TheBlaze TV and radio host Dana Loesch took to Twitter yesterday to call on Governor Chris Christie, Dr. Ben Carson and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina to do the country a favor by dropping out:
If Christie, Fiorina, and Carson don’t exit after tonight I have to question whether they are in it for the country or themselves.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 10, 2016
Sadly, however, Ben Carson has done the exact opposite. Instead of suspending his campaign, the famed neurosurgeon left for South Carolina yesterday evening. Unbelievably enough, he did so before the results of New Hampshire’s primary were in. He actually skipped his own post-primary party.
Now, it’s clear to anyone with half a brain that Carson’s campaign is doomed. He disappointed in Iowa — a state where he should have competed for the top spot — and barely registered in New Hampshire. RealClearPolitics’ poll of polls still has him in fifth place in South Carolina (with 8.7%), but those polls were conducted well before the Iowa caucuses. In other words, he will undoubtedly have fallen even further behind in the meantime.
And Fiorina? She’s at 1.7%. That’s in a winner-take-all state.
Carson himself is, of course, fully aware of these facts and therefore knows he doesn’t have a chance. He’s done. Stick a fork in it.
Yet, he stays in. Why?
While thinking about this question a thought struck me: Why does it surprise me? It shouldn’t. All of these candidates are some of the most ambitious and ruthless people in the country (they wouldn’t be where they’re at if they weren’t). Of course it’s all about them! Rand Paul dropped out because he’s running for the Senate again, and Christie is still a governor who has to actually serve the people who elected him.
But Carson? He doesn’t have much else to do right now. He can continue to build support, add people to his email-lists, do some PR, get free coverage, sell books… and position himself to either become a pundit or a member of the future president’s cabinet.
That’s what it’s about to Carson — his completely unfair attacks on Ted Cruz in recent weeks and his refusal to drop out prove it. He sees this campaign as an opportunity to cash in, and he’s not willing to let it pass him by. The country — and the Republican Party — be damned.