Yet More on the GOP Clown Show

From Herman Cain, after an excruciating 60 seconds in which he wracked his brain to figure out what he thought about Libya:

Here’s what I would have done. I would have done a better job of determining who the opposition is — and I’m sure that our intelligence people have some of that information. Based on who made up that opposition might have caused me to make some different decisions about how we participated.

So what’s the best interpretation of this? That the intelligence community knew who the Libyan opposition was but withheld some of that information from President Obama, causing him to make a poor decision? Really, Herman?

Anyway, the official excuse for this is lack of sleep: “He was tired,” said J.D. Gordon, Cain’s spokesman and national security adviser. No doubt. During the same interview he also changed his position on collective bargaining rights, and that came right on the heels of GQ publishing an interview in which he revealed that a secret source has informed him that a majority of American Muslims are extremists.

But he’s still up in the polls, so we have to continue to pretend to take him seriously. Sigh.

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