The rise of Ben Carson and the GOP’s fractured flock of 2016

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by Myra Adams

“’What do you think about Dr. Ben Carson as the GOP candidate for president in 2016?” Republican friends frequently ask me, to which my response is:

“Did he win World War II?”

In 1952, General Dwight David Eisenhower became the last president of the United States to be elected without first holding a lower elective office.

Carson’s path from a very tough childhood to the head of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University is certainly impressive. (In a political field where many Ph.D’s insist on being called “doctor” and few office holders wow you with their intelligence, Carson stands out by being, literally, a brain surgeon.) But the journey from the doctor’s office to Oval Office is highly unlikely.

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