Herman Cain Has A Rick Perry Moment On Libya And Public Sector Unions

That’s probably being unfair to Rick Perry. Perry blanked the name of a federal agency during a nationally televised debate. Cain, on the other hand, doesn’t even really seem to have the basics down on the policies he’s being questioned about.

To date, conservatives have been grading on a scale for Herman Cain. They’ve been willing to overlook some blank spots in his background and policy platform because he’s such an articulate messenger for conservative ideals. And, also, he’s not Mitt Romney.

But how much more can we overlook? That’s the question Allah at Hot Air asks, pointing to this video of Cain absolutely bombing during questioning about foreign policy. He’s asked whether he agrees or disagrees with President Obama’s handling of Libya. His answer? Well, first he needed confirmation from the questioner about just what Obama’s position on Libya is.

This, remember, from the guy who said he’d accept a nomination to be Secretary of Defense.

Ok, ok. So Cain isn’t a foreign policy guy. But he’s strong on domestic policy, right? You’d like to think so, except Cain doesn’t seem to know a lot about one of the biggest national political issues of the last year which is public sector unions and collective bargaining rights:

On the issue of collective bargaining, Cain said he supported the right of public employees to bargain collectively.

“But not collective hijacking. What I mean by that, if they have gotten so much for so many years and it’s going to bankrupt the state, I don’t think that’s good. It appears that in some instances, they really don’t care.”…

In an interview with the Journal Sentinel last month, Cain said that he was “right in the corner of Gov. Scott Walker 100%” in Walker’s battle with public employee unions.

Cain also appeared to be unclear on the issue of collective bargaining as it involves federal employees. Asked if he thought federal employees should have the ability to bargain collectively, Cain said: “They already have it, don’t they?”

Told they didn’t, he said, “They have unions.”

I’ve actually been surprised at how resilient Cain has been in the polls after the sexual harassment scandals broke. But those scandals aren’t going anywhere (Sharon Bialt’s boyfriend from the 1990’s told the media today that she told him of the alleged sexual assault contemporaneously to hit happening), and those problems on top of these problems mean, what?

Time to rally around Newt Gingrich, as one reader emailed me earlier today?

Maybe so. Not that I like Newt Gingrich. Slapping another aging Republican retread on the top of the ballot sounds like a good way to squander any good will Republicans might have built up with conservatives over the last two years, but let’s face it. Any of these candidates would be better than a second Obama term in which he’s unfettered from ever having to worry about running for re-election.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • ih8liberals

    Gingrich will be the “not Romney” candidate, and will ultimately be the only candidate to bring the conservative and establishment factions together. He will be the nominee. Mark my words. 

    • borborygmi

      I am thinking you are correct.  He looks and sounds good in the debates.  I believe he said he would like a debate in the Lincoln-Douglas style.  That would be great to see.     He has to get the Tea Party on his side considering he is DC Republican.

  • SP

    To his credit, he was sitting in front of some books.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Ha! That’s actually kind of funny.

      Who knew you had a sense of humor!

      • SP

        The Emperor Charlemagne, who was illiterate, slept with books under his pillow.  Apparently that doesn’t work either.

  • Neiman

    Newt Gingrich has taken the lead in PPP’s national polling.  He’s at
    28% to 25% for Herman Cain and 18% for Mitt Romney.  The rest of the
    Republican field is increasingly looking like a bunch of also rans: Rick
    Perry is at 6%, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul at 5%, Jon Huntsman at
    3%, and Gary Johnson and Rick Santorum each at 1%.

    Compared to a month ago Gingrich is up 13 points, while Cain has
    dropped by 5 points
    and Romney has gone down by 4.  Although a fair
    amount of skepticism remains about the recent allegations against Cain
    there is no doubt they are taking a toll on his image- his net
    favorability is down 25 points over the last month from +51 (66/15) to
    only +26 (57/31). What is perhaps a little more surprising is that
    Romney’s favorability is at a 6 month low in our polling too with only
    48% of voters seeing him favorably to 39% with a negative opinion.

    http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2011/11/gingrich-takes-the-lead.html

    • Dr.

      This poll is a complete joke. 576 Republican primary voters – are you kidding me? These polls are rigged as always with leading questions to get the answers they (GOP) desire. I hear a call for Rubio and Palin? Are you serious?

      • Neiman

        Then why are you wasting your time replying? Pretty stupid, no?

  • sbark

    Wish Rubio was ready……………….Sarah:  still room for you for a run…….

  • Jamermorrow

    Other areas of concern for Cain is his support of Alan Greenspan and the Federal Reserve. How about the 9-9-9 plan and raising taxes on the poor and middle class? You should also look at what Cain has said about gun control. Cain will be a huge disappointment, kind of like Ronald Reagan and George Bush.

  • Guest

    This is absolutely devastating for Cain.  He looks like a completely uniformed an unprepared candidate.

    Cain claims he would have done a better job of accessing the situation or the opposition, but he didn’t even access the situation for Libya as a candidate running for office.  Incredible.

  • Guest

    Not only that, but Cain isn’t even sure if Obama properly accessed the situation or what intelligence Obama had prior to making a decision.  He’s nuts!

  • Dr.

    It’s becoming incredibly obvious to all how ignorant and just plane pathetic Herman Cain is. Many of us have known this for a very long time – he’s all show and no go. This man is a disgrace. Ron Paul is the best candidate hands down – how much more obvious can it be?

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    That’s probably being unfair to Rick Perry…

    In what respect, Charlie?

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Cain made a powerful argument that he would have done better than Obama finding out more about the rebellion even though he later admitted he had no idea how much information Obama had known about the rebellion.

    This guy wasted everyone’s time trying to pretend that as a candidate he had something important to say.  I would just rather he be honest and say he hasn’t the slightest clue.

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