Carson Declares Himself Not Crazy

In the grand tradition of Christine O’Donnell doing a campaign ad telling voters “I am not a witch,” Ben Carson told the annual meeting of the Republican National Committee that he’s not “crazy” despite a long string of bizarre and idiotic statements on a variety of issues.

Ben Carson—a Washington outsider, a world-renowned neurosurgeon, a favorite among tea-party insurgents—had a message Thursday for the Republican Party’s most influential establishment figures: I’m not “crazy.”

Speaking to the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting, Carson tried to challenge the caricature of him as a right-wing zealot by addressing—one by one—many of the individual controversies that have surrounded him, and dismissing them as lies from “the liberal media.”

Carson defended, among other things, his statements about Obamacare being the worst thing since slavery; comparing present-day America to Nazi Germany; and calling last year’s Veterans Affairs scandal “a gift from God” because it revealed holes in the system.

“I stand by those” remarks, Carson told the crowd. “I don’t think there’s anything crazy at all.”

Still, the significant time devoted to explaining and debunking these incidents suggests Carson is keenly aware of the damage they could do to his White House run.

I have tried not to tall things crazy for quite some time, so I’ll just go with saying that he’s said some staggeringly stupid things on a regular basis. But note his audience. The RNC is the Republican establishment. The rank and file, the Tea Party types, eat up stupid statements with a spoon. They love shit like that. They especially love it when you compare the things they don’t like to Hitler and make bizarrely hyperbolic statements about the policies they oppose. That’s how you win the Republican nomination.

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  • moarscienceplz

    How does he know he’s not crazy? Did his mother have him tested?

  • Georgia Sam

    Right. And Nixon wasn’t a crook.

  • caseloweraz

    Was that some not-so-great reporting on the part of Tim Alberta? I can hardly credit the idea that Carson stands by his bizarre statements, yet claims the controversies swirling around them are “lies from the liberal media” — and still insists he’s not crazy. Yes, even at an RNC meeting.

    Anyone who still believes in “the liberal media” is at least deluded about the nature of media today.

  • scienceavenger

    In other words: “I’m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was.”

    Sounds like he’s ready to be the nominee.

  • anthrosciguy

    Did his mother have him tested?

    I’m sure he’ll be releasing the psych report. The long form.

  • wreck

    “I stand by those” remarks, Carson told the crowd. “I don’t think there’s anything crazy at all.”

    I’m convinced!

  • shadow

    @1 moarscienceplz:

    Did she go the the specialist in Houston?

  • militantagnostic

    Ben Carson is a world-renowned neurosurgeon according to who?

    I suppose though that he is gaining renown of sorts for being an idiot.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed’s blog post title:

    [Ben] Carson Declares Himself Not Crazy

    Well it’s either him or the demographic group that favorably responds to him; they’re aren’t any other alternatives.

  • Dunc

    “Dear Mr. President, There are too many states nowadays. Please eliminate three. P.S. I am not a crackpot.”

  • dingojack

    Dingo declares he’s not “ugly as a box full of arseholes”*.



    * why not? Carson did. 😉