The Ben Carson vs. Ted Cruz Feud
“The Ben Carson vs. Ted Cruz Feud”
By Donna Garner
First, let me say that I am not a paid staffer for any political candidate. I get not one penny for the research, writing, and publishing that I do. My only income is from what I receive as a retired classroom teacher. That said, I prefer not to belabor past events but want to move on to the Presidential campaign events of tomorrow and the future.
The problem is that Ben Carson (and some of his supporters) do not want to move on. They want to stir the pot about the events that occurred on Iowa caucus night (2.1.16) probably because it keeps Ben Carson in the news. Once again last night on the ABC Presidential Debate, Ted Cruz humbled himself and apologized all over again to Ben Carson for any misunderstandings between them.
Dr. Carson is a wonderful, Christian man, and his life story is an inspiration for us all. I bought his book and put in on the bookshelf in my high-school English classroom very soon after it was published in 1996. This was during the time that our society and our public schools were moving quickly into the bigotry of low expectations, particularly for Black students; and many of my students self-selected to read this inspirational book for their book reports.
The facts is, however, that a gifted and dedicated doctor with a wonderful life story is not necessarily equipped to become President of the United States.
It is because of my concerns over “the silly season” in Presidential politics that I feel it is important to put this article into the public record, trying to gather together into one place the important links that establish the timeline involved. Hopefully the public will then check carefully through these sources to arrive at their own conclusions. This is much more productive moving toward the all-important goal of electing a new President of the United States than for people to listen to political rumors and innuendos from the news media and/or the Presidential candidates themselves.
Here is my take on the situation based upon fact-based articles:
Even before the Iowa caucuses, the word was already out that Ben Carson had been laying off staffers for a long time and that he had many problems within his campaign. (Please see the links posted below from 6.5.15, 12.31.15, 1.3.16, 2.4.16, and 2.5.16).
Carson had played the victim already (11.9.15 article), showing his inability to cope with the campaign scene. It is not surprising that Carson is following that same tendency now.
If I thought Ted Cruz had done something really terrible, I would be the first to criticize him. However, I just don’t see it. The fault was with Ben Carson for not being willing to campaign from state-to-state as a candidate needs to do to be worthy of becoming the President of the United States. There is no easy way out – no shortcut.
I believe what Carson planned to do instead was to go home to Florida and rest for a couple of days without doing the hard work of “pressing the flesh” of the common people in New Hampshire. He perhaps planned to make a quick trip up to Washington, D. C. to the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 4, hoping to get some national media coverage as had happened when in 2.17.13 he had rightly criticized ObamaCare with Obama sitting right there in the audience.
It was CNN who actually spread the rumor first about Carson shutting down his campaign, but this was AFTER Carson himself had used really poor judgment in saying he was going to go back to Florida for several days and was then going to D. C. for the prayer breakfast. That could only mean one thing to any logical-thinking person who had been following Carson’s campaign struggles: Ben Carson was not going to New Hampshire and was getting ready to shut down his campaign just as some of the other Republican candidates had already done.
On Iowa caucus night (2.1.16) when the Ted Cruz AND also the Marco Rubio camps heard what CNN said, they all did what any campaigns would have done: They all tried to get the Carson-supporters to support them. Ted Cruz’s whole campaign strategy has been to join all of the conservatives into one large camp so that the left-leaners and moderate Establishment candidates would be defeated.
On 2.2.16 (Texas Tribune, posted below), Cruz publicly apologized to Carson for not sending out information to the campaigns once Cruz found out that CNN was wrong. However, in the heat and the pressure of the caucuses, who had time to try to undo a false CNN report? Besides that, Carson’s campaign had been in trouble for some time, and his conservative supporters needed to find someone else to support who had an actual chance of winning. That authentic conservative was Ted Cruz.
FoxNews chose to blame Ted Cruz because they are openly supporting Rubio. Donald Trump, the liberal media, and the Republican Establishment (e.g., Karl Rove) all have kept the Carson vs. Cruz story alive because they want “anybody but Ted Cruz.” They know he will do what he says he will do without compromising.
