In case you missed it, which you most likely did, Ben Carson put out an hour long documentary which aired this past weekend in 20 states. It was called a documentary but looked a whole lot more like a campaign ad, according to the Washington Post.

The ad buy, coupled with the organization Carson is assembling, points to a possible run in 2016. However, perhaps even more notable could be Carson’s decision in recent weeks to switch his voter identification from the “Independence Party of Florida” to “Republican”.

Report from Palm Beach Post:

Retired neurosurgeon and conservative folk hero Ben Carson of West Palm Beach took a step toward a potential 2016 presidential run recently by switching his Palm Beach County voter registration to Republican from the obscure Independence Party of Florida.

The change was stamped in at the county Elections Office on Oct. 31.

In an interview with The Palm Beach Post earlier this year, Carson explained his unusual voter registration:

“I used to be a Democrat. Then during my residency I became a Republican just listening to a lot of common sense from Reagan. And then subsequently, just noticing a fair amount of hypocrisy in both parties, I decided to become an independent,” Carson said.

Carson said he’d prefer to see party labels removed from the ballot. But, he said, “If I were going to run — and it’s a big if — then I would run as a Republican.”

This all-but removes the possibility of Carson launching an independent bid for the White House. When interviewed about the change, Carson said he felt running as an independent would split the vote and lead to a Democratic victory in 2016. I can’t assume someone has put this much thought into all this and then decides not to launch a campaign. With the field so wide open, what doe she have to lose?

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  1. I seriously doubt anyone paid attention to a HOUR LONG DOCUMENTARY by a men who since he isn’t a politician has a low profile name recognition. In addition there is a energy sapping effect right after the mid-term election and he probably could have put the money to a better use at another time. Being out of the Beltway he starts at an immediate disadvantage fund raising wise as it is.

    Party labels are a convenient shorthand for policies and principles but the good doctor won’t have to worry because the establishment wing realizes exactly where he stands……….to the right! This meanwhile gives the Progressives a chance to hire 15 or 20 women to smear his character by swearing they had sex with Dr. Carter. Which then they can claim toward the unemployment rate doing down.

    • I agree with the timing. Once the midterms happen, the rest of America goes back to not caring until next time around. Even holding off until January would have been a better idea in terms of public interest. After the holidays when people will begin to think more about 2016..

      • With only 1/3 of the country coming out to vote the last thing he needed was for the country to “go back to not caring.”
        OH! BUT THE LEFT HAS A REMEDY FOR THIS…….. MAKE THE 1/3 NOT CARE ALSO! MIT professor and Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber has come out with a theory on how the left can win elections. He (along with 2 other professors) claim that regular church attendance is strongly associated with a higher probability of voting. So how does the left counter this? They repeal the “Blue Laws” which keep stores closed on Sundays and therefore all those Christians go shopping instead. Lose their moral compass and stay home. (see link of study in the article for details)

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