One of the inexplicable things is the relative popularity of Ben Carson among the Republican presidential candidates. He says the most outrageous things in a calm voice and then when he is questioned about it, he takes on a hurt tone and implies that it is so unfair to focus on his words when you should be admiring him for his surgical skills.
This was on display again around the issue of the use of fetal tissue for research, something that opponents are trying to use to shut down Planned Parenthood, despite the fact that that organization provides valuable health services to women, and in some places is their only source.
It turns out that Carson, who has spoken out strongly against research using fetal tissue from aborted fetuses, has benefited from such research in the past in his own work. When asked about it, he gave a convoluted response in that patented hurt tone. His feelings are easily wounded, it seems.
I don’t think this will hurt him with his supporters despite criticisms of him by fellow candidate and pope-in waiting Rick Santorum. The legendary loyalty of Republican voters will kick in again and they will ignore this new information.