Herman Cain Campaign Is an Insult to My Mother

On a near-daily basis, Jonathan Capehart blogs at the Washington Post, the GOP presidential front-runner denigrates the high expectations demanded by Capehart's mother -- and mothers everywhere.

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GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain (Getty Images)

In a blog entry at the Washington Post, columnist Jonathan Capehart castigates GOP presidential front-runner Herman Cain for being completely unprepared for that position.

On my first day at an all-white school in North Plainfield, N.J., and then again in Hazlet, N.J. and then again before I took off for college in Northfield, Minn., my mother delivered a lecture not unfamiliar to other kids of color (and women, for that matter). You have to work twice as hard and be twice as good to not be seen as inferior, deficient and not as up to the task (whatever the task might be) as your white classmates. It ain't right. It ain't fair. But that's the way it is.

On a near-daily basis, Herman Cain, the front runner for the Republican nomination for president of the United States, denigrates the high level of expectation and preparation demanded by my mother and mothers everywhere. And with each ill-fated utterance he has me saying, "C'mon, man!" A phrase that drips with a you-should-know-better disappointment, because he is profoundly unprepared for the stage upon which he struts (and sings).

Cain came up with his overly simplistic "9-9-9" tax plan and then had a hard time explaining it. On "Meet the Press." At the Las Vegas debate two days later. He complained that critics hadn't read the whole plan or that they didn't know about the "opportunity zones' to help the poor. Once he revealed those plans, the vigorously defended "9-9-9" plan became "9-0-9" -- and still made no sense.

Read Jonathan Capehart's entire blog entry at the Washington Post.

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