So Donald Trump has now announced that he wants to appoint Ben Carson, renowned neurosurgeon and former challenger for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, as the new guy to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
As MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow has already pointed out in an earlier post, Carson is “spectacularly unqualified” for the position. Maddow renders this assessment based largely on the fact that Carson knows next to nothing about housing and/or urban development which, well, are kinda part of the job description.
Then again, to say that Trump is spectacularly unqualified for the presidency is to be overly generous. Sooooo…Hey! Why the hell not?
But didn’t Trump characterize Carson as “pathological” during the primaries? And it wasn’t quite a month ago when Trump was reportedly considering appointing Carson to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, a department leadership position for which Carson might actually have some credentials, that Carson reportedly responded that he wasn’t quite sure he was qualified to serve in a cabinet position.
As a matter of fact, Armstrong Williams, who is Carson’s business manager and advisor, was quoted as saying the following:
“[Carson] has no interest in a cabinet position, or any position in the administration.”
“Dr. Carson was never offered a specific position, but everything was open to him,” Williams said in a statement to The Hill. “Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.”
Which would suggest of course, that it must be much easier to be President of the United States and leader of the Most Powerful Nation On Earth than it is to run a cabinet position.
Anyway. Some jokes just seem to write themselves.