Ben Carson to Al Sharpton: So, when do we debate?

posted at 7:21 pm on August 18, 2014 by Allahpundit

To cleanse the palate, via the Corner, a debate between a conservative who’s a world-renowned neurosurgeon and a liberal who often appears to speak English as a second language is a debate conservatives should welcome. Plus, the moment seems propitious. As usual, Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have followed the media to the scene of a new racial flashpoint, but this time it hasn’t turned out for them as they’d like. Jackson allegedly got booed when he asked a crowd in Ferguson for donations while Sharpton’s taken criticism in highly visible outlets — some of it polite, some less so — for exploiting the situation. If America, black and white, has Sharpton fatigue, now’s the time to raise Carson’s profile by taking advantage.

Sharpton, by the way, claims that Carson has a standing invitation to appear on his show but that’s easier said than done. Since Carson’s a Fox News contributor, he’d need the network’s permission to do Sharpton’s show, and why would Fox do MSNBC a ratings favor like that? Let’s see a real debate, all proceeds to charity. Here’s Carson issuing the challenge plus a sneak preview of Sharpton’s opening statement.



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Resist we much!

Aizen on August 18, 2014 at 7:24 PM

I wouldn’t be toooooo surprised if Sharpton actually accepts. He debated Christopher Hitchens, who is a honeybadger amongst honeybadgers.

Glenn Jericho on August 18, 2014 at 7:24 PM

I’d pay cash money to see this.

portlandon on August 18, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Shouldn’t we be in favor of fair fights?

Bitter Clinger on August 18, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Refuse to click on the video, but — from that still photo of him — does Sharpton have AIDS or what?

Looks like a black version of Max Headroom …

ShainS on August 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM

LibFree could serve as an interpreter in the Sharpton camp.

BigWyo on August 18, 2014 at 7:31 PM

It wouldn’t be fair to ask Sharpton to battle wits against Carson. You can’t expect a man to go into battle unarmed!

s1im on August 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

“Refuse to click on the video, but — from that still photo of him — does Sharpton have AIDS or what?

Looks like a black version of Max Headroom …”

His body is shrinking and his head is growing. Smaller suits, bigger hats.

ncjetsfan on August 18, 2014 at 7:39 PM

It wouldn’t be fair to ask Sharpton to battle wits against Carson. You can’t expect a man to go into battle unarmed!

s1im on August 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Well than at least he couldn’t say “On the other hand”…

right2bright on August 18, 2014 at 7:42 PM

A debate I would love to see, but Rev. Al won’t go anywhere NEAR it…

Khun Joe on August 18, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Refuse to click on the video, but — from that still photo of him — does Sharpton have AIDS or what?

Looks like a black version of Max Headroom …

ShainS on August 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM

That’s ra-ra-ra-ra-racist!

Doughboy on August 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Yes! Bring it on!

hollygolightly on August 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Talk about an uneven fight.

crankyoldlady on August 18, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Mmm, I’d paid to see it happen too.

DOUBLE if its Sharpton vs. Allan West…talk about blood in the water.

TRIPLE if it’s Thomas Sowell.

Game, Set…Pwned

BlaxPac on August 18, 2014 at 7:49 PM

To paraphrase the great Mark Twain – It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no native American criminal class … … except for Al Sharpton. The lightning there is so convincing that it doesn’t leave much remaining. Well, you would think there had been something valuable there and Al Sharpton had paid a visit.

VorDaj on August 18, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Just another one of Jeremiah Wright’s CHICKENS coming home to roost.

ncjetsfan on August 18, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Like … like … like … clubbing baby seals? Shooting fish in a barrel? Making someone with Tourette’s correctly recite the “Peter picked a peck of pickled peppers” tongue-twister?

/don’t quite have the right metaphor yet

LashRambo on August 18, 2014 at 7:52 PM

How can you debate someone who makes up “facts” ???

KenInIL on August 18, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Like candy from a baby.

CW on August 18, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Now that would be one great debate, assuming you had a moderator that could keep ‘Lil Al in the ring.
Carson is deep thinking, high reasoning, and really quick on his feet. He’s heard all the tired claptrap from the Master Baiters™ for years.

Yep, that would be one for the ages!

JusDreamin on August 18, 2014 at 7:55 PM

I don’t see how Dr Carson could bring himself down to Sharpton’s level to debate in the first place. It wouldn’t be fair anyway. Sharpton would look like a fool 2 minutes in and all the lefties would accuse Dr Carson of torture.

HotAirian on August 18, 2014 at 7:58 PM

How can you debate someone who makes up “facts” ???

KenInIL on August 18, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Could be a problem. Especially debating an obnoxious buffoon who loves interrupting and hamming it up for the camera. Combine that with some biased moderation and it could end up like the Ryan/Biden debate.

forest on August 18, 2014 at 7:59 PM

a liberal who often appears to speak English as a second language is a debate conservatives should welcome

Uh oh! Aquateen is not going to be happy with you, AP.

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

I don’t see how Dr Carson could bring himself down to Sharpton’s level to debate in the first place. It wouldn’t be fair anyway. Sharpton would look like a fool 2 minutes in and all the lefties would accuse Dr Carson of torture.

