On Monday, a panel segment moderated by MSNBC’s Martin Bashir sought to examine the Republican politicians with the most potential to mount a successful presidential bid in 2016. After analyzing the political prospects of a variety of current GOP officeholders, the panel turned to Dr. Benjamin Carson who rose to relevance after he delivered a conservative speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Bashir’s panel guests said that, if the GOP turns to Carson in the hopes that he could remedy their political problems, it is merely “a sign of some serious desperation.”
Bashir asked Ryan Grim, Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post, for his thoughts on Carson’s electoral prospects.
“Far be it for me to predict the future, but to me it seems like a sign of some serious desperation,” Grim said. “If they’re all gravitating around a person who has never held any public office, and nobody has ever heard of them up until, you know, a couple of weeks ago. So, I just don’t see how this becomes a presidential campaign by 2016.”
Grim said that, by even talking about Carson, it is a sign that the GOP’s bench of potential 2016 candidates is a weak at this stage.
Watch the segment below via MSNBC:
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