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How Republicans Will Crush Ben Carson

A critical article in National Review shows how the invisible primary works in winnowing a party's presidential contenders.
Hassle today, gone tomorrow?

Hassle today, gone tomorrow?

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Did you see this one? Conservative outlet National Review today ran a story describing how notional presidential candidate Ben Carson has fronted for a medical supplement company with a dubious record, including accusations of false advertising.

Carson, of course, isn't going to be the Republican nominee in 2016. But he polls fairly well, and has inspired enthusiasm in his appearances -- more, several reporters have concluded, than most conventional candidates. You can imagine him having a good debate (as Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain did in the 2012 cycle) and spiking up to the lead in pre-Iowa polling.