Of the people who might actually get the Republican nomination for President, Herman Cain would be, beyond comparison, the weakest opponent for Barack Obama. It’s not easy to find someone less qualified for the Presidency than a former half-term governor, but Cain probably does it: he has never held any public office, or for that matter any position involiving public policy other than lobbyist. He is not only grossly ignorant, but proud of his ignorance. His positions are extremist where they aren’t merely incomprehensible.

So, as a liberal, I want Cain, rather than Romney, to be the Republican nominee. The people who have a strong need to destroy Cain are Romney’s handlers and party strategists such as Karl Rove. Whether the charges against him are true or false, I very much hope he skates past them.

So when various wingnut commenters try to make this a “liberal media” plot against a conservative, I can only shake my head and wonder whether they actually believe the sh*t they write. Neither answer is really an attractive one.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

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Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.