Friday, March 29, 2013

Dr. Ben Carson - already heading for the door

By Richard K. Barry

Ever since Dr. Ben Carson look a swipe at President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast, Republicans have been running around touting him as a fresh new voice of conservatism.

The obvious problem with elevating someone so quickly is that there's not enough time to vet a range of opinions they might hold and how potentially inappropriately they might express them.

Right-wing talk show loon Sean Hannity has been bringing Carson on his Fox program recently to give him yet another platform. When Hannity asked Dr. Carson to opine on marriage equality, he said this:
Well, my thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It's a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality. It doesn't matter what they are. They don't get to change the definition. So he, it's not something that is against gays, it's against anybody who wants to come along and change the fundamental definitions of pillars of society. It has significant ramifications.

My guess is that at this rate Dr. Carson doesn't last very long as anyone's political darling. Sorry Doc, the time has passed when anyone can get away with comparing homosexuality to pedophilia and beastiality. I'm not even sure you're going to get your full 15 minutes.

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  • Carson's comment is totally in keeping with the modern GOP on same sex marriage: it isn't that we hate gays, it is just that they want to redefine marriage. This reminds me of people when I was a kid who complained that the homosexual community had changed the definition of "gay." I also remember people complaining that Jews had changed the word "holocaust." These are all coded ways of saying, "We hate gays (or Jews)."

    As for the NAMBLA comment, he will counter that he is specifically not equating them with the gay rights movement. I don't think it will hurt him in conservative circles.

    (Note: I don't think that NAMBLA has a position on same sex marriage. That isn't their thing. In fact, NAMBLA is not even a gay group. They hearken back to the days when everyone loved to love a nice pretty boy. See: Shakespeare.)

    And you forget the most important thing about Ben Carson: he's an African American Republican. He will always be a darling of the movement. It is simple economics: if a product is scarce, it is more valuable. Non-white Republicans are very scarce and thus very very valuable, regardless of what vile things they say.

    By Anonymous Frank Moraes, at 2:57 PM  

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