Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Double standard or simply an inept politician?

Herman Cain has been taking more criticism because of his delayed response to a question about Libya, with various news sources calling it his "Rick Perry moment." Why exactly has this video gone viral? Is it because opponents see his inability to compose himself as another attack against Cain's campaign? Or is this an example of Cain being too ill-equipped to handle foreign policy?

In June 2008 at a town hall event, Obama had a "Rick Perry moment" when discussing health care, but that didn't seem to garner critics.

Personally the one thing I've admired most about Cain is that he's always been honest if he's not an expert on a subject matter.
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5 comments:

Will McCurry said...

He also has shown great aptitude in choosing cabinet officals...

http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/cain-kissinger-declined-offer-to-be-secretary-of-state.php

BL said...

Cain's spokesperson defended the candidate by saying that Cain had only 4 hours of sleep/was tired...

BL said...

Here's the relevant video:

http://www.jsonline.com/multimedia/video/?bcpid=13960334001&bctid=1275195602001

Colin said...

I think it is one thing to forget the comparison you meant to use for the cost of a policy (which is what Obama seems to have done in this clip) and quite another thing to forget what your intended policy is altogether (which is what Perry essentially did).

I've actually never seen this clip before though so maybe there is some context I'm not aware of? What was he talking about?

Cara said...

The point being made here is that more criticism has been made on Cain's delayed response than usual criticism of Democrat candidates. The clip is from a townhall meeting in Bristol, VA where Obama is discussing the costs of universal healthcare, yet his intelligence wasn't questioned even though he, like Cain, admitted to needing time to get his thoughts together.