Herman Cain, it's probably safe to say, has already peaked. For reasons that remain unclear, he wowed Republicans in the primary season's first debate but was quickly forgotten when Michele Bachmann wowed Republicans in the second debate. His national polling average of 10.2 percent in late June has gradually dropped over the past couple of weeks to 6.5 percent, according to Real Clear Politics. His numbers have steadily declined in polling of the Iowa caucus as well, and some of his staff in Iowa and New Hampshire recently abandoned ship. But Herman Cain does still have one card up his sleeve: More than any other candidate, he's willing to say heinous, bigoted things about Muslims.
Cain has said he wouldn't appoint a Muslim to any position within his administration because of fears that Muslims are trying to "gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government." He later softened his position slightly, allowing for the potential hiring of Muslims that pass some kind of loyalty test that only Muslims have to take. And now Cain is speaking out against the never-ending controversy over a proposed Islamic center and mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee:
"It is an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion," he said. "And I don't agree with what's happening, because this isn't an innocent mosque." ....
"It is another example of why I believe in American laws and American courts," Cain said. "This is just another way to try to gradually sneak Shariah law into our laws, and I absolutely object to that."
You read that correctly: Letting Muslims practice their religion is an infringement on our freedom of religion. Let that argument sink in for a second. Or don't. It's actually uncomfortably farcical.