Thursday, February 19, 2015

Clown Car Rundown, Person the Fourth: Why is Armstrong Williams Ben Carson's Business Manager?

I chose this graphic because it so succinctly encapsulates Carson's nuttiness.

Yes, Ben Carson is currently in the clown car because he makes "I'm running" noises that some people listen to. He'll never become president because he's the most insane person ever to be a really good neurosurgeon. I don't know if he fell down, or it's radiation or something, or maybe he never opened his mouth until a couple of years ago. But now he speaks and some people listen. Wow.

Anyway, a funny thing happened on the way to being taken seriously. One, a superPAC launched to draft the good doctor has raised millions of dollars, none of which have gone to help a potential Carson candidacy. But then we now know that out-of-control cons are a feature, not a bug, of the Citizens United decision.

What's most bizarre -- if not extremely telling -- is the discovery that Armstrong Williams is Ben Carson's business manager. Whaa?!?

Williams is a well-known African-American conservative commentator and author who has broadened his reach by purchasing a number of TV stations. He became famous for accepting $240,000 from the Bush administration to talk up the No Child Left Behind act, and talk it up good but of course without making it public that he was paid in advance to say how fantabulous the act was. He said he was real sorry later.

What I love about this Carson-Williams connection is that it telegraphs that Carson is in it for the money (why again is Armstrong Williams Carson's "business manager?") and part of the general, long-time trend of conservative cons. What's hilarious is that a superPAC got the better of Carson and ran a con that bilked Carson supporters out of millions well before Carson -- that we know of -- has leveraged his own fame in support of his own con.

Who knows? Maybe there are enough suckers around that everyone can get well behind a Carson "run," even the good doctor. Here's hoping, Ben!

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