As of now, I am in control here, in the White House

Carson Puts an End to His Campaign

Ben Carson Friday announced that he is suspending his hopeless quest for the presidency, putting to an end what had at one point seemed a promising campaign.

Carson announced his decision at the conservative CPAC conference in Maryland. “I will still continue to be heavily involved in trying to save our nation,” he said.

Carson burst onto the political scene at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast with a riveting dissection at of liberal policies and the Obama presidency — as President Obama looked on. Soon enough, he decided he would have Obama’s job himself, joining the Republican primaries in 2015. At one point Carson seemed to be the man who could upend Donald Trump as he rolled into the lead in Iowa. The first black president might just be followed by the second, it seemed.

But Carson’s lack of foreign policy knowledge and his sleepy presence during the debates soon moved him to the back of the pack. His continuation in a race despite loss after loss threatened to erode the respect and love he commanded from many voters, and his exit comes none too soon.

Carson himself put his predicament best. “You know there’s a lot of people who love me, they just won’t vote for me,” he said.

8 Responses to Carson Puts an End to His Campaign

  1. I am baffled by your third paragraph here that makes note of Dr.Carson being black…..maybe that’s why he never had any traction….cause the main thing people talked about was his being black instead of his amazing career….his poise…his knowledge…..nope…all we saw was his skin color…

    • One sentence about his color, with no sort of racist tone. Some read this article and all they glean is racism, when there is none. If you think this article is “racist” because of that simple sentence, it is you who are part of the problem.

      He is black. It’s ok to say that, in my opinion. Color has huge political implications (thanks in part to obama), and it is significant.

      Carson seems like a great guy, but I don’t think he would fare well in international politics. He would be a muppet.

      Best of luck, Dr. Carson. I hope President Trump puts your significant talents to work in this country’s turnaround.

  2. Sad to see Ben leave. Then true to his character,he left most honorable. Mr. Carson’s name will still be on the Florida ballot. So guess what? We still get the opportunity to cast our vote for Ben. Then come November, we’ll just write our own name in. Some mysterious ego force has morphed the remaining into 5th graders.

  3. Last complaint…to compare Dr.Carson…an authentic black man with Barry Soetero….stop it now! Good job Mr.Koffler getting the blood flowing….

  4. It’s hard to say something negative about a man whose career was saving children’s lives, and who had overcome such hurdles that he revealed to us, but he had no place in any national election.
    Seemingly a kindly, polite, and dedicated man, his lack of political experience, and a life outside of medicine, doomed his campaign from the start.
    His special qualities and expertise could be employed elsewhere to make untold numbers of lives more livable.

  5. I’ve always believed part of Carson’s appeal was his race. It allowed a segment of the GOP a legitimate weapon to use against the non-stop cries of racism from the Left over opposition to President Obama.

  6. I really like Ben Carson. He could have been purple for all I cared. His calm demeanor served him well during his career but I think hurt his campaign.