Unraising Cain

About three-and-a-half years ago, Herman Cain leaped into the lead in polling for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Yes, his boomlet soon ended, but via the kind of heavily sexual allegations you’d figure might have made him even more famous.

I mention this in connection with the following story from the Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas:

No one remembers Herman Cain anymore. At least on Jeopardy.

During the gameshow’s airing on Tuesday night, none of the contestants attempted to answer the clue, “This pizza magnate and 2012 presidential candidate was a math major at historically black Morehouse College.”

That led Jeopardy host Alex Trebek to remark, “How quickly you have forgotten Herman Cain.”

Now this could be a reflection less of Cain’s unraising than of the interests of Jeopardy contestants, who are too busy memorizing the periodic table or lists of French Impressionists to follow the news. Last time I watched the show, a contestant from Durham, North Carolina identified the “canine nickname” of the North Carolina State University sports teams as “Huskies” rather than “Wolfpack.”

Still, you have to wonder if Cain will be tempted to run again, if only to raise his name ID. After all, there are books and tapes to sell, and endorsement deals to be made. Clearly one presidential campaign is not enough.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.