Pathetic turnout for a Herman Cain rally in DC.
Of course, if Tea Party organizers where doing the headcount, this would probably be reported as about 2.4 billion people.
Still, consider how fast did Herman Cain ran through his fifteen minutes of fame. Joe the Plumber lasted longer.
Comedy Central nails it
In which Herman Cain claims to have character.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, still reassessing his campaign in the wake of fresh sex charges, said today that he is a victim of ”character assassination.”
Cain’s campaign was rocked Monday by Ginger White who claims she had a 13-year affair with Cain. Cain has denied the affair, but said he is reassessing his campaign.
At this point, I’ve completely lost track of how many victim cards Cain has played.
Herman Cain considering dropping out.
Herman Cain, rocked by another allegation of infidelity, reportedly told senior advisors that he is considering ending his bid for president.
According to a transcript provided by the National Review Online, which listened in on a conference call between Cain and his top aides, Cain denied “unequivocally” an Atlanta woman’s claim that the two had engaged in a 13-year affair. He instead described it as a “friendship relationship,” and said he was helping her financially.
“That being said, obviously, this is cause for reassessment,” he said, according to the report. “We have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud, in some people’s minds, as to whether or not they would be able to support us going forth,” Cain said.
Cain said he would weigh the decision “over the next several days,” during which time he would carry on with his schedule. But that schedule includes “a major foreign policy speech in Michigan Tuesday night,” which suggests he’s already dealing with a lot of bad press (it’s obviously to knock back the impression he made that he’s a foreign policy dunce).
Whether Cain’s ready to admit it or not, his campaign is over. It looks like he might be ready accept that reality.
Cain Train derails again.
I can’t remember a Republican presidential candidate being as openly and unashamedly prejudiced as Herman Cain, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO, who has said that he’d impose a special loyalty oath on Muslim appointees, insists that communities can decide to prevent Muslims from building mosques, and has once again told a story about his fear of Muslim doctors:
He did have a slight worry at one point during the chemotherapy process when he discovered that one of the surgeon’s name was “Dr. Abdallah.”
“I said to his physician assistant, I said, ‘That sounds foreign—not that I had anything against foreign doctors—but it sounded too foreign,” Cain tells the audience. “She said, ‘He’s from Lebanon.’ Oh, Lebanon! My mind immediately started thinking, wait a minute, maybe his religious persuasion is different than mine! She could see the look on my face and she said, ‘Don’t worry, Mr. Cain, he’s a Christian from Lebanon.’”
“Hallelujah!” Cain says. “Thank God!”
What a dick. On the bright side, he’s pretty much done for.
Things that are real: Herman Cain’s 1999 book, Speak as a Leader.
In the sections about press interviews, he offers the following tips:
* Expect the unexpected question.
* There is no such thing as off the record.
* Think sound bites and plan some ahead of time if you know the topic to be discussed.
* Say it over and over.
He also suggests for those doing frequent interviews “a media training course…to learn effective communication techniques.”
“First, if you know the topic ahead of time,” he writes, “plan the key points you want to make during the interview and be able to state those points in a variety of ways. If you will be doing frequent interviews with the press, then a media training course would be advisable in order to learn effective communication techniques. Second, there is no such thing as off the record. If you say it, then assume it might be used at some point. Third, expect the unexpected and be prepared to remain calm and professional.”
You can get a copy of his book at Amazon for like a gazillion dollars — it’s probably out of print. I’m guessing that it’s journalists and bloggers who are looking for the book, not people extremely impressed by his masterful handling of the media and his exhaustive prep work prior to interviews.
Herman Cain loses the coveted American Mustache Institute endorsement.
Concerns began when members of the AMI administration, during a campus scouting visit near Washington, D.C., visited a Godfather’s Pizza in the town of Cross Junction, Va.
“We ordered the ‘All Meat Combo’ that claims to be ‘piled so high with beef, pepperoni, sausage, ham and bacon bits that there’s no room for any veggies,’” said Dr. Abraham Jonas Froman, chief executive officer of AMI. “But it had limited meat on it at best. Do you understand what ‘piled so high with beef, pepperoni, sausage, ham and bacon bits that there’s no room for any veggies’ really means? Cain clearly does not.”
Then allegations came to light that Cain’s mustache is not real, but actually a theater quality upper lip garment, and not the labia sebucula (Latin for “lip sweater”) he claims to have worn since his early 20s.
“[W]ith the evidence of both pizza and mustache fraud, Dr. Froman and other members of the AMI administration said they could not in good conscience support his candidacy on behalf of the powerful Mustached American electorate,” the institute said.
He might as well pack it up. He’s done.
Leaked polling shows Cain losing support in Iowa.
Internal campaign polling is showing a decline of support for Herman Cain in Iowa as allegations of sexual harassment dog his campaign, according to a new report from The Associated Press.
“Internal polls of likely Republican caucus-goers [had] showed Cain’s support consistent with The Des Moines Register’s poll in late October, which showed him narrowly leading in the state with 23 percent. The private polls showed Cain still in double digits in Iowa, but markedly lower,” Tom Beaumont of the AP wrote Thursday.
That news is in line with a report from Gallup earlier this week that showed that Cain’s popularity was fading as new details emerged about his alleged incidents of sexual assault. Cain has flatly denied having ever acted inappropriately toward his female employees.
So much for the media narrative that GOP voters don’t care about the scandal.
And good on Hill reporter Justin Sink and his editor for putting the words “sexual assault” in print. If the allegations are true, calling Cain’s actions “harassment” is a just spin.
Cain’s blame-laying changing as rapidly as his memory.
When news first broke that Herman Cain had been accused of sexual harassment, the Republican presidential candidate first blamed the media. Then he blamed liberals. Soon after, he shifted the blame to unnamed racists. Then his campaign blamed GOP rival Rick Perry.
Yesterday, the strange candidate found someone new to blame: the “Democrat machine.”
“Cain may not understand this, but I’ll let him in on a little secret: Democrats have no interest in tearing down his candidacy because they’d love it if he won the nomination” Benen writes. “The made-up theory isn’t even plausible.”
What Cain has been doing and continues to do is what worked for Sarah Palin — playing the victim card on everything, every goddam time, without fail. It won’t work with general election voters, but it’ll work with the base who’ve been trained to believe that they’re always under attack. Like Palin, Cain has no intention of running a serious campaign — it’s just a publicity stunt to sell a book.
So who cares if general election voters fall for it? All that matters is that the chumps buy it — along with his book.