Herman Cain dressed as Ash Ketchum, the protagonist from the Pokemon series (Courtesy of Hipster Jew)

Just a little post on political communication.

Some people feel that they have to simplify themselves to appeal to a larger audience. Some just like to appeal to children.

Herman Cain, for instance, might find himself in the latter category. Cain ended his candidacy by quoting quite an unlikely source: Pokemon: The Movie 2000.

The quote, which he had previously attributed to “a poet”, goes, “life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, it’s never easy when there is so much on the line. But you and I can make a difference.”

These are actually the lyrics to the song “The Power of One”, the theme song from the Pokemon movie. The “poet”? R&B singer Donna Summer.

Cain has gone on record stating, “I’m not sure who the original author is, so don’t go write an article about the poem. Jon Stewart (Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times)But it says a lot about where I am – where I am with my wife and my family, and where we are as a nation.”

Jon Stewart, the host of Comedy Central’s Daily show, who has been lamapooning Cain throughout his campaign, had a field day with Cain’s odd choice of parting words yesterday. He can be seen here discussing the rather odd choice of quote here: