I’m finding myself increasingly creeped out by Ben Carson. Aside from spouting some generally crazy stuff — which, let’s face it, is SOP from today’s GOP — I think his much-ballyhooed “calm manner” is creepy as hell.
One Iowa voter says:
“That smile and his soft voice makes people very comforted,” said Miriam Greenfield, a farmer in Jewell, Iowa.
No! No! It doesn’t! It reminds me of this:
You know, maybe compared to the shouters that have dominated the Republican Party lately (Chris Christie, Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and the entire Tea Party), a “calm demeanor” makes a refreshing contrast. During the Obama years, conservatism has certainly been characterized by its inchoate rage. But when it comes to presidential politics, Americans like calm. And there’s just something super-creepy about the way Republicans do it. Mitt Romney had that creepy, robotic tone to his voice, too, and back in 2012 I wrote:
Things Romney should never say on TV: “It won’t hurt a bit,” “trust me,” “would I lie to you?” and anything ending with the name “Clarice.”
That goes double for Ben Carson. He’s even more chilling because the creepy voice spouts some seriously crazy ideas. And when I hear that voice I expect a shiv in my side.
No, I’m not comforted. Not in the slightest.