Mark Block

Watching the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's video of Herman Cain's excruciating floundering on a simple question about Libya, I noticed that one of the questioners was Craig Gilbert, the newspaper's highly regarded, longtime Washington correspondent. I know Craig, so I called him up today to find out what it was like to have a Monday morning editorial board chat far from Iowa, New Hampshire or the Beltway blow up into a major campaign development.

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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.

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The Long Shot

Herman Cain’s communications director had a lot on his mind. I was at a Costco in Northern Virginia on a recent Friday, where the GOP candidate of the moment was scheduled to sign copies of his new book. Getting hold of the campaign had not been easy. The communications director, J.D. Gordon, explained to reporters that it had been hectic. “I think I have [my phone] off right now because I get like a call a minute and a hundred e-mails an hour,” he said.

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