The rise of Dr. Benjamin Carson

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Remember Dr. Benjamin Carson? He’s the brilliant neurosurgeon who ripped apart Obama’s policies to his face at the National Prayer Breakfast recently. Well, lately he has become somewhat of a celebrity in conservative circles (as well as a villain in liberal ones).

From NRO:

Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon who helped lead the first surgery separating twins joined at the head, has received a fair amount of attention in his 61 years. But none of it before begins to compare to the response he has gotten since he spoke at the February 7 National Prayer Breakfast with President Obama sitting five feet away.

While most of his remarks were motivational or spiritual, he made some pointed political comments about the need for freer markets in health care and a less complicated tax code that includes a flat tax. He also issued a warning that the U.S. was in danger of following the path of ancient Rome’s “moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility.”

“The response has been overwhelming,” Carson told me in an interview this week from his office at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He had just come from taping an hour-long panel discussion with opinion leaders that will air on Fox News tonight at 9 p.m. He can’t count how many people have urged him to run for office in the past week. The Wall Street Journal editorial page even ran a headline, “Ben Carson for President.”

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Here’s the full interview (H/T Rightscoop):


I love that the left has no idea what to do with this guy. The standard media narrative to describe conservatives is always one (or a combination) of three things: They are either old and racist, mean and racist or stupid and racist. Of course these caricatures are never accurate or even close to fair but the left is almost always successful in getting one of these negative characterizations to stick to their conservative enemies. But what are they going to do with Dr. Benjamin Carson? The man is a hero. He’s the first doctor to ever successfully separate twins conjoined at the head. He won a medal of freedom. He’s kind, articulate, brilliant, knows history and understands economics. Oh, and he’s black.

Yeah, I hope Dr. Carson decides to stay in the public eye a little longer. Not only could America use a man like him to fight for them, I would love to see the left-wingers try to tear him down and look like fools in the process.