Here’s the Cain campaign innovating once again, this time by capturing the key sad-eyed middle-aged white male demographic. Watch it all the way through, it’s worth it. (via Fallows)
In the comments on yesterday’s Cain post, I was accused of insufficient gravitas in my analysis of the Cain campaign. I realize that there’s a high standard of serious political inquiry here at this learned journal, so today I’m summoning my inner Cronkite when examining the Republican field.
Whatever you might say about my man Herman — and Bieber knows you can say a lot — you must remember that the race he’s running is to be the alternative to Mitt Romney. His key competitor in that race is a man who makes Herman look like a combination of Ronald Reagan and Seneca the Younger, the Governor of the great state of Texas. Perry just dropped his turd of a tax plan, and its an impenetrable combination of stupidity and complexity (via KD):
On Tuesday I will announce my “Cut, Balance and Grow” plan to scrap the current tax code, lower and simplify tax rates, cut spending and balance the federal budget, reform entitlements, and grow jobs and economic opportunity.
The plan starts with giving Americans a choice between a new, flat tax rate of 20% or their current income tax rate. The new flat tax preserves mortgage interest, charitable and state and local tax exemptions for families earning less than $500,000 annually, and it increases the standard deduction to $12,500 for individuals and dependents.
First, that name is so bad that it makes me wonder if Bob Shrum is advising Perry. Second, he’s going to “scrap the current tax code” by keeping its most widely used exemptions and deductions, and by letting people choose to use it to pay their taxes? There’s some simplification we can all believe in. And, considering that the plan includes more details about the estate tax and Sarbanes-Oxley, can you imagine a tongue-tied semi-illiterate like Perry actually explaining it during a debate?
So, to those of you who say that Herman has one eye, I say that he’s running for leadership of the kingdom of the blind.
Also, too: you have to love the Reaganesque quality of Herman’s fascination with the number 45.