Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Herman Cain

I've been trying to figure something out. I understand that people have widely disparate political views and therefore will support different candidates. Even when I think someone's policies are crazy (can you say "9-9-9"?) I realize others may see things differently. However, what I cannot wrap my head around is how people who claim that the morality of a political candidate is of utmost importance can support Herman Cain. Apparently I'm not the only one. A friend of mine posted the following on Facebook earlier today and he gave me permission to share it. 

By Jim Robbins:
Despite the fact that new allegations of sexual harassment (and in at least one instance, sexual battery) against Herman Cain are being levied almost daily, and despite his ever changing "memories" of the situation, Herman Cain retains the same level of support among Republican primary voters. How is this possible? Well, consider a list of other factors that has not deterred them: 

1. He didn't know that China has been a nuclear power for 47 years.
2. He has revealed his foreign policy and geopolitical ignorance over "U-beki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan".
3. His campaign has raised almost no money, and has thus far been financed by Koch brothers offshoots. Probably illegally.
4. He has described himself as the "brother from another mother" of the Koch brothers. (I guess pizza and Koch go together.)
5. He expressed his intention to build a 20 foot high wall the entire length of the U.S./ Mexico border which would electrocute and "kill people".
6. He touts a tax plan that would benefit only the wealthiest Americans, reduce revenue, does not add up, and appears to have been taken from the SIM CITY video game.
7. He has tried to be both pro-life and pro-choice IN THE SAME SENTENCE.
8. At a debate in September, he quoted "a poet" which turned out to be a verse from the Pokemon theme song.

Is there any reason for any sane voter to think this man is capable or ready to be President? Is the feeling of victimization among the wingnuts that strong?

Cain is being defended from some ironic quarters, including those trying to play the race card. Such "civil rights advocates" as Ann Coulter (who notably said "our blacks are better than their blacks") and Rush Limbaugh (who once told a black caller to "take the bone out of your nose and call me back" and got fired from ESPN because of his inability to keep race out of his criticism of Donovan McNabb). And then there's Newt Gingrich, who defends Cain while conveniently forgetting his engineering of the impeachment of Bill Clinton in re: the Monica Lewinsky scandal even while he was chasing tail all over Capitol Hill and having an affair with a staffer. Newt and Herman even talked about running together on the same ticket in 2012 during their "debate" in Houston last Saturday evening. Wouldn't you just LOVE to be a woman is THAT White House?

Well said, Jim. Well said.

*Links added by me

1 comment:

Kathy said...

*snort* The Sim City line in particular cracked me up.

I'm withholding judgment as far as Cain's personal life and the claims made against him. This has been such a circus that I wouldn't really put it past anyone to be engineering vague claims by unnamed accusers to discredit him. HOWEVER, to the point you and Jim make rather nicely here, why anyone would see a NEED to discredit this particular buffoon in the first place when he is widely and wildly skilled at discrediting HIMSELF is the real point of interest. That he has gotten so far in this race that these allegations are even being raised boggles the mind.