Is Donald Trump Another Herman Cain or Another Obama?

If, as we’ve come to believe over the course of the summer of Donald Trump, that nothing he says, no matter how inappropriate, misogynist, thuggish, misleading or just plain dumb, will ever be held against him, then the Donald’s interview on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show yesterday won’t count for much. After all, what did it matter that he apparently had never heard of the names of the various leaders of terrorist groups and didn’t know the difference between the Kurds and the Iranian terrorist Quds force? If you’re a magical politician who thinks you can transform both the American government and the world by the force of your personality, details don’t matter. And if he screws up questions that indicate he’s blowing smoke on foreign policy, then, no doubt, many of his fans will simply join him in trashing Hewitt as “a third-rate radio announcer” as he did today on “Morning Joe.” But before we merely file this away story along with all the other instances in which Trump exposed himself as a blowhard or buffoon without having that hurt his popularity a bit, it’s appropriate to reflect that knowledge of foreign policy isn’t a matter of “gotcha” questions, it’s primarily what we hire presidents to do. And if you can’t be bothered to study up on the details, then even a seeming political colossus like Trump needs to be reminded that the Herman Cains of the world don’t’ get elected president.

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Is Donald Trump Another Herman Cain or Another Obama?

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