Ben Carson's campaign have been trying to ramp up sympathy for their candidate because bloggers and the media have exposed holes in Carson's very weird autobiography and it's causing them to be in the defensive before Tuesday's debate.
It wasn't until Carson started to rise in the polls that the media took up the basic task of actually vetting his personal story, since, you know, that's what he has to run on. And Ben Carson's been melting down at the media ever since.
Gov. Chris Christie refused to play the GOP game of just attacking the media over their biases and put the onus on Carson to explain his actions in the past and stop kvetching about being vetted.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) delivered a challenge to Republican presidential rival Ben Carson on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday morning: “Come out and tell us exactly what is going on.”
Christie, who is no stranger to intense press coverage, argued that Carson should directly address the media’s questions about inconsistent or false details of his personal history. In just the last week, the retired neurosurgeon has been accused of misrepresenting an offer to attend the prestigious U.S. Military Academy at West Point and changing key details about his violent outbursts as a youth.
Still, Christie said, any presidential candidate must be able to withstand intensive public vetting.
“I heard him this morning say he’s been more scrutinized than anybody in the race, and it’s unfair,” Christie told host Chris Cuomo. “Is he kidding?”
“Did he watch what I went through in January of 2014 for months and months of relentless attacks from people in the media and in the partisan Democratic Party, when it turned out I did absolutely nothing wrong?” he said.
“I haven't gotten a note of apology from anyone,” Christie continued. “A couple of days of being asked about something you put in your books, I have to tell you, I don't have a lot of sympathy. He should answer the questions forthrightly and directly. If he does, the American people will accept it. If he doesn't, then he's got a problem.”
Christie is trying to gain some sympathy for the Bridgegate scandal that has rocked his presidential aspirations and his administration, but nobody's going to buy that. He's lucky there isn't any discernable evidence linking him to ordering Bridgegate, but nobody believes his closest staff members worked that out all on their own without his approval.
And Ben Carson is not getting the help from his fellow candidates that I imagine they thought they would. being such a novice at political campaigns, does he not realize that others want to win it as much as he does?
And Christie's points are all valid criticisms of Carson.