Cain then went on to say he thought liberals were upset with him "because I won't stay on the Democrat plantation like I'm supposed to."
"It may shock you but some black people can think for themselves," he added.
As Adam Serwer notes, the one audience whom this statement would go over like a stone is an audience of Black people. As Serwer observes:
Again, it's hard to imagine Cain talking like this to the average black audience, because the average black person doesn't really enjoy being compared to a slave. But it's the sort of thing white conservatives really eat up, which is why black conservatives often draw these kinds of comparisons.
Black people, I imagine, also don't like being told they mostly can't "think for themselves."
I have no doubt that Cain's conservatism is genuine. But if the idea behind promoting someone like Herman Cain is to show that the GOP is an inclusive place for Black people -- a place where their issues and concerns and beliefs will be taken seriously -- it's going to be an obvious failure. If the goal is to reassure the GOP's overwhelmingly White voting base that they're not racist, on the other hand, he's very useful.