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Enough With the ‘Ben Carson for President’ Campaign

By on 3.19.14 | 2:35PM

To get to the Gaylord Hotel in Maryland for CPAC, I hopped on the Union Station shuttle the first morning of CPAC. As I sat down, I was bombarded by John Phillip Sousa IV and Wild Bill in a campaign ad explaining why Dr. Ben Carson is the “only candidate” who could win against Hillary Clinton in 2016:

He’s not a politician, he’s a citizen statesman… studies show that if Dr. Carson could capture only 17 percent of the black vote, it will be mathematically impossible for Hillary to win the White House…we need to elect a man after the heart of George Washington.

The ten-minute video played three times on my way to Gaylord. Three times on the way back. Three times the next day. Three times the way home. Three times the final day and, at last, the bus driver spared us the torture on my final trip back to Union Station.

Then today I clicked over to the Daily Caller only to find an exposé on the people behind the Ben Carson campaign.

In his defense, Carson gave a rousing speech at CPAC and even won third place in the straw poll. But what continues to strike me as crazy is that Carson hasn’t even said he wants to run for president. This entire thing is the darling idea of a John Philip Sousa descendent and another thirty-year politician. In addition, the only explanation they give for why Carson will win in 2016 is the color of his skin and his good-guy persona matched with no political experience.

I hate to break it to the Run Ben Run campaign, but that just isn’t enough to win the presidency. Sure, Carson has written books, saved lives, and healed wounds. Yes, he loves his wife and God. It’s even true that he is revered by many black Americans. But that doesn’t make him presidential material.

Carson spoke at CPAC about his “common sense” and the liberal agenda against our values. That’s great rhetoric. However, let’s not forget that Carson is a skilled neurosurgeon. He hasn’t studied foreign policy, economics, or business. He’s never dealt with the cut-throat terrors of Washington politics. Even though he knows the inner workings of hospitals, he won’t necessarily be able to solve the health care crisis. Governing a country takes a lot more than common sense and a doctorate, as wonderful as those things are.

I don’t want to say that good guys can’t win, but I do want to note that years of political experience don’t always equal a threat to good American governance. As corrupt as Washington is, you need a president who can work within the system.

Finally, on an unrelated note, if they have honestly raised $3 billion, can’t they afford a talented graphic design artist for their signs?

Or, you know, a candidate who actually wants to run for president? 

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