Don’t go away mad, Herman, just go away

Herman Cain’s presidential campaign was lacking in a wide variety of areas, but if nothing else, it was memorable.

Here are my Top 10 Favorite Moments of the Cain Campaign.

10. Cain said the U.S. can’t launch a military strike against Iran because it’s “very mountainous.”

9. Cain was asked whether a local community has the right to simply ban mosques. “Yes, they have the right to do that,” he replied. “That’s not discriminating based upon religion.”

8. Cain indicated he thinks “Cuban” is a language.

7. Cain, hoping to prove his opposition to abortion rights, said it’s “not the government’s role or anybody else’s role” to intervene in reproductive decisions. Cain said this is “ultimately a choice that that family or that mother has to make.” The decision, he added, shouldn’t be made by “some politician” or “a bureaucrat.” And “whatever they decide, they decide.” Soon after, he changed his mind — five times.

6. Cain vowed to build an electrified fence that could kill undocumented immigrants, then said he was kidding, then said he wasn’t.

5. Cain warned a national television audience that China has “indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability.”

4. Asked if he’d ever been accused of sexual harassment, Cain breathed audibly, glared at the reporter and stayed silent for several seconds. After the question was repeated three times, he responded by asking the reporter, “Have you ever been accused of sexual harassment?”

3. Cain was asked what would happen when reporters ask if he knows who the president of Uzbekistan is. He replied: “When they ask me who’s the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan, I’m going to say, you know, I don’t know. Do you know?”

2. Cain was asked if he agreed with President Obama on Libya? “OK, Libya,” he said, apparently trying to remember why the country is important. After nine seconds of silence, the Republican added, “President Obama supported the uprising, correct? President Obama called for the removal of Gadhafi. Just want to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say, yes I agree, or no I didn’t agree. I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason: no, that’s a different one.”After another seven seconds of silence, Cain managed to say, “I gotta go back to see — got all this stuff twirling around in my head. Um, specifically, what are you asking me, did I agree or not disagree with Obama on?”

1. “We need a leader, not a reader.”

There are plenty of other highlights — or lowlights, depending on how you look at it — but those are my 10 favorites. How about you?