It’s On! Ben “I’m not crazy” Carson Exploring 2016 Presidential Bid

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Ben Carson for president? That’s what God is telling us. Er, um…well that’s what Ben Carson is telling us God is telling us.

Look, let’s just run down the checklist here, because we need to do this for all the people who have proven themselves too, shall we say, “off-kilter” to be trusted with high office.

Plagiarist Ben Carson wants to assure us that he is not crazy. He told the winter meeting of the Republican National Committee Thursday (what the National Journal calls an “establishment-friendly” audience) in California that “the liberal media” is to blame for all the things he said, not all the things he said.

The National Journal reports that,

Carson defended, among other things, his statements about Obamacare being the worst thing since slavery; comparing present-day America to Nazi Germany; and calling last year’s Veterans Affairs scandal “a gift from God” because it revealed holes in the system.

“I stand by those” remarks, Carson told the crowd. “I don’t think there’s anything crazy at all.”

Not “crazy at all.” Now this is the same Ben Carson, as Justin Baragona related on Friday, who used the same meeting to compare ISIL militants to America’s Founding Fathers.

Oh dear. But hey, at least he’s not crazy. It’s just a “craziness narrative.” For which the liberal media is responsible. Not anything he said.

You know, like that ISIL is like the Founding Fathers.

Just the fact that he thinks there is a liberal media calls his sanity into question. After all, he’s not one of the yokels of the base who has been brainwashed to believe this hooey. This is one of the politicians doing the convincing.

And he’s telling a crowd that knows better. I mean, they’re the ones spreading those stories.

The National Journal tells us,

Carson failed to bring the crowd to its feet, save for his entrance and exit from the stage. But some lines drew sporadic applause. He decried the “victimhood” mentality in America; reiterated his staunch opposition to same-sex marriage; and declared that “this is a country that is based on Judeo-Christian values and we should not throw those away.”

Wouldn’t you think that the very need to reassure people in your own party that you are not crazy is a sign that perhaps you should not run?

Apparently, Carson did not make this connection, because next thing you know…

The Iowa Republican is telling us Friday in an exclusive, that Carson has “tabbed Iowa political operative Ryan Rhodes to oversee his presidential campaign in our First-in-the-Nation caucus state.”

Carson is expected to launch an exploratory committee “within the next two or three weeks’, according to national campaign chairman Terry Giles. Carson plans to officially announce his bid for the presidency by May 1.

As for Rhodes…well, birds of a feather perhaps. The Iowa Republican tells us,

“It’s really something people are looking for. It’s not politics as usual. There’s a huge niche for him,” Rhodes said.

“If we’re going to turn America around, we need to make major changes. People need to take back their country from the ruling class that has set itself up in Washington, D.C. Certainly on the liberal left. That’s what we intend to do,” Giles added. “We don’t have confidence in any of the other candidates in the race that will make changes fast enough to turn this ship around.”

Perhaps Rhodes hasn’t noticed. The “ruling class” in Washington is currently Republican, occupying both House and Senate. The “liberal left” (as opposed to the liberal right?) controls only the White House.

Rhodes wants to “turn this ship around.” Let’s look at that for a minute, at the America of George W. Bush, the car, as President Obama once put it, driven into the ditch. Locked in two wars with no end in sight, our economy in shambles. Obama took us away from that. Rhodes apparently wants to bring us back.

Swell. He’s got plenty of company.

But what does Carson have that other Republicans don’t have?

God?

They all have God, to listen to them. Carson told the Brody File over at CBN that he’s feeling “fingers from God” to run for president.

Wow, how convincing is that?

But Carson’s problems don’t end at his imagined “liberal media.” Even conservatives have a problem with him:

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David Brody concluded that, if “Dr. Carson runs for president, he’s going to shake up politics and politicians” because “He’s not your typical, lunch bucket Republican” (I’m not too sure of that).

He tells us that “There will be pitfalls for sure as the mainstream media takes aim during the vetting process” (gee, I wonder why?) but that Carson will “appeal to apply reason and logic to a number of issues in a precise, surgical way.”

He will what?

This is the same Ben Carson who attacked Obamacare on the grounds that it’s unconstitutional because it doesn’t help everybody, even though the law’s table of contents, which we can be sure Carson hasn’t read (if he had, he’d be a liberal) says, “QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS.”

This is the same Ben Carson who exposed a Marxist plot to “gay-up” America. Because those Bolsheviks are all about the gay.

This is the same Ben Carson who said that Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to America since slavery.

And this is the same Ben Carson who blamed Michael Brown’s death not on a whole bunch of police bullets fired into his body but on his lack of a father figure, and who said protesters were part of a “me generation.” The alleged “me generation” he blamed on women’s libbers. Of course.

Reason and logic, eh?

We’ll hear from Ben Carson again in a few days, because he is confirmed to be at the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24, along with the rest of the Republican brain trust, including Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Perry, who announced on Friday he is “ready” for a White House run. No word on if he is also awaiting a final okay from God.

Yellow Dog Yankee pointed out here yesterday that we need to take the 2016 general election seriously, and we do. It’s just that it would be so much easier if they could give us a candidate we could take seriously.

David Brody says Carson will “be a breath of fresh air.”

Well, that’s one way of putting it, but I wouldn’t breathe too deeply

31 Replies to “It’s On! Ben “I’m not crazy” Carson Exploring 2016 Presidential Bid”

  1. Does Carson really think he is going to become the Nominee of this “whites only” political party? If he really believes that then his sanity has truly left him!

  2. Ben Carson, this year’s winner in the “See, we’re not racists. We have a black guy running, a smart one too.” Republican sweepstakes.

