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As I published yesterday, in my Diary of a City Council Candidate (#11!), I spent all day Saturday in Campaign School tooling up for this November’s election. One of the speakers was a GOP operative/fundraiser/and the head of the Republican Party in Los Angeles. Why he came up to Silicon Valley (over 300 miles away) to talk to a room full of mostly Democratic candidates for Mountain View City Council, I have no idea.

His name was Ron Robinson, and he is quite the character. He was an older gentleman, perhaps in his mid 60’s, spoke about a mile a minute and had a flattop like he just got out of the military. His discussion was mainly on campaign organization (spent a considerable amount of time bashing the “technological advantage” of the Obama ’08 campaign. I nearly said aloud, “Yeah, but he won.” Whatever. LOL). The website on his business card linked to some GOP donor data. Interesting.

He then turned to the “grassroots” organization that is being put into place for Dr. Ben Carson, for President of the United States. I had to admit, I had never heard of the guy. According to Mr. Robinson, there is already over 17,000 volunteers to help him run, including “5,000 in Iowa.”

In a quick Google search, you can see why the GOP is so hot on this guy. He’s African-American. I’m assuming they want to run their version of a sane Herman Cain. Dr. Carson certainly seems sane on the surface. I don’t know much about him. He was just interviewed in yesterday’s Parade Magazine. Since I no longer receive a Sunday newspaper, I would have missed it.

PARADE: As you look at the field of potential Republican contenders for president, is there anyone who jumps out at you as an attractive candidate?

CARSON: I particularly like Ted Cruz, because he’s hard to intimidate. Courage is something that’s so vital to the maintenance of a free society. When you have a lot of people who just go along to get along, that’s when things begin to change under your feet and all of the sudden you’ve got a different society.

PARADE: So if you were in a room with Sen. Cruz, you’d urge him to run?

CARSON: I have been in a room with him–he’s a good friend–and I think he’s the kind of person who really could make a difference.

So there you have it. He’s a Tea Party guy. With a big and growing following.

Have a nice day.

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  •  You might want to edit that title. (4+ / 0-)

    People have itchy trigger fingers around here, and might jump to conclusions.

  •  Carson was a brilliant neurosurgeon, now retired. (17+ / 0-)

    He's crazy. He says the gay causes pedophilia, Obamacare is slavery, and Democrats are slave masters because social safety net.

    "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 12:04:25 PM PDT

    •  He also denies that evolution is real (10+ / 0-)

      And he doubles down on that by saying that if you accept evolution, you're not a moral or ethical person:

      Ultimately, if you accept the evolutionary theory, you dismiss ethics, you don’t have to abide by a set of moral codes, you determine your own conscience based on your own desires.”
      He ultimately withdrew as commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins Medical School after his outrageous comments comparing same sex marriage to bestiality and pedophilia caused members of the graduating class to protest his inclusion as commencement speaker. He then, after he was criticized for his comments by the dean of the Johns Hopkins Medical School, issued an apology for the pain that his foolish words had caused.  http://nymag.com/...

      There's an adage among docs that "internists know everything and do nothing, while surgeons do everything and know nothing." I don't think that's generally true, but Dr. Carson makes me wonder about it.

      Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

      by leevank on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 12:38:53 PM PDT

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      •  He is absolutely bonkers. (5+ / 0-)

        That explains why some Republicans and the Tea Party like him so much.

        How can someone who was a neurosurgeon get so brainwashed that he believes if one believe believes in evolutionary theory one dismisses ethics and moral codes? I'm having a Jean-Luc Picard FFS moment on this! I mean he had to had biology 101 in his freshman year of college, not to mention genetics at some point!

        One thing for sure - I don't consider him brilliant by any measure, except maybe if I apply a con man standard to him.

        “Judge: Are you trying to show contempt for this court? Mae West: I was doin' my best to hide it.” ― Mae West

        by Rogneid on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 01:23:12 PM PDT

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        •  Carson is Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA). Members... (4+ / 0-)

          of SDA were largely responsible for developing the idea that Noah's Flood explained the fossil record.

          SDA theology is based on the literal reality of the "seventh day" of creation, meaning that Elohim created the universe and earth in a series of 24-hour days and rested on the seventh day; because Elohim rested on the seventh day, Jews and Christians should rest on that day, too. If there were no literal "seventh day" (the Sabbath), then the foundation of SDA theology falls apart. Thus, evolution involving millions of years, and an allegorical or symbolical interpretation of Genesis, must be rejected.

