Jonathon Chait adds Overt Racist to His Resume


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.

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166 Responses to Jonathon Chait adds Overt Racist to His Resume

  1. 1539days says:

    I still remember Obama’s “qualifications” for president included the fact that he was “running” a campaign organization, which was kind of like running a country.

    • DeniseVB says:

      My favorite Obama qual was that he was a constitutional law professor ! Hardly.

      • Adjunct, with a low classload, but still. LOL

        • leslie says:

          This was a great post, Lola. I’m taking my iPad on the train so I can follow today.

        • blowme0bama says:

          Exactly. He was an adjunct who taught a class on employment discrimination which has some equal protection and due process elements involved, but it is not “constitutional law”.

          • Mary says:

            Absolutely true. His little course which discussed 14th amendment in employment situations HARDLY qualifies the man to be a “Constitutional scholar.” Puhlease.

            Is it true that neither he nor his wife even has a current license to practice law?

          • blowme0bama says:

            Yes. As I recall, Mooch surrendered hers. Don’t remember the situation concerning Borrock’s, but it wasn’t active. Speculation only as to what the story was behind either of those licensure actions.

          • Jadzia says:

            I know, right? I was an adjunct teaching employment discrimination law, where are my accolades and keys to the White House?

          • Jadzia says:

            Lots of people who aren’t practicing go inactive either to save on the extortionate membership fees or to avoid continuing-ed requirements (which are time consuming and involve extortionate fees), but if the reason was, “Well, I wasn’t practicing and don’t have time for CLE right now,” why not just say so?

    • swanspirit says:

      And of course as we all know, he wasn’t running it LOL

  2. Dora says:

    I’d like to tell you all about my day yesterday at the book signing if you don’t mind. We arrived at 9:00 AM to purchase the book and had to stand on a line outside the Trump Tower. Trump was supposed to start signing at 12:00 but was delayed by a press conference. We saw the reporters going inside with their cameras. It was 2:00 before Hubby and I got to him with our books. 5 hours. I admit I am feeling sore this morning, but it was worth it.

    Donald Trump is one of those people who you feel like you know already. When I got close to his chair he looked up and said “Hi. How are you doing?” “I’m fine, Mr. Trump”

    During his last few speeches, he mentioned how he chose the meanest looking picture for the book cover. I used that as a topic of conversation.

    “Mr. Trump, I don’t think that’s a bad picture on the cover. I kind of like it”. He said “Oh and I was trying to look mean. We all have to be mean once in a while, you know”. When he said that he smiled and patted me on the arm. Like an old friend.

    At that moment Hubby came closer with his books. Trump asked “Are you together”. “Yes” Then he told Hubby “Sir, you have a beautiful wife”. Hubby said “I know”. I was glowing by then, of course, even though I didn’t believe a word.

    Then Trump noticed the camera in my hand and told me to give it to the guard. He told Hubby and I to get on either side of him so that the guard could take a picture of the three of us. Snap.

    It wasn’t over yet. Tom (Hubby) still hadn’t had his books signed. While Trump was doing that, Tom mentioned something that has been on his mind and has not been brought up at any of the debates. He told Trump “I hope you are thinking about an audit of the Federal Reserve and a check on our gold supply”. Trump looked up at him and said “You will be surprised at the things we are going to do”.

    Hubby and I felt so comfortable with him that we could have stayed there chatting for the rest of the afternoon. But people were waiting. We both wished him luck in the election and I told him that I wished it wasn’t a year away. He nodded his head in agreement.

    It was such a fine afternoon. I’m still excited. Thanks for listening.

    P.S. The picture came out nice, but I have no idea how to post it on the blog.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Thanks for the trip report Dora! I posted the NYT article on the signing in the last thread, and the turnout sounded Yuuuge! Glad it was all worth it and you got to chit chat too!

    • votermom says:

      What a great book signing encounter! I’m so glad you shared!

      I’d love to see the pic.
      Have to run right now but I’ll be back with suggestions later…

    • leslie says:

      Dora, I thought of you and your journey all day yesterday. Thank you so much for your account. It brought a YUUUUGE cmile to my face and tears to my eyes to kow that he took time with you and Mr. Dora😉
      I loved that he was so gracious, don’t you?

    • votermom says:

      short answer on posting photos – you need an account which allows you to upload a photo to their sites. Could be one of the photo hosting sites (the ones that have been around longest are photobucket and flickr) or social media sites like twitter instagram etc.
      Some blogs will let users upload pics in comments but I have no idea if the free wordpress blogs (like this) allow that.

