Okay. The rabidly pro-Trump parts of the blogosphere are pushing their own outrage pr0n in the aftermath of the Iowa Caucuses.
I think we can all agree that Ben Carson’s campaign is on its terminal glidepath and charitably can be classified as a scheme to build a direct mail list that can generate income from its rental.
At 7pm yesterday, the Cruz campaign sent out this message:
And then Steve King chimed in:
Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope. https://t.co/lW5Js50EMA
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) February 2, 2016
Not to put too fine a point on it, this kind of stunt only works if, well, it looks plausible. The Carson effort in Iowa was an least as somnolent as the candidate himself, so it was very easy for people to believe Carson was folding his tent. Whatever. The message gave Trump and Carson supporters a cardiovascular workout but it obviously had zero effect.
But other than losing, losers specialize in whining and making excuses:
The Carson camp claimed Cruz’s team spread false rumors at caucus sites that Carson had dropped out.
Ben Carson was incensed as the results of Monday night’s Iowa caucuses rolled in, accusing the winner of spreading falsehoods about him at caucus sites.
Carson’s team claimed that Cruz’s campaign deliberately sent emails to supporters to spread false rumors at caucus sites that Carson had dropped out, so his supporters would caucus for other candidates.
“That is really quite a dirty trick,” Carson said speaking to reporters at the end of the evening. “That’s the very kind of thing that irritated me enough to get into this quagmire.”
“To have campaigns come out and send emails to their caucus speakers suggesting that Dr. Carson was doing anything but moving forward after tonight is the lowest of low in American politics,” said Carson campaign manager Ed Brookover.
Carson performed in line with previous polling and actually above his RCP average, so it is difficult to see what damage was done. And you have to note that the original message didn’t say Carson was dropping out immediately, just after Iowa. And he will, so it is true.