There's an old saying: "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak up and remove all doubt." And it is also written, "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger". Or maybe it's just the long-awaited, below-the-radar manifestation of Trump-fatigue.
Whatever the cause, it appears to be either (1) subconsciously dawning on some conservative Trump supporters that maybe having an obnoxious, know-nothing loudmouth heading our ticket next year may not be such a hot idea after all, or (2) backers of the other top tier candidates have collectively decided that a wise, learned, statesman-like neophyte is better than a roaring Trump disaster which the country, in its terminally ill state, might not survive.
However it happened, Gentle Ben has reeled in Follicle Boy:
Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson has pulled to within four points of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, a new poll shows.
In the New York Times/CBS News survey released Tuesday, Trump maintains the lead of the presidential pack, with 27% support. But Carson is within striking distance, at 23%, which is within the margin of error, making it a statistical dead heat.
Carson's rise compared with his polling at 6% support in the pre-August 6th debate Times/CBS News survey; Trump was at 24% in that earlier poll, showing Carson's gains the most significant in that time frame, the poll shows.
Far behind the leaders were former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, all tied for third place with 6%.
A quarter of the GOP electorate wants as their president a man who is totally unqualified and wants the job waaaaaaaay too much, and another quarter of the GOP electorate wants as their president a man who is totally unqualified but wants the job waaaaaaaaay too little. Gee, when I put it that way, it doesn't really matter which one is ahead, because we're doomed either way. But at least with Dr. Carson I could go to our collective doom waaaaaaaay less mortified than Penny was when she woke up next to Raj.
It would be proof, somehow, that at the end the average Republican voter hadn't gone completely mad. Just mostly.
Now to see if Carsonsteria can trickle down to the State-by-State level. I'd make a prediction, but prognostication is based upon predictable factors borne of rationality, and clearly half the GOP electorate has been chug-a-lugging Everclear for the past three months.
And no, there's no "bazinga".