From The Reporter's Notebook
Wednesday was probably the most press retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has received since he said the Chinese were in Syria and tried to convince everyone he was accepted to West Point. Not only did one of most trusted advisers say "there is no pathway" to the nomination for Carson, but later on Carson agreed, reported TPM writer Caitlin Cruz.
Carson's statement said, "I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening's Super Tuesday primary results." He'll be elaborating on this not-ending-my-campaign announcement in a speech on Friday. This is about as close as Carson can get to suspending his campaign (the legalese necessary to end a presidential bid) without actually doing it.
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"Most sophisticated party observers must realize that if the party establishment bands together to deny Trump the nomination even though he's won by by far the most delegates, they are in all likelihood conceding the election. Most of the 'contested convention' talk now is just people who are in denial about what's happening. I would say virtually all of it. But I got the first inclinations late today that certain party stakeholders may be genuinely considering the possibility of throwing away the presidential election over Trump." - Josh Marshall
BUZZING: Today in the Hive
From a TPM Prime member: "So let's see: President Trump's jobs plan would be to continue to outsource jobs from the US to make companies more competitive and productive, allowing them to “funnel more into the economy” and create more jobs, acknowledging that American workers may lose employment opportunities, but sometimes outsourcing is “a necessary step.” And yet the numbskulls whose jobs he would send overseas will turn out to vote for him in droves. Do I have this wrong? This is a policy the US worker should get behind???"
Related: A Trump blog post from 2005 shows how the presidential candidate is actually in favor of outsourcing jobs.
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What We're Reading
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