I was not especially bothered by Ben Carson's original comment about storing grain in the pyramids. It's exactly the sort of thing that is knuckleheaded, popping off about subjects you don't know about, without doing real harm. Knowing bits of classical history is something of a class signifier that elites use to demonstrate that they are smarter than others. Meanwhile, of course, they believe other more modern myths that are just as inaccurate and cause more damage. Yet because those are more popular and current myths, believing them is seen as a badge of honor.
But Carson really lost me on his subsequent response. The man knows a hundred pastors, I imagine, and could have called up any of them and asked "Hey, Charlie, am I off base on this? Is this thing possible or did I just hear it somewhere?" Takes two minutes. Or he could have used those two minutes googling the pyramids and deciding for himself how much grain would have fit in a solid brick structure. He was challenged on a fact and couldn't be bothered to get it right. (My wife said "He's a doctor. What do you expect?")
He didn't bother. Thought he knew it all and doubled down. That's exactly the sort of arrogance I have disliked in Obama, and I'm not going to find it endearing just because Carson's a Republican. The idea from the First Things essay I recently posted that suggests that Carson is seen as a sort of un-Obama, a conservative black man who can reverse the damage of the last seven years, is intriguing. Not much way to measure that to see if it's true, of course.