Five Things No Presidential Candidate Should Say

Yesterday, Herman Cain said them all:

1. “Of course I would be willing to do a lie detector test.”

2. “I don’t even know who this woman is.”

3. “After watching that press conference yesterday, I called [my wife]. I said, ‘Sweetheart, did you see it?’ She said, ‘Yes … I have known you for 46 years … that doesn’t even sound like anything you would ever do to anyone.”

4. “I cannot say that it is a conspiracy. We do not have definitive, factual proof. We can only look at some coincidences to suggest it, that maybe someone is deliberately behind it.”

5. “There will probably be others.”

To that I would add the comment Cain made during the event yesterday when he called Sharon Bialek a “troubled woman.”

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2012, Quick Takes, US Politics,
Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed for too young in July 2021.

Comments

  1. Brad says:

    How about, “I have never acted inappropriately with anyone, period!”

  2. Good list.

    That one quoting his wife was one I was going to blog about myself–it is just a weird, weird way to address this issue.

  3. legion says:

    I’m still waiting for the Marion Barry “Bitch set me up” moment…

  4. WR says:

    I vote for the constant references to “Herman Cain.” I don’t trust anyone who refers to himself in the third person.

  5. Janis Gore says:

    I’m sure the fifth accusationsits well with Ms. Cain.

    “Oh, he’s told me about that. It doesn’t bother me in the least that he pursues dinner dates with attractive women half his age on foreign trips. I trust him implicitly.”

  6. matt b says:

    4. “I cannot say that it is a conspiracy. We do not have definitive, factual proof. We can only look at some coincidences to suggest it, that maybe someone is deliberately behind it.”

    Personally, I’m starting to really dig how strangely honest Herman Cain is. I mean how many claims has this guy begun by saying “though I have no evidence of this…” or “while I don’t have the facts to back this up” and then dives into one rambling theory or another.

    I mean most conservatives quote crap science or other things to at least try and provide a sense of legitimacy to their points. Not Cain. He flat out says that this has no basis in anything other than his opinion and then immediately states that opinion as fact.

  7. JHC says:

    @legion:

    Legion!!!!! Christ that was funny! ROFL

  8. JHC says:

    Doug, awesome piece. Comment authors, you all and Doug should replace Letterman’s writers. ROFL

  9. rodney dill says:

    “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”