Ben Carson

Ben Carson Loses Murdoch Primary; Says Favorite Treasury Secretary Was 'Andrea Mitchell's husband'

Another challenging day for the outsideriest hopeful in the GOP presidential field

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GQ released an attack profile Tuesday on this season's leading no-hope outsider for the GOP 2016 presidential nomination, Ben Carson. Like Hugh Hewitt before him, the fashion magazine's Jason Zengerle tripped the neurosurgeon up on a series of political specifics, most humorously in this exchange:

[W]hen I asked Carson to name his favorite secretary of the treasury, he was stumped. "Andrea Mitchell's husband," he eventually offered. I reminded him that Mitchell's husband, also known as Alan Greenspan, had actually been chairman of the Federal Reserve. "I don't know that there's anybody that really stands out to me as an outstanding treasury secretary. I mean, that's a pretty hard place to be outstanding," he finally said. "Secretaries of the treasury, for the most part, are not big policy people."

Take that, Alexander Hamilton!

In the piece, Carson also calls President Barack Obama a "psychopath," says foreign-born Islamist fighters in Syria are "just like the troublemakers in Ferguson," and expresses exasperation at Israel's parliamentary democracy: "Why don't they just adopt the system we have?" 

Carson is still polling well at this preemie stage—a PPP survey of Republicans published Tuesday had him at 4th place with a bullet, with 12 percent support (Rand Paul was tied for 7th with 4 percent). But as Mediaite's Matt Wilstein points out, it looks like the whole rookie-mistake thing is raising some influential eyebrows:  

Read 2 bks by famous neurosurgeon Ben Carson, running for president. Wonderful character, up from Detroit ghetto, sadly seems political naif

— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) March 24, 2015

There have probably been more opportune presidents than Barack Obama to attempt to succeed by flaunting inexperience. 

Reason on Ben Carson here.

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  1. Rand Paul is polling 7th?

    God, Republican primary voters are dumb-dumbs.

    1. Democratic-aligned Public Policy Polling (PPP) released a survey of Florida Republicans Tuesday, examining the 2016 presidential race. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., leads the pack with 25 percent while Walker places second with 17 percent

      Nevertheless, your point still stands. Who has the time, much less the motivation, to vote in a primary? Retirees, mostly.

    2. Meh, he polls much better in Iowa and New Hampshire, and those are the states that matter out the gate.

      Carson’s standing just shows how utterly useless these national polls are.

  2. How are Republicans going to handle that Ted Cruz’s name is actually “Rafael” and that he’s the son of a Castro supporter who fled Cuba? I’m also looking forward to a lot of ironic “Bitherism” from the left – “Yeah, now let’s see the real, hidden ‘long form’, buddy”.

    Who said the fall of the Republic won’t be fun?

    1. I’m more interested in how Republicans react to Rand calling out Cruz by saying the GOP should not “not just [be] throwing out red meat, but throwing out something intellectually enticing to people who haven’t been listening to our message before.”

      Rand is only going to be able to take the nomination if he convinces the right that he can grow the party. Cruz is his most formidable challenger because he’s a Reagan clone who wants to repeat the success of Ronny, for good reason, based on solid fundamentals. Rand can beat him by convincing people in the middle that the left is using them like puppets and hasn’t produced any results, thus growing the GOP beyond just the primary, whilst using the same fundamentals.

      Compare that intellectual discussion to the Hillary coronation on the left. The choice could not be more clear.

  3. He should have realized it’s a trick question. The only right answer is “they were all assholes,” and then you tip the table over.

  4. That GQ article is like a self parody of political attack articles. “What if Sarah Palin were a Brain Surgeon” It’s funny because Sarah Palin is the baseline of stupidity and it doesn’t matter what she does! If she was a Nobel Prize winning physicist she’d still be dumb!

    1. Well, she employs the term “mama grizzly” unironically. So, yeah.

      1. “LIPSTICK!”

    2. Let’s not cry wolf on that one. She is actually extremely dumb. Carson is walking proof that you can be a great technician while lacking all skills of rationality. Much like the engineers and computer geeks who call themselves experts of all they survey and who occupy libertarian boards.

      1. Your farts don’t smell healthy. You should get that checked out.

        1. That is not his farts, it is his breath. Hard to tell the difference.

      2. Yeah, and Pelosi is a brain surgeon…oh, wait. Fuck off troll

    3. Palin is the smartest of them all, she leveraged an opportunity to make big bucks as a news personality/conservative icon and promptly dropped of the shitshow that is being a politician. And she gets to keep cashing because the left is so obsessed with her despite not being in office for years (and it was pretty damn obscure to begin with). She’s laughing all the way to the bank.

      1. This. Plus – she’s smokin’ hot.

  5. OT- Right wing terrorist.


    1. According to the affidavit, the incident happened around 6:25 p.m. on Monday at the Planned Parenthood building on East Ben White Boulevard. Multiple witnesses told police that they witnessed Toney throw a flaming object out of the passenger side window of her BMW SUV near the protesters, the affidavit stated. Police say witnesses reported that Toney had cardboard covering her license plate, in an effort to conceal it. Police stopped Toney less than 3 miles from Planned Parenthood and she was taken into custody. The Austin Fire Department and arson investigators inspected the item that was thrown from Toney’s car, and determined it to be a “gum out fuel additive” bottle and a burned piece of paper towel that had been rolled into a wick.

      Aren’t fuel additive bottles plastic? How can someone that dumb be driving a BMW? I guess she either works for a non-profit or the government…

      1. Here’s another story on it

        http://kxan.com/2015/03/23/wom…..wn-at-her/


        “Whether your an abortion advocate or you’re a pro-life advocate, [violence] is not going to help either side, it hasn’t solved anything.”said Garnder. “We just want [Toney] to know that we’re praying for her.”

        Gardner said in her experience, people who retaliate are angry from an abortion in their past or have some sort of tie to it. But it is still unclear about Toney’s background.

        “We want her to know there’s help available for her and hope that she nor anyone else try any sort of reaction like this again towards anybody, because it’s not helping anyone,” said Gardner.

        Wow, those pro-life people are just monsters

  6. I think he’s a perfect example of while the evolution debate is silly. Clearly you can become a very successful and skilled medical doctor while being a complete nutso.

  7. “on this season’s leading no-hope outsider for the GOP 2016 presidential nomination, Ben Carson.”

    Yet Reason keeps killing pixels talking about this sideshow candidate…

  8. Take that, Alexander Hamilton!

    Hey! Fuck you, Welch!

    1. Dude – you should be more concerned about some guy name of “Burr”….

      You’re welcome.

  9. Yeah, no.

    Ben Carson seemed like a nice enough guy at first. Now he needs to fade into the woodwork and STFU, cause he’s helping no one, most of all himself, second of all, anyone who’s mildly aligned with…whatever he stands for. He’s a perfect foil for libs – “LOOK AT THE CRAZY TEHTHUGLIHADIST!!!1”

  10. No chance in hell I’ll vote for the guy, but let’s take a step back here. Favorite Treasury Secretary? Really? Honestly, if you have one, you probably need to get out more.

    1. It’s one of those questions they reserve for GOP candidates to show how ignorant they are. No one has a favorite Treasury Secretary.

    2. Ogden Mills.

      1. Albert Gallatin. Even better, alternate universe Albert Gallatin, on the other side of the P’wheet/Thorens broach.

        Kevin R

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