“Fox News’ founder, Rupert Murdoch, is a co-chair of what is arguably one of the biggest immigration lobbying firms in the country, The Partnership for a New American Economy. Through his lobbying firm, Murdoch has endorsed Rubio’s 2013 amnesty bill as well as his 2015 immigration expansion bill. Murdoch has also endorsed President Obama’s immigration agenda, which Rubio has said would be the ‘second pillar’ of a President Rubio’s three-pillar foreign policy strategy.” (2.3.16 – “Mickey Kaus: Rubio Republican John Edwards” – by Julia Hahn – Breitbart — http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/02/03/mickey-kaus-rubio-republican-john-edwards/)
SUMMARY: The bottom line is that Carson messed up by indicating he was not going to go to New Hampshire; CNN picked it up; Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio (and probably Donald Trump) all tried to get the caucuses to join their camps. Ted Cruz got the blame because a huge bloc of people (e.g., Carson, Rubio, Trump, CNN, Fox News, Republican Establishment, and others) wanted to defeat him.
We believe Ted Cruz is the only candidate who is equipped by life experiences to bring America back from the slippery slope, and we are not surprised when people with ulterior motives try to defeat him.
The good news is that Ted Cruz is a seasoned veteran of persecution, vilification, and condemnation. He is not going to cave when such strategies are used against him; and when he is President of the United States, he will not cave under pressure there either. He will use his Godly wisdom, his good judgment, his perseverance, and his deep knowledge of the Constitution to endure.
That is the kind of person we want to have his finger on the nuclear button. That is the kind of person we want to choose the next Supreme Court judges. That is the kind of person we want to keep our country safe from Iran, Putin, ISIS, and the Islamic terrorists. Ted Cruz has been in preparation all of his life for this moment in time.
2.1.16 – 15 minutes BEFORE caucus doors opened, CNN was dropping hints that Carson might be dropping out and was not going to NH or SC. It was not Ted Cruz who started this story. Unfortunately, the Carson camp has blamed him for it.
LINK TO 1:22 MINUTE VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/tiffany.house.96/videos/1085531334800368/?pnref=story
2.3.16 – “What Happened with Dr. Carson in Iowa: From Someone Who Was There and Involved” – The Conservative Minuteman — https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-conservative-minuteman/what-happened-with-dr-carson-in-iowa-from-some-one-that-was-there-and-involved/1651295951761896
2.6.15 – “Ben Carson, CNN Pounce on Ted Cruz During Debate” – by Abby Livingston – Texas Tribune –
2.2.16 –Ted Cruz Apologizes for What Ben Carson Called “Dirty Tricks” — by Jamie Lovegrove – Texas Tribune — http://www.texastribune.org/2016/02/02/carson-accuses-cruz-dirty-tricks-caucus-night/
2.4.16 – “Why I Am Dumping Carson and Trump To Support Ted Cruz for President” – by Rocco Penn – MediaCaffeine — http://mediacaffeine.com/ben-carson-was-handed-an-opportunity-to-get-back-into-the-race-but-chose-whining-instead/
2.5.16 – “What’s Happening in Ben Carson’s Camp?” – by Red Sonja — http://redsonja-conservativesinaction.blogspot.com/2016/02/whats-happening-in-ben-carsons-camp.html
2.4.16 – “GOP’s Struggling Ben Carson Cuts Campaign Staff” – Austin American-Statesman — http://www.mystatesman.com/ap/ap/political/the-latest-rubio-works-to-court-rand-paul-supporte/nqJqj/?icmp=mystatesman_internallink_megamenu_link?icmp=mystatesman_internallink_megamenu_link
12.31.15 – “Top Carson Campaign Staffers Resign” – FoxNews — http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/12/31/top-carson-campaign-staffers-resign.html
1.3.16 – “Ben Carson Campaign Over” — Newsmax —http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/ben-carson-campaign-over/2016/01/03/id/707982/?ns_mail_uid=1810380&ns_mail_job=1648272_01042016&s=al&dkt_nbr=zvbww3pc
11.9.15 — “Under What Rock Has Ben Carson Been Living for the Last 15 Years” — By Donna Garner – EdViews.org — http://www.educationviews.org/rock-ben-carson-living-15-years/
6.5.15 – “Ben Carson’s Campaign Faces Turmoil after Staff Exits and Super PAC Chaos” — By Robert Costs – Washington Post — http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ben-carsons-campaign-faces-turmoil-after-staff-exits-and-super-pac-chaos/2015/06/05/ce08f9b2-0ba8-11e5-a7ad-b430fc1d3f5c_story.html?wpisrc=nl_p1wemost&wpmm=1