Ben Carson's Campaign Has Basically Been One Long, Stupid Book Tour

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In 2008, John McCain famously suspended his campaign to rush to the center of the financial problem and fix it like Superman flying to the surface of the sun. It seemed very silly at the time, because John McCain is a lot of things, but he is not a banking expert. The whole thing read as disingenuously opportunistic.

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Seven long years later, we’re witnessing a much different campaign, and and a new standard in transparent opportunism: muttering nutbag Ben Carson has suspended his public campaign to go on a book tour. According to ABCNews, Carson’s campaign has says he won’t be making any public stops for the next two weeks, but that doesn’t mean he’s eschewing all campaigning. He’s gladly $till accepting donation$. From ABC:

The campaign has been careful to separate campaign events and the book tour, and doesn’t want to classify the tour as related to the campaign in any way.

This week he is catching up on fundraising events and will be back on his book tour next week making stops in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. So for the next two weeks, Carson won’t be appearing at any public “campaign events.”

Carson will be going back and forth between campaign fundraising events and book tour events over the next two weeks. His campaign says he has over 20 campaign fundraising events scheduled over that time period.

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Ah, yes. I see that the campaign and book tour are totally different, unique things. Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin made her disdain known on Twitter today, writing that this move only “reinforced suspicion” that Carson was only running for President to boost book sales and speaking fees.

The book is called A More Perfect Union, which, in addition to being the name of a very good song by Titus Andronicus, is the title of more than 600 book titles, including a series of historical romances, a few textbooks, and Jesse Jackson Jr’s book that was released 2 weeks after September 11th.

No word yet on how Carson will turn this into a Nazi analogy.


Contact the author at erin@jezebel.com.

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historyrhymes1
HistoryRhymes1

Up until a few days ago, the Carson campaign book tour was posting pictures on a website of all the people that came to get their book signed. It was an amazing source of entertainment. They stopped this week, saying there were just too many people who wanted their pictures with Dr. Carson. I have my doubts.

This was my favorite image:

#BenCarson2015