The Ben Carson-ites Are Serious About Making Him President

Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call
Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call

At a conservative conference in New Orleans, avid supporters of Dr. Ben Carson organize in hopes of prodding the acclaimed neurosurgeon into running for President.

They call themselves “the Carson-ologists,” like the Kremlinogists of the Cold War.

Their task: parsing the public statements of Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon who conservatives desperately want to run for president.

“We listen very carefully. He has changed tenses. A while back he said my intention is to raise money to send my kids to school, travel the world with my wife, learn foreign languages and play golf. He gave a speech a little while ago where he said, I had intended to, but God may have another plan for me. So that was a major shift,” said Vernon Robinson, a conservative activist from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

He pointed to an interview Carson gave a few weeks ago, where, he said he would “think about it,” and another in which he said ignoring the work of those trying to draft him into the 2016 presidential race would be “un-American.”

This last one was gratifying for Robinson, since he is the campaign director of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee.

“Doctor Carson believes you can’t just look in the mirror and say, ‘Honey, I think we would look great in the White House.’ He believes as the founders did, the office should seek the man and you should be called by the American people to run for president,” Robinson said. “He said that if the American people were still clamoring for him to run and the GOP didn’t coalesce around a candidate, that he would seriously consider it because he wouldn’t turn his back on his fellow citizens. So this is the clamoring exercise. We want to show him that it is not just something three drunks in a bar thought up.”

At the Republican Leadership Conference, a three-day conservative confab in New Orleans, Robinson was adding names to his petition at a table in the Hilton Hotel’s vast ballroom. He says he has 240,000 so far, and sends 4,000 new names a week to Carson’s office. If he gets a million, he thinks Carson will consider running.

His table at the RLC had by the far the most activity—the table for Rick Santorum, nearby, was practically empty much of the afternoon.

“I am torn between him and Allen West,” said one woman who stopped by. “Definitely not Jeb Bush. I loved his brother, but who wants Jeb Bush?”

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SOURCE: The Daily Beast
David Freedlander

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