Whether Herman Cain decides to call it quits or not, after Ginger White revealed that she had a 13-year affair with him, there is little doubt that his campaign will go down in political history, as Politico’s Jonathan Martin puts it, “as one of the most hapless and bumbling operations in modern presidential politics, setting a new standard for how to turn damaging press coverage into something far worse.” But is poor damage control really what has caused Cain’s candidacy to go down in flames? Or is it the words and deeds that created the damage in the first place? Jonathan Bernstein (via Daniel W. Drezner) lays into Martin for his “incredibly myopic examination” of how and why the Cain campaign imploded. It’s Cain’s incompetent understanding of important issues — particularly foreign policy — that undid him, not his staff’s incompetence at covering it up. That said, although Cain is too good at being his own worst liability to need any help in that regard, he’s getting the help anyway.
Okay, the award for cleverest title goes to Zandar.