There. I wrote it. And I apologize not a whit for the sentiment. If anything, it doesn’t do Cain’s political disqualifications justice; far better to state categorically that Cain is unfit for just about any serious, or quasi-serious political office.
Anyone who knows even the slightest thing about the First Amendment knows Cain’s proposal to be blatantly unconstitutional. Even if the Constitution somehow didn’t argue against Cain’s ludicrous and disgusting proposal, common decency would. Add to this argument the entirely commonsense proposition that if one wants to defeat radical Islamists, trying to enrage Muslims nationwide and worldwide is not the best way to go, and we have an overwhelmingly powerful case against an overwhelmingly bad, and repulsive idea on Cain’s part.
Apparently, Cain has decided that the best way to win the Republican nomination is to appear more lunatic than any of his competitors. I have no doubt that this strategy will fail, but the fact that it is being tried is bad enough. We know that Herman Cain doesn’t exactly have a command of the issues. But in addition to proving himself an ignoramus, it appears that he is bound and determined to prove himself to be fundamentally indecent.
UPDATE: While I appreciate links that drive (some) traffic, and while Herman Cain’s antediluvian ideas concerning religious liberty may appeal to some in the Republican party, Andrew Sullivan’s desperate desire to attribute Cain’s beliefs to “Fox News and much of the Republican machinery” is–as usual–quite overwrought. One would think that if Cain’s views were as mainstreamed into the Republican party as Sullivan portrays them as being, he would be doing better in the polls as he strives for the Republican Presidential nomination. Instead, Cain is a distant fourth in the race, trailing two candidates who haven’t even declared for the Presidency. The leader is someone who has taken issue with Cain’s statements. Funny how that gets no mention in Sullivan’s post.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Also, Trig Palin is Sarah Palin’s biological son, and it would be kind of nice if Sullivan would stop pretending otherwise sometime before the Chicago Cubs win their fourth World Series championship of this young millennium.