Not that Herman Cain is going to win the GOP nomination, but can I just note for a minute how absurd it is that he’s doing well enough in the polls that those of us in the media need to pay some attention to what he’s saying and his ideas?
He’s not a real politician. He’s not a notably successful businessman. And most of all, he hasn’t spent any time learning about the issues. It’s genuinely not that difficult to acquire some minimal grasp of public policy. Lots of elected official do it. Lots of people in the press do. Matt Damon knows a thing or two. Cain is just running around saying “nine-nine-nine” a lot. He doesn’t even particularly seem interested in politics. If we need a sideshow to the Perry-Romney race, can’t we just go back to Michele Bachmann?