The PJ Tatler

Ben Carson: Not Ready for Prime Time

As Barry Hussein reminds us every day, the presidency is not an entry-level job:

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s remarks on same-sex lifestyles are sparking more interest in the press than his announcement earlier this week that he has filed paperwork to run for the president of the United States.

In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo that aired Wednesday, Carson dismissed comparisons between restrictions on gay marriage and slavery. “People have no control over their race,” Carson said, adding that in his view people do have some control over their sexual orientation.

“Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay,” the former head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital said. “So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”

Leave aside the question of whether Carson is right or wrong in his statement; that’s not the issue here. The issue is: you don’t go marching into that  political box canyon in the first place. Remember that the media is going to try to make every potential GOP candidate look like an idiot, and the surest way to do that is via gotcha questions about sex or religion. The idea is to play into the media’s own stereotypes about conservatives and thus, in their eyes, validate them so that the paid operatives and mouthpieces of the progressive movement can proclaim themselves vindicated in their low opinion of conservatives yet again.

Ben Carson is a very impressive man, but he would be well served to forget running for the White House this year and maybe run for city council or mayor somewhere first. Otherwise he risks spoiling his own reputation and prematurely ending whatever career in politics he may one day have.