      Dora, I just clicked on your name and realized you have a wordpress account.
      You can post the pic in your blog if you like, and link to it here. Its pretty easy. You just need to get the photo to the machine or gadget you will create the post from. This means either posting from your phone ( a giant pain in the @ss imo) or sending the photo to ypurself. You could just email photos to yourself from your phone then open the email on your computer, download the photo. Then you create a new post in wordpress, insert image, and ypu pick the file you just downloaded.
      Wanna try?

    • swanspirit says:

      Can’t wait to see the pic!!!!!! Post the pic to facebook or twitter and one of us will get it here !! Woohooo how exciting!

    • foxyladi14 says:

      WOOT Dora thanks. 😀

      • Dora says:

        Oh my. You are all so kind in trying to help, but you don’t realize how far behind and old fashioned I am. It’s embarrassing. I don’t do facebook or twitter. Oh, I read the tweets, but I’ve never registered. The biggest problem though, is that I didn’t use a phone. I took the picture with the same old digital camera that I’ve been using for the last 12 years. Well, I happen to like it. Ha Ha. Anyway, I have downloaded the photo to a folder and don’t know how to remove it or transfer it from there. I’ve tried before and the jpg will not go from a folder to a blog. Thanks anyway. I appreciate it so much and I will continue trying to find a solution. I feel so foolish. 🙂

    • NewOrleans says:

      Fantastic, Dora! I’m so jealous!

  3. votermom says:

    Lola! Great post!

  4. DeniseVB says:

    Always great to see you Lola! Worth reading the comments at your article link where people defending Carson are being schooled on the differences between editorial writers and journalists. Wut? The Palinization of Carson has indeed begun!

    Now that Hillary’s losing head-to-head matchups with the top GOP candidates, its’ going to get a lot rougher on them. Buckle up😀

  5. lildoggy4u says:

    An audit of the Federal Reserve and checking our gold supply which I understand now is in the belllows of New York, Why hasn’t anybody (in office currently) thought of that. Imagine Trump after a news conference and 5 hours of talking to people still having the energy to take that much time with you. I don’t think we have one politico except Cruz with that kind of energy and enthusiasm. I mentioned to my boss that I thought Trump was going to win the other day and he was aghast that I would even say that. He’s not paying any attention to whats happening.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Candidates are going to spend gazillions to woo about 7% of the independent voters which are leaning center right for this election. This is not good news for Hillary or any Dem in the year of the Outsider😀

  6. leslie says:

    I’m running out now. Cynic and I are trying to get together and it’s taking hours on both of our parts to actually meet. Can’t wait. Maybe this could be the start of a TCH get together with everyone!!
    Happy Wednesday y’all.

  7. helenk3 says:

    On Monday backtrack made it easier for felons to become government workers

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Yay Virginia ! McAuliffe said he needed a Senate Dem majority to push gun control. Message sent.😉

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Best concession comment ever ? LOL……

  10. helenk3 says:

    Good Morning

  11. DeniseVB says:

    Ha! I was right. Independents are paying attention to Benghazi. BOOM!

    • swanspirit says:

      Let me tell you something. The other day while i was in Walmart ,in the produce section, no one within earshot of me was speaking Engish. -There were several different languages happening. And this is off-season in a coastal resort small town.

      • helenk3 says:

        My one daughter lives near Atlantic City and the other one lives right outside Wildwood. Both cities have changed and more and more immigrants are moving in. But Atlantic CIty changed years ago and the boardwalk with the casinos was the only place that was not a slum.

      • Somebody says:

        Swannie I think we’re seeing the fruits of “spreading the refugee wealth around”. I too live in a small coastal community and we’ve seen quite the influx from all sorts of nations. I don’t know if it is the government or charities that are spreading these people all over the place, but it doesn’t appear that many of them work. It seems like every time my husband and I are out and about we notice more and this is a very recent influx. I walked past two people in my neighborhood this morning chatting in a foreign language that wasn’t Spanish or French because I know enough of those to have been able to make out bits of what they were saying.

        We thought most of the recent immigrants were probably living in the new apartment complex recently built, and they’re building another one, YIKES. However walking down the streets of my neighborhood made me wonder if there isn’t some kind of deal on foreclosed houses going on behind the scenes we are unaware of? Another type of bailout as it were for the megabanks. This area was hit hard by the housing bubble so there would be plenty of places to scoop up and house “refugees”.

        • swanspirit says:

          I know Baltimore is still a sanctuary city, and also a drop off point for Syrian refugees.

          Just for nostalgias sake the other day i was looking up my grad school online. Turns out good ol’ St Matthews is now also an immigration center.

          The Immigration Outreach Service Center at St. Matthew Catholic Church is for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, regardless of status or ethnicity. The Center was established in response to the immigration needs of many of its parishioners. Traditionally, the Catholic Church has been a Church of immigrants. At St. Mathew Church, immigrants from over 30 countries are represented. Today, the center is an independent non-profit organization that has served over 4000 people.

