Herman Cain isn’t legitimate presidential candidate

It’s been a good month to be Atlanta’s own Herman Cain.

As May began, Cain was declared the clear winner of South Carolina’s GOP presidential debate. Last week, a Zogby interactive poll of Republican primary voters put Cain in second place, behind only New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who isn’t even running. And at the Georgia Republican Convention in Macon over the weekend, Cain basked in cheers and standing ovations that dwarfed those drawn by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

But for all the fervor, let’s be honest: Cain is not a legitimate candidate for president.

That doesn’t mean Cain should be dismissed or ignored. Quite the contrary; he’s important because he is giving voice to the fears and resentment of millions of Americans who see this country and their place in it diminished by powers beyond their control. His support is drawn from the same part of the GOP base that once embraced Sarah Palin and, briefly, Donald Trump. Like Palin and Trump, Cain may not be well-versed on policy, but he knows what he knows, and he’s willing to put it bluntly:

“The objective of the liberals is to destroy this country,” he told a conservative conference in Washington in February. “The objective of the liberals is to make America mediocre. … That’s their objective. Well, let me tell you something about mediocrity. It’s not in an American’s DNA to be mediocre.”

To Americans worried that their country might be losing its status as an economic and military superpower — a fear that’s all too justified — such words resonate. However, it is not the rhetoric of a man capable of becoming president. It is the rhetoric of a talk-radio host, armed with the one-liners, pat answers and applause lines honed by sitting night after night at the microphone.

As Rush Limbaugh put it after watching the South Carolina debate, “Herman Cain made me think I was listening to me in every answer.”

As his backers are quick to point out, Cain is more than a radio talker. He enjoyed a successful corporate career, rising to CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and serving as chair of the Federal Reserve Board in Kansas City. While that’s impressive, politics and business are very different fields. Michael Jordan was the best basketball player in history, but as athletic as he was, he couldn’t hit a curve ball. At the top echelons of any endeavor, skill sets don’t transfer easily.

Finally, there’s the added dimension of Cain’s race. Conservatives are not merely proud to be seen as supporting a black man for president, some see his race as a club to be used to bludgeon their opponents. Cain understands that aspect of his appeal, and he’s not shy about milking it.

In that February speech, as in many of his speeches, Cain sympathized with fellow conservatives for being “called racist simply because you disagree with the president, who happens to be black.”

“Well, I got a breaking news announcement for you,” Cain told them. “You are not a racist; you are patriots because you’re willing to stand up for what you believe in. Patriots.”

Like Cain, blogger Andrew Breitbart has risen to prominence thanks to a willingness to voice what traditional conservative leaders will not. And he makes no bones about embracing Cain as a way to blow the minds of those who label conservatives as racist. He even envisions Allen West, an extremely conservative black congressman from Florida who also was raised here in Atlanta, as Cain’s 2012 running mate.

“That ticket would blow up the death star of political correctness that the left uses against the right,” he said, and it’s hard to argue that point.

In fact, the only thing more surreal than a black Atlantan heading the GOP ticket would be two black Atlantans heading the GOP ticket.

– Jay Bookman

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USinUK

May 17th, 2011
7:13 am

““The objective of the liberals is to destroy this country,” he told a conservative conference in Washington in February. “The objective of the liberals is to make America mediocre.”

DAMMIT!!! who leaked the memo???!!!

USinUK

May 17th, 2011
7:15 am

oh, and good morning, Jay!! :-)

Jay

May 17th, 2011
7:18 am

Top of the mornin’ to ya, USinUK.

