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Ben Carson is getting really, REALLY bad advice

I adore Ben Carson. He is a good and decent man; honorable and truthful.  He is, by all accounts, very close to deciding to run for the White House in 2016.

And he is getting very, very bad advice.

Dr. Carson was a guest panelist  today on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.”  Stephanopoulos is a notorious Clinton sycophant. He will do everything he can to trip up and embarrass Carson. Carson gains nothing from this appearance.

But it gets worse, far worse.

Also on the panel, if one can believe it, were James Carville and Katrina vanden Heuvel.

Carville is a snake, and vanden Heuvel is a shrill, hard-left dingbat harridan.

Dr. Carson shouldn’t be on the same panel, let alone in the same building, with those two.

Frankly, and there is really no nice way to say it; it demeans him.

Dr. Carson is a political novice; that is part of his appeal.  If he runs, it’s a long shot, but he will be able to shape the Republican debate, and could well influence who is the ultimate nominee.

And he might well position himself as a superb choice for the next president’s cabinet. I would love to see him as head of HHS…and on the front lines of dismantling Obamacare.

(Just as I think that LA governor Bobby Jindal would be perfect as Secretary of Education. He is outspoken in his opposition to “Common Core,” and in a perfect universe, could becomes the LAST head of that unnecessary and unconstitutional agency.)

But back to the present campaign. Ben Carson has an important role to play (and if his candidacy catches fire, the upside is limitless.) But, as was said long ago by one Finley Pete Dunne ( and not, as is widely attributed to Tip O’Neill) “politics ain’t beanbag!”

Dr. Carson is in the game now, and he obviously needs a far wiser circle of advisers than whoever told him it would be a good idea to get up early this Sunday morning and appear on ABC.

Dr. Carson is a man of deep faith. He would have been far better served to be in church this morning.