Dr. Ben Carson seems impossible not to like personally, but he tends to fade from view during debates, to the point where viewers ask if he left the stage while the camera was framed on Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The last GOP debate was the ugliest one yet, with Rubio and Cruz tag-teaming front-runner Trump, who wasn’t about to take it quietly.

If Carson has his way, the next debate, scheduled for Thursday, will be very quiet. Carson, concerned about the lack of civility at the debates, has proposed that the five remaining candidates meet beforehand and sign a pledge of civility.

We don’t think a meeting or pledge is needed to reach that outcome. So why bother? The D.C. Examiner’s David Drucker notes that civility isn’t necessarily a winning GOP strategy, as demonstrated by front-runner Trump.