Herman Cain has made so many gaffes and missteps this week he is, in the words of Joe Scarborough, making Sarah Palin look like Averell Harriman.
It helps that the press (and the public) appear far more willing to accept Cain’s blatant ignorance on foreign policy than they did Palin’s, but Cain’s ability to shake off the gaffes (and shake them out of the news cycle) has as much to do with his response as it does the public. He simply doesn’t get upset.
And that’s key. He just lets it roll off his back. And moves on. Something Sarah Palin never did, and something that eventually did her in.
Imagine for a moment if Palin had laughed off the widespread negative response to the Katie Couric interview, had failed to coin the phrase ‘lamestream media’ and employ it every time someone reported something less than flattering. And most, most importantly had graciously kept her mouth shut following the Gabby Giffords shooting.
One of the (very simple) reasons Herman Cain remains so popular is that he manages to not be divisive. At all. (Unless you consider total ignorance of foreign policy to be politically divisive.)
If Palin had merely incorporated a tenth of that good humour into her brand/campaign she would still be a contender to be reckoned with.
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