I don’t ask this just because Herman Cain’s political ideology is the polar opposite of my own. I think he might actually be short on intelligence. Or like Rachel Maddow says, he’s a brillant performance art project.
Yes, he was a successful businessman and lobbyist. And yes he went to stellar educational institutions like Morehouse College. But I actually think that either Herman Cain might be missing a few firing neurons or he is a method actor pretending to be less smart than he actually is.
I wrote over at TheGrio yesterday that Herman Cain’s 15 minutes of fame seem to finally be coming to an end (thank goodness!) and that while it should have been the sexual harassment allegations that did him in, it might actually turn out to be he complete lack of knowing things.
While it’s probably the end of the Herman Cain “campaign” it likely isn’t the end of the media fascination with him. Like Sarah Palin before him, Mr. Cain is more performance artist than serious politician. He’s like the Kim Kardashian of the reality series known as the GOP primaries. He’s says it’s real, the media covers his “campaign” as if it’s real, but about 72 days later it’s all revealed as a sham.
Hopefully, after this week we can all move on to putting the microscope on the most likely choice for the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney, and stop with all this “we need a leader, not a reader” nonsense.
Because in this post-9/11 era, we definitely need a leader who reads especially daily intelligence briefing memos that are titled, “Bin Laden Determined to Attack in the United States.” And remember our current president (who Mr. Cain thinks he’s qualified to replace) was the one who took out that guy.
Things like U.S. policy with regards to the intervention in Libya, China’s nuclear weapons, Iran, Iraq, or anything that doesn’t have the answer “9-9-9″ seem to highlight Mr. Cain’s lack of policy chops.
I know I’m being hard on Mr. Cain but he’s running for control of the nuclear launch codes. I don’t mess around when it comes to the person wanting to be in control of the nukes. If they proclaim that “we need a leader, not a reader” and sound more like a Simpson’s character than a serious person they are going to get called out.
So I hope Mr. Cain enjoyed his time in the spotlight. I’m sure his book tour masquerading as a “presidential campaign” was lucrative for him.