If you know who Herman Cain is, you probably have a pretty favorable impression of him.
At least that’s the sense one gets after reading Tony Lee’s new article at Human Events. Among the topics Lee covers is Cain’s recent high-profile appearance on Fox News:
After his announcement, Cain went on national television last Sunday and, by many conventional metrics, flopped. When asked by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace where he stood on the right of return, Cain seemed puzzled by what “right of return” meant.
This exchange, especially because it occurred the weekend before Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the United States Congress and after Barack Obama’s remarks about how the peace process use the 1967 borders as a starting point, ignited the requisite controversy any comment about the Middle East always does. It caused the chattering class to pause and wonder if Cain, whose appearance on “Fox News Sunday” was similar to John Edwards’ maiden appearance on Meet The Press that was widely panned, was actually ready for primetime.
The next day on “Hannity,” though, Cain showed why his anti-politician persona and theme is resonating. Cain admitted candidly to Hannity that Wallace’s question about the right of return “caught me off-guard” and he “didn’t understand the right of return” and that the question, to him, “came out of left field,” and “out of all the questions I anticipated him asking me, I didn’t even conceive of him asking me about the right of return.”
Cain admitted that “I now know what that is” and said, referring to himself in the third person, that “the thing that you’re going to learn about Herman Cain, if he doesn’t know something, he’s not going to try and fake it or give an answer that he doesn’t know what hes talking about.”
Cain then gave one of the savviest answers of this election cycle, which surely is a testament to his advisers, who have been the savviest so far in this nascent election cycle. Cain told Hannity “the thing about that right of return that I’ve learned since Sunday” was that the Palestinians were not “kicked out of Israel by the Jews, no! Their Arab leaders asked them to leave because they thought they were going to annihilate what was left, and then they’re going to go back. So yes, I still stick by my answer.”