Trump Fans Worried After Dr. Carson’s Manager Says THIS On Facebook

Trump Fans Worried After Dr. Carson’s Manager Says THIS On Facebook

We’re all thinking it, but to have it all but confirmed on Facebook by one of the men with the greatest insight into Carson’s thinking is something else entirely. Could the end of the Carson campaign be near? And furthermore, could his endorsement mean the loss of Donald Trump in Iowa?

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) convention in Las Vegas, Nevada June 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Steve Marcus - RTX1GZ5B

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From Conservative Tribune:

That sound you hear is the fat lady warming up. Any moment now, she’s going to start singing — and Dr. Ben Carson’s presidential campaign will officially be over.

Conservative commentator Armstrong Williams, the man often described by the media as Carson’s “business manager and confident,” ranted on Facebook Friday about the behavior of a couple of former Carson campaign staffers and their newfound relationship with billionaire businessman Donald Trump.

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But, in his obvious anger, Williams may have told America much more about the state of the Carson campaignthan he ever intended.

In what seemed almost like an afterthought, Williams ended his rant with this sentence: “But just to make it extra clear: neither Bennett nor Watts has any influence whatsoever over who Dr. Carson may ultimately endorse in the primary should the occasion arise.”

That’s right: A man who by all accounts has a great deal of insight into Ben Carson’s thinking — and, in fact, presumably a great deal of influence over it — just invoked the “e word.”

If Dr. Carson’s closest adviser is not only talking about who the candidate might “endorse,” but also doing so in a very public forum like Facebook, the campaign’s end is nigh. There is simply no alternative to that.

Of course, with Carson’s falling poll numbers lately, that those associated with the campaign have begun thinking about such things is no great surprise. That they would make it known publicly, however — that’s something else.

Getting out of the race now would be a smart move for Carson. By endorsing someone now, while he still has seven points of support in Iowa and five in New Hampshire to offer his candidate of choice, he could ensure himself a position in a future Republican administration.

He could even play kingmaker, if he throws his support behind a candidate and hits the campaign trail for him. (I’m going to use “him.” Former business executive Carly Fiorina, whatever her strengths, doesn’t seems like strong enough possibility to justify the awkward “him or her.”)

Using Iowa as an example, and assuming that the ReadClearPolitics average of polls for the state accurately represents what will happen in the caucus there on Monday, Carson could give Trump a clear advantage over Sen. Ted Cruz, push Cruz ahead of current front-runner Donald Trump, or make Sen. Marco Rubio look a more viable candidate going into the New Hampshire primary the following week.

If Carson leaves the race, his endorsement could carry a lot of weight. We’ll have to see what happens in the days and weeks ahead.

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