By any reasonable standard, a crackpot like Herman Cain should never have been taken seriously as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination last year.
But there was one brief period when polls ranked Cain as the leading candidate for the GOP nod. And there was only one reason for that aberration: Cain is a black man who generally subscribes to the wacky theories of the Republican right wing. He was the GOP darling du jour because he served as an antidote to accusations that the Republican right is racist.
But alas, eventually — nay, inevitably — Cain’s candidacy imploded, ...