Nobody Remembers Herman Cain

Herman Cain

At least that’s what seemed to be the case on Jeopardy last night:

While the political world might think Herman Cain was the GOP’s most memorable candidate from the clown show known as the “2012 Republican presidential primaries,” apparently last night’s Jeopardy! contestants remember otherwise.

The clue: “This pizza magnate and 2012 presidential candidate was a math major at historically black Morehouse College.” Not a single contestant — Julia, Dilip, or Donna — could answer.

“How quickly you have forgotten Herman Cain,” host Alex Trebek remarked.

Really guys? How could anyone forget the man who once imagined a world without pizza?


FILED UNDER: 2012 Election, 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 far too young in July 2021.


  1. David in KC says:

    Herman who?

  2. Neil Hudelson says:
  3. beth says:

    It was the math major part that threw them off. I wouldn’t believe anyone who studied math could come up with the nonsensical 9-9-9 plan.

  4. @beth:

    Note it just said he majored in math. Nothing about actually getting a degree in it.

  5. al-Ameda says:

    I remember him, he was the non-Rick Santorum guy.

  6. grumpy realist says:

    Yeah, if he actually did major in math they should yank his degree on grounds of obvious incompetence at application.

  7. Kylopod says:

    Well, Saint Ronnie had a degree in economics, and that doesn’t mean Reaganomics made one bit of economic sense.

  8. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    In fairness, it is possible that these are merely three people who paid no attention to that particular dog and pony clown car crash. Hard to believe, i realize, but possible.

  9. Franklin says:

    “How quickly you have forgotten Herman Cain,” host Alex Trebek remarked.


  10. It takes a lawyer to equate three people with “nobody.” Not funny or intelligent.

  11. DrDaveT says:

    Hey, I remember Herman Cain — but I wouldn’t have gotten that one either. (Especially not under the lights and under the gun, which really is a different world. Been there, done that.)

  12. PT says:

    presented without further comment:

    CAIN: Engage the people. Don’t try to pass a 2,700 page bill — and even they didn’t read it! You and I didn’t have time to read it. We’re too busy trying to live — send our kids to school. That’s why I am only going to allow small bills — three pages. You’ll have time to read that one over the dinner table. What does Herman Cain, President Cain talking about in this particular bill?

  13. Andre Kenji says:

    9-9-9 was a slogan, not a plan. On the other hand, I think that distributing federal taxes over sales and income is a good idea. Concentrating taxes on one of them is not efficient.

  14. Matt Bernius says:

    Sir, are you hinting that you lost on jeopardy?

  15. Franklin says:

    @Let’s Be Free: Ever heard of hyperbole?

  16. DrDaveT says:

    @Matt Bernius:

    Sir, are you hinting that you lost on jeopardy?

    Yeah, but I won more than I lost. Barely.

  17. Matt Bernius says:


    I LOVE learning the “secret” lives of OTB commenters.