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If the above piece at PJ Media is true, Herman Cain's presidential run is completely finished not because it's becoming evident he has a history of being on the make with women he takes a fancy to, but because he hasn't been honest and forthcoming with the American people. By dodging, obfuscating, blaming and playing the race and victim cards, Cain has lost our respect and trust. We are in no mood as voters with all the problems we're facing to have another Bill Clinton episode in the White House circa 2012.
DEAN STEPHENS AT AMERICAN THINKER says what none of us wants to hear but needs to delve into about Herman Cain: As with many candidates, there's a mythology, as there was with Colin Powell, we should examine to see if it bears up under deeper scrutiny. To wit:
Herman Cain supporters have accepted his narrative that he is an American success story. The question is, just how much of that "success" did he earn on his own? And is it really the Horatio Alger story we are led to believe?Stephens believes that while Cain has achieved a measure of success which is fine as far as it goes, it's vastly over-rated. He also thinks the candidate long ago became a professional politician rather than the full-time businessman he likes to portray himself as being:
Herman Cain did not build Godfather's Pizza. He was made manager of an existing organization within a large corporation and given staff and a title. The parent company soon spun it off, as big firms often do with subsidiaries that offer modest upside scale potential. Cain did not grow the business while he ran it as a subsidiary or after it was spun off. He made it more profitable by closing restaurants and firing several thousand employees. Cain then used that profitability success as a stepping stone to run for public office -- and quit. That act itself was typical of an employee, not an entrepreneur. In fact, many insiders do not consider Cain key to the turnaround. They tout Ronald Gartlin, who helped build the Godfather's chain before Pillsbury bought it, as key to Cain's efforts to return it to profitability. Gartlin replaced Cain on his departure and continues to run the business today. For the last 20 years Herman Cain has been active in politics. Although he has never won public office, he and his supporters cannot realistically claim he is not a professional politician. He is! Cain was appointed to the Federal Reserve board despite absolutely no credentials in monetary, fiscal, or economic policy that would justify the appointment. His status as a black businessman was likely his most important qualification. I cannot find any transcripts or video interviews of Cain discussing economic issues with any depth or breadth of insight. He talks in generalities. Details that require true knowledge are avoided. Cain is a sound-bite candidate in a sound-bite era. Even so, why is this Federal Reserve experience considered a good thing? Many of our problems in economic mismanagement are directly attributable to board members like Cain rubber-stamping disastrous Federal Reserve policiesStephens continues by bringing up the sexual harassment charges leveled against Cain which he does not believe are true. I disagree and think there's probably a long-standing pattern of Cain being on the make which has had the effect of making female associates he comes in contact with uncomfortable if not downright fearful. I could be wrong, but it certainly now seems so. Cain clearly needs to address this issue and not just deflect it by blaming Perry or anyone else. It's bad politics at its worst.
The main concern Stephens has is Cain's inexperience with foreign policy which he thinks makes the candidate unfit to lead the country in these perilous times. The piece ends with a clear call for Cain to stop stonewalling and answer many questions that we need answered to fill in the blanks of our collective projections. I agree. We can't and shouldn't vote for the projection of any candidate.
I am just as guilty of getting carried away with superficial and often hyped mythology on the candidates as anyone. For that, I have read this piece with relish and hope to be better for it.