Herman Cain Officially Declares Himself a Joke

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I dunno. Maybe your sense of humor isn’t quite the same as mine. So no guarantees. But I swear I almost had a heart attack laughing at this ad from Herman Cain. I just couldn’t stop. But you have to watch to the end. It’s the cigarette and the smile that really make it. (Via Weigel.)

Brendan Nyhan offers this declaration: “I’m officially declaring the debate about whether Cain is a serious candidate over.” Yes, please.

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