Ben Carson, a retired surgeon popular with Tea Party conservatives, has said he will decide by May 1 whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, according to a media report.
In an interview with NewsMaxTV last week, Carson said he is still studying various political issues as he weighs a potential run for the White House.
“You have to know a lot of stuff,” he told NewsMaxTV on Friday. “I’m rapidly acquiring that knowledge, listening to people and really finding a tremendous amount of frustration with the status quo, politics as usual, be it Republican or Democrat.
Like many on the Right, I like the idea of Ben Carson but I am not so fond of the idea of him becoming a presidential candidate right away.
He is obviously a brilliant man, but that doesn’t mean he would make a good candidate. The hyper-exposed media era we live in exposes every weakness, especially during the interminable presidential primary process. This isn’t the early 20th Century where someone can step out of private life and have his accomplishments carry him to the White House. In 2004, Wesley Clark was the darling of the liberal media and the fever for his candidacy was very much like the feeling some conservatives have for Dr. Carson right now. He has the private sector cred that we crave but none of the campaign experience is needed.
With the bench that the GOP has for 2016 it might be a good idea to not burn out a potent wild card like Carson right away.