Despite living in Georgia and despite having eaten quite a few times in a Godfather's Pizza place, I don't know much of anything about Herman Cain other than his announcement recently to seek the GOP presidential nomination (lovingly covered by the press with no complaints by him) and his recent gaffe about the Middle East (less-than-lovingly covered, so therefore in his opinion biased).
But since I write about what people know and how they learn from the media, and also about political knowledge, this brief piece caught my eye today. In it, Cain says: "Knowing how Washington works isn’t necessarily an advantage."
Er, yeah, kinda it is -- if you're running for office in which you'd have to work in Washington, deal with people immersed in Washington, and basically run the nation from, yes, Washington.
I have no feelings one way or the other about Cain. Let's face it, he's a non-starter as a likely GOP nominee. But it's nice of him to provide blog fodder in the last couple of days as Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann have been strangely unable to say anything really dumb or demonstrate a lack of political knowledge, thus fitting into this blog's theme.
I'll get back to writing about research on media and knowledge very soon, once the easy stuff (Cain) is over.