Monday, October 17, 2011

Herman Cain Pulls A Sarah Palin

Herman Cain doesn't know what neoconservatism is.
DAVID GREGORY: What about foreign policy advisers? Who has shaped your view on the U.S. in the world and foreign policy?

HERMAN CAIN: I’ve looked at the writings of people like Ambassador John Bolton. I’ve looked at the writings of Dr. Henry Kissinger, “KT” McFarland, someone who I respect.

GREGORY: Would you describe yourself as a neoconservative then?

CAIN: I’m not sure what you mean by neoconservative. I’m a conservative, yes. Neoconservative, labels sometimes put you in a box. I’m very conservative.

GREGORY: But you’re familiar with the neoconservative movement?

CAIN: I’m not familiar with the neoconservative movement. I’m familiar with the conservative movement and let me define what I mean by the conservative movement. Less government. Less taxes. More individual responsibility.
Questions: Was Herman Cain alive in the past decade? Did he not accidentally venture into the same room as television turned to any news station? Did he not stumble across the many newspapers that constantly rehashed the foreign policy debate during the height of the Iraq War? How is it possible that a man seeking the highest office in the land could be so oblivious to the most important foreign policy discussion in not just the United States, but within his own party?

The answers to all of these questions are that Herman Cain doesn't care about public policy, especially foreign policy with all of those long, complicated names of countries. When Sarah Palin whiffed the Bush doctrine question, it was much more forgivable.

I will gladly take Herman Cain over Rick Perry's Mormon baiting. But good grief. Give me 2008 back again where the Republicans had more than one option.

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GetReal said...

I don't think the shot at Palin was necessary here.

Anonymous said...

Yes, that was a terrible moment in that interview. Cain is appalingly unprepared to deal with foreign policy.


Anonymous said...

As someone who has finally come out to support Mitt Romney, I find the David Gregory "gotcha" interview with Herman Cain to be disturbing. What disturbs me isn't that the left is playing this card game from the bottom of the deck. What disturbs me is that other GOP candidates would even respong to this garbage and try and play in this mud box. I expect the left to buy into that "gotcha" politics. But I will not sit here as a Romney supporter and pay any credence to that interview. There are plenty of differences between Cain and Romney that we don't have to go into "gotcha" land.
What are you gonna say when your candidate gets slammed at this petty game? Don't come crying to me....

Anonymous said...

I'm a Romney guy, but to be fair the term NeoConservative is so poorly defined and overly used that I cant blame Cain for not knowing what the interviewer was asking.

Noelle said...

I only learned the term neo-conservative within the past year. So I don't want to be someone who lives in a glass house, and still feels compelled tho throw stones. That being said, it is another indicator that Herman Cain, who I like, is not ready for the job of president. Would he be better than Obama? Absolutely! Is he the best person to put in that job? I don't think so.

Obama has policies with which I disagree completely. He is also woefully unprepared for the burden of leadership that a president must shoulder.

Cain's policy positions are much more in line with my own, but I am not confident that he is as prepared as he should be to shoulder the burden of leadership that has proven to be beyond Obama's capabilities.

hamaca said...

I don't see this particular question as a "gotcha" question at all. It's more than a fair question to ask any candidate. I'd be interested in each candidate's answer.

Ohio JOE said...

"I don't think the shot at Palin was necessary here." Unfortunately, it is if you are a Generalismo in a desperate battle against the base.

Anonymous said...

Good grief is right Pablo! Glad to see you, hope things are going well with your new job.

Reaganesque, gotcha is the way it is, it doesn't matter how we feel about it. Our guys have to be ready. Cain is clearly not ready, although I really like the way he filled the Perry hole. I hope he holds on a little longer.


Anonymous said...

OJ, well, it's true that Palin already went through this. Cain should have had the good sense to learn from her mistake.


Ohio JOE said...

Your right Martha, your camp leader failed to learn from his past mistakes. Oh well better luck next time.

Anonymous said...

OJ, I think both Romney and Palin have learned from their mistakes. They are much better than they were in 08.

This is all new for Cain, but he should have done a little more homework if he wants to be POTUS in such an enormously critical time.