Thursday, April 30, 2015

I look at things as they might be, and ask myself, 'Mightn't they?'

Ben Carson . . . retired neurosurgeon and conservative star . . . [has ]been traveling around the country in what might be called a non-strategic way.

Yes, indeed, it might. As I was speaking only yesterday of  Dave Clarke (serendipity or recency bias? I say serendipity), Dave Clarke has a far better chance of running an even marginally competent campaign for president than Ben Carson.

I don't say that a really, really smart and disciplined guy could never be able to do it, but I come so close to saying so that it's practically the same. Some electoral experience is certainly an advantage and might even be necessary.

But even then, c'mon. What's wrong with running for senator? Or congressman? Maybe as a campaign for vice president it might make sense, but even there I'm skeptical. The last thing anyone should want is another flameout campaign--and it sure seems as if most campaigns are indeed flameouts, not just failures or at least losers, which is by definition necessarily true, but actually damaging misfires. This is especially the case when it is somebody who clearly has a lot to bring to the table and shouldn't foolishly risk their credibility.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Risk or expose their credibility?

4:15 AM, April 30, 2015  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

The question doesn't make sense does it? The whole point of the post is he lacks credibility for a campaign, and should work at building it.

(Of course I realize you are merely voicing displeasure with ideas you don't like or understand and so aren't asking the question in good faith, but what the hey, sometimes you hold out hope.)

3:23 PM, April 30, 2015  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well you seem to assume that he would flame out based on reasons other than his ideas and credibility and I find that odd

7:31 PM, April 30, 2015  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

Isn't that only because you don't like his ideas?

2:21 AM, May 01, 2015  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really don't know his ideas except that he's a darling of a particular tendency- we're talking about a hypothetical flame-out of a campaign. The rebuttable presumption of such a flame-out would be that the ideas on offer were to blame

4:01 AM, May 01, 2015  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

Well, props for forthrightness, anyway.

1:29 PM, May 01, 2015  

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