  3. I believe Dr.Carson needs to remain in medicine & stay away from politics. Carson has clumsily enter into an arena where he has already contradicted himself, demeaned black & gay folks, has no clear fluidity in his statements or solid agenda. Sounds like a typical politician without any expertise. Because Carson was an excellent doctor, does not mean he would make an excellent politician- never mind President. Carson’s true calling should be academics.

  4. And now we have romney who will run as the ever popular poor peoples hero. Everyone of them crazier then the next. Iowa is going to be hilarious!

  5. Carson was on C-SPAN this morning, and he really is crazy. He says nothing and does not stand for anyone to disagree with his nonsense.

  6. Could it be the finger of god could be the middle finger i. Some sort of cosmic joke “let’s see just how far I can push this, hee, hee”

  7. Yes Benny you are crazy! Crazy is being a Conservative while being black. Crazy is demanding against factual history that Hitler and the axis of fascism were Liberal when every one knows they were Christian Conservatives, Hell even the Japanese were victims of their conservative military.

  8. I think the big question is — why did he leave medicine? By all accounts, he was a brilliant, innovative neurosurgeon who could well have practiced for at least another decade. And he could have shared his knowledge and talents with future neurosurgeons. I’m thinking he felt his “god-like” stature was too narrowly defined by medicine and decided he could easily branch out into presidential politics. His ego obviously knows no bounds, especially since he has no idea how ridiculous most of his pronouncements are.

  9. Fingers of God? Maybe it’s another three letter word that starts with g. Gas. Since you seem to be off gassing some crazy crap.

  10. This won’t end well for Carson. His “running” will cost tons of money and effort, and will squander the trust and hope of people who imagine he’ll have a chance. Whatever success he achieved in his medical career provides little carry-over to politics. If he truly is a “good” man he’ll be out of his element in the scheming, lying, back-biting arena that starts when he makes it official. Unfortunately modern campaigning isn’t about what great ideas one possesses but about how bad everyone else is. Ben will be reduced to being a heckler in a well-tailored suit. He won’t make the final four for his party.

  11. How come every time you turn around these Conservative Nutcases always have God talking them into running, but they always end up losing. What God are they talking about, with all the hatred and evilness they spread. It can’t possibly be the God of compassion and love.
    And Ben this is for you, your party’s goal was to make President Obama the first and last African American president. You are their badge of “I’m not a Racist”, nothing more.

  12. Rodney,
    It seems that you just want to hate, your twisted sense of righteousness is to tear another black man down?! who is the racist here?

  13. You’re right, Ben Carson is not a politician. He has said many times that he never wants to be a politician.
    Politicians created this mess. If you think the best way to solve our debt issue is to turn it over to politicians (who all believe that cutting the budget means not increasing it as much this year as last year) you will be disappointed.
    Ben Carson is a thoughtful man. One who could finally bring common sense to dealing with Americas challenges. I hear a lot of criticism about things Carson has said. I would bet almost none who criticize has actually heard Carson’s comments in full context. His comments, that some feign to be controversial, are reflective of Carson’s knowledge of history and his clear understanding of the enormous changes taking place in our country.
    Reading the comments to this article I can see that many feed off of one another. I challenge you to look objectively at every candidate, Democratic or GOP without letting others tell you what to think…

  14. David Brody concluded that, if “Dr. Carson runs for president, he’s going to shake up politics and politicians” because “He’s not your typical, lunch bucket Republican”

    Can someone kindly explain to me . . .

    During the 2008 presidential election, one of the right’s loudest complaints about Barack Obama was that he had no “experience” (despite being a US Senator and IL State Senator for more than a decade.)

    Yet, in 2012, one of Herman Cain’s supposed strengths was his LACK of officeholding experience — and that, supposedly, is one of Dr. Carson’s selling points for 2016.

    I wonder what changed . . .

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  15. “It seems that you just want to hate, your twisted sense of righteousness is to tear another black man down?!”

    Joe, I suppose you had this same sense of outrage when the teabaggers were displaying portraits of President Obama dressed like an African witch doctor, or when Rush Limpballs sang, “Barack, The Magic Negro” — right?

    No? Didn’t think so — but thanks for your concern . . .

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  16. Jack, You forgot to sign your last name. I believe is is Itoff. Yeh, that’s the ticket. Jack Itoff….

  17. I am a black woman who couldn’t care less that Ben Carson is also black. He does not represent black men as a group, but only himself in all the demented arrogance that leads him to say the stupid things he does. Just like Herman Cain, he’s another example of how Republicans go for visuals rather than acknowledging the fact that their ideology stinks to high heaven. If they think that they will get a significant number of black votes just because he’s a renowned neurosurgeon that we USED to respect until his stupidity started showing, they are in for a rude awakening.

  18. I am a black woman who couldn’t care less that Ben Carson is also black. He does not represent black men as a group, but only himself in all the demented arrogance that leads him to say the stupid things he does. Just like Herman Cain, he’s another example of how Republicans go for visuals rather than acknowledging the fact that their ideology stinks to high heaven. If they think that they will get a significant number of black votes just because he’s a renowned neurosurgeon that we USED to respect until his stupidity started showing, they are in for a rude awakening.

  19. Carson is delusional. There is NO WAY he gets the nomination. If the way Republicans treated Obama is any indication, he ain’t g’onna be their cup of tea. No pun intended for the T-Partiers. (Get my gist)?

  20. Dr. Ben Carson, Herman Cain’s replacement in the clown car for 2016.

    Ben…ARE YOU SERIOUS !!!!!!! What’s the matter with YOU? !! Are you a glutton for punishment? Do you REALLY think them Republicans want you as their standard bearer? I thought you were smarter than that, but I guess not when delusions set in the brain and makes you think you can fly! Tsk-Tsk. Poor Ben.

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