While Ben Carson has not formally suspended his presidential campaign, he finally acknowledged that he sees “no path forward” to the White House. As such, he will not attend tomorrow night’s FOX debate in Detroit.
It’s just as well as that he doesn’t because he would spend half the evening complaining about not being called upon and the other half making references to fruit salad. Indeed, CNN paid so little attention to Carson that he could have eaten a fruit salad on stage and no one would have batted an eyelash.
It would be easy to say that Carson didn’t have staying power because of his lack of policy knowledge especially in foreign policy. But Donald Trump knows even less than Carson does and look where he is. In this case, it is a matter of presentation. Trump is a great at b.s. while Carson is not a b.s’er. So when Carson talks about subjects that are out of his depth, he sounds like he has no idea what the hell he is talking about.
In any case, I’m glad Carson is out of the race because very early morning I argued that his continued presence in the campaign had absolutely no rationale. I’m certain I was from alone in thinking this way and, honestly, pressure has been brought to bear on Carson for some time now. Obviously last night’s Super Tuesday results made it abundantly clear where he stood with the GOP electorate.
With that said, I do think Dr. Carson has something to offer. I think he would make a mighty fine Surgeon General. If Carson is disinclined toward such a position, he can only always impart his medical knowledge in an academic setting on an emeritus basis. One need not be President of the United States to do some good in the world. In fact, in this day and age, most people who sit in the Oval Office end up doing more harm than good. Whatever Carson does from here on out he will do no harm.