The insurgent 2012 candidate and former Godfather's Pizza CEO appears to have taken two proposals from fictional worlds
When Herman Cain shot to the top of GOP presidential primary polling, it just didn't feel right.
Cain doesn't strike us as a real politician, and he constantly says he's not a politician at all. He blusters about the stupid people ruining America. He used to run a pizza company and has never held public office. So when NBC and The Wall Street Journal found him leading Mitt Romney by four percent, it felt like the 2012 race had morphed into an episode of "Sliders." When will Jerry O'Connell change the channel and reinstall a career politician as Romney's co-front-runner? Something has to be wrong.
Maybe our confusion has something to do with the way elements of Cain's platform echo portrayals of fictional universes.
Cain's 9-9-9 plan, as The Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel has pointed out, may or may not have been inspired by Sim City the fourth edition of which (2003) featured a nine percent income tax, nine percent corporate tax, and nine percent sales tax as the default tax plan for Sim citizens.
He's also been promoting, for some time, an electrified fence on the U.S./Mexico border.