The GOP’s Problem with Facts

Posted: November 22, 2011 by jerkmag in RANT -- politics
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Okay, fresh off the great Rick Perry “Oops” debacle, we have Herman Cain with his own ridiculous political blunder. For those of you who don’t know what happened here yet, during an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board, Herman Cain was asked a very simple question: Was he in favor of the actions taken by President Barack Obama in Libya? Cain then proceeds to breathe heavily, look around vacantly and muss about with his water bottle as he desperately searches for an answer in his own head. Take a quick look for yourselves.

I’ll be honest, this flub is not quite as bad as the Rick Perry debate, but his inability to give a straight answer does give the impression of one of two things. First, he actually does not know the issues at hand well enough to form a coherent opinion. Second possibility is that he does know and simply is trying to figure out which answer is the one that Republican voters want to hear.

Ignorant or insincere, those are the two options. Even his eventual answer is not actually an answer if you think about it. “Figuring out who the actual opposition is.” Yes, Mr. Cain, that is usually one of the most obvious parts of military intelligence–finding out who you are fighting. Thanks for that miraculous insight; what the hell would we do without it?

Socrates, he ain't.

Seriously, I’m really beginning to wonder how the hell any of these GOP candidates are actually serious contenders for the presidential nomination. Shouldn’t the criteria for being a presidential candidate have something to do with knowing your own thoughts and opinions? I’m not quite certain what Cain’s problem is, but I know what one problem he should never have. Deciding which tie to wear to his inauguration. That’s just a disaster for all of us.

-Alex Perez


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