Yesterday, on Halloween, I decided to celebrate by doing something really scary: I went down to the National Press Club to see Herman Cain.
What a scary notion, indeed: the idea that this man is, at the moment, the leading Republican candidate for president.
Let me tell you. I have seen a lot of politicians up close and personal. I have never seen a phonier one that Herman Cain.
Yes, he’s cute. He’s clever. He’s funny. He’s quick on his feet. He’s got a bag of well-rehearsed one-liners. But he talks sheer nonsense.
On foreign policy, for example, he promised: “Under President Cain, we will stop giving money to our enemies!” But he didn’t name one enemy we’re today giving money to. Because he couldn’t.
On the economy, he insisted we’re on life support because growth was projected to be only 1.6% and had been that way for years – when, only last week it was reported that third quarter growth was 2.5%.
And the audience applauded both lines, without knowing what the hell they were talking about.
Herman Cain says we’re in trouble. And on that point, he’s right. If he’s the best the Republican Party and the business community can come up with, America’s in serious trouble, indeed.
That’s my parting shot for today.