Ben Carson

Trump’s ugly side runs rampant before Iowa crowd

Featured image Perhaps the most revealing moment in the most recent GOP presidential debate occurred when Trump said in response to criticism from John Kasich, “I’ve built an unbelievable company worth billions and billions of dollars. I don’t have to hear from this man.” “This man,” I suspected, is actually anyone who disagrees with Trump or who stands in his way. Ben Carson occasionally disagrees with Trump — most recently over the »

Ben Carson and West Point, another look

Featured image Last Friday, after reading a Politico story asserting that Ben Carson’s campaign had admitted that its candidate’s story about applying and being admitted to West Point is untrue, and after checking around the web to see if there was push back against the Politico story, I wrote this post (minus the update and parenthetical note in the second paragraph). In the post, I quoted several paragraphs from Politico’s report and »

Ben Carson’s lack of candor about his involvement with Mannatech

Featured image Ben Carson’s “West Point flap,” as John calls it, made me curious about the veracity of another set of biographical statements by the doctor — his discussion of his relationship, if any, with a company called Mannatech. I had been aware of the controversy over this, but hadn’t looked into it. Mannatech is a supplier of medical supplements. In 2007, then Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed suit against Mannatech »

Big Ben Strikes

Featured image This evening in Florida, Ben Carson held a press conference and addressed attacks that have been launched against him by the Democratic Party press. This excerpt, courtesy of CNN, is good. Carson points out that reporters had no interest in stories about Barack Obama that vastly eclipsed the nuances of whether Carson could have attended West Point. In particular, he notes that Obama’s college and law school records are sealed. »

The West Point Flap: How Much Will It Hurt Carson? [With comment by Paul]

Featured image Paul wrote earlier about Politico’s story alleging that Ben Carson has lied about being offered a scholarship to West Point. Since then, Politico has backed off slightly, changing its headline and deleting the word “fabricated” from its story (without noting the deletion). Carson has apparently told the story many times, and it appears in almost identical form in each of his two books. Carson wrote, while relating his experiences in »

Aspect of Dr. Carson’s personal story unravels [UPDATED and CORRECTED]

Featured image I like Ben Carson, though in the race for the GOP nomination he’s far down my preference list. Thus, I was happy to defend him from what struck me as an unfair attack by CNN on his “personal story” (having to do with manifestations of anger as a teenager). But now, the Carson campaign has admitted that the candidate’s story about applying [note, Carson never claimed to have applied] and »

CNN outs Ben Carson as nice kid

Featured image We’ve grown accustomed to the liberal media trying to derail Republican candidates by exposing them as jerks when they were kids. Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush received this treatment. But CNN is taking different line of attack against Dr. Ben Carson. It wants to derail the good doctor by showing that he was a nice boy. Why? Because Carson has said that before he found God, he had a terrible »

Trump Slips to Second In Latest Poll

Featured image The good news: Donald Trump has fallen to second place among Republican presidential contenders in today’s CBS News/NY Times poll, at 22%. The bad news: the candidate who has surpassed Trump is Ben Carson, at 26%. Oh, well. At least Carson is a conservative. That’s a step in the right direction. Following Carson and Trump are Marco Rubio at 8% and Carly Fiorina and Jeb Bush, each at 7%. »

Trump fading in Iowa

Featured image The two most recent Iowa polls suggest that Ben Carson is pulling away from Donald Trump. A new poll by Monmouth College gives the good doctor a 14 point lead (32-18) over the blustery tycoon. Similarly, a Loras College poll has Carson up by 12 points, 31-19. It’s too early to draw firm conclusions from these surveys about how the race will play out. For example, Carson might falter in »

Donald Trump does religion

Featured image The big political news this weekend is Donald Trump’s discussion of religion: his and Ben Carson’s. Speaking in Florida, Trump said: I love Iowa. And, look, I don’t have to say it, I’m Presbyterian. Can you believe it? Nobody believes I’m Presbyterian. I’m Presbyterian. I’m Presbyterian. I’m Presbyterian; boy, that’s down the middle of the road folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about. I just »

Trump still rolling, empire yet to strike back

Featured image There’s another poll of the GOP presidential race out, a Washington Post-ABC News production. It tells basically the same story as its predecessors. Donald Trump continues to lead with a little better than 30 percent support; Ben Carson remains in second a little above 20 percent; Marco Rubio holds third place at about 10 percent. Despite Trump’s consistently strong showing, Nate Silver and the folks at FiveThirtyEight remain unimpressed. They »

Impressive fundraising numbers for Sanders and Carson

Featured image Bernie Sanders nearly matched Hillary Clinton’s fundraising total for the past three months. Clinton raised around $28 million; Sanders raised around $26 million. Clinton’s haul came with the help of 58 fundraising events. Sanders held seven. The Vermont Senator relied on small contributions from a large number of donors using the internet. As the Washington Post points out, this means several good things for Sanders. First, he has been able »

Carson and the constitution — Andy McCarthy’s take

Featured image Andy McCarthy has weighed in on Ben Carson statement that Islam is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution and that therefore he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.” Like me, McCarthy disagrees with Charles Krauthammer’s view that Dr. Carson’s statement is inconsistent with the Constitution. Krauthammer’s position is based on the idea that the Constitution isn’t just a legal document, it is a “didactic »

Carson and the constitution

Featured image Ben Carson is under attack from both liberals and conservatives for saying “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation; I absolutely would not agree with that.” Dr. Carson’s comment deserves to be criticized. It is too sweeping. Carson recognized as much. That’s why he later said that what he disagrees with is voting for candidates (of any religion) who want a theocracy. But »

Whatever happened to that deep Republican bench?

Featured image Fox News offers a new poll of the Republican presidential field (scroll past the Pope Francis stuff to get to the GOP race). The poll shows Donald Trump still in front with 26 percent support. He’s followed by Ben Carson at 18 percent. Then come Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio at 9 percent; Ted Cruz at 8; and Jeb Bush at 7. This poll is more favorable to Dr. Carson »

CAIR helps prove Ben Carson’s point

Featured image Ibrahim Hooper of the loathsome Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called for Ben Carson to withdraw from the presidential race. He cites Dr. Carson’s comment that “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation; I absolutely would not agree with that.” I don’t subscribe to the sweeping proposition that a Muslim shouldn’t be president of the United States. But CAIR is Exhibit A »

A Footnote on Carson and Islam

Featured image Ben Carson is taking fire for his comment that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation” because Islam is not consistent with the Constitution. This was enough for our normally sensible friends at PJ Media to post a hasty and injudicious Rick Moran column calling Carson a bigot. But as Paul has correctly noted, any faith that does not recognize the principle of »