It’s logical in its own crazy racist way. The Democrats won the White House with a black candidate, so the GOP has decided they need their own black candidate. And now the GOP has the next great black hope.
It’s a forum that isn’t known for making news – so Dr. Ben Carson says the buzz created by his speech at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast, including a Wall Street Journal staff editorial with the headline “Ben Carson For President” – came as a surprise.
“I don’t think it was particularly political,” Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, told ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl during an interview for ” This Week.” “You know, I’m a physician. I like to diagnose things. And, you know, I’ve diagnosed some pretty, pretty significant issues that I think a lot of people resonate with.”
With an audience that included President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Carson spoke out about political correctness, health care and taxes at the breakfast. In his roughly 23-minute address, Carson called for a private health care savings plan and a flat tax for all Americans. His address has since gone viral, racking up more than two million views on YouTube.
The speech isn’t Carson’s first foray into national politics. In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded the successful brain surgeon the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Of course it won’t work.
Not because there aren’t plenty of black crackpots out there that will fit right in with the crazies in the Republican Party. Rich, entitled black people don’t want to pay their fair share of taxes either. Religious zealotry and superstition are just as virulent in black circles or white. Black people also stockpile enough guns to fight a small war. There are plenty of black bigots out there, too, and plenty of blacks willing to sell out to get ahead. That’s absolutely great–it is a sign of a healthy democracy to have a range of views in every sub-population, and a range of people associated with every view.
The problem of course is that the Republicans are not really looking for a black candidate, they’re looking for a shill for bad policies. They’re looking for a puppet who will stand at the podium with a Koch brother hand up his ass. So on goes the search for someone to stand up there and look black (Herman Cain) or brown (Mario Rubio) but espouse the policies of old, white men. It’s not the man behind the microphone, guys, it’s the message.
And what of the sensation of the moment, Ben Carson? He will fade away like all the black tokens, either unable to stand up under the withering scrutiny of big time politics (Herman Cain) or unable to handle real debate (Alan Keyes) or unwilling to stick to the script (Michael Steele.)