ROCKVILLE, MD, March 2, 2016 — It looks like it could be the end of the line for Dr. Ben Carson’s candidacy. After a poor showing in the Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses, reports from The Wrap and CNN have confirmed that Ben Carson will not attend the Thursday night Fox News debate, and in an email from Carson’s campaign chairman Bob Dees, he stated, “political efforts must come to a close.”
If that is the case, and Dr. Carson does eventually withdraw from the presidential race, we have much to thank him for. The least of these is the air of dignity that he brought to his campaign and the race overall.
The Trump campaign has been no better than a circus, with base attacks on his opponents, countered by similar volleys from some of his Republican competitors, and mealy-mouthed platitudes about unity from others. Dr. Carson was the standout candidate for integrity and true straight talk, all couched in calm conversation and an air befitting a run for the office of President.
Yes, Dr. Carson had his gaffe moments (the Egyptian pyramids), and his less than lucid moments where in past debates he sometimes appeared to be asleep at the wheel. But in terms of substantive, thoughtful, and common-sense solutions to wrest power from the government and give it back to the American people, Dr. Carson expressed this cogently, and powerfully. Unfortunately, it was drowned out by the dynamism and bombast of the other candidates, coupled with a media who loves to chase after false narratives, gotcha soundbites, and internecine fist fights.
Fellow CDN writer Susan Schrier Clouse said it best.
“[Carson’s] ‘fruit salad’ includes a life of dealing with complex issues and solving problems that had never been solved before. He is a man of unquestionable integrity. He has now focused his intellect like a laser beam on the issues facing our nation and the world. His goal is to save the blessings of America for our children and grandchildren.”
That is the hallmark of Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign: Out of all the other candidates, Dr. Carson was not in the race for himself, but because he envisioned a better America for others. After multiple years (Republican and Democrat) of government control and overreach, it was time to return the control back to ‘We the People’.
He stated as much on his Facebook page:
“[T]his grassroots movement on behalf of ‘We the People’ will continue. Along with millions of patriots who have supported my campaign for President, I remain committed to Saving America for Future Generations. We must not depart from our goals to restore what God and our Founders intended for this exceptional nation.
“I appreciate the support, financial and otherwise, from all corners of America. Gratefully, my campaign decisions are not constrained by finances; rather by what is in the best interests of the American people.
I will discuss more about the future of this movement during my speech on Friday at CPAC in Washington, D.C.”
As a columnist-at-large at CPAC, I look forward to hearing what Dr. Carson will present to this year’s gathering of conservative activists.