Letter to the Republican Presidential Candidates from a Former Democrat

For all the endless back-and-forth about Cain’s 9-9-9 plan -- seemingly the one substantive proposal on the table for the entire GOP (It shouldn’t be; where are the others?) -- I came away from Tuesday’s debate with no more knowledge of Cain’s plan than I had before I watched. I learned far more reading Arthur Laffer’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal the next day – or trying Cain’s own calculator.

But speaking of Cain, I’m a little worried about him. He’s caught the world’s attention by being the very model of the constructive private citizen running for public office – a twinkle in the eye of the Founding Fathers.

But even he seems to be infected by this campaign vitriol disease. In an interview Wednesday with CNN’s Carol Costello, he said the following:

COSTELLO: So in the next debate, you're going on the attack?

CAIN: I'm going on the attack.

COSTELLO: You're ready to do that.

CAIN: Yes, I am.

COSTELLO: Really, you've been the nice guy through all this.

CAIN: Yes.

COSTELLO: The likable guy.

CAIN: I've been trying. But they're getting on my last nerve.

Say it ain’t so, Herman!

(He did have a grin on his face in the video version.)