Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Herman Cain

The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who display a staggering lack of self-awareness and if I ever create a hall of fame for those who display that trait, Herman Cain would be a first ballot inductee. Get a load of this, but turn off your irony meters first:

Cain also exhorted the half-filled ballroom at Washington, DC’s Omni Shoreham hotel to inform themselves and get active in politics. They needed to get involved because, as he put it, “stupid people [who do vote and volunteer] are ruining America.”

Those in the room need to outnumber those “stupid people,” he continued. “The solution is real simple folks. Those of us who are informed have got to outvote the stupid people. And you have got to become ambassadors of intelligence, ambassadors of information.”

I am not responsible for any damage resulting from your head hitting your desk after reading that. Ambassadors of information? From the guy who said he didn’t care who was the leader of “Uzbeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan” is. The guy who was asked about our policy toward Libya and literally babbled like a moron for several minutes, clearly having absolutely no idea what was being discussed.

Herman Cain is uninformed even for a voter, much less a presidential candidate.

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  • busterggi

    Not for a Republican candidate, not as long as he can remember two out of three things he’s against.

  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    Herman Cain might be smarter than Marco Rubio, though. He keeps his water bottle within easy reach.

  • John Pieret

    I turned off my irony meter but it blew up anyway. Next time tell us when we should store it in the underground bunker surrounded by a Faraday cage.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Sure, they need informed Republicans out there being “ambassadors of intelligence, ambassadors of information”, but both of them are already busy.*

     

    * Busy getting run out of the party, mostly.

  • dhall

    “Half-filled ballroom.” D’you suppose that’s an indication of anything? Was everyone else busy being ambassadors and spreading information and intelligence?

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    “Half-filled ballroom.” or maybe it was half empty…

  • Artor

    …ambassadors of intelligence, ambassadors of information.

    Whatever, Mr. Cain. Apparently, you aren’t aware that the GOP does not recognize those entities, and does not have embassies with them, so good luck with that.

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    “Half-filled ballroom.” – funny, I initially read that as ‘hate-filled ballroom”, which is often appropriate, too.

    I often object to Ed’s characterization of his Bryan Fischer nominees on the grounds that they don’t lack self-awareness but that they are hypocrites who know that their acolytes will never see the hypocrisy. In the case of Cain, however, I’ll make an exception. How on earth did this guy ever make it to CEO?

  • sundiver

    The Onion summed up the intelligence of Herman Cain and the Repub base with the headline: “Rumors of Extra-Marital Affair Derails Campaign of Candidate who Didn’t Know China has Possessed Nuclear Weapons Since 1964”.

  • Michael Heath

    In the meat-world space I inhabit, it’s common knowledge that Republicans are both smarter and far better informed. To the point some advocate for voter literacy tests, not to merely test whether a voter can read, but to also test voters on how well-informed they are.

    From my perspective Mr. Cain’s projection of his own ignorance is a defining attribute of Republican voters and increasingly, Republican politicians.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    The ballroom was filled to the maximum number of bodies that the fire marshal will allow. It was only half-filled (at best) with cognitive ability.

    There are many kinds of ignorance in the world. There’s the “too stupid to learn” kind of ignorance. Then there’s the “never exposed to a new idea” kind. We have the “filled with misinformation from ‘trusted’ sources” kind. Then we have the willful, deliberate choice to be ignorant. A taxonomy of ignorance, if you will. Herman Cain has a classic case of Type IV Ignorance, although there are days when you could convince me that he has Type I as well.

  • lorn

    Cain on intelligence, that’s like a blind man speaking of the blue sky of an early spring morning.

    Of course that isn’t exactly fair. Herman Cain is actually very intelligent but chooses, for political and financial advantage, to flatter misinformed people by calling their positions intelligent. They, of course, have always flattered themselves with that label so it is no great stretch for Cain to know that he can gain their trust by tell them what they want to hear.

    Which points out the difference between a blind man waxing eloquent about the blue of a spring morning and Herman Cain. The blind man can speak honestly about how he imagines the sky might look. Herman Cain knows he is wrong but says the words because he is paid to do so by people who wish to manipulate that particular audience.

  • scienceavenger

    Oh shucky ducky!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stanley.james.7 Stanley James

    Every demopgraphic group has its asshole. Cains problem is his boyfriend is a male elephant

  • sugarfrosted

    It’s pretty much a rule: Anyone claiming that dumb people are outbreeding the smart people is probably pretty freaking dumb.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “In the meat-world space I inhabit, it’s common knowledge that Republicans are both smarter and far better informed.

    Dude, give me some warning when you’re gonna type something like that with a straight face, I sprayed my monitor with a whole mouthful of my delicious Frittata de Pulpo ala Gallego–those little suckers are hard to get off of glass, let me tell you–!

    “The ballroom was filled to the maximum number of bodies that the fire marshal will allow,”

    Fucking activist public safety officials! Oh, wait, it wasn’t too many bodies without enough brains, it was the super-duper size egos that created the problem.

  • comfychair

    @#8: “How on earth did this guy ever make it to CEO?”

    In my experience working in small to medium sized businesses the boss is almost always the dumbest guy in the building. I can find no rational reason why that wouldn’t also hold true for large businesses/corporations.

  • Michael Heath

    comfychair writes:

    In my experience working in small to medium sized businesses the boss is almost always the dumbest guy in the building. I can find no rational reason why that wouldn’t also hold true for large businesses/corporations.

    I spent twenty years in tech sector, from the trenches up to executive level. I worked with small, medium, and large corporations; hundreds of companies since I worked in Purchasing where tech companies are very thin – with close ties to both their customers and suppliers (and suppliers’ suppliers and so on and on). I never met a CEO who was even close to being the dumbest guy in the building; not even close.

    Most senior executives I worked with weren’t merely highly intelligent, but also had very well-developed critical thinking skills, were emotionally intelligent, and demonstrably amoral.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Michael Heath “I never met a CEO who was even close to being the dumbest guy in the building; not even close.”

    Even at DumbCo? What about International Duh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/stanley.james.7 Stanley James

    Buffons like him are generrally baptists – they subscibe to the group that justified slavery per the bible and now join their enemy in hating another minority group

    Isnt religion wonderful (sarcasm)

    BTW re Fischcer, he’s spokeperson for the hate group AFA. their HQ is in Mississippi, the most backward state in the union esp re civil rights, eg 5 citets htere have passed resolutions there supporting non discrimiantion laws for gays

    Why resoltuions – because the state banned municipalities from passng any law that stops discrimatona gianst gays

    BAck n fischer, he’s from Idaho -family values alliance – long ago I leared that family and values are code words for hatred of minorities Idaho seems to be filled also with a lot of “mountain men” who live in compounds and many are neo nazis. from what I can discern over the web