Did Carson leave GOP race too late in presidential sweepstakes?
WASHINGTON, March 3, 2016 – Presidential GOP candidate Ben Carson’s campaign released a statement on Wednesday stating that the retired neurosurgeon does not “see a political path forward to secure the Republican nomination.” For his millions of supporters who have possibly wondered aloud if Carson could continue past his disappointing Super Tuesday finish, the suspense is now over. The world renown doctor will not be attending the Fox News presidential debate on Thursday, in the city of Detroit where he grew up.
The native Detroiter burst upon the national political scene when he called out President Barack Obama and his administration in 2013 in his keynote National Prayer Breakfast speech. The president seemed visibly irritated as Dr. Carson criticized the “moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility” that faced America.
For many conservatives, the gentle speaking doctor touched a nerve in the heart of conservative America and his remarks launched him on the road toward his presidential bid.
Carson was not the choice of political GOP insiders who were lining up in late 2014 for former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Bush was seeding his campaign Super PAC with tens of millions of dollars. Bush was a legacy name and Carson was simply a person from a poor family from the inner city.
On the other hand, liberals who had been offended by the truthfulness of Carson in speaking his mind about Obama and his failings, were all to happy to sharpen their political punditry knives against him.
Fortunately for Carson, many, many conservative and evangelical voters across the nation begin to follow him and embrace his message of “We the People” and contributed monetarily to his candidacy. After his formal announcement May 4 announcement in 2015, his campaign began to slowly pick up steam and supporters, especially in Iowa, New Hampshire and even South Carolina.
But there was one political problem that both Carson as well as the GOP Washington establishment could not predict and that was the successful candidacy of billionaire and current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. While Carson was meeting potential primary and caucus voters in the nation’s heartland, Trump was literally sucking up all of the political oxygen and eventually suffocated any media campaign coverage he and other candidates could obtain.
Then there were the GOP debate performances which were certainly not Dr. Carson’s friend due in part to his often somewhat subdued responses which also lacked at times specificity. Despite those tepid performances, the first time political candidate appeared to beat the odds and steadily climbed in the national and key state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and even in Nevada.
As summer turned to fall Carson began to overtake Donald Trump in certain state polls in Iowa and New Hampshire. At that point the Donald as well as liberal media bastion CNN began to attack the doctor with fictional accounts concerning his childhood. Trump even raised concerns about him being a Seven day-Adventist with a degree of dispersion, saying “I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about, I just don’t know about.”
While Carson attempted to weather the war of words being hurled at him from Trump, CNN and even Politico, it was perhaps the November radical Islamic terrorist attack in Paris which resulted in 130 deaths and 368 injuries that began to unravel Carson national and state campaign leading poll numbers. Carson’s response were viewed by many pundits as too weak. The political hammer dropped again when Carson’s response to the San Bernardino, California terrorist attack which resulted in 14 deaths, was viewed as not decisive.
The fate of his campaign was all but sealed after losing in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, without picking up a single state, Dr. Carson’s presidential pathway hit a reality wall on Super Tuesday. The day after Super Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the retired pediatric brain surgeon, said, “Gratefully, my campaign decisions are not constrained by finances; rather by what is in the best interests of the American people.”
Now, the man who was acclaimed throughout the world for successfully separating conjoined twins will be attending the Conservative Political Action Committee Conference to discuss his political future.
For millions of Americans Dr. Carson’s impact on the 2016 presidential election cycle may be felt in future campaigns as he attempted to restore President’s Reagan’s 1966 11th Commandment “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” Most GOP political voters and observers would possibly agree that this adherence to Reagan’s commandment is needed right now more than ever for the best interests of the Republican Party.
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