Burn, Ben, Burn

I have worked an amazing number of political campaigns over the years, but always in a direct support role vs. a leadership role. I have been an advisor, data analysis and data manager, truck driver, precinct walker, and every other imaginable role. I am a combat veteran, but political campaigns are a specialized form of combat for which I am lacking the proper attitudes. Evidently, “carpet bombing” means something entirely different in the world of political campaigns.

When it comes to political campaigns, I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly, with far too many of them falling into the “ugly” category. One of the most “ugly” campaigns that I have ever been involved in was the Sharron Angle campaign in 2010. She was a Tea Party-backed “dark horse” who emerged from the primary election, much to the surprise of the GOP establishment—and possibly to Sharron Angle herself. I worked inside that campaign every single day and, although I hate to ever have to admit that my friend Chuck Muth of Citizen Outreach is ever correct, Whore House Harry Reid did not “steal” that election—the Angle Campaign handed him that election on a silver platter.

As campaigns go, the Ben Carson Campaign is the Sharron Angle Campaign reborn.

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Ben Carson was vaulted onto the national stage with his speech at the Nation Prayer breakfast in February of 2013. Shortly thereafter, a social media campaign was launched for the purpose of encouraging Ben Carson to run for President: “Run Ben Run.”

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I find Ben Carson to be a pleasant man and a truly good human being, but he does not have the stuff of which leaders are made, and America truly needs a leader, more so today than ever in her short history.

I know absolutely nothing about Ben Carson’s campaign staff except for a few sound bites here and there, but what I have seen has evoked flashbacks of the Sharron Angle campaign in many ways. From what I have seen, it would appear that Ben Carson’s campaign has imploded because of serious conflicts within his staff. It would appear that two campaign-hardened warriors at the top of his campaign staff have resigned because of major conflicts with Ben Carson’s personal advisor, one Mr. Armstrong Williams. So I decided to educate myself as to just who this person is.

Mr. Armstrong Williams has been described as: “…an American political commentator, entrepreneur, author of a nationally syndicated conservative newspaper column, and host of a daily radio show and a nationally syndicated TV program” and as “…a shady grifter (con artist).”

Whatever the case, the fact of the matter is that he has no experience in running a national political campaign. If Ben Carson has any grasp on reality and any concern for this country—as opposed to say just selling books, as some have suggested—he should drop out of the campaign and endorse Donald Trump.

He is not likely to do either in the near future because Mr. Armstrong Williams has way too much invested in this effort and will advise Ben Carson to stay the course just like Jeb Bush, since they both now have an equal chance of emerging from the Primary Election as the Republican Nominee.

But, as I look at this debacle, I must wonder if I am not seeing a yet darker side to it all. Upon close examination, is there “a racial component” to all of this? Is Ben Carson listening to the advice of a charismatic black man over the advice of professional campaign warriors simply because of the color of his skin? It is highly possible.

A friend of mine recently remodeled a house that had previously been owned by a couple of black professionals. The “remodel” was basically a complete “gut” and rebuild which took a couple of months to complete. During the process, a neighbor stopped in to see what was being done and, in discussions, the neighbor said that the previous owner was very biased in that in this town of ample-skilled labor in the Spanish community, the owner would only hire black contractors. And when I visited the site with my friend, I could not help but notice that the material being removed was basically “lipstick on a pig,” i.e., press wood “skinned” with a thin layer of pseudo-quartz and such to make it look like the more expensive materials. One only needs to look to such stellar personalities as the “reverends” Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and all of the good that they have brought to the black communities to understand the phenomena.

Ben Carson is a good man of uncommon intelligence in most cases. But in watching his presidential campaign grind to a halt, one must wonder… As a world famous neurosurgeon, would he send a family member with a neurological problem to some proctologist and part time veterinarian?

Basically, that is what he has done with his presidential campaign.

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