Ben Carson is Dead in Matt Barber’s Eyes

Poor Ben Carson. He’s worked so hard to pander to the far-right, anti-gay, anti-knowledge base of the Republican party and he seems to have erased it by walking back his monumentally stupid statement about prison showing that being gay is a choice. Matt Barber says Carson is now dead to him.

Barber blasted Carson for backtracking after he had “rightly” stated that being gay is a choice, saying “it took, I think, a day for him to come out with hat-in-hand and give this blathering mea culpa, just apologizing and saying how he’ll never do this again and then promising never to talk about this issue again. So they have intimidated him into silence. From a political standpoint, now Ben Carson is dead in my eyes.”

Staver agreed, saying that there is no way that Carson can refuse to talk about this issue “because it is a real threat against our faith and freedom and we can’t ignore it.”

“We need politicians and we need leaders who can speak boldly on this issue and who will not shrink,” Staver said. “Saying that you’re never going to speak on it and apologizing is not the kind of leadership you need.”

Poor Ben. Damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. When he says dumb things like that, he loses all the reasonable people, and when he walks it back he loses the bigots. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy too.

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  • John Pieret

    He who lives by the wingnut, dies by the wingnut.

  • Mr Ed

    Yes hold each and every primary candidate to absolute right wing purity. This will make the tack to the center for the winner all the more interesting.

  • Al Dente

    Carson forgot that being ideologically pure is more important than being correct.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Al Dente, being correct is incompatible with being ideologically pure. Pick one, can’t have both.

  • d.c.wilson

    I’m surprised the far right is turning on Carson so early. I thought they’d keep him around as their “black friend” until well after the primaries began before finding an excuse to dump him.

    You know, like they did with Hermain Cain.

  • Jared James

    So basically I’m getting that Barber’s whole gay-hating schtick is about The Gheis being a threat to his faith?

    What a closet case.

  • Dr X

    Ben Carson is dead in my eyes.

    Matt Barber pretending that he matters.

  • chilidog99

    Ben Carson’s presidential run is already dead in the water after his NATO gaffe.

  • felidae

    Ben Carson is BRAIN dead in my eyes, I can’t speak for the rest of him

  • lorn

    Consistency and ideological purity are clearly more important to them than being right.

    Of course, you have to give the GOP credit, they understand that most people, particularly their target audience, are impressed by projected authority. The first rules for projecting authority include clear and simple messages consistently delivered and never admitting you are wrong.

    Ben Carson effectively blew holes in the authority schtick.