I do, however, think he knows next to nothing about government or how real-world politics works, and it shows; like Clark in 2004 he's making a series of comical amateur mistakes. He apparently hasn't really thought through what a real campaign in the 2012 GOP primary with the current quasi-racist crazytown base is going to look like. See the backlash to his comments on Perry's ranch.
Welcome to the real world, where people ask touchy questions instead of deferring to you all the time, Mr. CEO guy. Like the Vietnam war, people expect a good answer to the question of what you were doing back then. For right or wrong, the President isn't supposed to be like other people.
To be fair, his crime is that he hasn't learned to be a good politician. Good politicians know how to duck and weave and avoid answering the question a reporter asks by answering the question they wished he'd asked. Clark is a good example of someone else who had not mastered the art of being a politician.
In some ways I almost prefer these guys, on either side, who haven't mastered the politician ninja waltz, as you sometimes hear a lot more of their actual, unvarnished thoughts and thought processes than the politicians who know how to provide the amorphous non-answer.
I dunno, it's kind of unpleasant to in these kinds of cases whether they're any good at it or not. "I focused on getting into a good school and staying out of trouble" isn't going to make you look good when MLK graduated from the same school.
Or "I got where i am with no help from any one else" is going to sound ridiculous when he excused himself from one of the seminal movements of American history.
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The GOP haaaates angry blacks and civil rights is synonymous with angry blacks for a lot of white folks. Cain has the right idea, but he needs to be a bit slicker.
I have no idea what we could say that'd be a remotely decent response to both his GOP supporters (who are still upset about the civil rights movement and blame blacks for most things) and the rest of the public. Colin Powell could answer this, but that's because Colin Powell didn't have to toe the wingnut line.
Last edited by Jason McCullough; 10-10-2011 at 08:56 PM.
What I would imagine he could say is that out of respect for his parents, who had sacrificed so much to get him into college and keep him there (I imagine) he promised to keep out of trouble and make his mark through graduating well and doing well and proving college was something all black men and women could achieve. Etc.
Also, last I checked Cain didn't help cover up My Lai or cover up for a dishonest administration about Iraq WMD evidence, so he's still got several tiers of easily quantifiable moral superiority over Colin Powell. I mean, if all of a sudden backing Obama amounts to a leftist indulgence program I imagine more people would have considered it.
Maybe it's just me, but I'd have a hell of a lot more respect for Cain if he'd said, "Look, my family was poor as hell and my parents put up with a whole lot of misery so that I could have the opportunity to go to college. I didn't feel at the time like I could put all that on the line for something that blah blah blah..."
But the question went beyond Rosa Parks.......
As stated above I am not about to judge what any "person of color" did during the civil rights era. Especially in the south. Everyone would like to think that they could do the right, the brave thing but real life isn't that easy. Hind sight makes things damn simple sometimes.
Romney knows this and is playing the long game.
What a surprise.
The next question is, which loony will be selected as Romney's running mate?
Rubio would be the smartest choice which means that Romney will probably pick Perry.
I didn't know that Cain had a masters in computer science.
Looks like Palin's the ch*&*&X$&&$^^^
Cain is a bigger asshole than I thought.
Boortz, at the tail end of the interview, asks Cain how he’d do in a debate against Obama:
“It would almost be no contest.”
Ticking off ways he could compete with Obama, Boortz says that Cain would be able to talk about the black experience in America.
Cain’s response: “[Obama’s] never been a part of the black experience in America.”Of course, this isn’t the first time that Cain has attacked Obama for his blackness, or lack thereof. At the beginning of this year, he told a group of Republicans that “they”—the liberal media—are “scared” that a “real black man might run against Barack Obama.” Likewise, in an interview with New York Magazine this summer, Cain doubled-down on his remarks, telling the magazine that Obama is not a “strong black man” in terms that he identifies with. That Cain presents himself as more blackity-black than Barack Obama is just part of his persona.
What’s striking about it all is his choice of audience. With the exception of his interview with New York Magazine, Cain saves these remarks for white, Republican audiences. I’d be shocked if this wasn’t deliberate. Conservatives hate accusations of racism and are more vocal about those than they are actual instances of discrimination against racial minorities. With his upbringing in the segregated South and an accent that shows it, Herman Cain stands as the perfect weapon against anyone who questions the racial egalitarianism of conservatives. To borrow a line I used yesterday, Cain offers “absolution from racial guilt and a unique chance to turn the tables on liberals who accuse the right of racism.”
God, if Cain is the GOP nominee it will be really zany to see the antics of Sharpton et al. And by "zany" I mean "grim and somewhat bizarre."
If Romney gets the nomination - and let's not forget the predictions at this point are extremely unreliable, otherwise we'd have had Guiliani vs. Clinton last time - I would suspect he's smart enough to not put a Tea Party candidate on the ticket. He knows he'll get the extreme right vote just as a way to vote against Obama. I'm guessing he'd try to pick someone to help him with independents.
Of course, the VP pick is often about getting a state that is able to go for either party, such as Florida. (Damned Electoral College. LOL!)
Everyone says that Rubio is the perfect VP candidate. I wonder about Jeb Bush though.