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Good riddance to Cain

Posted by Garrett Quinn, Less is More  December 3, 2011 01:49 PM

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When Herman Cain embarked on his book tour for president it is hard to imagine that he envisioned it going this way. The whole point of this endeavor appeared to be to raise his public profile, up his speaking fees, and sell some books not destroy his reputation with a serious scandal. Now he is tarnished, his marriage may suffer, and his political aspirations are in tatters. As Cain rose in prominence so did the scrutiny and his "I'm not a politician, I'm a businessman" act did not come to the rescue. The former Godfather's Pizza CEO had little campaign experience beyond a failed bid for the Georgia US Senate seat in 2004. This political inexperience is what drew people to Cain and it was arguably his second biggest asset.

His biggest asset was this anti-intellectual and simplistic attitude towards every problem he was presented with. For some reason this approach has become a great way to gain favor with some Republican voters. His tax "plan" was an absurd approach to reform the tax code and would open a door that would likely never close with his creation of a national sales tax. His discussion of foreign policy was at best entertaining and at worst frightening. He is for abortion except when he is against it. For such a successful businessman his performance as a presidential candidate has been an amazing display of epistemic closure and intellectual laziness.

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Garrett Quinn began writing for newspapers at age 17 with CNC in his native South Shore. He has been published in BlueMassGroup, RedMassGroup, Pioneer Investigates, and Wonkette. He is a More »

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