I think I figured Herman Cain out

There are a lot of advantages to being rich. But one of the few disadvantages is the honest day-to-day input from friends, coworkers, and family we all take for granted. That simple feedback is often non-existent for the very wealthy. They could literally propose anything or say anything and there would be a line of people stretching around the block waiting to praise their insightful brilliance. That’s the sense I get with Herman Cain when I read stuff like this:

But Cain said the “offensive” criticism is just a familiar tactic to marginalize him. He suggested his status as a prominent black conservative makes him a target, but said the attacks will not succeed. “I left the Democratic plantation a long time ago. And all that they try to do when someone like me … the only tactic that they have to try and intimidate me and shut me up is to call me names, and this sort of thing. It just simply won’t work,” Cain said.

The fact is much of what Cain says would be more at home coming out of the mouth of a cartoon character like Dale Gribble than a sitting US President. But who in Cain’s inner circle is going to tell him that? Cain has probably lost the tools and the people the rest of us take for granted in distinguishing between legit criticism and mere griping, and as a political neophyte odds are he is still stuck in the comfortable, seductive notion that everything he says or does is somehow brilliant. That’s easy to do when you are rich and it doesn’t help to have scores of political sycophants egging Cain on at every move and syllable.


  1. Hank Fox says

    But one of the few disadvantages is the [loss of the] honest day-to-day input from friends, coworkers, and family we all take for granted.

    Good point. Watching the guy spout gaffe after gaffe, you wonder if ANYBODY is giving him critical input.

    If there were Secret Masters behind the Republican party, I’d suspect they’ve put Cain up just as a dab of black to make them look less blindingly white, and they don’t really care how badly he implodes.

    In fact, there might even be a sort of racist glee in seeing him tank: “Hey, we tried. The GOP tried. We’re as open-minded as anybody on the subject of race. But these blacks … you just can’t get good ones.”

  2. says

    Yeah, methinks the GOP has abigger coloration issue with parts of their base than they’d like to recognize. But they don’t HAVE to be that way. Odin knows Bush for example had a lot of flaws, but I don’t think overt racism was among them.

  3. naturalcynic says

    The “I’m off the Democratic plantation” has been the #1 black Republican meme for the last 30 years. Yawn.


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