Here’s what happened, guys.
It was a quiet, ordinary night in 2008. Dr. Ben Carson was at home, indulging in one of his favorite pastimes, which include carefully polishing his Presidential Medal of Freedom and conducting incredibly delicate and complicated neurosurgeries as easily as most of us put on a pair of shoes. (OK, bad analogy.)
But on this particular evening, he was consuming one of the two media outlets for which he turns off his otherwise supremely endowed and perfectly well-functioning brain: long-debunked Seventh-day Adventist theology and FOX News. In this case, the latter.
And on this seemingly inauspicious night, Dr. Carson beheld a clip of then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaking before an Assemblies of God congregation, mistaking U.S. troops in Iraq for the Blues Brothers (they were “on a mission from God”) and calling it the will of Divine Providence that already uber-rich Alaskan oil tycoons get a $30 billion pipeline they wanted built.
And the good doctor thought for a moment, and then muttered aloud, “Well, that’s not how you look like an insane, extremist would-be theocrat. This is how you look like an insane, extremist would-be theocrat.”
Hey, cut the guy some slack. At least he doesn’t think he’s Batman.