Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cain Inc.

Jon Chait nails it with this observation: Herman Cain is not running for president. He's executing a business plan. And "it’s an excellent plan. The plan involves Cain raising his profile as a conservative personality, which he can monetize through motivational speaking, book sales, talk shows, and other media. Cain’s selling point is that he’s a black conservative who can capitalize on the sense of white racial victimization that has mushroomed during the Obama era. Accordingly, Cain assures conservatives that they are not racist, as proven by their support for him. Indeed, it is the liberals who are racist, as evidenced by their opposition to Cain. If Cain were campaigning to be president, the [sexual harassment] scandal would hurt him. Since he is instead campaigning to boost his profile, it will help him."

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