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Ben Carson to endorse Donald Trump. Huge!

NY Times First Draft blog reports that Ben Carson is going to endorse Donald Trump tomorrow.

I say this is huge because he has a lot of respect among a certain segment of evangelicals, and his endorsement of Trump can help with them. And of course, it gives Trump social proof that he desperately needs to counteract all of the negative social proof being generated by the liberal Trump-hating media.

I’m glad there are no hard feelings after Trump made fun of the story in his memoir about being stabbed. I suspect that Trump is right (as a Master Persuader, he’s excellent at detecting BS) and Carson feels guilty about lying in his memoir.

Carson also appears to hate Cruz. Endorsing Trump may be a way to stick it to Cruz. Cruz seems to have that effect on a lot of people.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 10, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. You need to do a post where you describe everything that you think Trump has done wrong. You’re overlooking all of his flaws.

    Lloyd Llewellyn

    March 10, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    • No, he’s not overlooking Trump’s flaws. When I commented a few weeks ago that I’d like Ben to endorse Trump, Lion replied that Carson was more likely to endorse Rubio or Kasich. He is actively keeping a level head about Trump, and when things like this happen, we all come over here to gloat! It means things turned out better than he expected. Here’s hoping that continues.

      E. Green

      March 10, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      • I pointed out months ago Carson was staying on Trump’s nice side. Angling for VEEP or cabinet/ambassador?


        March 11, 2016 at 5:57 am

  2. Carson seems like a good VP candidate except that he isn’t good at debating. Maybe VP debates don’t matter very much.


    March 10, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    • Does Carson give the impression that he’s ready to be President if Trump is killed in a nuclear attack? I don’t think so.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 10, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      • I think a black woman would be a great VP. Possibly Condi Rice to appease the cucks. Otherwise, some woman governor who’s actually smart and soundly uppermiddle class.


        March 10, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    • Carson seems like a good VP candidate

      The VP selections from many of you on here are beyond clueless. Why? It almost seems like you are Democrat trolls. Maybe not.

      Maybe you’re just the White Republican type that needs to see himself as not racist, not sexist.

      Hey, why not Caitlin Jenner? Female, trans and Cruz supporter!! Perfect. You can unite the party and most of all prove to the Democrats and media that Republicans aren’t sexist or trans-phobic!!!

      Sounds like a winner to me.


      March 10, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      • Rifleman, you’re a babbling moron.

        I don’t mind Carson. He seems like a decent person, and he’s anti-Moslem. He said a Moslem should not be President, and was attacked for it. That was before the controversy about Trump being anti-Moslem. I agree that he doesn’t seem very presidential, but I think a nice guy with traditional values would help Trump.


        March 10, 2016 at 11:04 pm

      • The VP selections from many of you on here are beyond clueless.

        I’ve noticed. Admittedly, Trump’s VP is a tricky proposition. Trump is a CEO but has never actually held office. So he needs someone who exudes solid, government experience but isn’t part of the establishment. That’s either a current or former elected politician or the head of some government agency or department. The problem with the latter is that they would have been appointed by either the Bush or Obama administration.

        Of course, he could go for someone outside of government altogether such as a corporate CEO. But it would have to be someone who isn’t seen as a shill for big business. Neither Republicans nor Democrats are very happy with corporations right now.

        Whoever he picks will have to be acceptable to a broad swathe of both Democrats and Republicans. I think Trump has crossover appeal but choosing a VP who can satiate both is no mean feat. Guilliani is still the most well-known name I can think of who could do that. Maybe Mitch Daniels or Jim Webb. I’m no fan of Webb but that’s not the point.

        Personally, I think he should go outside the box and pick someone with a military or intelligence background such as James Comey or John Brennan. I would have said Petraeus if he hadn’t gotten busted. Selecting Brennan would definitely send a message that Trump is serious about national security. I haven’t heard anyone mention them. But they’re definitely qualified.

        I’m sure there are lots of brilliant people we’ve never heard of. But that’s kind of the problem — everyone would say “Who???”


        March 11, 2016 at 7:19 am

      • The last time someone picked a general for VP, he had the worst debate performance ever.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 11, 2016 at 9:42 am

      • Carson would be a Palin-style pick. Sure, she appealed to a different part of the base than McCain, but she’s stupid and trashy and raised legitimate concerns among moderates about what would happen if the very old McCain were to die.

        Carson isn’t exactly stupid, best I can tell, but his knowledge of policy and his ability to communicate both seem to operate at about 30-40 points behind those of a politician with his IQ. Being right about Muslims won’t capture any new votes.

        Trump would benefit from a VP who can actually communicate about details of policy, since it’s not exactly his strong point either.

        Of course, it doesn’t matter much — either way, the Republicans can’t win. But if they can reduce the massacre in the electoral college, it will help them retain Congress.


        March 11, 2016 at 7:22 am

      • True. But just because Admiral Stockdale was a terrible debater doesn’t mean everyone with a military or intelligence background would be.


        March 11, 2016 at 9:57 am

      • I’m sure there are lots of brilliant people we’ve never heard of. But that’s kind of the problem — everyone would say “Who???”

        He’s going to pick Scott Brown.

        He wants somebody to be his administration’s main “diplomat” to congress. He wants a personable salesman to represent his case to the legislative branch.

        The other people mentioned will be cabinet types, if anything.

