Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Video Feature - The 9 Craziest Things Herman Cain Has Said, So Far

Apparently, it's "Beat Up On Herman Cain" Week here at the Angry Bureaucrat, but I simply can't help myself. I mean, as I explained before, Herman Cain's signature 9-9-9 plan, the center of his campaign, is such a vile policy proposal that even the other Republican candidates are calling him out on it.

Today's "Beat Up On Herman Cain" feature is a video compilation of the nine craziest things that Herman Cain has said since he entered the public arena, courtesy of ThinkProgress:

My personal favorites from the video:
  1. Cain doesn't believe in the First Amendment's right to freedom of religion.
  2. He's anti-abortion in all circumstances (even in cases of rape and incest) - but he supports a family's decision to break said anti-abortion law if they so choose. I don't pretend to understand, but that's what he said.
  3. He wants to put an electrified fence (complete with alligator-filled moat) on the US's southern border.
  4. He considers all Muslims potential terrorists.
  5. He would literally empower the nation's biggest polluters to write their own environmental regulations (note: this is a correct use of the word "literally" - I wouldn't want to offend The Oatmeal.)
I really don't know what to think about Cain - I mean, he swears that he's not as dumb as he often appears to be (though Gawker has come out and called him straight-up stupid), and he promises that some of his alleged stupidity was merely a product of sleep deprivation. Nonetheless, this guy isn't exactly confidence-inspiring, especially considering that his only economic plan thus far is to rob from the poor to give even more to the rich. And then he goes and releases a campaign ad that features his chief of staff smoking, which some have interpreted as Cain declaring his own candidacy a joke, while others have been left apoplectic by the video. But no matter how you slice it, the video is repulsive, and it was probably a dumb campaign move. Even Fox News seriously struggled to put a positive spin on that campaign ad.

I have no idea what to make of the fact that, in a number of Republican primary states, Herman Cain is currently polling at 30% or higher. Really? One-third of Republicans (or more) REALLY want this guy to lead the country? Are they really THAT unhappy with the rest of the Republican field? Is this a sign of voter desperation? Collective insanity? I'm baffled. Sure - if you read this blog regularly, you know that I disagree with most of the Republican candidates' policy positions, but at least some of the candidates are intelligent, relatively articulate, and non-clueless - Cain has none of those traits.

If I were one of the other Republican candidates, I would be seriously questioning whether I wanted to continue running for the nomination from a party whose membership gives such substantial support to a guy who's so obviously, publicly, and proudly crazy, dumb, or shilling for a talk radio or TV pundit gig (think Sarah Palin).

For the first time in a long time, I actually feel sorry for the likes of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. At least they sort of know what they're talking about - though that doesn't seem to do them much good with the current Republican-voting public, however.


  1. This is not my original thought and I can't recall from whom I got the notion, but in simple terms, you can sum it up with two words: Uncle Tom.

    The premise I heard is that someone is paying him to play candidate (not in the same way that the suckers are paying Palin and Gingrich). The purpose is at least two-fold: A) "see, America, we have one, too." and, 2) to try and attract black and color-blind moderates as the black-not-named-Obama they could stomach voting for.

    Rachel called it a long time ago that neither Palin nor Gingrich were actually running—they were just milking the donors for all their cash. That's why neither have ever filed—they'd then have to disclose. They don't want that.

    Bottom line? Cain is not a serious candidate, but there are some people on the right behind the scenes who want people to think he is.

    ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired

  2. Great video compilation Grant, thanks for posting!

  3. LRod,

    I have similar suspicions, especially considering that much of Cain's financial support seems to come from Koch-brother-funded groups. I wonder if they want Cain in the race to make the other candidates seem reasonable by comparison ... but what I don't understand at all is Cain's current level of popular support. I just don't get how, after listening to this man speak, any human capable of critical thought would continue to support him.

    -The Angry Bureaucrat