A week after Sarah Palin visited the “Statute” of Liberty and slammed the DREAM Act, longshot Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has also jumped into the fray, weighing in on immigration in such a way that makes one think, ‘he must be joking…’
Speaking to an “enthusiastic” audience in Iowa, Cain discussed border enforcement (one of the Republicans’ favorite things to talk about when it comes to immigration) and riffed on a line from President Obama’s immigration speech in Texas last month:
I just got back from China. Ever heard of the Great Wall of China? It looks pretty sturdy. And that sucker is real high. I think we can build one if we want to! We have put a man on the moon, we can build a fence! Now, my fence might be part Great Wall and part electrical technology. . . . Put me in charge of the fence and it will be a twenty foot wall, barbed wire, electrified on the top. And on this side of the fence, I’d have that moat that President Obama talked about. And I would put those alligators in that moat!
Sound ridiculous? That’s because it is.
Cain is the former CEO of Godfather Pizza and a past Chairman of the Kansas City Fed who has never been elected to political office. He still isn’t very well known outside his Tea Party base, but polls have surprisingly found him neck-and-neck with presumed heavyweights such as Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, and ahead of “serious” candidates like Tim Pawlenty and Jon Hunstman. How did he turn so many heads, and vault from being a complete unknown to a surprise stealth candidate? Probably because Donald Trump dropped out—when it comes to the Tea Party, it seems like the craziest guy always wins.
Just this week, he underscored his commitment to small government by saying that, as President, he would refuse to sign any bill longer than three pages. “You’d have time to read that one over the dinner table,” he said, not bothering to explain that such a limit would pretty much preclude any substantive piece of legislation (such as the Civil Rights Act, the Social Security Act, or the PATRIOT Act). The comment may have been a throwback to his pizza days—the Godfather Pizza menu is three pages long—but do we really want legislation that affects 300 million Americans to be, at maximum, the same length as a greasy late night takeout menu?