Republican insiders are saying Ben Carson’s foreign policy blunders are threatening his 2016 chances.
It’s not at all surprising that Ben Carson’s poll numbers have plunged in recent days. The GOP 2016 hopeful has made some head-scratching comments about foreign policy that have his own party making fun of him and saying no other GOP candidate has as much vulnerability on the issue.
An overwhelming majority of GOP insiders are saying Carson’s campaign is in grave danger. Those surveyed are part of The POLITICO Caucus, consisting of a panel of bipartisan top strategists, activists and operatives in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
Politico reported that after last week’s attack in Paris and Carson’s handling of questions about foreign policy in the last GOP debate, insiders are saying he “failed to articulate coherent foreign policy or to show command of the issues. A resounding 71 percent of Republicans said Carson was the most vulnerable among the 14 GOP hopefuls on foreign policy — far more than any other candidate.”
“Carson is so clueless,” said an Iowa GOP insider. “He thinks the Kurds are a special kind of Wisconsin cheese.”
One South Carolina Republican commented, “He clearly has no idea what he’s talking about.”
Another Iowa Republican added, “Ben Carson’s complete ineptitude makes you long for the days of ‘Uz-beki-beki-stan-stan,’” referring to a disastrous Herman Cain interview four years ago.
In this past week alone, Carson compared Syrian Refugees to “rabid dogs,” his campaign tweeted out a botched map of the United States and an 83-year-old adviser said Carson needed intense coaching “to make him smart.”
Multiple insiders have said Carson’s inability to appear comfortable with the issues make Trump look better by comparison. “Even if Trump’s message comes off as abrasive on foreign policy, he seems to have a better grasp,” said one Nevada Republican. “Carson does not seem coherent on foreign policy at all.”