Is The Herman Cain Trainwreck Over Yet?

I’ve been incredulous when it comes to Herman Cain since he came on the scene. He’s just one of the sideshows of the political circus that the media is fully invested in these days. I suppose we have to have something to laugh at and make fun of along the way.

I wrote Cain off immediately when I heard some of the crazy stuff he was saying about Muslims and his overall lack of seriousness on almost every issue.

He’s a shameless self promoter and good for him if he can get the brain dead media to play along and improve his brand. You can pretty much take it to the bank that he will end up on Fox News or who knows, maybe MSNBC — they seem to be trying to play catch up to Fox News these days.

The pattern that the media and the Washington talking heads perpetuate is to bring attention to someone or something, elevate it by repeating and nourishing it. Take a poll about it, which registers all the attention it just received. Then, use the poll to justify talking about it some more. When the media grows tired of it, they either tear it down or just ignore it and move onto the next sideshow. I know I’m not the only one who sees this pattern.

Herman Cain has had a pretty long run at it so far, considering all the missteps he’s made along the way. There certainly is no shortage of gaffes when it comes to Herman Cain’s ride on the media merry-go-round. Here is just one example from Roland Martin’s blog, go read the rest.

1) Nein! Nein! Nein!

The Foot: Herman Cain’s controversial tax plan, the 9-9-9 Plan. He says it will promote fairness in our tax code. Critics say it will shift the tax burden on the poor and middle class.

Moment When Foot Entered Mouth: During a series of debates, Cain’s idea repeatedly got punched in the face with the most fatal blows coming from just about everyone else on the stage, including Mitt Romney during the Las Vegas debate when it turned into an embarrassing discussion of “Apples v. Oranges,” and during the Bloomberg News debate when Michele Bachmanntotally went there and said 9-9-9 was a little too close to 6-6-6Cain’s not Abel! He’s got the Mark of the Beast, according to Bachmann! The power of Christ compells you!

Ultimate Foot Fatality: The makers of the video game Sim City point out Cain’s advisors may have ripped of the 9-9-9 plan from their game, Sim City 4, which was like crack to me.

Cain’s Response: He tried to tweak the plan and still insists that it works. Cain has said 9-9-9 so many times, my mother doesn’t call him Herman Cain, but the “9-9-9 Man.” Typical conversation: “Danielle, did you hear what that crazy 9-9-9 man said today?”

I love the part where Bachmann thinks that 999 is just a little too close to 666. Tell me this shit isn’t funny?

So yesterday, all the buzz on the internet and Twitter was about his Libya gaffe while being interviewed by the editors at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This gaffe is seriously going to make it a lot harder for the media to continue their Herman Cain distraction, but I’m not saying they won’t give it a try and may just keep it rolling. In case you missed it, here is Steve Benen’s description of what happened when Cain was asked the simple question “Do you agree with President Obama on Libya?”

“OK, Libya,” Cain said, apparently trying to remember why the country is important. After nine seconds of silence, the Republican added, “President Obama supported the uprising, correct? President Obama called for the removal of Gadhafi. Just want to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say, yes I agree, or no I didn’t agree. I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason: no, that’s a different one.”

After another seven seconds of silence, Cain managed to say, “I gotta go back to see — got all this stuff twirling around in my head. Um, specifically, what are you asking me, did I agree or not disagree with Obama on?”

Eventually, the presidential hopeful tried to say he disapproved of Obama’s handling of Libya, though Cain couldn’t offer a coherent reason why.

Now I’m not sure if the reference to things twirling around in his head is related to the “merry-go-round” analogy I proposed, but it would explain it now, wouldn’t it?

I keep wondering when the media is going to tell the untold story of the Republican primary – the one where the party is in complete disarray and is flirting with candidates like Cain, Perry, Bachmann, Paul and even Trump. They really DO NOT want to nominate Mitt Romney as the candidate and a few years ago, the media would have been all over that story. It may be one that is yet to come, maybe they are saving it for the next lap on the campaign racetrack.

So, is it over for Herman Cain now or will the media keep the ride going? They seem to be enjoying themselves and of course, it keeps them from having to report on President Obama’s campaign to bring jobs to people who are struggling or the unbelievable attempts to prevent any job creation by the Republican Party. So much of what is wrong with our media is what they fail to report when they are off chasing “balloon boys” across the sky.

Cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles

20 thoughts on “Is The Herman Cain Trainwreck Over Yet?

  1. Rachel Maddow laughs off Herman Cain’s run for the highest office in the land, as just “performance art” which to me is not funny at all.

    For sure Cain won’t ever be president. I believe he is just a hired lackey of the Koch Brothers to be their “Stepin Fetchit” to get out their talking points and hopefully to turn enough black voters from Obama to defeat him. It is becoming more racist as Cain stumbles if he is indeed is being USED to portray black men as shuffling buffoons (and remember Obama is black!).

    Even though Cain is slipping in national polling, the most recent Bloomberg News poll in Iowa shows that the “NOT Romney” Cain still holds an edge over his fellow GOP candidates in that state, an important factor given that Iowa voters are the first to hold a national Caucus on January 3rd. Cain is currently followed by Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in Iowa. Seems “tutti-fruitti” Bachmann is falling off the radar (BTW. the ice cream flavor Cain assigns to her). So Cain’s “performance art” might be funny if one is into minstrel shows and if he weren’t running for the most serious office of president.

