Herman Cain's weird opinion columns published by birther website

WorldNetDaily has a long relationship with the surprise presidential contender

Published October 6, 2011 4:02PM (EDT)

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain     (AP/Richard Drew)
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain (AP/Richard Drew)

Apparently for two years now Herman Cain's been writing an opinion column that is published at hilarious birther conspiracy website WorldNetDaily, and no one noticed this, except for Yahoo's Chris Moody.

WND has published 113 Cain columns. The site advertises the columns as "exclusive commentary" from Cain, which led Moody to report initially that Cain was writing the columns for WND. Of course, in a very WND twist, it is just making up the "exclusive commentary" thing, because it makes up everything: Cain's columns are syndicated by North Star Writers Group.

But WorldNetDaily considers Cain one of is own. Cain seems to write the columns himself (or at least he did initially, before his campaign took off), unless his ghost is particularly fond of exclamation points. None of them involve birtherism, which for years now has been WND's sole driving concern. (Cain did flirt with bitherism earlier this year, thanks mostly to Donald Trump, but he now believes the president is an American.)

Farah, a friend of Cain's for several years, told The Ticket that he has been surprised by Cain's rise over the past few months. While Farah would not make an official endorsement, he said Cain is his "favorite" candidate.

Good work, Herman: You've got Farah's support! That should be more than enough to overcome the fact that Cain is basically taking the month of October off from campaigning in order to sell his book, because this entire "presidential run" was basically done to create a little buzz around a burgeoning conservative media personality, and the fact that he's now tied for second in the polls is due to the hilarious collapse of various other more "serious" campaigns.

By Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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