The Atlantic – 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:
“We had people who didn’t really seem to understand finances,” a laughing Carson told CNN’s Poppy Harlow on “CNN Newsroom,” adding, “or maybe they did—maybe they were doing it on purpose.”
It’s a remarkable statement—especially because he’s so blithe about it.
That’s because Team Carson has been plowing a huge portion of the money it raises back into fundraising, using costly direct-mail and telemarketing tactics. Pretty much every campaign uses those tools, but the extent to which Carson was using it raised eyebrows around politics. First, many of the companies being paid millions and millions of dollars are run by top campaign officials or their friends and relations, meaning those people are making a mint. Second, many of the contributions are coming from small-dollar donors. If that money is being given by well-meaning grassroots conservatives for a campaign that’s designed not to win but to produce revenue for venders, isn’t it just a grift?
I have a question; are any of the people Ben Carson operated on still alive? Are their brains actually still intact? I’ll give someone all of my money (HIGH three figures) if they can find a functioning brain that Ben Carson has touched (including his own). It seems that in a cruel twist of fate, Ben Carson – a brain surgeon – has lost his mind. Now that I think about it, are we even sure he’s really a brain surgeon and not like a pediatrist? Hell, George could have been a pediatrist. At least for Benny here Roger Goodell will have a job lined up for him to investigate CTE after this failed presidential bid. Nobody can be this aloof and then just chuckle about it. “Oh those guys that were trying to help me become the President of the United States were actually just stealing people’s money? Oh man, they got me!”.
And so the SNLification of the 2016 Presidential election continues. It is quite entertaining but at the same time a guy who wouldn’t be able to catch a bartender skimming made it to like the final 10 of the presidential race. There should be a simple test to eliminate people right away. Stuff like “can you do basic math?”. Or “would you fire someone you caught stealing from your campaign or just let it slide until the national media figured it out too?”. Really basic stuff here. Now that Carson’s effectively out it’s back to your regularly scheduled programming of candidates barking like dogs, being racist, anti-gay, being investigated by the FBI and one that might die of old age before the election even happens. Only in America!