C

May 17th, 2011
7:18 am

So, let’s see if I have this right…If you are from the left, inexperienced in business yet certified in public service from community organization to big city politics, can speak eloquently and surround yourself with PR guru’s who tell you exactly what to say and when, even providing the tele-prompter for the campaign, then you are perfectly capable and a legitimate candidate for president. If you are from the right, a conservative, have actually been a successful business person for say, I don’t know, 20+ years, hold various positions of leadership both in public companies and charitable public endeavors, can speak eloquently without aid, tend to get a little bombastic at idiocy and have a legion of followers from your radio show and various other speaking engagements you’ve commanded over the past decade, then by god you are not worthy – because, you know, you’re not a political insider, who knows how this works…Jay, you are way off base with this. And I’m afraid as the campaign gets heated up through the fall, and winter, you’re going to see that this man connects with quite a few people – both from the far right, and from the middle, independents who are craving a legitimate business savvy, experienced leader, who knows how to fight the fight, and talk the talk, equal to what we know our “speaker – in- chief” will do during his campaign to keep the oval. Plus, the added caveat, it takes the racism claim right off the plate…Just an observation of course, I’d vote for Herman if the man was green, yellow or purple…He has some good ideas, and to suggest he is unworthy of even consideration at this point, is disingenuous at best.

Jay

May 17th, 2011
7:20 am

Time will tell who is right here, C.

I have to say I like my odds.

#1 Foxy Lady

May 17th, 2011
7:23 am

Herman Cain isn’t legitimate presidential candidate

This is just like typical liberals – delegitimizing a black.

Granny Godzilla

May 17th, 2011
7:24 am

“No, I will not [appoint a Muslim to my cabinet]. And here’s why. There is this creeping attempt, there is this attempt to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government. It does not belong in our government. This is what happened in Europe. And little by little, to try and be politically correct, they made this little change, they made this little change. And now they‘ve got a social problem that they don’t know what to do with hardly.”

Herman Cain

Like we need a paranoid bigot in the oval office.

Ain’t gonna happen.

Doggone/GA

May 17th, 2011
7:25 am

“This is just like typical liberals – delegitimizing a black”

Was Jay delegitimizing a whitie when he criticised Gingrich yesterday?

Mick

May 17th, 2011
7:25 am

**Michael Jordan was the best basketball player in history, but as athletic as he was, he couldn’t hit a curve ball. At the top echelons of any endeavor, skill sets don’t transfer easily.**

Great anology, mr. cain is most likely another flash in the pan…

#1 Foxy Lady

May 17th, 2011
7:27 am

Was Jay delegitimizing a whitie when he criticised Gingrich yesterday?

Well is he black? … well is he? then there you go.

Bud Wiser

May 17th, 2011
7:27 am

Oh yeah, Herman Cain isn’t right because he isn’t chained to the Democrat party like most of his ethnicity.

He actually has a brain and a mind of his own, not some mush-mill stuffed with the continual promise of ‘hope and change’ that is never fulfilled, a belief that something is really being done and not promised, looked at but never seen.

Media stooges are snarling and drooling in the attack mode against Cain, because he doesn’t fit the mold of the perpetually enslaved democrat, just doing your chores and voting like you’re told, and tossed the occasional crumb.

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

May 17th, 2011
7:27 am

Good Morning-Jay, I don’t know how you can argue that Cain isn’t a legitimate candidate without acknowledging that Obama wasn’t either based on the inexperience criteria you’re raising. I think being a true political outsider will appeal to voters, particularly in the time we’re in now.

TaxPayer

May 17th, 2011
7:29 am

It looks as though C has a candidate in mind. Go for it.

TaxPayer

May 17th, 2011
7:30 am

I wonder if the racists in the Republican party will vote for Cain. That’ll show those Democrats.

Haywood Jablome

May 17th, 2011
7:31 am

Well Cain be better than a crypto-kenyan-hawaiian-chicago-DC-via-harvard communities a’organizing.

Mick

May 17th, 2011
7:31 am

Jay

May 17th, 2011
7:32 am

So all black Americans who don’t agree with you, Bud, are stupid slaves on the Democratic plantation, right? I imagine we’ll be seeing several variations on that theme here today.

And people wonder why so few blacks feel welcome on the right.

Brosephus

May 17th, 2011
7:35 am

In fact, the only thing more surreal than a black Atlantan heading the GOP ticket would be two black Atlantans heading the GOP ticket.

Even Brosephus knows that ain’t about to happen…. :)

Cherokee

May 17th, 2011
7:38 am

“He actually has a brain and a mind of his own”

Not in a thousand years. He’s gotten rich by parroting Boortz.

