After he watched Dr. Ben Carson’s speech at CPAC, Jazz mentioned that one of his first reactions was that, if he were a Democrat, he’d be thinking: “That is the most dangerous man in the United States of America today.” Rush Limbaugh voiced much the same thought on his show yesterday, musing, “I think Ben Carson probably got everybody in the Democratic party really scared to death. It’s going to be really hard to demonize this guy. Really, really hard. Partially because of his race, but not just because he’s African American. It’s because, you can call this guy all kinds of demonic names, he just doesn’t fit the bill.”
I, too, would wager that his soft-spoken yet straightforward contributions to the national debate are not going unnoticed by Democratic strategists:
My philosophy is, always tell the truth. You don’t have an agenda, just be yourself and be natural, and then you don’t have to pose like you’re doing something different. … I’ve tried to lead the right kind of life, a life that is inspired by my love of God and my love of my fellow man. And, you know, it is very difficult to demonize someone under those circumstances.
And it’s not even like he’s trying to hide the fact that the sudden spotlight might have sparked some possible political ambitions, either; I doubt that it would ever actually happen, but when asked about 2016, Carson said that “It’s not something that’s atop of my agenda — my agenda is to encourage discussion,” which isn’t exactly ruling it out, is it?