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.

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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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