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November 14th, 2011

Face It, Cain Is Not Able

There is no doubt in my mind that Herman Cain is capable of being a candidate for President of the United States. The real question is whether or not he is capable of actually being the President of the United States. It has become abundantly clear that the answer to that question is an overwhelming “no.”

Cain’s personality and charm is infectious, but his lack of knowledge on a number of important issues is frightening. It doesn’t matter whether the issue is as fundamental as protecting the right to life or as multifaceted as understanding the complexities of American foreign policy. The latest example of Cain’s inexperience and lack of knowledge occurred yesterday when he was asked about the Libyan conflict while sitting down with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s editorial board.

We have known for a while now that foreign policy is not Cain’s forte. In the first presidential debate, he admitted his lack of knowledge in regards to Afghanistan. Since then, Cain has botched his answer to questions regarding negotiating with known terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda, and he also suggested that China wasn’t a nuclear power, which isn’t remotely true.

While some may be willing to overlook Cain’s inexperience in regards to foreign policy, his answers on domestic issues are equally troubling. Cain also told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel yesterday that he supports collective bargaining for private and public employees.

What makes Cain’s answer troubling is the fact that he attended a Wisconsin rally at which he railed against the labor unions.

Cain has become a walking, talking contradiction. As we have come to expect, Cain and his campaign are blaming others for the incoherent answers he provided. These video clips are not taken out of context, and it’s hard to claim the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is part of some Herman Cain witch hunt when it was the Cain campaign’s idea to sit down for the interview.

The only person Herman Cain has to blame for the troubles his campaign finds it self in is Herman Cain. The vetting process has worked. Cain is not able.

It’s time to move on.

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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