          From the SDA website:

          "Seventh-day Adventist belief in a literal and historical six-day creation is theologically sound and consistent with the teaching of the whole Bible." (http://www.adventist.org/... )

          "Woe unto ye beetles of South America." -- Charles Darwin, about to sail on The Beagle, 1831

          by Katakana on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 02:34:56 PM PDT

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          •  It's amazing what people can convince ... (0+ / 0-)

            themselves to believe when their entire world view depends upon it. I grew up in Urbana, IL, the home of the University of Illinois. My parents rented rooms out to students, primarily graduate students, and one year we had a guy studying for a Ph.D. in some field of Biology (Physiology as I recall) who was a member of what was then called the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They don't accept the reality of evolution, and this guy somehow managed to convince himself that the Genesis account (combined with stuff from the Book of Mormon about aboriginal Americans being a lost tribe of Israel) was literally true. I was taking high school biology at the time, and it was obvious to me even then that this was complete nonsense. I could out-argue the guy on the subject, but NOTHING would shake him from his belief.

            Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

            by leevank on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 08:51:12 PM PDT

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      •  mixing Darwin's theory (plants and animals) (2+ / 0-)
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        up with Social-Darwinism (humankind).

        Oh, look!  It's one of the founders of the movement:

        William Graham Sumner,  (born Oct. 30, 1840, Paterson, N.J., U.S.—died April 12, 1910, Englewood, N.J.), U.S. sociologist and economist, prolific publicist of Social Darwinism.

        Like the British philosopher Herbert Spencer, Sumner, who taught at Yale from 1872 to 1909, expounded in many essays his firm belief in laissez-faire, individual liberty, and the innate inequalities among men. He viewed competition for property and social status as resulting in a beneficent elimination of the ill adapted and the preservation of racial soundness and cultural vigour.



        Now, of the two main American political parties, which one is closest to the ideas of social-darwinism?

        HINT:  It ain't the Democrats






        "I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather ....... Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car ..." - Emo Philips

        by AlyoshaKaramazov on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 01:47:52 PM PDT

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  •  Not to mention the world is only (6+ / 0-)

    6,000 years old.  CPAC confernce speech May 2012.

    The best part of winter is watching it on my tv in Hawaii.

    by UTRepub on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 12:33:13 PM PDT

  •  No. (8+ / 0-)

    He's another of the freakshow candidates they put on parade to prove some kind of point. But he'd have no chance of actually being the candidate. Republicans like to point to guys like him so they can say "See, we're not racist." They don't actually want to run them unless they're desperate like the Illinois senate race in 2004 where their original candidate was felled by a sex scandal.

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

    by anastasia p on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 12:34:25 PM PDT

  •  Carson's been on the radar for a while now. (8+ / 0-)

    I want to say over a year, but I'm not sure of it.

    Zenbassoon nailed him above.  He's a talented speaker, I can give him that; he's got the rolling cadences and effortless humor common to so many southern public speakers.  He can work a crowd if they're already in his ideological corner.

    He'd never get out of the primaries.  He's a goofball, and his skilled speaking doesn't disguise that once he gets into policy proposals.

    Not all people are human; not all humans are people.

    by Jon Sitzman on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 12:35:58 PM PDT

  •  Thanks folks! (2+ / 0-)
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    I had a feeling he was another crackpot. But if this guy is right, the GOP is setting him up as their version of Howard Dean. Very grassroots driven.

    Bring it on, I say!

    •  That's a disgustingly insulting comment to (0+ / 0-)

      compare crackpot Carson to Howard Dean.

      Both have medical skills, of course, but their social and political skills and caring about people are completely different.

      But if this guy is right, the GOP is setting him up as their version of Howard Dean.

      Dallasdoc: "Snowden is the natural successor to Osama bin Laden as the most consequential person in the world, as his actions have the potential to undo those taken in response to Osama."

      by gooderservice on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 02:00:13 PM PDT

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  •  Dr. Carson is Sane (3+ / 0-)

    And frankly, a brilliant doctor who proved his commitment to the African American community.  His philosophies are more nationalist than most Black professionals, in terms of what motivated him to do the work he did as a physician.

