There is concern within the liberty movement over Ben Carson’s credentials in embracing liberty and promoting the Constitution. His comments about gun control and views about free speech are just a few of the main issues that put him at odds with liberty minded conservatives and libertarians. To be fair, Carson hasn’t held any elected office and is a retired neurosurgeon. He hasn’t been too influential in politics, except for recently where the movement to draft him for President secured him a fourth place finish in the 2015 CPAC straw poll.
In other words, Ben Carson’s heart might be in the right place, but the political atmosphere for a person who claims to understand liberty one day but changes his views consistently, is not ripe for a Carson Presidential run.
The chance to change politics, however, is right at Ben Carson’s doorstep – almost literally. This past weekend, Barbara Mikuski a five-term Senator from Maryland, announced that she will not be seeking re-election in 2016. Terry Giles, a top aide for Ben Carson’s White House run, explained that, “His focus is on making a decision to run for the presidency.”
Let’s make the decision rather easy: Ben Carson, don’t run for President. Run for United States Senate in 2016.
Maryland is a melting pot for liberal policies. If Ben Carson can successfully run for United States Senate and win in a year where (presumably) Hillary Clinton will make a huge play for Maryland, Carson would be considered a Republican hero. For the next six years, he could actually prove to the American people that he stands with the Constitution and believes in liberty. He would join the likes of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, and Ben Sasse, who are liberty-oriented conservatives in the Senate.
What does he have to lose, a Presidential bid that we already know isn’t his?
If Ben Carson can successfully turn out minorities and young voters in his favor in the Maryland Senate race in 2016, he would instantly become a viable candidate for President – either in 2020 or 2024 – and would allow the time in the Senate to prove just how serious he is about liberty.
By the way – that’s what he would need to do to win nationally – turn out minorities and young voters with a libertarian message. If he can’t do it in Maryland, then how can anyone expect for him to do it on a national stage? He is struggling in that effort right now, even as he becomes one of the first high-profile Presidential candidates to form an exploratory committee.