With a Republican primary field wide open for the 2016 race, two possible candidates for the the GOP nomination are guaranteed to drive the libs even crazier than unusual.
Dr. Benjamin Carson and Army Col. Allen West — with spotless records of professional success and national reputations as outspoken conservatives — are talking more seriously about making a run for the country’s highest office.
In his latest book, Carson seemed to downplay the possibility of a candidacy. The retired neurosurgeon wrote that he had not felt “the call” to run, but would run if he thought it was something God wanted him to do.
In an interview this week with the Weekly Standard, Carson said his public appearances are filled with admirers urging him to run, “so I think I’m starting to hear something.”
And if he does run, he’s prepared for the kind of bile progressives use on black Republicans.
“I’ve just decided that I’m not going to be intimidated, and of course they don’t like that very much,” he told the Weekly Standard. “And they’ve tried to intimidate me into silence but it’s just not going to work, because the more they do it, the more vocal I’m going to be.”
Meanwhile, West on Wednesday told radio host Ben Shapiro that his encounters on tour promoting his newest book, “Guardian of the Republic,” have forced him to at least contemplate a presidential run.
“Wherever we stopped, people would come up and ask me that question,” West said. “It would be very disrespectful and dismissive of great Americans if I did not step back and take the time to consider it and pray about it …
“Am I contemplating it? Yes. That does not mean that I’m going to jump in and do it.”
Both candidacies would be long shots by any standard, and book-tour campaign have to be taken with a grain of salt. But while both parties have had blacks running for the nomination before, with varying degrees of seriousness — Alan Keyes, Herman Cain in the GOP; Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton for the Dems — neither party has fielded two competitive black candidates in the same year.
Two vibrant black conservatives would look pretty darn good next to a tired retread of Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden blaming each other for the past eight years – and the failures of the first black president.
And the libs would lose it.
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