In the current Republican race to elect a presidential candidate for the 2016 election, it appears nuttiness is the key to success. First there was Donald Trump who set the tone and was all over the place with his ideas, including the erection of a wall along the US/Mexico border that, of course, Mexico would pay for. He is big on ideas, but not so good at explaining just how he is going to achieve these things.
The other candidates seemed to sit back and wait for Trump, who had a large early lead, to go too far and fizzle out. But that is not happening. So I believe Trump’s closest challenger, Dr. Ben Carson, decided to go down the nutty route himself. He has shifted from his cerebral, sane anti-Trump stance, the composed witty neurosurgeon, to a media-basher who volunteers lurid details about his past, then chastises reporters who delve into the details.
Why would a potential presidential candidate essentially flaunt his ‘violent’ past, something most people in his position would go to lengths to keep undisclosed? It makes no sense, except in this GOP race that has been hijacked by nuttiness. Carson has realized that rising above Trump’s asininity will not cut it with Republicans who are lapping it up. So he is trying a little bellicosity of his own. If you can’t beat them, join them.
And should that fail, you can always fall back on the good old practice of media-bashing. It is absurd that someone can refer to the kind of events from his past that Dr Carson has, then whine when the media follow up. Drill down as they like to say. Trump so far has been able to avoid being caught-out by being Donald Trump. Dr. Carson looks silly blasting the media for doing their job. As for lowering himself to Trump’s level of debate, shame on you Ben Carson.