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Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 10/25/2011

A smoking-bad ad for Herman Cain


Tim Pawlenty set the standard for the kinds of cinematic commercials a candidate for the Republican nomination should produce to grab the attention of primary voters. There was the heart-stirring one that announced his presidential exploratory committee. And there was the soul-stirring one that formally announced his presidential campaign. No, the former Minnesota governor was not successful in his quest. And at the rate things are going, neither will Herman Cain be — assuming you think he’s seriously running for president.

We already know he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. After watching this campaign video featuring his chief of staff, Mark Block, I think it’s safe to say Cain doesn’t know what he’s doing. Watch it to the very end. The head twitch. The close-up of Block smoking. The grinning Herman Cain at the end. It’s so bad that it could go down in history as the “Showgirls” of political ads.

Tomorrow is one day closer to the White House. I really believe that Herman Cain will put United back in United States of America. And if I didn’t believe that I wouldn’t be here. We’ve run a campaign like no one’s ever seen. But then America’s never seen a candidate like Herman Cain.

According to the Daily Caller, Block is the one who convinced Cain to run for president. He should have convinced himself to stay away from the camera. Block has done his boss no favors.

Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker tipped me off to this video when he tweeted last night, “According to inbox most common reaction to Cain ad . . . is ‘uncontrollable laughter.’ Number 2 is ‘weeping for our nation.’” After viewing the hysterical video, I fall into the first camp. Weeping for our nation won’t be necessary. Cain demonstrates on a daily basis why he will never be entrusted with the keys to the Oval Office.

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