May 22, 2011

Why I'm Not Backing Herman Cain

For all that Herman Cain tries to make a virtue out of his having never held public office, it is also clear that there are a myriad of issues with which he is not familiar or doesn't have clear positions.

Not long ago it was on how he would handle Afghanistan. Now it is the Israeli/Palestinian conflict that has tripped him up -- and in a significantly more serious way than the earlier gaffe.

In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Mr. Cain –widely considered to be a long-shot contender for the Republican Presidential nomination – appeared to be somewhat confused by the idea of the Palestinian “right of return” to Israeli territory.

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When asked about his stance on the matter, Cain appeared confused.

CAIN: Right of return? Right of return?

WALLACE: The Palestinian right of return.

CAIN: That's something that should be negotiated.

When asked again about whether he believes in the Palestinian right of return, Cain seemed unclear about the Israeli position on the matter, as well as his own.

CAIN: Yes, but under - but not under - Palestinian conditions. Yes. They should have a right to come back if that is a decision that Israel wants to make…. I don't think they have a big problem with people returning.

I'm sorry, but it isn't just that Cain's position is wrong -- I could live with that, given that I'm not ever going to find a candidate who I agree with on everything. No, it is that he is utterly clueless on the issue even as he prepares to address the foremost Zionist group in the country -- so much so that he has to have the issue explained to him by reporters.

I personally think there will be a position for Herman Cain in the new administration should the GOP candidate win in 2012. He would be a great secretary of commerce, or even secretary of the Treasury. He might even be a great White House Chief of Staff. But President? No way -- he just isn't ready for prime-time.

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Just out of curiousity, do you always, have you always, voted the "Israeli/Palestinian" issue as your primary cause?

I guess I have a different opinion. Who gives a crap what Herman Cain knows about "the right of return"? If I make a list of issues ranking from important to least important, this one is down the way. Way down. I mean, why focus on unresolvable problems anyway? It shows the man is probably focused in the right direction.

The guy in the White House now thinks we have 59 states (57 with 2 to go) and he cannot pronounce the word "Corpsmen". Right of return is a big deal? Actually his answer is even a pretty decent one. Leave it up to the Israelis.

|| Posted by rick g, May 23, 2011 08:33 AM ||

Israel has never been my first issue. I simply want an amateur president who doesn't have his head up his ass when it comes to foreign policy -- otherwise I'd vote for Obama.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, May 23, 2011 03:54 PM ||

I don't think that there is one RINO candidate that has given a clear answer on this issue. Michele Bachmann is the only candidate other than Cain to stand up for issues that concern thinking Americans the most--including tax rerm first and a Fair Tax next. Give me a Cain / Bachmann ticket every day of the week. (His first choice for running mate by the way)At least he knows what year it is and how many states there are.

|| Posted by Scott, May 25, 2011 11:46 AM ||
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