Sad: Ben Carson jokes about his campaign staff’s incompetence (or worse)

Dr. Ben Carson’s presidential campaign is reaching the joke stage, and it is painful to see for those of us who admire his character and achievements so deeply.  His previous campaign finance filings have revealed that, while he has been able to raise large amounts of money, a large portion has been spent on fundraising.

Yesterday, in an interview on CNN, Dr. Carson may have revealed more than he intended:

Ben Carson jokingly wondered Tuesday if former aides intentionally undermined his campaign by bleeding it of money.

Carson parted with a handful of top advisers, including his campaign manager, Barry Bennett, at the turn of the new year. He has been one of the Republican field's most outstanding fundraisers, but his campaign reinvests much of that money into raising more and has not posted as much cash on hand as some of his rival    

"We had people who didn't really seem to understand finances," a laughing Carson told CNN's Poppy Harlow on "CNN Newsroom," adding, "or maybe they did -- maybe they were doing it on purpose."

By joking that his campaign staff may have intentionally sabotaged his campaign, Dr. Carson opens a door he should not want to go through.  After all, he picked these people, and if he were to be elected president, he would be picking a lot of people with the potential to sabotage issues (or merely exploit them for their own benefit) in areas of far deeper concern than campaign funding.

The challenge of building a campaign organization is the first test of a candidate’s administrative and organizational abilities.  Alas, Dr. Carson may be able to put together a surgical team, but he is clearly not up to the task of political organization and financing.  A man of tremendous dignity and integrity, Dr. Carson should move on and contribute to the nation in other ways than running for president.

Dr. Ben Carson’s presidential campaign is reaching the joke stage, and it is painful to see for those of us who admire his character and achievements so deeply.  His previous campaign finance filings have revealed that, while he has been able to raise large amounts of money, a large portion has been spent on fundraising.

Yesterday, in an interview on CNN, Dr. Carson may have revealed more than he intended:

Ben Carson jokingly wondered Tuesday if former aides intentionally undermined his campaign by bleeding it of money.

Carson parted with a handful of top advisers, including his campaign manager, Barry Bennett, at the turn of the new year. He has been one of the Republican field's most outstanding fundraisers, but his campaign reinvests much of that money into raising more and has not posted as much cash on hand as some of his rival    

"We had people who didn't really seem to understand finances," a laughing Carson told CNN's Poppy Harlow on "CNN Newsroom," adding, "or maybe they did -- maybe they were doing it on purpose."

By joking that his campaign staff may have intentionally sabotaged his campaign, Dr. Carson opens a door he should not want to go through.  After all, he picked these people, and if he were to be elected president, he would be picking a lot of people with the potential to sabotage issues (or merely exploit them for their own benefit) in areas of far deeper concern than campaign funding.

The challenge of building a campaign organization is the first test of a candidate’s administrative and organizational abilities.  Alas, Dr. Carson may be able to put together a surgical team, but he is clearly not up to the task of political organization and financing.  A man of tremendous dignity and integrity, Dr. Carson should move on and contribute to the nation in other ways than running for president.