    OTOH he has been absolutely shameless and scandalous in terms of dissing President Obama and embracing the outright crazy party line of hatred of the white folks in the party the past 2 years.  The more his star rises saying crazy, the crazier he sounds.  Thus, I for one have lost all respect for him.

    And most Black folks who have even heard of him have as well.

    At this point, I just want America to admit that it still doesn't want its Black citizens to live in any state other than terror, subservience and inferiority, under pain of death. I can handle American racism, but I can't handle American denial.

    by shanikka on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 01:26:08 PM PDT

    •  He's not sane at all. Firstly, he's a quitter... (2+ / 0-)
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      unless he has some undisclosed illness that won't permit him to perform surgery.  Even then, he can and should still be a doctor performing consultations.

      Dr. Carson is Sane
      If you think equating same sex marraige to  "pedophiles and practitioners of bestiality" or not believing in evolution is sane, well, then...

      Yes, it's true, people can be brilliant and have excellent skills but still be a great big asshole and disgusting human being.

      He can't care about people that much if he quit at such a young age.

      Dallasdoc: "Snowden is the natural successor to Osama bin Laden as the most consequential person in the world, as his actions have the potential to undo those taken in response to Osama."

      by gooderservice on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 01:56:55 PM PDT

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      •  Prejudiced and Closed Minded =/ Insane (3+ / 0-)
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        Him being a homophobe is not the same thing as being crazy.  Him insisting on the idea that evolution is inconsistent with the Bible is not crazy.

        It is just blindly prejudiced and closed minded.  That IMO is far, far more inexcusable than being crazy.

        At this point, I just want America to admit that it still doesn't want its Black citizens to live in any state other than terror, subservience and inferiority, under pain of death. I can handle American racism, but I can't handle American denial.

        by shanikka on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 02:24:23 PM PDT

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        •  He's on the same par as Rick Santorum (0+ / 0-)

          and all the teabaggers.  Even though he has great surgical skills.

          Dallasdoc: "Snowden is the natural successor to Osama bin Laden as the most consequential person in the world, as his actions have the potential to undo those taken in response to Osama."

          by gooderservice on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 02:31:09 PM PDT

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  •  Starting at the top (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm not a fan of people running for president who have absolutely no political experience whatsoever. Why not start with your local assembly or senate, governor, etc.? Would we put a first year medical student in charge of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Carson? Do we really think that being president is a job that doesn't require any relevant experience whatsoever?

  •  we couldn't possible be that lucky. (2+ / 0-)

    God.......she doesn't love us that much.


    "I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather ....... Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car ..." - Emo Philips

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 01:34:04 PM PDT

  •  saw car with Carson for Pres 2016 bumper sticker (2+ / 0-)

    here in PA's Philadelphia suburbs.

    That's the only 2016 Presidential race bumper sticker I have seen so far on the GOP side.

    Have seen a surprising number of I'm Ready for Hillary bumper stickers on cars here in the PA Phila suburbs.  Some organization must be mailing those for free to people who request them, or those people have logged on to and signed up for I'm Ready for Hillary.  

  •  His wife's maiden name is Rustin... (0+ / 0-)

    I wonder if she's related to Bayard. That would be a hoot.

    "Woe unto ye beetles of South America." -- Charles Darwin, about to sail on The Beagle, 1831

    by Katakana on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 02:42:48 PM PDT

  •  He's got a local following deep in the heart of (1+ / 0-)
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    SW Georgia (think agro-military district) and, reported by the local paper, close to an old high school friend o' mine.

    I preach the church without Christ, where the lame don't walk, the blind don't see and what's dead stays that way! Hazel Motes in "Wise Blood" (Flannery O'Connor)

    by chalatenango on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 03:34:29 PM PDT

  •  There is a pac already running ads for him on L... (1+ / 0-)
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    There is a pac already running ads for him on Limbaugh's show

  •  He's a noted neurosurgeon that saved many lives (1+ / 0-)
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    and a good public speaker.
    But as other Kossacks have noted - a wingnut in his views as well.

    "..The political class cannot solve the problems it created. " - Jay Rosen

    by New Rule on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 06:09:04 PM PDT

  •  If it is (1+ / 0-)
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    oldmaestro

    Carson v. HRC the electoral vote will be something like 420-115....in case you are wondering, HRC will get the 420

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