All the excitement over Herman Cain not knowing what has been going on about Libby did not surprise me. It reminded me of Sarah Palin in the 2008 presidential election when she was asked to name a Supreme Court ruling other than Roe V. Wade. It has been some time since I have been surprised by an individual politician doing such a thing—particularly a conservative politician.
What does surprise me is the general phenomenon. Why do people who are obviously far less interested in politics than I am go into politics? Above we have two examples of nationally known politicians who don’t know the answers to political questions that would be easy for a wide swath of Americans with no political ambitions. This must indicate that we have the wrong incentives. We don’t see professional basketball players who have no interest in basketball.
Could it be that politics isn’t about politics, but rather just power?