          You could have knocked me over with a feather.
          Now I know good ol’ St Matthews, and they may say non-profit (of course) but they must be the recipients of heavy government funnel money oops I mean funding to be putting out that kind of effort.
          And Baltimore is only a couple of hours from Ocean City.
          In the summertime, Ocean City and surrounding areas has a large international population, because they hire kids from all over the world to work here, but those are limited visas. I have to wonder how many overstay their visas, how many are refugee /immigrants, and how many are just illegal aliens , because La Raza is very active in Maryland as well.
          Local online groups are reporting an uptick in crime as well. Yaaay .Thanks Obama.

  12. AFVet says:

    I highly recommend a visit to
    Today’s article is fantastic,….especially if you are a Trump fan.

  13. dm says:

    I have no firsthand knowledge of Dr. Carson. I read a comment at No Quarter where it was stated that they knew a person who worked at Hopkins and said he was not well liked by anyone. Without any evidence to the contrary, I gotta say I find that very difficult to believe. In my lovely 3 decades at Hopkins, I never heard ANYTHING good or bad about Dr. Carson, which is rare as the ahole surgeons do get a reputation and while I didn’t work in surgery, my department was in close contact with many of them and I have had more than my fair share of memorable encounters with some of the surgeons. One very powerful one even tried to get me fired – a very amusing story which I shall not include here. But I did have 1 face to face encounter with Dr. Carson, which left me with an impression that still stands today after having seen and heard him speak on the campaign trail. It was around the time of his first conjoined twin surgery, and I met him walking down the hall near the general OR carrying 2 baby dolls in his arms. As we passed, he looked up at me with that trademark shy smile and said good morning. I can tell you my own boss was often so preoccupied that he didn’t acknowledge my presence much less say good morning.

    I’m not a Carson supporter, although I can see how someone with his professional and personal experience would be of great benefit to a future administration.

    • smangala says:

      Thank you, that is a great story to hear. I do like Dr. Carson – still not committed on his presidency.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Small world, my dad and sister both died from a rare form of brain cancer and I believe that’s where their brains are residing now ? This was decades ago, but I still brag that I have family members who went to Johns Hopkins😉

      As for Dr. Carson, I don’t believe a bad boss would last in his job for 30 years? I worked for the worst veterinarian boss in the world for 10 years, but she was so amazingly gifted and wonderful with the pets and their guardians, I gave her a pass.

  14. helenk3 says:

    I want to see this when it comes on tv. I was a little girl during WW2 and these ladies and the WACs were such an inspiration to me. I wanted to grow to be just like them. I wanted to go into the military service but life changed that dream.

  15. helenk3 says:

    I can not sing “My Heart Cries for You” with a straight face

  16. DeniseVB says:

    This has got to be the feel goodiest best story of the election results yesterday, the new KY Lt.Gov ….

    Reince, are you taking notes ?

  17. Myiq2xu says:

    Trashing Trump: Latino Kids Curse Like Sailors

  18. helenk3 says:

    yesterday I had this off the wall thought. now I am not too sure it was crazy.

    first we had fast and furious that armed the cartels
    then we have open borders that make the movement of drugs into the country much easier
    now we let the drug dealers out of jail
    does anyone else wonder if backtrack is getting money from the cartels?

  19. Myiq2xu says:


    A male student stabbed and wounded five people on the campus of the University of California at Merced on Wednesday, before being shot and killed by police, authorities said.

    The incident occurred in the Classroom and Office Building. School officials issued an alert on Twitter shortly after 8 a.m., advising students to avoid the area.

    Two of the victims were flown to area hospitals and the others were treated on scene, according to campus spokeswoman Lorena Anderson.

    Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke, whose agency is assisting in the investigation, said UC police shot and killed the suspect, described as a male student in his 20s. Warnke said officers were searching the campus for any additional vicitms.

    Classes were canceled and the campus closed for the day.

  20. Myiq2xu says:

  21. helenk3 says:

    meeeshelle whining again. USA was not good to her as a child she tells Quatar.

    wonder how happy she would be living in Iran or Saudi Arabia. Can not think of a better place for her

    • DeniseVB says:

      MO gives that same speech everywhere she goes and it’s always interpreted as America is a terrible country. Po’Me seems to poll well at fundraisers too. Not sure why she had to go all the way there, but some suspect she’s picking up some moneybags for the future Obama “Foundation For the Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous”. I think they’re using the Clintons’ business plan.

      • lizzy says:

        Could she be trying to cut down the desire emigrate here? It’s such an awful place.

        • Somebody says:

          As if, she just can’t let go of the poor me schtick. She refuses to see all the advantages afforded to her, advantages she most likely never would have had were she not born in the US.