        Kasich at office of management and budget, Webb at Veterans affairs, Carson surgeon general, Christie in justice dept, Cruz/Rubio – zilch.

        J. Michael Luttig to replace Scalia.


        March 11, 2016 at 4:04 pm

  3. This is fantastic, amazing, absolutely magnificent.


    March 10, 2016 at 8:12 pm

  4. While I think it’s a very good thing to have a President with a healthy revulsion of pedophilia — in an age that wants to find ways to incrementally normalize pedophilia — I think it was too much for Trump to analogize Carson’s pathological anger problems to child molestation. Even though I agree with Trump that Carson’s bio is dubious. But I think this endorsement wipes the slate of that misstep. Very nice. How does Trump pull this off?

    Andrew E.

    March 10, 2016 at 8:45 pm

  5. Trump can make Carson ambassador to the Land of Nod.


    March 10, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    • I appreciate this high brow low brow humor.

      Seth Long

      March 11, 2016 at 1:10 pm

  6. Ben Carson is the most boring man alive, black or white. He may be a very good surgeon, but he doesn’t know anything outside of medicine.

    His political rise is totally insane. Essentially, he criticized ObamaCare so Hannity had him on his show and talked up him up until all the usual rubes were ready to think he could be President. Isn’t he registered Democrat?


    March 10, 2016 at 8:47 pm

  7. I think this is significant as it also goes against the Trump as evil Hitler r8cist meme. As Scott Adams would say, it makes Trump less scary.

    ““There’s the Donald Trump that you see on television and who gets out in front of big audiences, and there’s the Donald Trump behind the scenes,” Mr. Carson said. “They’re not the same person.”

    “One’s very much an entertainer, and one is actually a thinking individual,” he said.

    Mr. Carson said that Mr. Trump would be “a lot better than Hillary” and that he would not be as bad as many conservatives fear. He said that Mr. Trump was “more reasonable” than people realized and that he could be an asset to Republican efforts to maintain control of Congress because he is harnessing the anger of the American public.”


    March 10, 2016 at 8:59 pm

  8. Carson is a good man who had no business running for president. I’m glad he came to his senses and endorsed Trump. Both he and Pailin should get positions commensurate with their abilities.


    March 10, 2016 at 11:07 pm

  9. Carson’s endorsement doesn’t matter a damn. It’s tiny.


    March 10, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    • No, it’s big. At one time, a lot of Republicans said they were going to vote for him. They eventually decided he’s not presidential, but they still respect him and like him very much.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 10, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      • Yup, my mother loves Carson and his books.


        March 10, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      • OK, I’m wrong, it’s not tiny. But stop drinking so much Red Bull, I wouldn’t call it yuge. Not Christie yuge.

        About that word, I’m a NY native & I always thought ppl who pronounced the word huge as yuge were prolish. I say huge w/the h. Bernie says yuge too and made a joke of it in the MI debate….

        What I’m saying is that I think ppl associating words and phrases with Trump is showing his influence. This is more than social proof. When people start talking like you, it shows you are getting into their nervous system and turning them into your agents. Talk about master persuading.

        All of American will be saying yuge soon. Tons of people will be saying ‘lightweight’ and ‘low energy.’ What other Trumpisms will people be saying?


        March 11, 2016 at 7:28 am

  10. What’s funny about this is that Ben Walters, one of the early supporters of Carson, and one of his fundraisers, announced after Carson bailed out that he was supporting Rubio.

    Dave Pinsen

    March 11, 2016 at 4:01 am

  11. Ben Carson would make a great Surgeon General.


    March 11, 2016 at 7:28 am

    • I think he actually wants to be Secretary of Education.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 11, 2016 at 9:43 am

      • I can see that. They’re both big supporters of local control, competition, school choice, vouchers and ending Common Core. Of course, Carson is also very religious and has talked about that quite a bit in reference to education i.e. creationism, values, etc. So the liberals and teachers union will have a stroke.


        March 11, 2016 at 10:12 am

      • Still, as a very religious black guy who’s talked about these issues it would be a lot for the opposition to attack him than it would others who tried to accomplish the same thing. I think you may well be right about Carson as Secretary of Education.


        March 11, 2016 at 10:18 am

      • I think he actually wants to be Secretary of Education.

        I can see Trump giving that job to Mark Cuban and then bringing the dept of education to an end.

        I think Trump wants Carson to be a player in the replacement of Obamacare.


        March 11, 2016 at 11:03 am

  12. I wonder how Trump’s crazy Stormfront fans justify this? Has there ever been a man who embodies affirmative action more than Carson?


    March 11, 2016 at 9:47 am

    • I wonder how Trump’s crazy Stormfront fans justify this?

      The bigger issue is why do so many people need to focus on Trump’s “Stormfront fans” or SNLs view that Trump supporters are Nazis?

      This fixation is on the left and the alt-right.

      Has there ever been a man who embodies affirmative action more than Carson?

      Ben Carson isn’t Neil Degasse Tyson.


      March 11, 2016 at 11:07 am

      • Ben Carson is probably a very skilled surgeon which is partially a mechanical skill and not about being genius-level smart.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 11, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    • I don’t believe you can affirmative action your way to a job as a brain surgeon. And wasn’t he the first surgeon to successful separate twins co-joined in the brain? I’d say that makes him special. If anything his talents would probably be wasted in any kind of government position.


      March 11, 2016 at 11:38 am

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