Herman Cain recently criticized Occupy Wall Street by saying "don't blame Wall Street. Don't blame big banks. If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself." At last night's GOP debate, he stood by that statement. And the audience gave their rabble-rousing support.
Maybe he just misspoke — by "blame yourself," Herman Cain really meant "don't blame yourself." Apparently not — if you get laid off at the Shoe Carnival and find, surprisingly, that your professional skills have limited transferability, it's your own damn fault. "They might be frustrated with Wall Street and the bankers, but they're directing their anger at the wrong place," he said. Where protestors should direct their anger is at their own listlessness, lack of fortitude, or whatever else you need to found successful pizza empires.
So what do GOP audiences like to cheer at? Well, so far, they've applauded allowing someone without healthcare to die, booed at a gay soldier, and cheered when Rick Perry said that he was totally cool with authorizing the most executions in Texas history. And now they can add reductive summaries of unemployment and personal responsibility to that list.