Ben Carson Wins Straw Poll With 25%; Conservatives Should Be Terrified

It is not good news if Ben Carson wins the privilege to be crushed by Hillary Clinton.

I firmly believe that success lies in the combination of both talent and business savvy, and that the magic comes through partnership between both.” – Delphine Arnault

One can be brilliant in one field, but that brilliance might not be adaptable to another field. Such is the case with Dr. Ben Carson. The director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at only 33 years-old, Carson is clearly a man of vast intelligence, however, as Arnault said, savvy is just as important as talent.

According to Breitbart, Ben Carson handily won the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) straw poll on Saturday:

“Carson, who formally announced his candidacy for president less than three weeks ago, finished with 25.4% of the vote according to a press release. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) finished second and third with 20.5% and 16.6% of the vote, respectively.”

The first thought that ran through my admittedly drowsy head was “Wait, what?” The second was “Wait, WHAT?!” And the third was “Nooooo!”

I like Ben Carson; I believe he’s a morally sound person, a statesman, and an extremely intelligent guy. How many times have I mentioned intelligence? But he is not capable of running a presidential campaign against the Democrat machine. I’m not arguing from the standpoint of a RINO, who would say we need to water down our message to get votes, but from the perspective of someone who believes that without a perfectly articulate and truly masterful candidate, we are destined to fail.

Personally, I’m a fan of Ted Cruz, whose adeptness on the campaign trail has been unmatched. I also like Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina and to an extent, Marco Rubio. Most of these candidates not only possess the strength of conservative character that Ted Cruz has, but they also possess the savvy to roll with the punches in a rough political world. Ben Carson has shown multiple times that he does not have that savvy.

Example one: His atrocious conversation with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, which went like this:

Carson: “People have no control over their race, for instance–”

Cuomo: “You think they have control over their sexuality?”

Carson: “Absolutely.”

Cuomo: “You think being gay is a choice?”

Carson: “Absolutely.”

Cuomo: “Why do you say that?”

Carson: “Because, a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight, and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”

Carson later apologized via Facebook.

Example two: His naïve belief that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be solved by a simple relocation of Hamas:

“We need to look at fresh ideas…I don’t have any problem with the Palestinians having a state, but does it need to be within the confines of Israeli territory? Is that necessary, or can you sort of slip that area down into Egypt?

Right below Israel, they have some amount of territory, and it can be adjacent…So why does it need to be in an area where there’s going to be temptation for Hamas to continue firing missiles at relatively close range to Israel?”

Both of these campaign torpedoes came even before he announced his candidacy. What will happen next?

These answers not only show a lack of savvy in terms of navigating harsh political waters, but they show a man out of his depth regarding numerous issues. Ben Carson is drowning. Putting him up angst someone like Hillary Clinton—as conniving, vile, and corrupt as she is—would be like putting a seal in a tank with a great white shark.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I don’t have enough faith in the electorate, but the electorate has proven time and time again that they are easy prey to sloganeering, sound-bites, and empty rhetoric. Given that, a candidate Carson would be an unmitigated nightmare.

The Republicans need a candidate who can articulate conservatism without apology, but one who also is savvy enough to enter the dogfight with the liberal media. We need a candidate who has a deeper understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than “let’s move Hamas so they aren’t tempted to fire on Israel.” Most importantly, we need a candidate who can utterly eviscerate Hillary Clinton during the debates, as well as on the campaign trail.

Ben Carson is not that candidate. Polls (especially straw polls) aren’t indicative of much, but at this point, they’re all we have. If Carson is polling this well, I’m deeply frightened. I can only hope it’s a fluke.