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Conservative Black Neurosurgeon Must Be Destroyed

Here’s syndicated columnists Cynthia Tucker, via CNN, on conservative Dr. Ben Carson’s “mistaken” philosophy:

Like giddy teenagers, Republican activists have fallen for another charming, personable and accomplished black conservative. Dr. Ben Carson is the newest object of their crush, which was born of a desperate need to attract more black men and women as high-profile standard-bearers.

(Giddy conservative teenagers love neurosurgeons? There’s hope. . .)

You can’t blame Republican loyalists for swooning over the doc, a renowned surgeon who rose from poverty to head pediatric neurosurgery at Baltimore’s famed Johns Hopkins Hospital. If wooing voters of color were simply a matter of finding an attractive black face with an inspiring personal story and an impressive resume, Carson would be hard to beat.

But black voters tend to be more discerning than that. They have shown an unerring instinct for rejecting condescension and dismissing tokenism. There are many black Americans who admire Carson for his professional accomplishments (I’m one of them), but that admiration is unlikely to translate into votes.

(Newsflash: We like Dr. Carson because of his views. His skin color enters into it only with MSM “analysis.” We conservatives like to say we judge a man by the content of his character, not the color of his skin. Try it sometime . . .)

One of the reasons is that Carson doesn’t seem to know black Americans’ political values very well. In his most recent book — a political tract called “America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great” — he writes: “Many African-Americans voted for Obama simply because he was a black man and not because they resonated philosophically with his policies.” In fact,black voters have been increasingly allied with the Democratic Party since the 1960s when Lyndon Johnson pushed through significant civil rights legislation. Al Gore received about 95% of the black vote in 2000, John Kerry about 93% in 2004.

(And how has this blind faith toward Dems worked out for blacks in America?)

Moreover, Carson seems to have adopted the view, popular among so many ultra-conservatives, that the Democratic Party appeals to voters who shun the work ethic.

(Evil conservatives want people to work. Dems don’t?)

I could go on, but you can read the rest here . . . if you really want to.

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