And if Carson makes a run for the White House, this pitch to an African-American constituency would be in keeping with the view of Vernon Robinson, who heads up the National Draft Ben Carson for President super PAC and says that Carson is “the only guy who can broaden the GOP base, get 17 percent of the black vote, get a healthy number of Hispanic voters, while still staying true to conservative ideals.”
But as I’ve written before, Carson’s biggest impediment to becoming a credible candidate is that he’s got no practical political experience: “You would no sooner ask Carson to order an airstrike than you’d look to Obama to separate conjoined twins.”
Carson has some interesting—if not fully fleshed-out—ideas about health savings accounts as an alternative to the current health-coverage system. He’s popular on the right, and increasingly, he seems like he’s relishing the spotlight.
At a minimum, he’s doing a heckuva job pitching his new book and magazine. Perhaps we’ll find out soon if we can add the word “candidate” to Carson’s résumé.
David Swerdlick is an associate editor at The Root. Follow him on Twitter.