As confirmed yet again yesterday, the knowledge and experience simply aren’t there.
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Overall, too much of Mr. Cain’s performance was like someone at a job interview arguing that his intelligence — which wasn’t especially well demonstrated during the interview — is more important than his experience. Were I hiring, a job applicant whose answers were like Mr. Cain’s would not be invited back for a second interview.
No doubt, Herman Cain’s performance on the Libya question was the low point of his interview and his answers to some other questions were better, but they were not all good — and certainly not good enough. Like it or not, this is a job interview where you’re judged by your biggest weaknesses, not your average over the entire range of questions — not that he even averaged a B-minus. And even on the questions where Cain does better than on foreign policy, he comes across too frequently as parroting talking points rather than answering from a true and deep understanding of the issues of the day.
While I appreciate Mr. Cain’s efforts to go to school on foreign affairs in his quest for the presidency, he is simply not qualified — and not going to be by the time of this election — to hold that office. To be sure, Herman Cain could be a more complete candidate in four years just as Governor Palin is more well-versed in areas of policy and principle than she was when the nation first met her (though that still does not make her a candidate I would favor).
But for the 2012 election, Herman Cain is simply not ready for prime time. At this point, it’s not about sexual harassment charges or cigarette-smoking staffers; it’s about the fact that experience and knowledge actually do matter and — despite favorable comparisons to Barack Obama at this time four years ago — Herman Cain does not yet have enough of either to merit being our president.
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Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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