  2. Haha, now it makes sense. Herman Cain shouldn’t be running for President, he should be running for Miss America! He’d have the perfect answers…

  3. Cain can’t seem to turn around without stepping in something. He will be hindsight soon. It would be interesting to see Newt and Obama in a debate. Besides having a few spouse issues, he is the best qualified person in the race on either side.

  4. One doesn’t need to be intelligent to be a mountebank. Folks without scruples like Cain would also do well as charlatan evangelists (he has put out a Gospel album). Herman Cain is credited with helping defeat the Clinton health plan by challenging President Clinton at a town hall meeting in Kansas City. This meeting brought national attention to Cain from national Republicans like Jack Kemp and Bob Dole.

    Cain had worked for Pillsbury in Minneapolis and when Godfather’s Pizza was slipping in sales, he was appointed to head up that subsidiary. Cain closed approximately 200 restaurants and eliminated over 5000 thousand jobs, and by doing so returned Godfather’s to profitability. He started the BEAM program that encouraged Godfather’s employees to wear a continuous SMILE. Cain once bragged, ” My CEO bonus for each laid of worker was $1000, that’s $5 Million for me, that’s the American dream.” In a leveraged buyout in 1988, Cain and a group of investors, bought Godfather’s from Pillsbury that named Cain CEO. With much greater national visibility, Cain was appointed as board member for Nabisco, Whirlpool, Reader’s Digest, and AGCO, Inc.(agribusiness) and was named to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

    While Cain was head of the NRA (National Restaurant Association) from 1996 to 1999, he LOBBIED against increases to the minimum wage, mandatory health care benefits for employees, regulations against smoking in restaurants/bars, and against government lowering the blood-alcohol limit for DUI from 1.0% to 0.8%.

    Then Cain was named to Board of Directors of Aguila, Corp from 1992 to 2008. Aquila was a natural gas, electricity distribution company with a power plant subsidiary. Cain left when Aquila was absorbed by Great Plains Energy Inc., a power company that owns nuclear power plants. After the Enron scandal, in 2004 when Cain was on the Board of Directors, five lawsuits were filed in federal court alleging that Aquila’s board had steered employees into heavily investing their retirement savings into company stock. On Jan. 26, 2005, these suits were folded into a single class action alleging top company officials violated the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act requiring that employers manage employees retirement programs responsibly. The company settled the case for $10.5 million in April 2007. Aquila’s stock price peaked at $37.55 in May 2001 when the company ranked #33 on the Fortune 500. Aquila stock plummeted to $6.75 by July 2002 and by 2007, when it was acquired by Great Plains Energy, Cain’s company had fallen to a ranking of 891.

    Lots of connections to ENERGY and lobbies. No wonder Cain brags he is the Koch brothers’ “brutha by a difrent mutha!”

  5. What are you referring to when you call him a crook? I don’t know of anything illegal he has done, after all he is a politician so normal morals do not apply.

  6. Gingrich is the only Speaker of the House to have been disciplined for ethics violations, cited with 84 violations. Although he finally got off with a hand-slap, he was assessed $300,000 to repay the Congress for its investigations of his tax evasion.

  7. You said he was a crook and you didn’t show anything that was illegal. He was cited for ethics violations, not stealing, not rape, not murder. Lack in judgement, yes, a crook no. Charlie Rangel, Nancy Polosi, Tom Delay are crooks, but Gingrich just had a brain fart.

    He was cited for 84 charges but 83 of them were dropped.
    The speaker’s office issued a statement noting that yesterday’s dismissal of the last three charges means that 83 of the 84 ethics allegations filed by Democrats have been dropped.

    I can’t remember Clinton or Nixon paying back any of the investigative expenses after they were found guilty so it seems Gingrich is an honorable person.

  8. skudrunner:
    Gingrich is a crook. Deal with that as best you can.

    Clinton and Nixon are irrelevant and immaterial

  9. Gingrich has no conception of the concept of honor.
    The fact that others know nothing of honor does not exculpate Gingrich if dishonor.
    Dear with it.

  10. A crook is defined in the dictionary as a dishonest person, especially a sharper, swindler, or thief. Because Gingrich was never convicted of a felony doesn’t mean he isn’t a crook. Remember O.J. Simpson was never convicted mostly because of his powerful position and his ability to pay for the best defense lawyers.

    According to our TROLL SKIDMARKS here, it seems only Democrats can be crooks. As a Democrat you won’t find me supporting Anthony Weiner’s or Bill Clinton’s behavior but then it is up to their wives to condemn in the end, so I have no say in what they did. Government should stay out of our bedrooms! I did not like Clinton’s telling a lie to the nation but then everyone (probably also our TROLL here!!!) lies about their sex lives and as long as it is between consenting adults, our sex lives are nobody else’s business in such cases. The REICH-wing, fired up by billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife elected to spend MILLIONS of our taxpayer money to take a failed land deal (where the Clintons also lost money) to the extreme of investigating Clinton’s sex life like never before in our nation’s history. Prosecutor Ken Starr exonerated President Clinton of any wrongdoing in Whitewater, Travelgate and Filegate matters. However Starr withheld these findings until after the 1998 Congressional elections in order to POLITICALLY damage the Democrats.

    Mellon Scaife was divorced by two of his wives where abuse was charged so he is the last person to interfere in the marriages of others. Besides giving millions to REICH-wing causes/foundations, Scaife also supported Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic Primary against Barack Obama.

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