Herman Cain’s latest YouTube offering is … well, it’s … you know what? Just watch it: Most pundits have had a hard time wrapping their mind around the video as a wise—or even intentional—campaign move. Politico’s Roger Simon tweeted that the video could be real, a hoax, or a staff joke accidentally made public. The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake compared it to the surreal YouTube stylings of Mike Gravel in 2007.
To the list of ways the 2012 presidential campaign is not 2008, add one more: Ron Paul is not winning the YouTube primary. This season’s current front-runner is Tim Pawlenty—and the momentum belongs to Herman Cain. As of noon last Friday, Pawlenty had amassed nearly 736,000 views on the YouTube videos he’s posted since November 2010, the most of any declared Republican presidential candidate.