Today's "Beat Up On Herman Cain" feature is a video compilation of the nine craziest things that Herman Cain has said since he entered the public arena, courtesy of ThinkProgress:
My personal favorites from the video:
- Cain doesn't believe in the First Amendment's right to freedom of religion.
- He's anti-abortion in all circumstances (even in cases of rape and incest) - but he supports a family's decision to break said anti-abortion law if they so choose. I don't pretend to understand, but that's what he said.
- He wants to put an electrified fence (complete with alligator-filled moat) on the US's southern border.
- He considers all Muslims potential terrorists.
- He would literally empower the nation's biggest polluters to write their own environmental regulations (note: this is a correct use of the word "literally" - I wouldn't want to offend The Oatmeal.)
I have no idea what to make of the fact that, in a number of Republican primary states, Herman Cain is currently polling at 30% or higher. Really? One-third of Republicans (or more) REALLY want this guy to lead the country? Are they really THAT unhappy with the rest of the Republican field? Is this a sign of voter desperation? Collective insanity? I'm baffled. Sure - if you read this blog regularly, you know that I disagree with most of the Republican candidates' policy positions, but at least some of the candidates are intelligent, relatively articulate, and non-clueless - Cain has none of those traits.
If I were one of the other Republican candidates, I would be seriously questioning whether I wanted to continue running for the nomination from a party whose membership gives such substantial support to a guy who's so obviously, publicly, and proudly crazy, dumb, or shilling for a talk radio or TV pundit gig (think Sarah Palin).
For the first time in a long time, I actually feel sorry for the likes of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. At least they sort of know what they're talking about - though that doesn't seem to do them much good with the current Republican-voting public, however.