Friday, September 30, 2011

National Review vs. Herman Cain: Reductio ad Hitlerum

Goodwin's Law: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 100%.

Unfortunately, even professional writers sometimes stoop to the level of the worst kind of internet troll.

In an regrettable hatchet job at National Review Online entitled "Nein! Nein! Nein! (The wild world of Cainonomics)," Herman Cain is portrayed as a delusional hack with all the angry charisma of Adolf Hitler.

The oblique references the F├╝hrer are neither funny nor clever. More importantly, any legitimate criticisms of Cain's 9-9-9 tax proposal are overshadowed by Kevin Williamson's cheap shots:
...the program is marked by Mr. Cain’s most distressing hallmark: wishful thinking that borders on fantasy...

Based on my single encounter with Mr. Cain, at a meeting with National Review’s editors, I would have hesitated to hire him to run a pizza company, much less the country.
Minimizing Mr. Cain's impressive professional accomplishments does nothing to fortify Mr. Williamson's weak argument.

The folks at NRO are obviously entitled to their own opinions, but it's disappointing to see such a brazen violation of Reagan's 11th commandment against a popular conservative.

I don't know enough about Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan say that I support it, but if you're looking for serious and credible discussion, skip the NRO.




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