, and he is only wasting the money of his donors.

JannyMae on February 9, 2016 at 6:56 PM

Oh no, you didn’t mean that. You’re too deranged to figure that out.

JannyMae on February 9, 2016 at 6:54 PM

Go to your happy place.

libfreesMom on February 9, 2016 at 6:56 PM

The truth is obviously painful for you. You can’t even get through a Carson thread without shooting blanks at trump. You poor baby.

My sympathies.

JannyMae on February 9, 2016 at 6:58 PM

Do something wrong once…that’s a mistake. We all make mistakes.
Do it wrong twice, that’s no mistake.

The end of the Carson Campaign is merely missing the announcement. The question is, is he going for Veep or the book deal at this point.

mikethemoose on February 9, 2016 at 6:33 PM

Given that he obviously knows this, it’s pretty obnoxious that he spent a week trashing Cruz.

talkingpoints on February 9, 2016 at 7:01 PM

The Cruz campaign issued a press release saying Carson was dying of tuberculosis and voting for him will cause you to catch it too.

Bishop on February 9, 2016 at 6:16 PM

To recap:

On a Twitter account with 23 million followers, CNN told the world that Carson “plans to take a break from campaigning after Iowa.”

On a Twitter account with just 31,000 followers, CNN’s Chris Moody clarified that Carson was not dropping out.

Again, I ask you: Why didn’t CNN use its powerful broadcast center or massive Twitter presence to tell its viewers the full story — to tell viewers Carson was not dropping out?

What’s especially laughable is that CNN is using Moody’s tweets as an ass-covering defense — an account with only 31,000 followers!

But that’s all CNN has, and the dishonesty of that defense and the cover-up of CNN’s own culpability in this scandal hit the red-zone Saturday night.

Although everything Cruz said is verifiably true, to cover-up their own guilt and damage a Republican (after already damaging Carson just before the voting in Iowa began), Foreman is willing to disgrace himself by manufacturing a straw man that he lights on fire using an obscure reporter’s Twitter account, which is not where CNN reporting happens.

CNN is a cable news network, not a Twitter news network, and here are the only questions that matter…

Why did CNN choose to selectively report on Moody’s tweets — only the most damning part that Carson “plans to take a break from campaigning after Iowa.”

Why did it take CNN more than two hours to report the Moody tweet that made clear Carson was not dropping out?

Why is CNN lying about what Ted Cruz said?

Why is CNN using Moody’s tweets to defend on-air reporting?

The answer is simple…

It’s a three bank-shot. The arsonists at the left-wing CNN get away clean but damage two Republican presidential candidates in the process — Carson and Cruz.

voiceofreason on February 9, 2016 at 7:08 PM

Really? Maybe he should think about a bigger suitcase so he doesn’t have to keep going to FL every other day.

MJBrutus on February 9, 2016 at 7:17 PM

Carson is a perfect example of the argument than genius and ability are not fungible. He is a brilliant neurosurgeon, but needs a little boy with a lantern to lead him around anywhere outside of a medical setting.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on February 9, 2016 at 7:23 PM

I guess you don’t need a victory to have a victory party if you are deluded enough.

Andy__B on February 9, 2016 at 7:32 PM

Carly Fiorina polling better than Carson.

Put a fork in Dr C.

libfreesMom on February 9, 2016 at 7:36 PM

If he didn’t do well in IA and NH because of race, if he does well in SC, is that also because of race? What if he does poorly in SC?

butch on February 9, 2016 at 8:29 PM

Shocking – Yes, he is.

I wonder what Carson did with the $60 MILLION he raised since launching his campaign – because, he sure as heck hasn’t been campaigning.

Pork-Chop on February 9, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Armstrong probably got half of it.

cimbri on February 9, 2016 at 8:41 PM

This is always a disappointing reaction when I see it cropping up. Do we really need to attribute Carson’s showing to his race?

I think you misread Chrystal Wright’s message. Carson’s showing is not to be attributed to his race. Fault lies with the voters’ race.

Lolo on February 9, 2016 at 9:00 PM

It really is time for Ben to go home for good. He hasn’t been serious about this campaign for quite awhile, and he is only wasting the money of his donors.

JannyMae on February 9, 2016 at 6:56 PM

Might as well leave him in there for a while. He drains off at least several per cent from Cruz in every contest.

cimbri on February 9, 2016 at 9:11 PM

All these negative remarks, he’s just taking time out to shop for clothes.

celt on February 9, 2016 at 9:33 PM

Not sure why all of these so called “conservatives” have it in for Ben Carson.

Almost like it’s personal….(Alinsky?)

It makes me sick.

Browndog on February 9, 2016 at 10:29 PM

The 2% showing in NH is an expression of voter realization that his campaign is not going anywhere. A racist analysis must also account for the Democrat uncle Tom effect where no plantation voter will vote for a black republican. Hence, I’m not expecting a bump for Carson in high density black areas either.

This is it for Carson. Great start, but he lost the plot.

virgo on February 9, 2016 at 11:50 PM

Carson’s train flew off the tracks when he had the blowup with his staff. Hasn’t made any headway since.

Time to retire, or run for something you can win.

Andy__B on February 10, 2016 at 2:06 AM

I would like to be on record that there was a second part missing in this “party”. The victory was definitely missing.

He came in dead last. Oh sure he beat a lot of people with a few hundred or less votes between them but he came in dead last of those who have been in the debates.

He is done, his campaign is done, it is over.

OregonPolitician on February 10, 2016 at 5:53 AM

Carson allowed himself to become Trump’s indentured slave.

Lee Jan on February 10, 2016 at 7:10 AM