As he demonstrated during his quixotic presidential campaign, numbers aren’t really Herman Cain’s strong suit. This may seem strange on its face for a person whose only qualification for public attention is his alleged business acumen, but there it is: His much vaunted “9-9-9” tax plan was actually a “9.1-9.1-9.1” tax plan and wouldn’t have worked, anyway. Still, in spite of that and the fact that his tenure on the Kansas City Fed board more than 20 years ago amounted to a four-year-campaign to do exactly the opposite of what the president wants to do now, Donald Trump thinks he’s the perfect man for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. And yet his innumeracy keeps getting in the way.
You see, four Republican senators have already said they won’t vote to confirm Cain, and Larry Kudlow’s dropping some heavy hints that maybe Cain shouldn’t bother to go through with the whole vetting process. But Herman Cain has looked at the numbers and, well, they haven’t made any more of an impression on him than any other numbers ever have.
“I don’t quit because of negative criticism,” Mr. Cain said. “I don’t quit because of negative attacks. And I don’t quit because several senators have expressed reservations about my qualifications….”
“What Kudlow was doing was giving me an out, and I appreciate that, but I don’t want an out,” Mr. Cain said.