On Friday night's episode of Real Time, panelists Rachel Maddow, Touré, Thomas Friedman and Joshua Green joined host Bill Maher in trying to figure out Herman Cain's recent surge in the polls.

"I mean he's intellectually ridiculous," said writer and TV host Touré. “The real problem is that he’s hijacking the process for his brand ...to sell some books, to maybe get a job on Fox."

As sharp as their criticism was of Cain's lack of erudition, their criticism of his supporters was greater.

"There's an anti-intellectualism they accept," Touré said. Then Maher went in for the kill.

Watch the full segment below, uploaded by Mediaite on October 21, 2011.