Tonight, Dr. Ben Carson is in town for an all-out GOP welcoming by the Fulton County Republican Party. For a mere $150, you get a warm dinner with warm remarks. You can upgrade to the $500 mark if you’d like the photo and VIP reception, too. This is one of the more publicized events of the GOP in a good while and people are beyond excited for this evening because Dr. Carson has soared to the top of ‘the list’. We’ve got some Georgians who already want to see a White House run for this neurosurgeon.
But this seems to happen time and time again. Just in 2013, we’ve had Rubio and his water bottles that encourage everyone to drink when needed and swallow as loud as possible. Then it was Rand Paul and his filibuster… “How long can he last?!” Social media was slammed with ‘Stand with Rand’ stickers and slogans. Now it’s Ben Carson because of his truly wonderful prayer breakfast presentation. Unfortunately, unless you’ve seen the Lifetime movie about his upbringing, all we really know about him is that he’s a conservative, go-get-’em neurosurgeon.
We make predictions about their 2016 chances and convince party members “This is the guy!”. But it always dwindles because we don’t know much about them. Then we take the time to research and strike them from the list. Conservatives are now angry with Rubio over his immigration proposals. Rand took heat for his vague drone comments after the Boston bombings, which he later clarified. (Not to mention there’s that whole thing about who his dad is). We can only sit back and wait to see what the reasoning will be for Dr. Carson.
Why do we continue to hype up these candidates only to become angry at them later? There are many people within the party who make a hardline statement against government wrongdoings. That doesn’t mean they should shift to become the poster child of the party. We make every one of them feel like they are the bee’s knees. It’s time to settle down and evaluate before we throw someone into the fire because there’s no perfect candidate and something is always going to irritate us- and that’s okay. But also can’t expect party cohesiveness when every quarter, we’re pushing a new candidate only to tell people, “Wait, hold on, there’s another one.”