Can Ben Carson’s Campaign Problems Stop Him?

The stories about the implosion of Dr. Ben Carson’s presidential campaign are the ultimate inside baseball stuff for political junkies. Only they would care about the fact that there has been a mass exit from his political operation in recent weeks. Since Carson’s poll ratings are, at least for the moment, unaffected by any travail inside his camp, what difference does any of it make? Maybe none, as there are precedents for a candidate having similar woes in the year before the contest that have gone on to win their party’s nomination (see, McCain, John, 2008). Carson, who has been floating along in the race on the strength of his appeal as a speaker to right-wing audiences who like his no-holds-barred approach and don’t care about his lack of political experience or policy know-how, seems pretty cavalier about the mechanics of running for president. Perhaps his candidacy will serve as a new model that will prove organization doesn’t matter in the age of the Internet. Then again, maybe he shouldn’t be sure. With the first debate looming in August and the need to get ready in the first states to vote looming after that, it could be that the revised campaign calendar will show us that 2016 isn’t the year to try running without a staff.

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Can Ben Carson’s Campaign Problems Stop Him?

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