Ben Carson has reportedly been seeking to tone down his message. After a few missteps, it seems as if he may finally be succeeding. The likely presidential candidate spoke at a convention for Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. In an essay for the National Review, Carson affirmed that he and Sharpton “have the same goal: to build a brighter, stronger America that provides equal opportunities and access to the underserved and forgotten.”
Of course, they disagree on how to achieve that goal. Regarding Carson’s presence at the conference, Sharpton said, “I think Dr. Carson and I don’t even agree today is Wednesday. We’re going to show we can listen and we make intelligent decisions.”
In addition to comparing himself (in a very qualified way) to a left-wing icon, Carson has also toned himself down by seeking out lighthearted subject matter. He wrote an essay for the Washington Post decrying the “narcissism” of selfie culture — a good dose of non-partisan pessimism. And then when Business Insider asked for a selfie, he obliged.