As Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Ben Carson testifies Thursday at his nomination hearing, he can take comfort in two facts: Republicans have enough votes to confirm him and Democrats are hunting bigger game.

Yet at the same time, he faces a tightrope balancing act that could ultimately sink his nomination. Although lawmakers are likely to set a relatively low bar for Carson given his lack of expertise in housing, they are still looking for comfort that the retired neurosurgeon is up to the task. Given his lackluster performances during debates in the GOP presidential primaries, some observers said there is reason to be worried Carson could get himself into trouble.

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