Comment of the Day
"With the state of today's shaky economy, the insanity of the current world politics, and, most importantly, the unyielding anger and unresolvable division of the American public, I think the ONLY way a candidate can win is by losing the election."–justincase04
"Herman Cain is not ready to be president because has no experience as a government executive, neither as governor nor mayor," writes CNN contributer David Frum. "The president's most fundamental job is to run the government. That job is very, very hard." What about the current president? He's an exception to the rule," he writes, "and - well - enough said." CNN.com readers argued over whether Cain needed that experience to be considered real presidential material.
GreginOC said, "The best presidents in recent memory - Reagan and Clinton - had experience governing states where they did not have a natural constituency. Reagan was a Republican in California and Clinton was a Democrat in Arkansas. They both learned to influence legislators on both sides of the aisle to get things done. It's a very big deal."
Guest said, "I could not agree with you more. We need someone with executive experience. I'm for the one who by election time will have 4 years experience as President of the United States."
CrunkSwaggaG said, "The man who is widely considered our country's greatest president–Abraham Lincoln–had no executive experience, either. His resume was paper-thin, too, and his education was informal at best, yet he saved the union and is the reason why we are known as the United States of America today."
But jalloh86 replied, "Good point, but also remember that civilization has changed greatly compared to those days. ..."
superskeet said, "Cain would make a great president regardless of his political experience." Capitalism said, "What a stupid article. America needs someone like Herman Cain now more than ever. We need someone who can get rid of the waste and fraud of government and run the government like a private company. This is exactly what we need."
MightyTiny said, "Competence is achieved through experience. Without the experience, whether or not there's competence is a crap shoot. Competence in one area of life or profession does not imply competence in another."
XoriusM said, "I think the reason why neither he nor any other Republican candidate can win is because they are all way too extreme in their conservative ideologies. The whole party right now reminds me of the American version of the Taliban."
BADGUY said, "Come on guys! You're kidding ... right? When are you gonna show us the REAL candidates for the Republican party?"
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Actor Zachary Quinto comes out in honor of bullied teen
The actor best known for playing Spock in the 2009 movie "Star Trek" and Sylar on television's "Heroes" publicly acknowledged his own homosexuality in response to the suicide of a teen who had apparently been bullied. Actor Zachary Quinto wrote on his website, "In light of Jamey's death, it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough. ..."
CNN.com readers lauded his openness and joked about what this meant for Spock and women. marciavolk said, "Women used to lament that 'all the good ones are married.' Now it's 'all the good ones are gay!' God bless you, Zach; it's people like you who made my son's coming out easier for him. ..."
Guest said, "Looks like Mr Quinto is actually one of the heroes. He speaks for those who have no voice–definitely a class act."
Clouseau2 said, "Yet another hot man on our team. Soon, we shall have them all, muahahaha! Just kidding, congrats to Zachary Quinto, may he live long and prosper!"
My15cents said, "NOOO!! OK, we all knew this, but can't a girl have her fantasies? Sylar–you are still the sexiest thing alive! XOXO Be proud." lizzy10 said, "Gay or straight, this is one fine-looking man." titanium said, "Who cares if he's gay. He did a fine job playing Spock. A good actor is a good actor; his sexuality has nothing to do with it."
BralenX said, "It's perfectly logical for Spock to be gay." Guapo925 said, "I knew Spock was gay! I just knew it! I'm going to Vulcan now, Live Long and Prosper everyone!"
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