""WashingtonTimes.com reports, “Some of the Republican candidates wanted to audition for Comedy Central the other night, aiming their one-liners at Herman Cain. But the pizza man is no joke. Mr. Cain is able, you might say. If his rivals are not taking him seriously, they should. Everyone else is.”

“Stand-up comedy is for professionals and the comedy candidates, particularly Jon Huntsman Jr. and Michele Bachmann, showed us why. Mr. Cain was the early target for his “9-9-9” tax reform scheme; he would tax personal income at 9 percent, enact a national sales tax of 9 percent and a corporate income tax of 9 percent. “I think it’s a catchy phrase,” Mr. Huntsman jibed. “In fact, I thought it was the price of a pizza when I first heard it.” Mrs. Bachmann tried a little broader humor (aimed at Bible readers): “If you take the 9-9-9 plan and you turn it around, the devil is in the details.” She meant upside down, not turned around, but we get the point.”

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