Southern Comfort

May 17th, 2011
7:38 am

Media stooges are snarling and drooling in the attack mode against Cain, because he doesn’t fit the mold of the perpetually enslaved democrat

Said by the non-Black man who knows nothing about the Black community. :roll:

Good Grief

May 17th, 2011
7:42 am

Jay,
What I’m noticing is that people say that this man isn’t sufficiently politically knowledgable, he hasn’t been in the game long enough to know how the political game works, he… wait, those same things could’ve been said about Obama.

By your own logic in your article, though, no one other than a career politician should ever run for high office. I personally believe that a long line of career politicians is what got us into this mess (economy, military, etc.) and I feel fairly confident that another career politician won’t be able to solve it. Or am I missing your point, Jay? I’d really like to know.

To jump on one of the last quotes you have from Mr. Cain, I have personally been called a “racist” because I disagreed with Obama over the health care reform. The person I was discussing with said “You just don’t want to see a black man succeed.” I stopped talking then and there, because it’s hard to debate with those that go straight to name calling. Then again, I’ve also been called “unpatriotic” because I didn’t feel like the government was adept enough to handle health care reform.

Jay

May 17th, 2011
7:43 am

He’s just looking out for you guys, SoCo.

Bosch

May 17th, 2011
7:45 am

USinUK,

We are going to have to revise our secret handshake. It could have been Paul — I knew he was shifty.

And…..Arnold! You naughty boy !!!

Bosch

May 17th, 2011
7:45 am

“He’s just looking out for you guys, SoCo.”

I’ll second that SoCo — cause, you know, you guys are just too stoopid to know who to vote for and all. :roll:

Ron

May 17th, 2011
7:46 am

Hmmm… Cain meets all the qualifications of the Constitution and yet is not legitimate? Yet another journalist who pines to make up his own rules along the way for everyone to follow. Must be an arrogant progressive liberal. Fits Obama’s profile completely!

stranger in a strange land

May 17th, 2011
7:48 am

you sure nailed that one Jay – since hope and change is working out so well – certainly no need for someone (be they red, yellow, black, or white) with some actual ideas to be considered.

USinUK

May 17th, 2011
7:49 am

“We are going to have to revise our secret handshake. It could have been Paul — I knew he was shifty.”

seriously! I always thought he was a mole!

Jay

May 17th, 2011
7:49 am

Stranger, what are these “actual ideas” of which you speak?

USinUK

May 17th, 2011
7:51 am

stranger – let’s see … economy improving, Osama dead … yep. you’re right, hope and change IS working out pretty well!

thanks!

Jay

May 17th, 2011
7:53 am

From Cain’s website, here’s his policy prescription for national security, chosen solely because it is listed first:

“The primary duty of the President of the United States is to protect our people. In fact, it is the principal duty of a limited federal government. They must ensure that our military and all of our security agencies are strong and capable.
Unfortunately, national security has become far too politicized with our elected officials using the issue as a means to polarize our country as the “war hawks” and the “peace doves.” In response, the safety and morale of our brave men and women in uniform are often at risk for political gain. The judgment of our military experts on the ground is often underutilized in exchange for political purposes. National security isn’t about politics. It’s about defending America.
While diplomacy is a critical tool in solving the complex security issues we face, it must never compromise military might. Because we are such a free and prosperous people, we are the envy of the world. Many regimes seek to destroy us because they are threatened by our ideals, and they resent our prosperity. We must acknowledge the real and present danger that terrorist nations and organizations pose to our country’s future.
Further, we must stand by our friends and we must not be fooled by our enemies. We should never be deceived by terrorists. They only have one objective, namely, to kill all of us. We must always remain vigilant in dealing with adversaries.
We must support our military with the best training, equipment, technology and infrastructure necessary to keep them in a position to win. We must also provide our men and women in uniform, our veterans and their families with the benefits they deserve for their tremendous sacrifice. These heroes have served us. We must never forget to serve them.”

There’s a lot of hoorah and nice sentiment, but an “actual idea”? Actually, no.

stands for decibels

May 17th, 2011
7:53 am

what are these “actual ideas” of which you speak?

oh, you know, calling liberals poopie-headed America-destroyers. important stuff like that.

