It’s really quite an indictment on the unseriousness of our country, or at least the conservative electorate, that Cain is at the top of the polls now. [...]Uh, Rod? Pat Robertson finished second in the Iowa Caucuses in 1988 and Pat Buchanan got 3 million votes in the '92 primary. The 2000 GOP primary field included notable crazies Alan Keyes, Gary Bauer and Buchanan -- to go with Steve Forbes. The Republicans almost got Sarah Palin in the White House in 2008. Then all hell broke loose with the Teabillies: Christine O'Donnell, Allen West, Joe Miller, Rand Paul. Not to mention legacy nutjobs like Steve King, Paul Broun and Jim DeMint, among others.
Expertise does not guarantee wisdom. But that doesn’t mean the amateurism puts us on the side of the angels, either. You wouldn’t trust an amateur to spay your cat or to give you sound investment advice for your 401(K) — yet there are millions of Republians who think an avuncular amateur like Herman Cain would do a great job as president of the United States, or at least a better job than Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, or anybody else on offer who has actually worked in politics. I’m not thrilled with these choices either, but come on, what is wrong with us?
The GOP crazy train has been running for a while -- it's just picking up steam now.