Look, we’ve always loved Ben Carson. Check the archives, we’ve always had nice things to say about him. We even ignored the people who said his campaign was mainly a scam for his SuperPAC to make money.
This clip on the other hand where he admits to it? No bueno…
For months, reporters and political operatives (including me) have been pointing out that Ben Carson’s campaign bears many of the hallmarks of a political scam operation. Now Carson seems to agree. On CNN on Tuesday, Carson discussed his year-end staff shake-up:
“Uh, it has helped me tremendously. There’s no question about it. Uh, you know, we had people who really didn’t seem to understand finances, or maybe they did, maybe (chuckle) maybe they were doing it on purpose. But, uh, obviously things have improved tremendously since that time and the morale is much better. Uh, the espirit de corps, so, yes, it was a tremendous benefit to us.”
Carson has taken in incredible amounts of money during the race. His campaign has raised more than any other Republican presidential rival, though they’ve raised more when super PACs are included. But he’s also spent more than any of them, so that despite his prolific fundraising, he has barely $4 million in cash on hand.
Reminder: Carson hasn’t won a primary. He’s not even come in second. Or third. Dr. Ben Carson, why are you still here?
The field is winnowing, as it always does, after actual votes are cast. Look, I don’t blame you if you like Dr. Ben Carson. We’ll always have the memories of him taking it to Obama at Obama’s prayer breakfast. We’ll always have the time he lit up the media about their hypocrisy. But at this point, his staying in the race isn’t realistic for an actual shot at the presidency. Which makes one wonder what he’s actually doing in the race. Could it be he’s there for strategic reasons? He has suggested being Donald Trump’s VP, after all…
What do you think? Is it time for Dr. Ben Carson to return home? Tweet me at @Courtneyscoffs.