(Reuters) – If money is any indication, a prominent Baltimore doctor with no political experience is an early front-runner in the 2016 U.S. presidential race.
A group encouraging retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to run for president raised $2.4 million in the first three months of this year, more than the group backing Hillary Clinton or those affiliated with Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and other potential candidates, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.
Carson, 62, has emerged as a prominent African-American conservative commentator. He appears regularly on Fox News and writes a weekly column for the conservative Washington Times newspaper.
I like Carson, but haven’t we seen this dumbshow before? Like 2012, when about a hundred GOP presidential aspirants, including fifty or so reasonably conservative ones, battled each other into bloody mush, thus paving the way for the designated loser, Mittens Romneycare, to become the Gentry GOP’s anointed sacrifice?
As I say, I like Carson. I might like Mike Pence or Scott Walker. But I’m backing Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, in that order. That’s my strategy this time around: Pick the one I want, and one alternative, and after that, well. Probably whoever is running on the Libertarian ticket. A guaranteed loser, of course, but probably closer to anybody I would want that might come out of a post-Cruz/Rand bloodbath.
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