In Saturday’s Register Jennifer Jacobs writes two articles, Presidential wild card to speak in Iowa, and What does history say for Ben Carson?, to tell us that Carson can’t win an election that is two years away. No point in running now, Jacobs has decided for us.
She points out that all presidents prior to this have either been politicians or military officers. And, since nothing new can happen, a retired surgeon can’t be president. That is a shame. The time I heard him on the radio he seemed really intriguing. And I thought the old adage in America was that anyone could grow up to be president. But, if Jacobs says it can’t happen, well, I guess it can’t. She’s got the crystal ball.
Plus, she has to be smarter than the rest of us, she is in the media. That will make elections shorter and smoother though, the media can just narrow it down to a couple of candidates we’re allowed to vote for. Less time, money, all those TV ads. The media knows what’s best for us. We don’t have to think for ourselves, she’ll do it for us. Oh well, I thought one of the pluses for Carson was that he wasn’t a politician. Born poor in Detroit, worked hard, made good.
Nope, sorry Carson, you wasted your life. Jennifer Jacobs says only politicians and military generals can grow up to be president in the United States. He seemed like such a nice fellow too. But what do I know, I’d been under the impression voters got to decide elections!
Silly me, I’d thought that if you had a complete newcomer to the political scene burning up the polls, you might want to mention what he stands for. You know, if a rookie is killing the competition of veteran political hacks, you might want to tell us what his position on the issues are. That might be a relevant, need to know kind of thing. You’d think that might be something a reporter might want to report. Instead, it seems the job of a reporter nowadays is to tell us who can and can’t win.
It just seemed like an odd thing for Jacobs to focus on, 2 years out from the election. To have the presumption to predict the outcome of a horse race, before the bettors are even familiar with all the horses. Wouldn’t it be best to see a horse race a couple of times before you say he can’t win?