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I Agree With An Iowa Conservative? When It’s About Herman Cain.

Submitted by on November 5, 2011 – 2:05 pmOne Comment
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I agree with Steve Deace?

We have very little in common ideologically. The Iowa radio host is an influential Christian conservative in the Midwest. On his Web site, he brags about accomplishing nothing as a young man, being uneducated, and believing that “the Bible is literally true” and “the Constitution isn’t a living breathing document.” He’s an enemy of marriage equality and women’s reproductive rights.

Deace was pulled onto the national stage on Wednesday when Cain’s campaign manager mentioned at a public appearance on Tuesday that a staffer for “a radio talk show host of Iowa…thought that Mr. Cain’s comments were inappropriate.” Deace then told news Web site POLITICO that Cain had made “awkward” and “inappropriate” comments to Deace’s staff.

Deace has refused to clarify these vague claims. But in a statement on his Web site, he makes a compelling case for why these accusations aren’t even the worst thing that makes Cain unqualified to be president. He calls out Cain’s “multiple positions” on abortion and his “not knowing that China already has nuclear weapons,” before making a damning critique of the entire primary campaign spectacle:

The fact that someone so uninformed and morally inconsistent has made it this far in a crucial Republican presidential primary, only to finally be vetted by his personal life, is an example of why so many Americans have lost faith in the system. Instead of debating issues we debate cults of personality.

Wow. I…do agree with Steve Deace.

We would no doubt differ drastically on how to fix the system. While Deace criticizes Cain for being “uniformed,” Deace himself seems to have an anti-education and anti-intellectualism streak; I suppose “moral consistency” (i.e. unthinking self-righteousness) makes up for facts and reason.

But let me stop complaining, and appreciate that Deace has convincingly captured an idea that resonates even with someone on the opposite end of the political spectrum: Herman Cain is bad for our country, and the American people should expect much, much more from a presidential candidate than empty slogans and snappy jokes.

I don’t think that’s how Herman Cain intended to unite voters.

What do you think? Do Deace and I underestimate Herman Cain?

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