Friday, May 22, 2015

To win, Dr. Ben Carson must prevail over Fox News Contributor Ben Carson



Personally, Carson is a soft-spoken success story. He’s the first neurosurgeon to have separated conjoined twins connected at the head, a task not generally entrusted to those who are indelicate. 

Consequently, on those now-rare occasions when Carson publicly comments on medical issues, he sounds considered and sober. Asked whether vaccinations should be mandatory, Carson said yes: “Although I strongly believe in individual rights and the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit, I also recognize that public health and public safety are extremely important in our society.” It’s a good quote, one that pays tribute to individual liberty without wandering into the fringe. Last week, Carson was asked whether Freddie Gray might have sustained a spinal cord injury while being arrested. “Putting on my doctor’s hat,” he began, before rattling off a sound and unbiased diagnosis of what might have happened. 

 The problem comes when Carson takes off his doctor’s hat and pulls his pundit’s hat so low over his ears that he can’t hear the voice of common sense.