Of Course, Ben Carson Will Never Be President

The GOP's hunger for fresh faces once again ignores the obvious in a new star -- and about Obama's appeal.

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Republicans need fresh faces and fresh ideas -- their own research says so. But if they're looking for a black icon -- and Carson surely is one -- who will take on the task of running down the black president, then they're sending him on a fool's errand.

Carson will make an impact on the political scene, but before he goes from full-time healer to part-time speechmaker, he -- and the conservatives championing him -- would be better served if they took a slightly more critical look at why Obama won the last two presidential elections, and accepted that the skill set needed to be a brilliant physician isn't necessarily the skill set of a statesman. You would no sooner ask Carson to order an airstrike than you'd look to Obama to separate conjoined twins.

And figuring that out isn't exactly brain surgery.

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