Thursday, November 17, 2011

'A leader, not a reader' and other nonsense

Steve Benen noted that Herman Cain (who's campaigning in New Hampshire today) was "asked to explain his child-like incoherence on international affairs." The Herminator, the self-proclaimed "big picture" man, responded: "We need a leader, not a reader." Yeah, he really said that. The mind reels. Benen snarked, "Herman Cain makes George W. Bush (The Decider) look like Stephen Hawking." Heh. Meanwhile, on the Rick Perry front, the Texas governor challenged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (whom Cain derisively called "Princess Nancy") to a debate. Why he did so remains a mystery since Pelosi is not running for president. Anyway, Pelosi responded and went all "oops" on Perry via Twitter: "Re: Gov. Perry--Monday I’ll be in Portland. Later visiting labs in CA. That's 2. I can’t remember the 3rd thing." Heh. Notice how deftly Pelosi eviscerated Perry? She effectively won the tête-à-tête in absentia before Perry knew what hit him. That's the difference between being a political pro and a wanker. The bottom line: Don't mess with Nancy. But after reading all of this (and having lost those precious minutes I'll never get back), I too have decided to adopt Dan Drezner's "Little League Mercy Rule" when it comes to the sundry clowns pursuing the presidency. Unless something spectacular occurs, it just ain't worth blogging about them anymore. As Drezner says, one can only pick on ignoramuses so many times before it feels sadistic.

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