The Other Hermanator

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If anyone thought I'd let another day pass without blogging about Herman Cain, a.k.a. "The Hermanator," they are sadly mistaken. Since we're in the midst of a Cain boomlet following his recent announcement that he's formed a presidential exploratory committee, let me clear up an important point of nomenclature that a lot of people have been getting wrong. As I noted in my profile of him, Cain has actually gone so far as to trademark the phrase, "The Hermanator Experience." But he does not hold the trademark to "The Herminator." Somebody else does, believe it or not. And according to the lawyer who checked it out for us, that somebody is none other than Ricky Bobby Kenny Wallace, the NASCAR driver. According to this website, Wallace used to beat up kids who picked on his dad, also a race car driver, thus earning himself the nickname because he resembled "a mischievous cartoon character named Herman the German"--yeah, that makes as little sense to me as it probably does to you. But click here and you can try and figure it all out for yourself. As our lawyer put it, "Hard to believe that two people would pick that nickname."

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Joshua Green is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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