Cherokee

May 17th, 2011
7:54 am

“wait, those same things could’ve been said about Obama.”

And have been, ad nauseum.

The difference is, Obama had a coherent strategy and plan and communicated that plan. You may not like it, but a majority of the voters did.

Cain simply repeats tired talking points from talk radio – which will of course appeal to the 10% or so of the population who think that Boortz, Hannity, and Limbaugh can do no wrong.

But it won’t appeal to a majority of Americans, and to the point of the article, Cain won’t be elected President.

stands for decibels

May 17th, 2011
7:54 am

oh, and hi, UnU. Don’t you just love the nuanced, thoughtful analysis of the IMF we’re getting of late from well-informed online conservatives in our midst?

AmVet

May 17th, 2011
7:54 am

I think being a true political outsider will appeal to voters, particularly in the time we’re in now,

I agree, but in and of itself, that fact is fairly meaningless. Didn’t George run as a Washington outsider? And arguably the nation could not have done worse.

Cain will be the new Keyes. He will be proudly trotted around as the token minority GOP candidate. But if you want to see the REAL face of the modern Republican Party, turn that camera around to the audience. I suspect that as is the case almost everywhere, that crowd in Macon was 99.9% white.

And once again, when people hear some of the moronic stuff he has said (hat tip to Granny for one of them) as a rabid, right-wing, talking head, radio putz, he is done before this thing gets started…

carlosgvv

May 17th, 2011
7:54 am

Granny

You will find that many Europeans totally agree with that “paranoid bigot”. Didn’t anyone ever tell you that sometimes they really are out to get you? You are so politically correct that you cannot see the forest for the trees. But, then, you think that 12 million plus illegals in America is a great thing.

Whacks Eloquent

May 17th, 2011
7:59 am

C summed it up pretty well I think.

Let’s face it – liberals will not like Cain and will try to delegitimize him much as the right tried to question Obama’s legitimacy. Cain may not have political office experience, but he also won’t have to deal with idiot birthers either.

For me, I finally, for the first time in my life, see a candidate for President that I can truly and honestly support with no qualms.

How many people really believed Barack Obama would be the Democrat candidate for the 2008 election when it all started 18 months before? No, it was assumed by many to be Hillary’s candidacy to lose and that she did. Just like President Obama, I think that Herman Cain has a chance to take the nation by storm, by talking to them as regular people, not down to them as so many in our elite privileged political class do.

Rck Patel

May 17th, 2011
7:59 am

The most “legitimate”, qualified, interesting & attractive potential Republican nominee is obviously the Alaskan Aphrodite, Gov. Sarah Palin.

ty webb

May 17th, 2011
8:01 am

Jay,
Good job vetting the current GOP candidates. Now if you know any good steakhouses recommended by vegetarians, please feel free to share. Thanks.

stands for decibels

May 17th, 2011
8:01 am

So, let’s see if I have this right…If you are from the left, inexperienced in business

I guess I could ask folks how “experienced in business” were Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford, since a scan of those guys’ CVs reveals pretty much nothing but teat-sucking government work (oh, and a bit of private ambulance-chasing, in Nixon’s case.)

Or I could just remind myself that the blather about how we ought to “run government like a business” generally comes from people who are either a) lying or b) fairly ignorant about how government OR business is generally run.

Bosch

May 17th, 2011
8:03 am

Isnt he like boortz front guy?

Jay

May 17th, 2011
8:03 am

And then there’s this October 2008 column in which Cain embraced TARP, characterizing those who criticized it as “the mainstream media and free-market purists.”

http://004eeb5.netsolhost.com/hc133.htm

“…. the mainstream media and the free market purists want you to believe that this is the end of capitalism as we know it. It is not for several reasons that they have conveniently not explained….

The free market purists’ objection to this is that it smacks at government control of the banking industry, which is called nationalization. They are correct. It smacks, but it is not nationalization because that would require the government to own at least 51 percent of the entity for an indefinite period of time.

The ownership by the taxpayers is going to be relatively small and nowhere near the amount needed to be called nationalization. So what’s the problem?

