I think Herman Cain is an idiot and I agree with Chauncey DeVega that a lot of Cain’s shtick is putting on a race minstrel show to make conservatives feel good about having a new black friend. That said, is Cain really that much more ridiculous than Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney? I’m not seeing it. And why is it some joke that he was a CEO of a pizza chain? Fast food needs Galtian geniuses too. I don’t think Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich (let alone Sarah Palin) could run a pizza chain successfully.
I’m struggling to understand what makes one Republican candidate a serious GOP daddy and another a joke. Sure, Cain has never held office, but neither did he quit halfway through a first term.