Dr. Carson for President in 2016?
It’s not too early to think about it.
The joys of ObamaCare (for Republicans)
The beloved Debbie Wasserman Schultz,
Charwoman Chairwoman of the DNC, claimed last month that Democrats should and will run away from on the great succcesses of ObamaCare.
They helped to bring ObamaCare to us, they should run on it and I hope they do. Running on the joys of toothaches or even unintentional self immolation might be better, but praise for ObamaCare will also make the 2014 elections “interesting.”
What is indisputable is that the aspects of Obamacare the White House cites most often in its promotional campaign — the pre-existing conditions policy, or the estimated 3.4 million young Americans who can stay on their parents’ coverage until age 26 — involve numbers that are far smaller than the tens of millions of people who will likely face steeper costs, nearly unpayable deductibles and sharply limited doctor choices under Obamacare. (In addition to the 10-million person individual market, some experts believe such problems are coming soon to the 45-million person small-group market.)
And that is why the White House sales campaign focuses on the same things Democrats said in 2009, and 2010, and 2011, and 2012. Back then, the burdens of Obamacare had not yet become a reality for most Americans. Now they have, and the administration does not have a good answer for the millions who will struggle under the new system. No wonder the president is talking about something else. [Emphasis added.]
Not unexpectedly, the “good” aspects of ObamaCare on which Mr. York anticipates that Democrats will continue to focus are those that Ms. Wasserman-Schultz recently urged them to push. Burns can offer a warm fuzzy feeling, and toothaches can be made to vanish if remedial care is available; unlike remedial care for toothaches, no viable remedial actions seem presently to be available for ObamaCare, except for those favored by the ObamaAdministration. Polls already indicate that Democrats tend to be doing poorly.
Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. Ben Carson is on the way to becoming my favorite potential Republican presidential candidate. A different video at Fox is, I think, better but I haven’t found it at YouTube and so can’t embed it here. In the YouTube video embedded above, Dr. Carson speaks with Fox’s Judge Jeanie about the “wonders” of ObamaCare. His analyses and overall views — based on far more than merely ObamaCare — probably will not appeal to many devout Democrats, including uninformed Blacks and other no less misguided libruls.
Talking to The New York Times recently about his conservative views, Carson described himself as a “flaming liberal” in college who later became disaffected with the Democratic Party. “One thing I always believed strongly in was personal responsibility and hard work,” he said. “I found the Democrat Party leaving me behind on that particular issue.”
That notion — fallacious though it is — is at least as popular among black conservatives as among white ones. I’ve been hearing it from black Republicans for at least two decades. Several years ago, I interviewed a black conservative running a doomed campaign for a suburban Atlanta congressional district. She had no prior political experience, no policies to advance, no program to sell. Her platform consisted of her belief in hard work, which she contrasted, at least implicitly, with black Democrats’ supposed preference for sloth. [Emphasis added.]
Whatever may have been the merits of the unnamed “black conservative” mentioned, Dr. Carson does have policies to advance and programs to “sell.”
That view is as puzzling as it is infuriating. It may charm those white conservatives who hold stereotypical views of black Americans, but it bears little resemblance to the realities that inform their choices at the ballot box. [Emphasis added.]
In his memoir, “Gifted Hands,” and in his motivational speeches, Carson talks about his impoverished childhood and his remarkable semiliterate mother. Married at 13 only to later divorce her philandering husband, she enforced high academic standards for Carson and his brother while working two or three jobs as a maid or nanny — and battling debilitating depression.
Carson eventually got into Yale and became, at 33, the youngest person to head a department at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is famous for separating conjoined twins.
That’s a compelling and powerful tale. But it differs from those of other hardworking black people I know only in the degree of success that Carson attained as a result, not in the measures of ambition, industriousness, discipline and self-respect his mother instilled in her children.
Yet black Americans know better than to believe those traits are enough to guarantee success. History taught us better. Just look back over the last decade and a half. In 2000, according to the U.S. census, less than a quarter of black Americans — 22.5% — lived in poverty. By 2010, that number had risen to 27.4%. Was there a sudden outbreak of indolence among black folk over that period? Or were there outside forces that conspired to knock them back down the economic ladder? [Emphasis added.]
Might President Obama’s economic “policies” have been among the “outside forces that conspired to knock them back down the economic ladder?” Might some Blacks thus knocked down think so?
As long as the Republican Party refuses to acknowledge that, it will have little to offer workers of color — and declining appeal to younger whites. They, too, understand the limits of self-reliance.
However, Dr. Carson’s perspectives seem likely to appeal to many conservatives (Black as well as White and others) and to many independents and “moderates.” They also seem well considered and forcefully yet gently made — very much unlike President Obama’s self glorification.
Dr. Carson’s remarks on other topics have also generally been far better than merely acceptable. I hope that we will learn more about his views on foreign policy, multiculturalism — both foreign and domestic — as peddled by President Obama and other matters I consider at least as important as ObamaCare.
At the end of the video with Judge Jeanie, Dr. Carson also responded to questions about his presidential ambitions, if any. He was cagey, but just may try. Might he campaign effectively even if, as he says, he does not want the job and hopes for someone else of whom he thinks highly? Probably.
There are no perfect Republican candidates but there are many who are badly if not fatally flawed. Most RINOs fall into the latter category and, with the blessings of ObamaCare as well as President Obama’s continuing foreign “policy” disasters, perhaps RINOs need not apply.
UPDATE: This from Swampland.time
President Obama’s job approval among American voters has dropped to negative territory with just 38 percent voicing their approval versus the 58 who says they disapprove, according to a national poll released Tuesday by the independent Quinnipiac University. That is one percent less than the 39% who said they approved of him in last month’s poll. The majority of the 2,692 registered voters the University in early December said that the president is not honest and trustworthy. [Emphasis added.]
When asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?,” respondents gave Obama lackluster ratings even in some of his key demographics: just 41 percent of voters 18 to 29 years old and 50 percent of Hispanics said they approved of the job he was doing. On the upside, however, 76 percent of Democrats and 85 percent of black voters polled said they approved of Obama.[Emphasis added.]
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The President dragged down Democrats too. For the first time this year, 41 percent of American voters said that they would vote for a Republican over a Democrat for the U.S. House of Representatives, verdus the 38 percent who said they would not.
Support for ObamaCare will surely improve His and His Democrat’s ratings. What? Oh. Wait. Might I have mis-typed?