Ben Carson is a brilliant surgeon, a man highly motivated by his faith and conviction, and on the literal opposite end of the spectrum as Trump when it comes to being loud and obnoxious. But he’s still not going to win us the presidency. He suffers from the same problem all political outsiders do; he has no experience on presentation and confrontation.
For example, he’s lost his latest round with the liberal media badly. Yes, the MSM has engaged in a terrible campaign to broadside him and his campaign, and yes, I find their double standards concerning our candidates and those of the Left reprehensible. But underneath my loathing of the liberal media’s treatment of Carson, three facts are pretty clear.
1. The liberal media will exist and be active in the 2016 election.
2. We need a nominee who can fight the media with a broad strategy and as much aggressiveness as necessary to even the score without going overboard.
3. Ben Carson does not have a coherent media strategy and does not know how to handle the kind of confrontation with the MSM that will be central to winning the presidency in 2016, at least not consistently.
I like Carson, I think he can do a lot for the conservative cause and I have no doubt that he will whether he wins the nomination or not because he truly believes in the conservative principles he holds and is willing to fight for them. But these past weeks have shown a lack of strategical depth that could doom him in the general election.
Contrast [mc_name name=”Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”C001098″ ], who has fought the MSM successfully several times. Cruz is widely credited with taking one of the most effective attacks to the CNBC moderators (I will admit that I thought it was one of the best moments of the debate, so I may be biased), and he’s been tested against the MSM as well as the GOPe. Carson had some good moments, but none of them stood out to me as great, at least not great enough to counteract the effect of the MSM on the election.
I guess what I’m saying is that Carson is an outsider with no ability to play on the inside. Ted Cruz is a conservative who has fought the fight for conservative values, but also knows how to play this game. And if we plan to win this election, we shouldn’t choose a star pitcher to be our quarterback.