Ben Carson at CPAC | Power Line

POSTED ON MARCH 17, 2013 BY SCOTT JOHNSON IN CONSERVATISM

BEN CARSON AT CPAC

I first wrote about Dr. Ben Carson here after his outstanding speech at the National Prayer Breakfast last month. Dr. Carson is a pediatric neurosurgeon who has lived a life of incredible accomplishment defying seemingly impossible odds.

Watching the video, of his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, I couldn’t help but wonder if Dr. Carson might not have a greater contribution to make outside the field of medicine. The Wall Street Journal, for one, declared rather forcefully that he does. I also couldn’t help but wonder what Obama was thinking. My guess was he was thinking: this is a dangerous guy.

Dr. Carson appeared at CPAC yesterday. “In 106 days I will be retiring,” Dr. Carson announced. “I’d much rather quit when I’m at the top of my game. And there’s so many more things that can be done.” We will stay tuned.

Although the video has a slight glitch or two, it is limited to Dr. Carson’s remarks without the introductions that preceded them. (The whole program including Eric Metaxas’s remarks is posted here. Hot Air has posted it here.) I believe that somewhere along the line Dr. Carson picked up the principles of ethos, logos and pathos that define compelling public speaking.

UPDATE: At NRO, Patrick Brennan reports on Dr. Carson’s appearance on CNN this morning. I am not sure what to make of it.

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The Pope’s Decision – Peggy Noonan’s Blog – WSJ.

The Pope’s Decision – Peggy Noonan’s Blog – WSJ.

We will be hearing a great deal of speculation the coming weeks. We should keep in mind that it doesn’t matter all that much what insiders say about who might have an inside track. Nobody thought it would be Karol Wojtylwa in 1978, just as nobody thought his predecessor, John Paul I, would die 33 days into his papacy. Almost nobody thought Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger—too old, too conservative—would succeed John Paul II in 2005.

The Pope’s Decision – Peggy Noonan’s Blog – WSJ.

The Pope’s Decision – Peggy Noonan’s Blog – WSJ.

We will be hearing a great deal of speculation the coming weeks. We should keep in mind that it doesn’t matter all that much what insiders say about who might have an inside track. Nobody thought it would be Karol Wojtylwa in 1978, just as nobody thought his predecessor, John Paul I, would die 33 days into his papacy. Almost nobody thought Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger—too old, too conservative—would succeed John Paul II in 2005.