    • DeniseVB says:

      My Bad, but I did think of Michelle Obama’s 7 day tour of the Mid East this week and hoping a gay was dropped on her head. No offense to teh ghey, but she’s clueless:facepalm:

  22. Myiq2xu says:

  23. insanelysane says:

    I, for one, will be throwing out the racist card at anyone who even slightly disagrees or criticizes Dr Carson. I am just trying to return the favor for all the racist name calling when ever anyone disagreed with Obama.
    It’s only fair.

  24. Myiq2xu says:

  25. In the past few presidential elections I have gotten caught up in the mindset of cheerleading to build a movement behind candidates I thought were better or would send a better message in the electoral game. I’ve made a lot of predictions within this mindset, and my record is as such not that great in recent years.

    I’ve not been really interested in the offerings this election, including Hillary Clinton, so I’ve sat it out. I’m not a Carson supporter, though I like him just fine and I get why a lot of the outsider-oriented base on the right is behind him. They intuitively understand that in this race-inflected arena, he can shave off just enough of the minority base from Democrats to win. But that’s only true in the event that Democrats have an all-white ticket, thus nothing to offer the minority base on the left.

    I think this is a potential mistake.

    I think Team Hillary clearly understands that her dilemma is that she has to turn out the black vote in particular in the same numbers, and at the same winning rate as Barack Obama to win. Right now she can’t do that. No amount of politicking in the world can do that short of executive order reparations promises. She needs a black candidate on the ticket with her, and one that will not only unite blacks (and a high Hispanic majority), but also shore up the apathy in the white base that is now tied up in Bernie Sanders or just planning to stay home. I don’t think Cory Booker can do this, and she doesn’t need Deval Patrick. I think there’s only one person out there on the left who can do this:

    Michelle Obama.

    I don’t have a magical ball, and I haven’t seen any real signs that she is a possibility. But that’s also just the way Team Obama and Team Hillary would play it. Michelle would be an ace that you play when you’re ready to go all in. She’d instantly pull in almost all stragglers in the black base. And I think the inference to the white base is that a vote for them is a threefer: you get a trifecta on historical record for president and VP, and you get a third term each for Bill and Barack.

    Just some speculative politicking at the end of a long day.

    • Somebody says:

      OMG Lola, Michelle? Please no, oh dear lord no. Although I suppose in the grand scheme of things you see less of the VP than you do the first lady, so she’d still have plenty of time for vacays at taxpayer expense.

      • It’s not what I want, Somebody, trust me. But I do think it plays to the right mix of what Hillary needs to win, and she clearly needs something to win. And I do think Michelle would be willing. Her own vanity and the chance to shore up Barack’s legacy? You bet.

        I hope I’m wrong, but I have a sick feeling that something like this is in the works. Something killed Biden’s plan. He was all geared up. An inside game would explain that too.

        • Somebody says:

          We’re all going to have nightmares Lola…….Halloween is over, not fair to scare us this way.

          • Right? LOL. My husband and I were just discussing it over dinner and his reaction to my speculation was just: Holy hell, OMG, WTF and dead on. I wanted to lay down a marker in case I’m right. I hedged it well enough if I’m totally wrong, right? LOL

          • elliesmom says:

            While I can see where having Michelle Obama on the ticket might benefit Hillary, I really can’t see Michelle playing second fiddle to Hillary.

    • lyn says:

      That would be a nightmare ticket, but I could see all the idiot Obama supporters voting for Mrs. Obama.

    • DandyTIger says:

      I could see them pulling that. But my gut tells me that would be a massively losing ticket.

      • DandyTIger says:

        Optics: black woman working for a rich white lady.

        • cynic says:

          You’ve got that right.

          I think MO will come back to Chicago, and the Chicago Machine will get her elected as the Senator that will take retiring Dick Durbin’s seat. She’ll pull a Hillary where the Senate seat is a stepping stone to her running for President. Bam, Obama’s back in the White House.

          • leslie says:

            It sounds like you’ve been doing your homework – again. 😉
            I will work tirelessly to interfere with that plan.

      • lyn says:

        Hope so. If 2016 is a rejection of status-quo politicians, I could see Mooch on Hillary’s ticket. Two First Ladies vie for the two top spots. Yay, vajayjays!

    • votermom says:

      I thought Halloween was over? Why are you scaring me, Lola? #whimper

  26. Myiq2xu says:

    • leslie says:

      Sounds as though he wants to save himself from any and all micro aggressions on twitter.

      • 1539days says:

        Anti-social media. That’s pretty typical. Communists had a newspaper, but no one was allowed to write contrary opinions. Much better that way, nothing to make one consider their opinions.

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