The Corner

Vintage Cain

In my piece on the home page today, I look at what Herman Cain accomplished during his time leading the National Restaurant Association:


In the 1990s, Herman Cain went to Washington and fought against minimum-wage hikes, worked to make welfare reform succeed, and advocated free trade.

He did so, not from a perch at a conservative think tank, but as chairman and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.

Cain didn’t just use the National Restaurant Association to further free-enterprise aims. He also worked to make the group significantly more influential than it had been. (Cain even started calling the group the NRA, because he was so convinced the group would become more influential than the gun association that he refused to worry over possible confusion, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.) And he took on issues — such as the legal blood-alcohol limit for driving, and whether small businesses could count restaurant meals as a business expense — that pertained to the restaurants’ interests, not necessarily the general public’s.

Full piece here

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...