Around two weeks ago (Aug 6th)
Over those two weeks, we've had to endure countless articles, op-eds, and think pieces about Ramaswamy's surging poll numbers and what they said about America. There seemed to be newly passed law that required every journalist in the English-speaking world to weigh in on how this exciting new candidate was connecting with voters.
Despite the fact it never happened. Even if we ignore some curious details about his rise in the polls and take it at face value, Ramaswamy's bump was small -- maxing out at 10% -- and never came close to beating DeSantis, let alone making him a serious challenger to Trump.
None of this is to say that Ramaswamy won't have a real surge at some point. This is black swan season. I'm not ruling anything out.
What I am saying is that this "surge" was a non-event and the press corps should be ashamed of itself for wasting our time.