No One's Further from the Inside Than Herman Cain

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Republicans love distinguishing themselves as Washington outsiders, unknown to the ways of DC's corrupt parlor tricks and pork barrel logrolling. And no one plays the game better this election cycle than Herman Cain, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO and Atlanta-based radio host. Yesterday, in front of a crowd in Pella, Iowa, Cain was feeling particularly outsidery, and let loose his most rogue thinking yet: 

We’re too busy trying to live — send our kids to school. That’s why I am only going to allow small bills — three pages. You’ll have time to read that one over the dinner table.

Despite that policy having little practicality in a world of hyper-specific legalese, it served as a winning applause line in Iowa. But it's still a long road to 2012 and if Cain's already breaking out this kind of anti-Beltway rhetoric, imagine where he'll be a few months from now? For a potentially prescient insight, The Onion's 2010 campaign coverage of the most anti-Washington candidate in history bears mentioning. Witness Ron Johnson, a fictitious Republican running for Russ Feingold's Wisconsin Senate seat:

Is this where Herman Cain is headed? It would make for excellent televised debates:

You see, Russ Feingold has been a senator for nearly 20 years. He knows the Beltway backwards and forwards. Heck, I bet he could even tell you which state Washington, D.C. is in. I, on the other hand, don't even know what the "D.C." stands for, and I never will. I'll die before I acquire that information, and that is my promise to you.

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