A new national poll has Ben Carson passing Donald Trump in the Republican presidential race. The African-American pediatric surgeon leading the real estate tycoon 26% to 22%. Multiple polls also show Carson with a big lead–as much as 14%–over Trump in Iowa, the nation’s first caucus state.
So Trump is now attacking Carson over his religion! He said,” look, I don’t have to say it, I’m Presbyterian. … Boy, that’s down the middle of the road, folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about. I just don’t know about.”
I like and admire Dr. Carson. (I even met him once!) I can shake this nagging feeling, though, that a presidential candidate should have at least some governmental and political experience. (You couldn’t head a department at John Hopkins, as Dr. Carson did, just because you have good ideas without having the relevant qualifications and experience.) Am I wrong in that? I’m willing to be convinced. [Read more…]