Friday, October 21, 2011

The Herman Cain Shtick Since at Least 2003

Politico writes:
Herman Cain has used an impressive bag of rhetorical tricks to avoid being pinned down on most questions that can't be answered with "9-9-9." His typical dodge involves describing an issue as very complicated, pointing out that he would want to take advice from a lot of different people, and sometimes - as in the case of most foreign policy questions - saying that he can't really give a complete answer until he has access to classified intelligence.

A 2003 interview Cain gave to Human Events confirms this isn't a new shtick — he's been evading basic political questions at least since he ran for Senate in his home state of Georgia.
Politico then reproduces the Cain an example of the Cain tap dance here.


  1. Those seem like decent answers to me. Interviewers that ask exclusive yes or no questions are a-holes anyway. They do it to Ron Paul all the time. Give them a bad premise or impossible choice, and then expect a yes or no answer.

    Nothing really wrong with Cain in these examples...

  2. I think it is amusing that Cain will mention that he is no career politician. He would be but he can't win an election.

  3. lewfalo,

    re: "....a bad premise or impossible choice....then expect a yes or no answer."

    You mean kind of like whether an individual should be forced to choose between an income tax or a consumption tax by the state?

  4. @Larry, Schiff did to Wenzel yesterday.

    Politics is all around disgusting. It sows contention and strife no matter what. How ironic that politicians refer to one another as "Gentlemen"...nothing could be further from the truth.