The reason liberals don't like Herman Cain, the National Review's Victor Davis Hanson explains, isn't that they oppose his policies or that he's too stupid to understand his own policies. It's that he's a real black, not like that fake black Obama.
[C]ain also wins greater scrutiny, not exemption, because he is black—or at least a certain sort of black. [H]is voice, bearing, grammar, and diction, even his showy black cowboy hat, bother liberals in much the same way that Joe Frazier was not Muhammad Ali and Clarence Thomas was not Anita Hill. Black authenticity, as defined by Southern mannerisms and darker complexion, amplified by conservatism or traditionalism, earns liberal unease....
His speech and manner are as genuine as Obama's are forced and often phony.... Cain is authentically African-American and of an age to remember the Jim Crow South; Obama, the son of an elite Kenyan and a white graduate student, came of age as a Hawaiian prep-schooler, whose civil-rights credentials are academic.
In other words, Black politicians be talkin' like this: 'I'm Herman Cain and I don't know shit about Ubeki-beki-beki-stan.' But fake black politicians be all like: 'I'm Barack Obama and I'm the president and I am going to socialize your health care now.'
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