You know you're a dirty so-and-so when you're outed by Breitbart as a cheater who played dirty tricks in Iowa. We can now conclude with certainty that Ted Cruz is indeed as slimy as they get, which comes as no surprise to any of us who follow this stuff.
But even for dirty tricksters, this is pretty nasty. Here's a recording of a voice call obtained by Breitbart News, which proves Cruz did indeed have phone bankers calling into Carson voters telling them not to caucus for Carson.
On the one above, the caller leaves a voice mail message which says:
Hello, this is the Cruz campaign with breaking news: Dr. Ben Carson will be [garbled] suspending campaigning following tonight’s caucuses. Please inform any Carson caucus goers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted instead. Thank you. Good night.
And on this one, the voice mail message is a bit less specific, but nonetheless makes the point.
[inaudible]…from the Ted Cruz campaign, calling to get to a precinct captain, and it has just been announced that Ben Carson is taking a leave of absence from the campaign trail, so it is very important that you tell any Ben Carson voters that for tonight, uh, that they not waste a vote on Ben Carson, and vote for Ted Cruz. He is taking a leave of absence from his campaign. All right? Thank you. Bye.
The first voicemail originated from an Iowa number, and the second from a Galveston, Texas number.
So it was a little more than emails for Tailgunner Ted. He sicced his phonebankers on the people of Iowa in order to swipe a few votes from another Republican.
Consider the source. It is Breitbart, and they've been known to have a few dirty tricks of their own in their bag. But this doesn't necessarily strike me as an issue where they'd have anything to gain from taking down Ted Cruz. Even if they're bitter about Rand Paul's crash-and-burn, Cruz seems like their kind of guy.
Every time Tailgunner Ted promises he'll "always tell the truth," the truth runs away and hides until he's out of sight.