The case against Herman Cain

Take for example, Cain’s support of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Most conservatives disdain TARP, and my guess is that — just as many of Perry’s early supporters were unaware of some of Perry’s positions — many of Cain’s new supporters don’t realize he supported TARP.

And Cain didn’t just support it in the abstract. In 2008, he wrote passionately in support of the program, arguing: “Wake up people! Owning a part of the major banks in America is not a bad thing. We could make a profit while solving a problem.”

Cain’s service as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in 1995 and 1996 might also be an issue for some tea party conservatives (though it also might help him with others)…

The fact that Cain stumbled on a question about the Palestinian “right of return” to Israeli territory should give pause to anyone concerned about foreign policy and international relations. Republicans also have reason to fear Cain could — at any moment — commit a serious gaffe that might derail his campaign. For example, his comments that he wouldn’t appoint a Muslim to his administration set back his campaign for weeks.