Herman Cain Becomes Even More Absurd

Here’s how Herman Cain responded Monday night when a reporter asked him about the now-famous Libya gaffe:

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Seriously, why is this man even on the stage?

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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 far too young in July 2021.


  1. superdestroyer says:

    Who cares? There is no chance that Cain will be president. However, there is a very good chance that Nancy Pelosi will return as Speak of the House.

    Why not put a little effort into looking that would happen is the Democrats regain control of the House instead of fretting about an irrelevant candidate who will not even been running by February 1, 2012.

  2. Rick Almeida says:


    Why not put a little effort into looking that would happen is the Democrats regain control of the House…

    They will cave into the Republicans’ demands at every turn, just like they did from 2009-10.

  3. superdestroyer says:

    @Rick Almeida:

    Which part of passing the Affordable Care Act and giving the federal government direct control (instead of the current indirect control) was giving the Republicans what they want?

  4. JC says:

    Perhaps he was simply showing off his knowledge of German, “Nein, nein, nein” (No, no, no)! 🙂

  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Doug, I hate to point it out, but it just is not possible for the infinitely absurd to get “more absurd”.

  6. @OzarkHillbilly:

    Sure it can. Cain used to be just countably infinitely absurd. But now he’s added irrationality to the mix, so he’s become uncountably infinitely absurd.

  7. Bleev K says:

    What a pretentious pathetic idiot.

  8. James H says:

    At first, I thought he was saying “Nein, nein, nein.” I expected a pithy follow-up about foreign polic … but then I realized he said, “Nine-Nine-Nine.”

  9. Neil Hudelson says:


    Actually I think that’s exactly what he was doing. Or at least I hope.

    Or else he’s crossed the threshold from “in over his head” to “nuts.”

  10. Kylopod says:

    Back in the early 2000s, Doonesbury ran a series of strips in which the Bush Admin would answer every question from reporters with “9/11.” Life imitating art, I guess.