While former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain’s poll numbers have been sky-high in recent weeks, the honeymoon may soon be over for him, says Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume.
On Sunday’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Hume chided Cain for a series of gaffes and missteps in explaining his stance on issues such as abortion and negotiating with terrorists.
“I think serious damage has been done,” Hume said. “For all of the disaffection for professional politicians that we see in this cycle and to some extent in the congressional election, in the end, particularly when you are running for president, it is not an advantage to be without long experience. And Herman Cain’s lack of experience is leading to these stumbles and missteps and misstatements.”
Hume said Cain’s attempt to explain his abortion position didn’t make sense either.
“The abortion blunder was inexplicable,” Hume continued. “It doesn’t walk it back when you say it ought to be the person’s choice but it is also illegal. I’m sorry — that doesn’t help. I suspect Herman Cain may have peaked and may begin to decline.”
Hume also took umbrage with the back-and-forth between Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, which Perry instigated in last week’s GOP presidential debate.
“And just on one other point, there is a lot of people who think that the moment in the debate where Mitt Romney and Perry got into it was helpful to Perry,” Hume said. “I couldn’t disagree more. I think Perry took an unmistakable cheap shot at Romney on immigration.”
According to Hume, it wound up making Perry look bad.
“He said Mitt Romney, which unknown to him, had hired an illegal. It turns out it was a company he had hired, which unknown to him had hired illegals. He told them to stop it. They said they would. When they didn’t do that and more illegals got hired, he fired the company. Now that is something no one would make an issue of it. Perry did and he tried to interrupt Mitt Romney when Romney was explaining, that made Perry look bad too. So I think he made a double-blunder on that and he came out much worse.”
Hume added that Romney’s response wasn’t the most artful, but maintained that his explanation held up.