2016 Scouting Report: Ben Carson

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Note: This is the third installment in a weekly series taking a look at each of the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, in alphabetical order, the same way a scout would break down a prospect for a pro sports franchise. For the complete list of the candidates we’ll be scouting click here. Read the previous scouting reports: Jeb Bush, here, and Ted Cruz, here.

Bio:

Born 9/18/51…his life is a well-known story, and has been the subject of best-selling books and even a movie…born into poverty and grew up with a devoted single mother on the inner city streets of Detroit….overcame the odds to eventually graduate from Yale with a degree in psychology…did his post-graduate work at the University of Michigan medical school…considered one of the world’s foremost neurosurgeons, he’s most famous for performing the first ever successful separation of conjoined twins in 1987…was the youngest division director in the history of Johns Hopkins University…also specializes in oncology and pediatrics…sits on the board of directors for several prestigious companies, including Kellogg and Costco…one of the most decorated private citizens in recent American history, including the Presidential Medal Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian honor) he received from President George W. Bush…considered a devout Christian and member of Seventh Day Adventist denomination…he and his wife Candy have been married since 1975 and have three sons: Ben Jr., Rhoeyce, and Murray.

Strengths:

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Has been fearless in standing for conservative values and principles in front of even hostile audiences, including criticizing the welfare state on the notoriously leftist television show “The View” and clashing with race-baiter Jesse Jackson on Ferguson…along those same lines, many conservatives first became aware of Carson politically when he deconstructed Obamacare at the National Prayer Breakfast, with President Obama in attendance (which earned him accolades from conservative media icon Rush Limbaugh)…obviously has intricate knowledge of the healthcare system and the perils of Obamacare…has let it be known he plans on using his presidential campaign as a platform to confront political correctness and the Left’s divisive race-baiting, which can only help conservatives…unlike a lot of wannabe conservatives, Carson has been willing to defend marriage, which is still a key issue to the conservative base.

Weaknesses:

Having never held political office he has no record, so all we have to go on is what he says and at times his inexperience has already shone through on key conservative issues like the Second Amendment and the sanctity of life…Are the American people willing to take a chance on yet another inexperienced politician for the presidency?…Carson will have to make the case why his life experience has prepared him for the most powerful political office on the planet…Has he seriously thought through the full gamut of issues required of a presidential candidate? For example, he recently admitted he wasn’t familiar with the most hotly-debated piece of legislation in 2013: the Senate’s “gang of 8” amnesty scam.

Analysis:

Think back to when we were kids, and we had an almost majestic view of the office of the presidency. Carson is absolutely the All-American success story we envisioned a president should represent. For that reason, I think he’s unassailable in a general election. None of the demagoguery tactics the Left has used successfully in recent campaigns would work, for Carson’s very life is a repudiation of their Cultural Marxism. He’s virtually unbeatable in a general election for that reason, and also because he expands our coalition into those who may not identify as conservatives but want to believe in American Exceptionalism again. However, his road through the primary process is far more treacherous; for it is there he must initially prove his ideological bona fides in a crowded field of alpha males. And that will be no small task.

Conclusion:

Underestimate Carson 2016 at your own peril. He will be well-funded. His lack of experience may actually play to voters who are increasingly disenchanted with our feckless political class, and are looking for fresh faces. I’ve already seen firsthand how quickly people, even those used to being around big-name politicians, can rally to Carson as a symbol of hope the American Dream is still alive. Carson has something going for him most candidates would kill for: people already like him and want to like him even more. Let’s face it, whether we like it or not, people tend to vote most for who they like. Therefore, it’s up to conservatives to fully vet Carson now and find out where he really stands on the issues, as well as seek to surround him with positive influences.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Steve Deace
Steve Deace is one of the "Heavy Hundred" talk show hosts in America according Talkers Magazine. His influence in the first in the nation Iowa Caucuses has been profiled in much of the national media, and he's also a columnist for The Washington Times. His new book, out now and endorsed by a who's who of conservative leaders, is titled Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.

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