More than a year ago, before Dr. Ben Carson even declared his candidacy, I wrote here of my admiration for Dr. Ben, that I believed he was a principled man, a good man with good intentions, but didn't believe he had any chance of winning the Republican nomination, much less the Presidency.
Even after Dr. Carson declared, and especially after watching his "too quiet", "too demure" imagery at the Republican debates, I continued to believe that Carson didn't have much of a chance.
But now I'm beginning to wonder. Dr. Ben, despite not owning the blustery bloviating of the other politicians, despite his tendency to speak quietly, and softly, continues to climb in the polls. In fact, in two national polls Dr. Carson leads the blustery and clownish Donald Trump, and seems to be gaining on him.
And with the massive cross currents blowing across the American landscape; the massive dissatisfaction with career politicians, the sense that Americans no longer believe Washington D.C. exists to care about them, the "non-politician" like Dr. Carson seems to be doing quite well.
Could 2016 be the year that we see a political civil war? Has America finally tired of government corruption? Has the incestuous relationship between Hillary Clinton and Slick Willie's foundation finally disgusted even those who traditionally pay no attention to such things? Are we finally going to see a non-politician win the White House?
It is supremely ironic that, in Barack Obama, we've had nothing more than "pure politician" in the Oval Office. Obama has flown a million miles during his Presidency, flitting about the land, making campaign speeches even when there was no campaign to be won! So maybe, just maybe, America is ready for someone like Carson who, I'm sure secretly, just hates campaigning!
What a breath of fresh air that would be! Can you imagine someone in the Oval Office who doesn't believe they know everything? Someone intelligent enough to listen to his military advisers, his policy advisers, and, glory be, the American people?
Well, with regard to Dr. Ben's prospects, I'm still wary. I'm not yet sure America is wise enough to recognize that the guy with the "prettiest words" is always the best one to lead us.
I guess we'll see. I have to believe that Trump will eventually burn out and implode. I believe America will finally get tired of hearing Trump's silly generalizations, and will become wary of his past liberal social and political positions. So who will fill the vacuum left from Trump's demise? Will it be Dr. Ben?
Time will tell.