The Last 15 Minutes of Ben Carson’s Ego Trip

"Why yes, I AM pretty great."

“Why yes, I AM pretty great.”

So Dr. Uncle Ben Carson really thinks because he was publicly rude to President Obama that’s all it’s going to take for White conservatives to tap him as Obama’s successor in 2016?

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) gathering Carson continued to drop broad hints he’s still flirting with the idea of running for president.

“Let’s say you magically put me in the White House,” Carson said to wild applause from the conservative crowd.

It would probably take an act of magic to put the 62-year-old neurosurgeon in the White House.  Carson has no experience in politics and not many known positions besides advocating for a flat tax and repealing Obamacare.

Carson has been lapping up all the love he’s received for showing up President Obama last month, at the National Prayer Breakfast, but he’s only been speaking to admiring audiences.  Cal Thomas, a conservative columnist says Carson should be apologizing instead of boasting.

“If Carson wanted to voice his opinion about the president’s policies, he could have done so backstage. Even better, he might have asked for a private meeting with the man. As a fellow African American who faced personal challenges and overcame them, the president might have welcomed Dr. Carson to the White House. Instead, Carson ambushed him,” Thomas wrote on the Fox News website,  “Carson should publicly apologize and stop going on TV doing “victory laps” and proclaiming that reaction to his speech was overwhelmingly positive.”

Humility isn’t one of Carson’s strong suits.  It might be worth to for Carson to step into the ring of presidential politics to see how he handles being worked over by experts.

I got news for you, Doc. No matter how much you enjoy having your over-sized ego stroked by the acclaim and applause of White conservatives, they will NEVER allow another Negro no matter what his politics are anywhere near the Oval Office unless he’s carrying a tray or emptying the waste baskets. You need to slap yourself back into reality. You aren’t that  important.

There is a die-hard contingent among conservatives that steadfastly refuses to acknowledge the legitimacy of a Black man (or woman) in a place where they are not only treated as equals, but are in a position of power and authority as well over them and they cannot abide that notion.

“I’m a doctor, dammit. Not a politician.”

No matter how benign and harmless and respectable a Carson or Scott present themselves, they will not be accepted as equals.   The Republicans are making overtures to woo Latino votes.  Black folks?  Why bother making the effort?   We are far more useful to the Right in our traditional roles of scapegoats and boogeymen.

Carson is intelligent, a brilliant physician, a skilled surgeon and a total doofus with issues of vanity and exaggerated importance when it comes to understanding politics.   He is totally in over his head.  No way do Karl Rove or the Koch Brothers turn to a complete neophyte as the GOP standard bearer in 2016 no matter how many deep French kisses Carson gets from Hannity and Limbaugh.   With the possible exception of Marco Rubio, whose rising star seems to indicate a place on the ticket as a vice-president, the power brokers and the kingmakers of the Right want a White Man back in the White House.   Not just a Black man who says what Whites want to hear.

Doc Carson’s 15 minutes in the political spotlight are tick..tick..ticking away…

 

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8 responses

  1. There will always emerge those who find fault, those who seek fame and those who believe others ‘like them’ because they sound not like the other guy. Dr. Carson took his shot, it was inappropriate and crass. He is not discerning enough to recognize the attention he is receiving for what it is, shame on him.

  2. Good observation. I heard him speak on NPR about running for the presidency and couldn’t believe it. What I heard him say on NPR made sense, but it was evident in his tone that he’s not a politician because he wasn’t trying to woo anyone. He stated his positions firmly, which is great, it’s just not what politically correct.

  3. As an African American, I find it offensive to hear such disparaging remarks about Dr. Carson, simply because he differs in opinion or perspective. Contrary to popular belief, African Americans are not monolithic in their thinking or beliefs. A large percentage of African Americans are conservative in their beliefs, even though most are registered as democrats. Just for the record, Dr. Carson is a registered Independent, and a brilliant and wonderful human being. Dr. Carson is greatly admired in the African American community.

    1. As an African-American, I found it equally offensive to hear Dr. Carson making such disparaging remarks about President Obama simply because he differs in opinion or perspective.

      But he did and therefore is as equally subject to my criticism as your praise.

      You don’t need to tell me how much Dr. Carson is admired in the African-American community. I admire him too. I’m just not convinced that’s any reason to vote for him.

  4. Definitely seems like there is some reality to Carson becoming president based on the reactions of the audience at CPAC http://towsonnewsreporting.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/carson-hints-at-presidency-in-cpac-speech/

    1. The only reality I see here Bailey is Dr. Carson loving the spotlight. I seriously doubt that translates into a presidential run, never mind actually winning the presidency itself.

    2. Being popular at CPAC isn’t going to get you elected… If it did, we’d all be talking about President Santorum right now. You need more than rich white guys and the poor white guys that admire them to get elected President in today’s America.

      1. Let’s hope it stays that way. I don’t want to have to ever write about “President Rand Paul.”

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