‘Grace’ Under Fire

Earlier today, a few minutes after 10 a.m., Herman Cain met with his senior advisers on the eleventh floor of the American Enterprise Institute. They huddled in a private conference room near the lobby, Cain’s bodyguard hovering near the door.

A floor below, Cain’s economic team discussed the candidate’s tax plan. Under the glow of Klieg lights, they detailed its 9 percent rates. Sharing the dais, a panel of tax experts challenged aspects of their argument. It was wonky, serious, and mostly apolitical.

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