If only young people in this country knew and cared half as much about politics as they do fantasy football, we'd be twice the democracy that we are today. In a true democracy, we'd demand more qualified candidates. We'd demand more substantive debates. We'd demand a political process that works for all of the people
This week, our rudderless, riven and ineffective Congress returned to Washington. At some point, the media, and perhaps Congress itself, will wake to the fact that in early November the Treasury Department will run out of any ability to borrow the money needed to pay our federal government's bills, and we will stare into the maw of a debt ceiling crisis.
So what is Carson's particular value to the GOP, the reason he's captured the imagination of so many Republican voters? Under the GOP's conception of diversity, a black face uttering the same rhetoric as the most conservative white Republicans is value added, even if he brings not a single minority voter to the party with him.