Posted by on June 02, 2011 in Blog

In response to a question about whether he would be comfortable appointing Muslims to his cabinet or as federal judges were he elected President, Herman Cain said the following:

You think that’s shocking coming from a presidential contender? Wait until you hear who took issue with his comments! Glenn Beck (yes, seriously, Glenn Beck) noted that even he would trust his Muslim friends with such positions, and asked Cain via telephone on his show to explain his perplexing statement. It turns out that the whole thing was just one big misunderstanding, and that Cain’s earlier comments were simply “misconstrued” (phew). Cain explained that he never said that he would not appoint a Muslim to his cabinet, only that he “would not be comfortable” having a Muslim in his cabinet.

Given the extreme unlikelihood that Cain would appoint people that he’s not comfortable appointing, the implications of his comments even after the ridiculous clarification remain the same: he would probably object to hiring Muslims. What happens next is the funniest part of the interview. Noticing that Cain’s clarification was just as incriminating as his earlier comments, Glenn Beck jumps in for the save, offering his own clarification of Cain’s comments:

It’s like, you know, there is [sic] good Catholics, bad Catholics; good Mormons, bad Mormons. I want to make sure I know that individual. So, you’re clarifying here that you would not make a blanket statement for anybody?

Correct! That’s exactly right, Glenn! That’s what I’m saying!” was the reply of a grateful Cain, despite having said nothing of the kind on his own.

Despite having the luxury of several months to come up with a coherent and plausible defense of his earlier statement, Cain still needed the assistance of Glenn Beck’s spontaneous intervention to make it work. We’ll see if Cain can now do it on his own the next time the question arises.