Political Theater

Cain sums up world powers with foreign policy map

December 1, 2011

Herman Cain’s presidential campaign has released its “Vision For Foreign Policy & National Security,” a tidy seven-page summary of the candidate’s take on exactly twenty countries, accompanied by an even tidier map classifying the states in Cain’s own terms.

Atlanta woman details alleged thirteen-year affair with Herman Cain

November 29, 2011

An hour after Herman Cain announced on live television that he expected to soon face another accusation of infidelity, Atlanta’s FOX 5 news aired a segment with a local woman named Ginger White who claimed to have engaged in a thirteen-year affair with the Republican presidential candidate.

The GOP national security debate in six minutes

November 24, 2011

The eight leading GOP presidential candidates met at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night for a two-hour debate on national security and foreign policy. Here are some of the most significant exchanges of the night:

Herman Cain thinks the Taliban are involved in Libya’s new government

November 21, 2011

On Friday Herman Cain, explaining his stumble on a question about Libya in a recent interview, suggested the Taliban of Afghanistan and Pakistan are “going to be part of the government” in Libya.

Herman Cain takes his time on Libya

November 14, 2011

We’ve all had moments where we are asked a question, and, though we are desperate not to admit it, we barely even know enough about the subject to give any sort of answer. It appears that that happened to Herman Cain today. Unfortunately for him, it happened on a question about one of the more significant foreign policy topics of this year.

Five must-see moments from the GOP foreign policy debate

November 13, 2011

The Republican presidential candidates assembled in Spartanburg, South Carolina, last night for a primary debate, the first to focus entirely on foreign policy and national security. In a dialogue that spanned assorted geopolitical challenges — including Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, America’s strategic relationship with Pakistan, and trade with China — the eight Republicans outlined the approaches they would take to diplomacy if elected head of state. Here are five of the most notable exchanges:

Cain and his supporters joke about Anita Hill

November 11, 2011

Herman Cain was filmed joking about Anita Hill on Thursday, less than a day after he controversially referred to Rep. Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy” and following a week he spent embroiled in numerous allegations of sexual harassment.

Cain refers to Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy”

November 10, 2011

Herman Cain, speaking at tonight’s GOP debate about his plan for health care, said that his preferred legislation had already been written, but that “we didn’t hear about it in the previous Congress because Princess Nancy sent it to committee and it stayed there.”

Cain’s Detroit-tailored ad

November 9, 2011

Herman Cain also brings a Detroit-themed ad to the debate in Michigan tonight. The video intersperses clips of the speech he gave in Detroit last month explaining the “opportunity zone feature” of his 9-9-9 tax plan (which he says would mitigate its impact on poor Americans) with shots of Detroit in various states of abandonment and decay (including one picture of what appears to be an art installation by the street artists Hygienic Dress League that reads “DETROIT REVOLUTION! coming this summer”).

Sharon Bialek, new Herman Cain accuser, comes forward

November 7, 2011

While Herman Cain has been facing sexual harassment allegations for the past week, none of his accusers have spoken publicly. Until now.