Carson is a brilliant neurosurgeon and could possibly become a brilliant politician, but even with the best of intentions, Carson would have an uphill battle changing the entrenched mindset of some bigoted Republicans who refuse to acknowledge America’s rapidly changing racial demographics.
Perhaps it’s no coincidence that Carson is flirting with Republican politics at a time when Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced that Republicans plan to spend $10 million this year on a campaign to reach out to black and Hispanic voters.
“We’re going to be announcing a $10 million initiative just this year and it will include hundreds of people, paid across the country, from coast-to-coast, in Hispanic and African American, Asian communities, talking about our party, talking about our brand, talking about what we believe in,” Priebus said Sunday on “Face the Nation.”
“We have become a party that parachutes into communities four months before an election,” said Priebus. “In comparison to the other side, the Obama campaign lived in these communities for years. The relationships were deep, they were authentic.”
Does this speech-making sound familiar? It should. Republicans always talk about minority outreach after they get a political beat down.
But Carson is a Republican’s dream candidate: He grew up in poverty but became one of the world’s most celebrated pediatric neurosurgeons.
And he’s black.
It doesn’t matter if Carson runs for president in 2016 because he’s already emerging as a powerful voice in the Republican Party and says he’s impressed with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, an ultra-conservative and Tea Party favorite.
I just hope Carson uses his voice to push for racial inclusion within the GOP instead of simply going along to get along.