Monday, September 21, 2015

Carson attempts political suicide by shooting himself in the foot

He used a scatter gun that wounded the whole GOP as well. Kevin Freking and Julie Pace at the Associated Press wrote the story. h/t Daily Star

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's plan to broaden its appeal with minority groups is clashing at times with comments from some of its presidential aspirants.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson says he believes that Islam is inconsistent with the Constitution and "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation."

Carson's comments, aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," brought a quick rebuke from the head of the Democratic National Committee and a major advocacy group for Muslims, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which noted that the Constitution expressly bars a religious test for those seeking public office.

"You cannot hold these kinds of views and at the same time say you will represent all Americans, of all faiths and backgrounds," said Ibrahim Hooper, the group's spokesman.

This is a classic example of the difference between knowing and doing. Some folks in the GOP establishment know they have a problem. But getting candidates, like Carson and Trump, to behave accordingly is proving impossible for them.

After a blistering examination of the 2012 election, a report commissioned by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus concluded, "If our party is not welcoming and inclusive, young people and increasingly other voters will continue to tune us out."

But that is putting lipstick on a pig.

Steve Schmidt, who served as Republican Sen. John McCain's top strategist in the 2008 presidential election, said it's problematic for the GOP to be seen as intolerant, particularly with moderate voters who help sway the general election.

"Of course it's worrisome if you have a party that's perceived as anti-Latino, anti-Asian, anti-gay, intolerant of Muslims," Schmidt said.

Asked specifically about Carson's comments on NBC, Schmidt said it exposed him as an amateur politician and underscored his "total lack of understanding about the American political system."

It's not just Carson. The GOP itself is not "welcoming" and "inclusive." It's still a pig.

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