Friday, November 6, 2015

Carson's Done

And no one should be surprised if he drops out of the race before next week's Republican debate. Yes, it's that bad:
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Friday conceded that he never applied nor was granted admission to West Point and attempted to recast his previous claims of a full scholarship to the military academy — despite numerous public and written statements to the contrary over the last few decades.

West Point has occupied a central place in Carson’s personal story for years. According to a tale told in his book, “Gifted Hands,” the then-17 year old was introduced in 1969 to Gen. William Westmoreland, who had just ended his command of U.S. forces in Vietnam, and the two dined together. That meeting, according to Carson’s telling, was followed by the offer of a “full scholarship” to the military academy.
West Point, however, has no record of Carson applying, much less being extended admission.
You can't blatantly lie about something like this for years and get away with it if you're running for president. You just can't. Even if Carson makes it to the next debate, Donald Trump and the gang would destroy him at that point.

Obviously, the questions about what else he's been lying about will now explode. I dunno, maybe he never imagined that he'd be the frontrunner and actually get vetted like this? It's just one of the many things I don't get about the whole Ben Carson thing.

But it's not all bad news for Ben: There's still time to salvage his book tour if he personally apologizes for the lies and drops out of the race now.

UPDATE: Politico has made some changes to the story after some pushback from the Carson campaign, and that has been reflected here. However, my headline pronouncement still stands. Unless there are additional corrections, it does seem as though this story is still essentially true and Carson was not telling the truth about the West Point "scholarship". There will be more investigation into his past regardless, and even if he survives until the debate...that will be an ugly night for the doctor. I still think we're going to see him lose the frontrunner status in the coming days and never get it back. We shall see!

UPDATE 2: Friday night press conference meltdown and more cracks in the story.

9 comments:

  1. So the question is, who gets his support? Trump? Cruz? Rubio? All of the above?

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    1. Trump & Cruz is my guess. Maybe split.

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  3. It may not be "as bad" as it appeared, but it may be as bad as is necessary to weaken Carson in his standing in the polls, especially in relation to Trump's numbers.

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    1. Yes, it still doesn't look good. Does West Point offer schlarships to people who don't even apply?

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  4. http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/11/are-conservatives-really-going-all-ben-carson

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  5. I am not sure this will be the end of Ben Carson's bid. The Tea Party has never held honesty and truth as being a very high priority. They seem to gravitate to whoever is the biggest blowhard.

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  6. I think Bruce is right on in what the response will be, and as best I can tell from my meandering way around the net, the teabaggers have simply cast this as a media hit piece and will blow it off as such. Epistemology refers to the plumbing in the men's room in their view. Not important.

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