The way my high school students used to try to wiggle out of obvious insults to their fellow classmates, or even to me, was to insist that they were just kidding.
Herman Cain, you've adopted the cop-out of a 14-year-old: "Just kidding! Can't you take a joke?"
No. No we can't, not about something this tasteless, insensitive, and idiotic:
Washington (CNN) – GOP presidential contender Herman Cain walked back comments Sunday that he made a day earlier when he called for a deadly electric fence on the United States-Mexico border.
"That's a joke," Cain said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I've also said America needs to get a sense of humor. That was a joke, OK."
Oh, see, it's America's fault for not "getting it." How stupid of us to not see the humor in electrocuting our fellow human beings.
And no, not okay, "pro-life" candidate Cain. Especially when so many of your fellow righties have said similar things with a perfectly straight face. Like you did.