At the interview in Milwaukee, after he was asked his thoughts on Mr. Obama’s handling of Libya, Mr. Cain leaned back and appeared to search for an answer: “O.K., Libya,” he said.
“President Obama supported the uprising, correct?” he said. “President Obama called for the removal of Qaddafi — just want to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say ‘Yes, I agree,’ or ‘No, I didn’t agree.’ ”
Mr. Cain said he disagreed with the president’s approach “for the following reasons” — then changed course.
“Nope, that’s a different one,” he said. “I’ve got to go back and see.”
He added: “I’ve got all this stuff twirling around in my head.”
Under normal circumstances with a real presidential candidate, this would be the end of the road. But these are not normal circumstances and Mr. Cain is, as Rachel Maddow puts it, a performance artist. As it is, this will make him seem more “real” and more “authentic” to the people out there who think Herman Cain is the best man; after all, he has a real plan to keep the unicorn population under control.