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The Diogenes Factor: Will Success Spoil Ben Carson?


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Timing isn’t everything, but it’s a good part of everything. Even though Ian Tuttle’s “Ben Carson, the GOPs Long Shot“ was published on NRO only a few days ago (August 29), it now seems a little dated.


This is not to condemn Tuttle, who makes his points well (that Carson sometimes overstates, lacks political expertise, etc.). But the former brain surgeon has suddenly gone from long shot to neck-and-neck with Donald Trump in Iowa in the latest poll. Both men are at 23%.


This is the first time in weeks anyone has even come close to tying The Donald. Coming in a startling third is Carly Fiorina at 10%, the only other candidate even to make double digits. Are we sensing a trend here with all three non-politicians in front? Of course. But first a time out.


Attention, CNN: It will now seem truly discriminatory if you leave Carly Fiorina out of the top tier for the September 16 debate. It will also be a ratification of the shameful bias shown by your network when Candy Crowley famously squelched discussion of Benghazi back in the Obama-Romney foreign policy debate of 2012. Wise up. (Of course, there’s another way of looking at this – that CNN inadvertently would be doing Carly a favor by omitting her, thus creating more controversy and generating more attention for this especially articulate candidate. Nevertheless…)Scissors-32x32.png

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