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Herman Cain 2016: What 5 Liberal Pundits Say About Potential GOP Presidential Hopeful

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 08:29 PM

Calling him out on everything from hypocrisy to empty hype, here’s what some of the nation’s leading liberal opinionators have to say about businessman Herman Cain, Republican presidential hopeful in 2012 election cycle and a possibility for 2016:

1. Calling Cain’s support of banning a Tennessee mosque “new levels of anti-Muslim buffoonery,” Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent wrote in 2011 that “Cain’s ignorance on the subject of religion and constitutional law is so vast it’s hard to know where to begin."

"Does Cain truly believe that (Martin Luther King Jr.) who referred to Islam as one of the world’s ‘great religions’ and fought his entire life against the idea that ‘local control’ somehow trumps the fundamental rights of individual minorities, would have supported a ban on mosques?”

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2. Riffing on the subtlety of prejudice versus outright racism, Slate’s William Saletan wrote: “But prejudice is bigger than race. Prejudice gets peeled one layer at a time. You give black men the vote but don't see why ladies need it. You open the military to women but can't imagine homosexuals defending your country. You congratulate yourself on being an enlightened liberal even as you ridicule Mormons."

"Or, if you're (Herman) Cain, you rise from segregation and defy black political stereotypes while treating Muslims with the same crude bias that was once applied to you.”

3. Delving into the apparent simplicity of Cain’s “9-9-9” tax plan, Glenn Kessler wrote for The Washington Post: “Give Cain credit for thinking boldly, but he’s not talking clearly. As far as we can tell from the limited information Cain has provided, the plan he touts as a big tax cut would actually increase taxes on most Americans. Just like it would be wrong to claim pizza is a low-calorie meal, Cain’s description of the plan’s impact on working Americans is highly misleading.”

4. Writing about Cain’s claim that racism is not a major factor holding black people back, Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. wrote: “He thus neatly encapsulates what has become an article of faith for many white conservatives; namely, that it is they, not black and brown people, who are the true victims of bigotry. ... In his diminution of African-American struggle, he comes across as a man profoundly at odds with the skin he’s in. He seems embarrassed he’s black.”

5. MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow said there was less to Cain than meets the eye: “A string of supposed gaffes like that is not found in nature. But at this point in the campaign no one has figured out that this is not politics. This is art ... Is this guy pulling our leg? The answer is ‘yes,’ this guy is pulling our leg.”

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Calling him out on everything from hypocrisy to empty hype, here’s what some of the nation’s leading liberal opinionators have to say about businessman Herman Cain, Republican presidential hopeful in 2012 and a possibility for 2016.
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