Herman Cain: “We Need A Leader, Not A Reader”

At the risk of posting two Herman Cain posts in a row, this one is simply too good to pass up:

Meanwhile in the Tweetosphere, AP reporter Steve Peoples tweeted that “Cain defended his foreign policy stumbles. Says knowing every detail isn’t important: “We need a leader, not a reader”.

Over at Talking Points Memo, they take note that Cain’s line was first uttered in The Simpsons Movie:

Ladies and gentlemen, up until this week this man was the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for President.

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  1. Vast Variety says:

    Can we PLEASE get him to be the GOP nominee… ROFL.

  2. mantis says:

    So one cannot read and lead?

    We need a pitcher, not a belly-itcher!

  3. Moosebreath says:

    Holy dog whistle, Batman. Yet another example of the perpetually silly Republican idea that Obama would be nothing without his teleprompter.

  4. Chefmarty says:
  5. reid says:

    Says a lot about the Republican party, eh?

  6. Ben says:

    I’m reminded of Bill Hicks’ brilliant routine about reading a book while eating in a Waffle House one night in the deep south, and catching crap from the rednecks about the fact that he’s reading. That’s the Republican base.

  7. anjin-san says:

    So one cannot read and lead?

    Not in the GOP…

  8. mike says:

    Now I remember why I am an no longer a republican – very catchy Cain. Now go back to studying Libya on Wickipedia.