HotAirian on August 18, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Maybe so, but the OTHER 58+ minutes after that?

Sweeter than Swiss Chocolate.

Would STILL pay premium for that show.

BlaxPac on August 18, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Sharpton’s idea of debate is, “Kill the Jews! Kill the Jews!”.

formwiz on August 18, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Schedule the debate, and have both MSNBC and Fox carry it simultaneously. I see no problem.

Watch for MSNBC and Sharpton to tap dance around it (tap dance? Is that raaaacist? I dunno), while decrying failure to schedule the debate as Fox News obstructionism.

I believe that Carson v Sharpton would be a Godzilla v Bambi beatdown of epic proportions.
Couldn’t happen to a more deserving weasel, delivered by a more talented and decent man.

orangemtl on August 18, 2014 at 8:20 PM

I’d pay cash money to see this.

portlandon on August 18, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Pay-per-view!

tanked59 on August 18, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Now that would be one great debate, assuming you had a moderator that could keep ‘Lil Al in the ring.
Carson is deep thinking, high reasoning, and really quick on his feet. He’s heard all the tired claptrap from the Master Baiters™ for years.

Yep, that would be one for the ages!

JusDreamin on August 18, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Carson would go to that quiet place deep within him where he goes when he does brain surgery, at the same time supremely confident but with deep humility. He really IS quick on his feet. He’s got good answers, and he’s not going to get flustered.

LashRambo on August 18, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Do it, but only with half your brain tied behind your back.

diogenes on August 18, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Al, buddy.
Give it up.

He knows that the majority of the mouth-breathing public thinks his schtick is for the ratings. November will tell.

bettycooper on August 18, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Sharpton can’t even read a teleprompter properly.

And he’s going to hold his own against a sharp mind like Ben Carson’s? Not a chance.

Aizen on August 18, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Shouldn’t we be in favor of fair fights?

Bitter Clinger on August 18, 2014 at 7:29 PM

No! If you find yourself in a fair fight your planning sux.

Oldnuke on August 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

plus a sneak preview of Sharpton’s opening statement.

LOL

OK I would actually give $10 to Jesse Jackson, personally, to see this happen.
Comedy gold, and YouTube is forever.

Eviva on August 18, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Get a crew together and raise $25 million to benefit the United Negro College Fund, if Sharpton and Carson show up for a nationally-televised debate: “Race in America- How we got here, wtf do we do now?”

Give $5 mill in advance just to prove legit.

Better yet, go Lincoln-Douglas style in a dozen cities across the country with a $10m nugget to the charity of choice for any town that signs up for nationally-televised debate night.

Heck lets go big and build a TV show around each weeks’ debate. Add-in some Ben/Al buddies-on-the-road antics and a local interest segment or two = Ratings Gold.

Sharpton, knowing he’d be ritually humiliated on a nightly, would never do it under anything less than earth shaking conditions so you’d have to attach a big number to it before Al would agree to it.

Doc Carson I suspect would show up anywhere in the world on 30-minutes notice to debate Al Sharpton, and ask only for cab fare and a thermos of cold daquiris.

Sacramento on August 18, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Would CNN / DNC Candy Crowley pimp for $harpton or would the stage collapse?

viking01 on August 18, 2014 at 9:37 PM

A World Reknowed Neurosurgeon against a race hustler of the “Resist We Much” degree! Bring it on!

Put it on Fox!

dawndawn on August 18, 2014 at 9:38 PM

O/T Would like to see responses to posts in a thread and a Like button! So many good commenters here! Tankewberrymuch!

dawndawn on August 18, 2014 at 9:40 PM

I hadn’t realized it. If you have an IQ much past 50 or so, listening to Al “Tawana Brawley” Sharpton really is just painful. I’ve dealt with people born in foreign countries who’ve spoken English for less than a year and frankly they’re far more articulate. And as someone employed by an alleged “news” organization, his inability to pronounce the names of public figures is – or would be to a normal person – totally embarrassing.

Slightly OT; is it true that Sharpton’s mother had him ordained at age seven because she believed he was possessed by a spirit?

oldleprechaun on August 18, 2014 at 10:32 PM

I wouldn’t be toooooo surprised if Sharpton actually accepts. He debated Christopher Hitchens, who is a honeybadger amongst honeybadgers.

Glenn Jericho on August 18, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Unlike with Hitch, winning this debate would be not about brains but pigmentation as protection.

Don L on August 19, 2014 at 3:41 AM

The Rev. Al looks like he’s not being invited to very many picnics lately. He’s got that bobble head look going.

Kissmygrits on August 19, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Carson is obviously a racist. Plus, as a brain surgeon, he should know the symptoms when he sees them.

Akzed on August 19, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Sharpton will accept the challenge when the sun rises in the west. He’s dumb but not stupid enough to avoid humiliation.

jacobim on August 19, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Some might say that the “Reverend” Al Sharpton ain’t too sharp.

But he’s smart enough not to debate a brain surgeon.

PunditPete on August 19, 2014 at 10:54 PM