Since neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was sworn in as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on March 2, we’ve barely heard a peep from him. Is it because he’s adjusting to his new position, for which he has no relevant experience? Probably. Is it because, as his surrogate said, that he’s not qualified to run a federal agency? Could be that, too.
It has become a commonplace since Friday’s attacks that whatever else the political effects of the carnage in Paris may be, they mean that candidates with foreign-policy experience now have an edge. You should be skeptical of this claim. It’s not just, as Brendan Nyhan writes, that events like this tend to have very little effect on the eventual outcome. Nyhan caveats that “the attacks may prompt a sustained focus on foreign policy among Republicans, who are still searching for an issue to run on against Democrats in 2016.” If that is true, it would seem that the candidates with the most to lose are Donald Trump and Ben Carson, who currently lead the GOP field.
To the consternation of the GOP, Ben Carson still remains a significant player in the Republican presidential field. Carson appears to have no interest in what his challengers say or do, and he could not care less about how they speak of him. Remaining above the fray has been a tactic that Carson has used superbly throughout his campaign. But the most alarming aspect of his campaign thus far is the apparent disregard he has for what he says and does.
Many may object to his views on Mexicans and the looks of Carly Fiorina, and his sneering at Megyn Kelly—and much more—but at least, when it comes to interior decoration, Donald Trump is no slave to mimsy restraint. It can be safely assumed that Donald Trump does not spend his weekends at Ikea.
One of several seemingly exaggerated/fabricated/dishonest claims for which Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is currently taking heat is a story in his 1990 autobiography Gifted Hands about having been given a cash reward for honesty by a psychology professor at Yale when he was a student there. In his book, Carson writes that during his junior year he was having money problems when the professor teaching a class called Perceptions 301 posted a notice that said a number of final exams, including Carson's, had been lost in a fire and needed to be retaken.
Ben Carson’s campaign turned into a kaleidoscope of oddities last week: The retired neurosurgeon made fanciful claims about the purpose of Egyptian pyramids and the political experience of the Founding Fathers. He insisted that he was, in fact, a violent youth, but admitted that he wasn’t, in fact, offered admission to West Point—both key highlights of his autobiography. But amid all the attention being paid to his personal background, it’s easy to overlook what Carson is actually running on. Of all the GOP candidates, Carson has put forward the most radical ideas for overhauling country’s entitlement programs. And while he's lately begun to clumsily retreat to more moderate alternatives, they don't add up any more than his attempts to explain the factual holes in his autobiography.
Ben Carson is having a very bad news day today. Politico is reporting that Carson has now admitted that a story he told in his autobiography “Gifted Hands” and again in his book “You Have a Brain” was false in one major detail. He wrote that as an excellent ROTC student in high school he met General William Westmoreland, and later, presumably because he had so impressed Westmoreland, “I was offered a full scholarship to West Point.”
Seasoned politicians trailing Donald Trump and Ben Carson for the Republican nomination in the U.S. presidential election campaign are eager to shift the focus to the economy and policy in Wednesday's debate and expose what they see as weaknesses in the two front-runners. Jeb Bush and other candidates are trying to turn the tide in a campaign that is dominated so far by provocative rhetoric that has played to the strengths of Trump, a bombastic reality television star and developer, and Carson, a soft-spoken surgeon who has been gaining support in opinion polls.
On Oct. 9, Ben Carson appeared at the National Press Club to promote his new book. His campaign manager, Barry Bennett, told The Daily Beast that Carson’s publishing company set up the event and paid for his transportation to D.C. to speak there. And just like that, Carson may have violated campaign finance law.
Spread far and wide to your conservative friends. . . . It was only a matter of time until a physician caught Dr. Ben Carson out as a hypocrite.
Perhaps more than any other modern-day presidential contender, Ben Carson’s public life is broken in two dramatically different parts. These days he makes news exclusively for his political involvement, which continued Monday with the formal announcement of his long, long, long-shot presidential bid. "If God ordains that we get into White House, we're going to change the government into something more like a well run business," he told a packed crowd at the Detroit Music Hall on Monday.
Possible Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested over the weekend that religion was necessary for testing scientific theories because the science could be “propaganda.” On Sunday, NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Carson, a former neurosurgeon, how science could coexist with his conservative Christian principles. “A person’s religious beliefs are the things that make them who they are, gives them a direction in their life,” Carson opined. “But I do not believe that religious beliefs should dictate one’s public policies and stances.”
Dr. Ben Carson's shoot from the lip, crackpot quips, digs, and insults at women, blacks, Democrats, and especially President Obama are fast becoming the stuff of legend. This time he almost outdid his past inane cracks with the zinger that the Affordable Care Act is the worst thing since slavery. Carson has parlayed his zany potshots into a plum spot as a Fox News Network commentator. This is the sorry case of a man who at one time had the respect of many for his moving, inspiring story of overcoming hardships to become a highly respected medical professional and who now has prostituted himself to grab a quick headline from a soundbite-driven, titillation media that hungrily eats up anything that someone like a Carson dishes out.
Ben Carson might still be the African-American darling of the conservative movement after his headline-grabbing appearance at the Values Voter Summit last weekend. But after saying that the Affordable Care Act is the worst thing to happen to this nation since slavery, he looks more like the mythological Sisyphus, whose punishment in Hades was to repeatedly roll a boulder uphill.
Dr. Ben Carson, a rising star in conservative circles, on Friday compared President Obama's health-care law to slavery. "You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery," Carson, who is African American, said Friday in remarks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. "And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control."