Monday, October 24, 2011

The many faces of Cain

Herman Cain came out the other day and said that abortion was a personal choice. When I heard this, I thought that, finally, at long last, we had a GOP top-tier candidate who was not afraid to speak his mind against the establishment. I was on cloud nine...for all of about six hours.

That's how long it took for Cain to come out again and say that he didn't really mean that the way it sounded. What he meant was, and I'm paraphrasing, that abortion should be illegal (as everyone knows, according to Cain), but that if a person still wanted to get an abortion and break the law, that that was their choice. So really, it's not a choice for individuals to make, because Cain believes in banning it. Cain, who believes we need to get government out of the way. Cain, whose plan is so easy to understand that most people never realized that it didn't make sense. Cain, who likes to say that people who disagree with him are the brainwashed ones.

What I think is amazing is how quickly Cain not only went back on what he said, but actually doubled down on the craziness. He later said that he would support a constitutional amendment banning abortion in all cases (he actually said that he would sign the amendment, which is not something that the POTUS does for amendments, but that's a separate issue).  This continuous motion toward the Right, the complete removal from his own personal opinion as stated in the beginning, and the fact that this is par for course compared to other candidates, just shows how far Cain is willing to go to remain near the top. His financiers apparently have a lot to say over what Cain is able to say himself.

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