I'll kick this post off by acknowledging that this issue likely has not gotten too much attention because nobody thinks Ben Carson is going to be the Republican nominee. But Republicans seem to have decided in the last two or three weeks that Donald Trump actually could become the Republican nominee. And Ben Carson is the only one running even close to him in the current (yes, yes, yes very early) horse race numbers.
So here's my question: Establishment Republicans are positively terrified by a Trump nomination for two distinct reasons. First, because they assume he'd eventually go down in flames and take other party standard-bearers down with him. Second, he's really pretty heterodox from a GOP perspective. In the terrifying hypothetical that Trump were actually elected 45th President they don't really have any sense of what he'd do in office. (For myself, I could easily imagine a President Trump ending up like second term Arnold Schwarzenegger.) So if Trump's the worst case scenario, what about Carson? It seems to me that even from a partisan perspective, Carson is at least as catastrophic as Trump.
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