When last I checked, Dr. Ben Carson, the world-renowned, recently retired neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins, lived in Howard County. Nothing quite like relevance!
Maryland Reporter has a terrific post this week about Carson's gradual, or maybe not so gradual, transformation from motivational speaker and inspirational figure to, well, common right wing hack. Although, I give Carson credit for his creativity.
Although, truth be told, there could hardly be a more compelling Republican Presidential candidate in 2016 than Ben Carson. Look back at the 2012 GOP Presidential race. The nominee spent more time running for President in his life than he ever did actually serving in office, and for a few months (or was it a few weeks?) the GOP front-runner was a pizza magnate who had never served in elected office. And there were Rick Perry and Rick Santorum, who could hardly be called career politicians.
And that's where this intersection of Ben Carson's rhetoric and his viability as a potential future Presidential candidate is located. Ben Carson has clearly chosen to no longer be that man with "gifted hands" who urges people to be "thinking big", in favor of following his self-appointed moral responsibility to completely any political thinking to the left of Hitler.
Wouldn't it be nice if he got out of his little bubble that he has become so accustomed to as a god among demigods in the Department of Neurosurgery at Hopkins, which has been perpetuated through his personal lifestyle and his work with Fox News, and actually got in the ring and thus held accountable for his words? My sense is that it would be a matter of mere months, if not weeks, after that occurs for Carson to regain the humility that apparently he has lost. I predict for Carson, should he do what he should do and enter the arena, that he would dry under the hot light of scrutiny and accountability like a sponge.
I look forward to this thing happening. Though it likely won't.
Happy National Roast Pheasant Day! Let's be careful out there.