Video of the Day: Herman Cain's Christmas Carol

The erstwhile Republican presidential contender returns with warm wishes for the holidays and an unexpected wish to run the Pentagon.

After lying low for a time after leaving the Republican contest, Herman Cain is back. He's just released this Christmas video, which is a sugary cocktail of excerpts from scripture, colored lights, and soft focus shots. Further tugging at hearstrings, it features the families of servicemembers sending messages to loved ones overseas (though it's worth noting, as the nation marks the official end of the Iraq war, that Cain opposed bringing troops home). As Herman Cain videos are wont to do, the video closes with a patriotic anthem. Extra bonus: not only does the video feature Cain's wife Gloria, there's a close up of the couple holding hands, with a pointed focus on her wedding ring.

If that's not enough Cain for the day, check out his interview with Barbara Walters for her annual most fascinating people feature, in which he reveals that he'd be interested in serving as secretary of defense.

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David A. Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

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