His newest effort is called Is Ben Carson Running for President? In it, he articulates the whispered arguments of all the boys on the bus who cannot believe this guy is for real. To wit:
On February 7, 2013, Ben Carson appeared at a National Prayer Breakfast, where he visibly annoyed President Obama by delivering a right-wing speech denouncing Obamacare and cultural liberalism, and calling for a flat tax based on the biblical tithe. Conservatives, still devastated by Obama’s reelection, took delight in the appearance on the scene of a surprising new presidential antagonist, who until that point had no political profile. … The Wall Street Journal celebrated Carson’s remarks in a short editorial, headlined “Ben Carson for President.”
But now Carson actually is running for president. Or is he? It is hard to tell. Conservative politics are so closely intermingled with a lucrative entertainment complex that it is frequently impossible to distinguish between a political project (that is, something designed to result in policy change) and a money-making venture.
Ladies & Gentleman, we have the archetype! Mr. Carson is obviously a bamboozler, or better yet, the dancing minstrel of the bamboozler pimping him. But, hey these biases are minor compared to the smack of privilege Chait is about to drop on Carson.
And the notion that Carson could be president is preposterous. The problem is not only that he has never run for elected office. He has never managed a large organization; he has not worked in and around public policy, and he lacks a competent grasp of issues.
Bolding mine. It’s boilerplate. There’s no reason at all that Carson can’t be president, and the idea is certainly not preposterous. Carson has an authentic story of living in poverty amid a staunchly black culture, and was raised by a dedicated mother who made sure he got exposed to the kind of educational and cultural training that took him all the way to Directorship of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins, where he serve for almost 30 years. He’s a Yale grad, of their medical school no less. His narrative and life work would absolutely make him an un-preposterous candidate for president. This narrative itself exposes Chaits’ assertion that Carson has never managed a large organization as a lie. Carson was Director of the Department of Pediatric Neurosurgey at Johns Hopskins.
Oh, but then there’s the accusation that he’s incoherent on issues. By this he must mean what he hears his fellow media-bros talking about, the isolated clips they trade around, which take much of his on-camera speaking out of context. Watch a full speech of Dr. Carson and you can understand him perfectly and appreciate his ideas about our country and what we should do about our problems. That’s why he’s riding the wave going into Iowa in just 90 days.
This must be why Chait has written this article now. Carson has traction and a chance, and that can’t be tolerated. He can’t even discuss it with the respect the man, Dr. Carson, has earned. No, he’s a threat to the lock that Democrats have on the minority vote, so they’ve gotten their marching orders. It’s time to Sarah Palin Dr. Carson. And it’s just as ugly and prejudiced.