There’s nothing right-wingers love more than a black person who agrees with them
By any reasonable standard, a crackpot like Herman Cain should never have been taken seriously as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination last year.
But there was one brief period when polls ranked Cain as the leading candidate for the GOP nod. And there was only one reason for that aberration: Cain is a black man who generally subscribes to the wacky theories of the Republican right wing. He was the GOP darling du jour because he served as an antidote to accusations that the Republican right is racist.
But alas, eventually — nay, inevitably — Cain’s candidacy imploded, and now he’s just a parody of himself who shows up on TV every once in a while.
Ah, but suddenly there’s a new Great Black Hope for the Republican presidential nomination of 2016 — and this one is presumably a lot brighter than Herman Cain. His name is Ben Carson (above), and he’s a renowned neurosurgeon. More to the point, he’s very conservative.
Carson first gained widespread notice when he waxed inappropriately political at the National Prayer Breakfast of a few weeks back.
HERE‘s Sally Quinn’s report on Carson’s not-so-prayerful performance:
To a packed audience of some 3,000 people at the annual event attended by President and Mrs. Obama, Vice President Biden and members of Congress and millions more who watched his speech online, he began this way:
“I want to start by reading four texts which will put into context what I’m going to say.”
The first text:
“Proverbs 11:9 with his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous escapes.”
Then he proceeded to do just that, attacking President Obama’s positions on the deficit, taxes, and health care.
“He (Carson) was visited on at least two occasions and told not to get into anything political,” says conservative columnist Cal Thomas, one of the organizers of the breakfast and host of an annual pre-breakfast dinner. “He was told not to embarrass the president. The people who told him that were shocked and angry. This came out of nowhere. Now he’s all over TV doing a victory lap. There’s not a whole lot of humility there.”
The interesting thing about Dr. Carson’s nearly 30 minutes speech was that he barely mentioned religion. Except for the opening texts and a confused reference to Jesus at the end, his speech was completely political at an event that has always been strictly bipartisan. The idea is to bring people together, not to push them apart. If you hadn’t known he was at the National Prayer Breakfast you would have thought he was the candidate at the Republican Convention.
Well, of course, more than a few Republicans hope they’ll see Carson as the candidate at the next convention.
But gee, much as it pains me to say this, it’s my bet that the Carson boomlet will fade long before the first primaries of the 2016 election cycle. I base this gloomy forecast on several factors, just one of which is the good doctor’s penchant for irresponsible rhetoric.
Take, for example, Carson’s appearance on Fox News the other night where he lumped homosexuality with child molestation and bestiality.
David Weigel DESCRIBES Fox host Sean Hannity’s reaction to Carson’s intemperate rant:
At the end you can see Hannity trying to bail out Carson. He knows, from his experience with Rick Santorum and Todd Akin, that any mention of statutory rape or beastiality is going to backfire. So he pretends that Carson was just freelancing, like Sotomayor was.
But he wasn’t. In America the Beautiful, his surprise-hit political tome, Carson spends a little time explaining why marriage shouldn’t be redefined to include same-sex unions. “I have no problem whatsoever,” he writes, “with allowing gay people to live as they please, as long as they don’t try to impose their lifestyle on everyone else. Marriage is a very sacred institution and should not be degraded by allowing every other type of relationship to be made equivalent to it.”
Up to now, across a series of friendly profiles, nobody thought to ask Carson about marriage. The first time someone did, he took a sharp turn into Gaffe City.