Carson Strikes the Reluctant Candidate Pose

Carson Strikes the Reluctant Candidate Pose July 1, 2015

One of the most ridiculous rituals in American politics is when political candidates pretend that they don’t really want the jobs they’re running for, but they just could not say no to all those millions of voters who, in their imagination, pleaded with them to run because they were the only ones who could save the country. I’m talking to you, Ben Carson.

Ben Carson is running for president, but he said last week that it’s a taxing endeavor he doesn’t want to do. Rather, he said, he’d been hoping to retire after decades of working long hours as a neurosurgeon.

“I really don’t want to do this, to be honest with you,” Carson, one of a dozen or so conservatives who hopes to capture the GOP presidential nomination, said to a town hall crowd of more than 100 Iowa voters on Friday. “I was looking forward to a relaxing retirement, you know, with a beautiful home in Florida by a golf course.”

When asked about how his Christian faith could influence his decisions as president, Carson explained the role his religion has played in declaring his candidacy.

“I finally said, ‘Lord, I don’t want to do this, but if you’re going to open the doors, I will go through with it,’” he said…

Carson has been emphasizing his reluctance to run for president for a while now — actually, since before he even formally jumped into the race. Asked in March how he’d feel if his campaign flopped, Carson told the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “I would say ‘Whew!’ because it’s not something I ever really wanted to do, and the only reason I’d consider it is because there’s so many people across the nation clamoring for me to do it.”

The benefits of making this ludicrous claim are obvious. They think it makes them sound humble and selfless and so concerned for America and Americans that they will generously give up their own desires to make your lives better because deep down they know that they’re the only ones that can do it. But they can only do it with God’s help, of course, since He is the one who told them to run. So much empty posturing, so little time.

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