I was wrong about Herman Cain.
I said originally that Cain could stay on message better than almost any other candidate. His 9-9-9 plan was all he would talk about and I attributed that to good messaging on his part.
I was wrong.
It is not messaging. Cain cannot talk about anything else.
Tonight there is a video from the Journal Sentinel online that show an interview with Herman Cain. Forget the sexual harassment allegations. Forget Mark Block’s gross incompetence. Herman Cain needs to leave the race because he is not qualified to be President.
The video is painful to watch. It is obvious Cain is in over his head and simply clueless.
And this man wants to be the Commander in Chief making decisions?
Candidates have something called briefing books. These are prepared by staffers and contain, among other things, topics candidates are expected to have at least a passing knowledge of. Cain may not be expected to know the name of the President of Montenegro or the Prime Minister of Moldavia, but Libya is a question that will obviously come up
Watching Herman Cain stumble around looking for an answer is beyond painful. He looks to the ceiling, desperately seeking an answer. He responds in vague talking points.
Unfortunately for Herman Cain, Ron Paul was not there to throw him a lifeline.
What this shows more than anything is a stunning lack of preparation by not only the campaign staff, but by Herman Cain. This was not even a semi obscure question like what should American policy be towards Sri Lanka.
In the debate last Saturday night, Herman Cain’s foreign policy philosophy seemed to be, ‘I’ll surround my self with people who have a clue because I do not.’
Earth to Herman Cain. You cannot subcontract out the duties of President.
This is not deciding whether you will sign a ceremonial proclamation for national railroad month.
Newt Gingrich would have had no problem with this. Neither would Michele Bachman, or Ron Paul or Rick Santorum or even Mitt Romney or Jon Huntsman.
Herman Cain has some very dedicated supporters. A few days ago, when I came out saying he should leave the race, they expressed their displeasure towards me in no uncertain terms.
To the Cain supporters, I simply say watch this video and ask yourself, “Is this the man you want answering the red phone in the White House at 3 AM?”
Judson, this is just a blog, but I've seen all this info in many other places... thought I'd share with you...
@Marrianne: Thanks for that link and article. I have seen articles that said something similar. I like the way the information was presented here. Will keep for my files. I know it will come in handy. Too bad facts and truth are sometimes scorned here on TPN.
Judson, with all due respect -- it's not crap. It is factual. I just research more than most folks. I also posted links so anyone who had a problem or an interest could check out the story. AND IT IS WHY Cain is having the problem that he is having on this video. He just can't talk about it. And this is a lot more accurate description of the situation than what you gave -- Since I know the reason you gave us was not well informed or the real reason Cain had trouble with this question. He is CFR remember? I know what I am talking about.
You baited people with the title to this article to spark interest. Your admission of "being wrong" was just a slick ploy to show a video of Cain in an uncomfortable situation and then attempt to manipulate people into accepting your views. That is being very deceptive -- you are not admitting you are wrong about Cain, just doing some more bashing. -- this is crap. No wonder you object to any fact or truth that might contradict your planned objective. That is sad. Be honest with us. You are an educated man, a lawyer. You can do better than this can't you?
Cain is CFR, he of course would have trouble on this issue as would Newt, or any other candidate !! These subjects are off limits. They, the candidates or Obama himself, can't AND won't talk about it without stumbling around the question. I understand perfectly why Cain responded the way he did. I simply posted an in-depth reason why. And the source of that info. It is not easy to accept that's for sure.
Actually, That is what the president has a cabinet for. The president is expected to be a leader. He needs to be able to listen to the advice of his staff and then make decisions. FDR, Woodrow Wilson and Lincoln knew nothing about fighting a war.
In Wilson's case he probably didn't know which end of the rifle to point down range.
Ronald Reagan didn't know much about overthrowing evil empires. George Bush knew nothing about fighting terrorism.
A leader needs strong principles, good judgement, courage, an open-mind and the ability to surround himself with capable advisors. I believe I just described Herman Cain.
its not Cains stumbling on Libya that bothered me today,I already know hes very weak on foreign policy,it was his stance on collective bargaining,now THAT bothered me.Especially to say this in Wisconsin,a state battling the unions and the night before Scott Walkers recall campaign goes in effect.
Herman Cain doesn't play by the highfalutin 'rules' of the D.C. establishment. People have short memories and this will come back to bite us! Consider your favorite candidate's record and remember that actions speak louder than words. Use facts, not emotions (like LIBS are famous for doing).
Magical Mystery Time Machine
Judson on Newt... May 15, 2011
What a weekend. We have had one major potential GOP candidate, Mike Huckabee pull out. Another major RINO has self-destructed.
The other major RINO is Newt Gingrich.
Newt has not had a good start to his campaign. He flip-flopped several times on Libya and then tried to explain previous marital infidelities as a consequence of his passion for politics. Well, if he had left the last two words off, he might have done better.
Now, Newt has appeared on Meet the Press, or as Rush Limbaugh likes to call it, “Meet the depressed.”
While on the show, he slammed Paul Ryan’s ideas for Medicare reform. He said, “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,”
Instead of trying to work a plan to save a program that is broke, broken, and bereft of any possibility of success, Newt simply calls for “a national conversation” about how to improve Medicare mostly be eliminating “waste, fraud and abuse.”
Washington brain rot has set in and has claimed another casualty. It is official; Newt is now a political zombie. He is lacking consciousness, yet he continues to stroll around, trying to feast on the flesh of the GOP faithful.
What conservative refers to anything another conservative offers as “radical?” We conservatives may disagree at times, but radical? Did Nancy Pelosi channel her progressive agenda into him while they cozied up on that global warming couch?
When are the nimrods in Washington, including Newt, going to realize that we do not want “conversations” about problems? We have had conversations about Medicare and Social Security for the last thirty years. They have not solved the problem. Social Security and Medicare’s insolvency problems are getting worse and now the date of their insolvency is now sooner rather than later.
Perhaps most stunning of all, Newt the zombie is saying he favors a variation of the individual mandate. He said, “I believe all of us have a responsibility to pay for healthcare.”
Perhaps the obvious question is, does Newt know which party he is running for? Is Newt now just Obama-lite?
Perhaps this is all political calculus on Newt’s part. He figures he will not get the Tea Party vote and Romney has the RINO vote sewed up, so he might as well go for the liberal vote.
On May 9th, I blogged and said Newt would be the first man out. Since Huckabee never entered the race, he has not beat Newt out. Watching someone who was once a conservative self-destruct is not a pretty sight. If it were not for Newt, Republicans might have never taken over the House of Representatives.
Unfortunately for Newt, Washington brain rot has set in and he now resembles a creature from the political version of “Night of the Living Dead.”
In the zombie movies, the only way to get rid of them was to shoot them. Fortunately for Newt, we do not have to shoot him. All we have to do is ignore him, not contribute to his campaign and let his political aspirations collapse.
Newt, go back to Georgia. Perhaps your Washington brain rot will heal in time.