University of Pennsylvania historian Alan Charles Kors, one of the founders of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (“FIRE”) observed: “So, the ‘Tea Party racists’ in a Republican straw poll chose the self-made black Herman Cain – mathematician and successful businessman – son of a cleaning woman and a janitor, as their choice of nominee for the presidency of the United States. Well! What a bigoted group, what a caste society!”
I have not made up my mind about which Republican I would support in 2012, but I have not ruled out Mr. Cain. He is clearly qualified by experience in business, and a lot of his ideas make sense. Tehre are those who say his lack of polical experience is a minus. Mr. Cain points to the many “experienced” politicians in Washington ad rhetorically ask “how is that working out for you?” As a successful CEO of a large enterprise, he undoubtably learned how to assemble a good staff containing individuals who have sufficient expertise in the in the delegated areas of responsibility to perform. With regard to the present (and even the last administration — sorry, GWB) how has that worked our for us?
As Daniel Henninger writes in today’s Wall Street Journal “. . . after watching the American Idol system we’ve fallen into for discovering a president—with opinion polls, tongue slips and media caprice deciding frontrunners and even presidents—I’m rewriting my presidential-selection software.”