Daniel W. Drezner

The Herman Cain Mercy Rule is now in effect

For the record, I don’t think Herman Cain is stupid.  I do think he’s willfully ignorant about anything to do with foreign policy however.  If that wasn’t manifestly obvious prior to this weekend, please watch the following conversation between Cain and the Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal editorial board regarding Libya:  I have a personal preference that ignoramuses should ...

For the record, I don't think Herman Cain is stupid.  I do think he's willfully ignorant about anything to do with foreign policy however.  If that wasn't manifestly obvious prior to this weekend, please watch the following conversation between Cain and the Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal editorial board regarding Libya

I have a personal preference that ignoramuses should be drummed out of presidential politics as quickly as possible, but that was just painful to watch.  Needless to say, I don't think the boning up is helping all that much. 

I don't care if this man is leading the polls in Iowa, or is still running a strong second (or a weak third) in the national polls.  I suspect he's on the downside of his popularity bubble -- and for the sake of my own sanity, I just can't pay any more attention to Herman Cain's foreign policy views. 

For the record, I don’t think Herman Cain is stupid.  I do think he’s willfully ignorant about anything to do with foreign policy however.  If that wasn’t manifestly obvious prior to this weekend, please watch the following conversation between Cain and the Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal editorial board regarding Libya

I have a personal preference that ignoramuses should be drummed out of presidential politics as quickly as possible, but that was just painful to watch.  Needless to say, I don’t think the boning up is helping all that much. 

I don’t care if this man is leading the polls in Iowa, or is still running a strong second (or a weak third) in the national polls.  I suspect he’s on the downside of his popularity bubble — and for the sake of my own sanity, I just can’t pay any more attention to Herman Cain’s foreign policy views. 

There’s a mercy rule in Little League, and I’m applying it here — unless and until Herman Cain surges back in the polls again, or manages to muster something approaching cogency in his foreign policy statements, there’s no point in blogging about him anymore.  I can only pick on an ignoramus so many times before it feels sadistic. 

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at Tufts University’s Fletcher School. He blogged regularly for Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2014. Twitter: @dandrezner

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