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Ramesh Ponnuru

Ben Carson Thinks He Just May Have to Run

He may, however, be making a mistake a lot of aspiring politicians do: overestimating how many supporters he has.
At CPAC, not doing brain surgery. Photographer: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images
At CPAC, not doing brain surgery. Photographer: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images

Ben Carson tells Fred Barnes that he is, as Barnes puts it, "warming to the idea of running for president." Everywhere he goes, he says, people are encouraging him to run: "And so many people tell me that, and so I think I'm starting to hear something."

Dr. Carson is an impressive man, and it would be terrific to have a presidential candidate who could say "this isn't brain surgery" and unquestionably know what he was talking about. He may, however, be making a mistake a lot of aspiring politicians do: overestimating how many supporters he has.