When I watch a presidential candidate squirm for the facts of a major conflict, and I'm way more informed than he is, I'm underwhelmed.
That said, I was wrong about Herman Cain going all the way.
There's a pattern emerging, and it's pretty interesting because I don't know what to make of it yet.
When a C-level executive interviews for the job, nobody asks her to submit her detailed plans for the company. She's not expected to know the company's financials, competitive matrix, HR status, or much else. It's helpful and shows initiative, but a lot of C-level folks rely on their past successes and the strength of their resume and good reputation to get hired.
Not so for the executive branch of our government. Unless you're Obama, you get grilled as a candidate about a host of details.
It's easy to see why Obama doesn't really suffer press questions and why Mitt is afraid of Chris Wallace.
But seriously, there's no excuse for Cain here. If you're running for the job, you need to be fluent in current events. He's a great businessman, obviously, and a strong capitalist, but why in the world would you not prepare for the inevitable grilling?
They've wasted a lot of people's donations by not fervently preparing and by trying to get there on personality. Is that fair? I mean, Obama did it on personality and marketing... but he also had a willing press corps that gave him questions like these:
How does it feel to break a glass ceiling?(Way to go, Charlie Gibson.)
How does it feel to "win?"
The RNC does a disservice to its base by allowing the leftist press corps to drive the debates. The candidates all flock to see who can get on the leftist Sunday shows. Interview after interview... you would think that the candidates would get the idea to be prepared for the gauntlet.
But no... one shows up with "Texas!" as his frequent answer and the other says "9-9-9" for his frequent answer.
Tell me the eventual candidate is Not Mitt, who spawned Obamacare...