From Milbank, here's all you need to know about Ben Carson's presidential candidacy; in fact, all you need to know about the whole wretched lot of GOP candidates:
"We have allowed the purveyors of division to become rampant in our society," said the man who called the president a psychopath.
… while festooned in an undulating flag and clutching the Christian bible.
As for these unAmerican divisions, I would remind Dr. Carson that at least since the 1796 Adams-Jefferson brawl American politics has been an adorable cesspool of socially divisive vitriol, slander and dirty tricks. Other than swindling voters into believing that one's official ascension will heave an eternal Elysium on the searching multitudes, the point of each presidential campaign is to convince the body politic that one's opponent offers only apocalyptic horror. And we love it. We, most of us, know it's just tribal posturing, but we also appreciate that it's the greatest brawl on earth.
What's amusing about Carson — or "delightfully over the top," as Milbank puts it — is that he seems so genuine in his incomprehension: that he's a big part of the joke.