Thursday, March 05, 2015

They never learn

In the 2012 election cycle, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was asked about contraception and U.S. Senate hopefuls Todd Akin & Richard Mourdock were questioned about rape. In a situation where typically less than a minute is given to answer, retorts to such odd inquiries can be non-eloquent or have their context mangled by leftists and their media cohorts.

Sadly, some candidates still haven't learned their lesson.

Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and potential Republican presidential candidate, said Wednesday that “a lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay.”

The remarks were made on CNN’s “New Day” in response to a question from host Chris Cuomo, who asked if Carson thought being gay was a “choice.”

“Absolutely,” Carson replied.

Asked why, he went on to explain his prison theory. “So did something happen while they were in there?” he said. “Ask yourself that question.”

While I admire Dr. Carson's incredible life story of escaping childhood poverty to become one of the world's most renown neurosurgeons, I've never taken him seriously as a presidential candidate. And I also appreciated Dr. Carson's performance at the National Prayer Breakfast two years ago where he substantively criticized Obamacare with President Obama sitting literally two seats away. But as we've seen with White House's current occupant, one fantastic public speech (in Obama's case, his address at the 2004 Democrat National Convention) does not necessarily translate to being a credible presidential candidate.

It seems silly to convey that this moment was the death knell of Carson's White House aspirations given that he's likely been crossed off many GOP lists from the get-go. Yes, it was likely Dr. Carson's insistence that vaccinations be mandatory as well as hints of favoring gun control that made his candidacy D.O.A.


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