Overheard on CNN.com: No political experience necessary
Herman Cain needs government experience, writes David Frum, former assistant to George W. Bush.
October 17th, 2011
07:52 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: No political experience necessary

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

Why Herman Cain can't be president

"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!"

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. fernace

    BTW, I vote Barco Oramos/Jose Bidino 2012 Lol!!

    October 18, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    No experience necessary? Fire Congress and hire temps.

    October 18, 2011 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    No experience necessary? Allow government to be run by nudist camps. "Oh Nancy...I take back everything I said about you".

    October 18, 2011 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    No experience necessary? Let government be run by penal system inmates. Average salary: 2 packs of Marlboro.

    October 18, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @ fernace I don't think they'll EVER run short of inexperience!!!

    October 18, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joe Public

    Will someone please at the debates ask Cain to explain his Empowerment Zones and why they are needed. He should also be asked to give factual details comparing at various levels of income current taxation and 999 for families with dependents now taking mortgage interest deduction on primary home and the same for seniors on social security and pension with mortgage interest deductions. We need to drill down to some hard facts.

    October 18, 2011 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Much is said by both sides when running for office.
    Obama didn't invent the broken pledge, ya know.
    If Herman Cain were elected, see hoe well Congress would work with him to pass his niners.

    October 18, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. fernace

    @ Jeff Frank, I change my mind, I want the very inexpensive penal crew! We can balance the budget by saving all those 6 digit slaries payed to about400 people, & just think how much fun we could have! Free tokes for every1!!! Yay! Lol!

    October 18, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua


    October 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. noemi

    To frankjeffs this country does not belong to the black brothers /sisters.The country belongs to the ppl who have worked/and fought to keep it safe.Not to the welfare drug addicted lazy never worked for there living to depressed with upper/lower back pain pill popping slackerS of america so jeffs put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    October 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dick

    Noemi, jeff frank didn't say it, little girl. Gung hoe did. You need to back away from the pipe yoursel, odolta mita.

    October 18, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DubhBairn

    Holy Crap! The banks have now tied us to there debts!!

    HOLY BAILOUT – Federal Reserve Now Backstopping $75 Trillion Of Bank Of America's Derivatives Trades:


    October 20, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
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