The problem is economic illiteracy and media incompetence. Some people want to continue to fan the flames of anger and outrage over how we got into this mess in the first place. Anger and outrage will not solve the problem.

Unprecedented problems require unprecedented solutions. The actions by the Treasury are a win-win for the taxpayer. But the mainstream media does not get brownie points for reporting win-win solutions for the taxpayers. Their focus is doom and gloom.

Now don’t tell Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, but if this works, and I believe it will, the Bush Administration will have gotten this one right. “

Of course, Pelosi and Reid weren’t the ones opposing TARP. Nor was the mainstream media. The people who opposed it, the ones whom Cain accused back then of “economic illiteracy,” are the same ones who support him today. But in a talk-radio world, speaking and writing to a talk-radio audience, such things can’t be admitted. In that world, Pelosi, Reid and the mainstream media must somehow be blamed for all things evil.

In order for these collective actions to work, the media needs to calm its crisis rhetoric, and Congress needs to just shut up with its political rhetoric.”

Peadawg

May 17th, 2011
8:04 am

““Well, I got a breaking news announcement for you,” Cain told them. “You are not a racist; you are patriots because you’re willing to stand up for what you believe in. Patriots.””

A-F*CKING-MEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!

“There’s a lot of hoorah and nice sentiment, but an “actual idea”? Actually, no.” – Sounds a lot like Obama’s campaign speech a few weeks ago on how to cut the debt/deficit, eh?

A Democrat calling someone else out on lack of experience after voting for Obama last year…too funny, Jay. Too funny.

Jay

May 17th, 2011
8:07 am

Peadawg’s reaction is common, I think.

The most important thing they want in a presidential candidate is someone who makes them say “a-blanking-men!” And Cain does that for them.

Irwin M. Fletcher

May 17th, 2011
8:09 am

I demand to see his Long Form Birth Certificate!

jackj

May 17th, 2011
8:09 am

Racism is rampant at the AJC! Just because Cain is black does not mean he is qualified to be president. Shame on AJC.

TaxPayer

May 17th, 2011
8:11 am

Cain is pushing the Fairly Odd Tax so that should drum up another handful of supporters for him.

@@

May 17th, 2011
8:11 am

And a junior senator from Illinois was promoted as what by the media? America’s FIRST BLACK president…no real life experience required…the dem’s sacrificial lamb.

I can recall that when I pointed to his lack of experience, there were those here who said it was his cabinet appointments that would determine his success. Initially, he got two right…maybe three. The jury’s still out on Arne Duncan.

The majority of his cabinet appointees have zero experience in the private sector. It would be interesting to see where Cain would look for his appointees. I’m betting they wouldn’t be government lackeys.

The conservatives I know were Cain fans long before Obama even showed up on the radar.

Whacks Eloquent

May 17th, 2011
8:11 am

Jay at 8:07,

I am pretty sure people won’t be writing songs and sonnets about Herman, even if he does get elected president.

O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma

RB from Gwinnett

May 17th, 2011
8:12 am

I’m sure Herman doesn’t think you’re a legitimate journalist either Jay. And I would guess he really doesn’t care what you think!!

stands for decibels

May 17th, 2011
8:12 am

The most important thing they want in a presidential candidate is someone who makes them say “a-blanking-men!” And Cain does that for them.

to paraphrase Leo Durocher: “They’re nice guys. They’ll finish last.”

USinUK

May 17th, 2011
8:12 am

“Don’t you just love the nuanced, thoughtful analysis of the IMF we’re getting of late from well-informed online conservatives in our midst?”

heck, I just want to know if Strauss-Kahn is Berlusconi’s long-lost brother!

USinUK

May 17th, 2011
8:13 am

Tax – “Cain is pushing the Fairly Odd Tax so that should drum up another handful of supporters for him”

haha … drum up some … lose others … spinnin’ wheel got to go ’round

Jay

May 17th, 2011
8:14 am

jackj’s response is common as well. Conservatives appreciate the chance to use the reverse jujitsu racism card, and I can understand it. But that doesn’t make Cain presidential timber.

In fact, if the current Democratic president was, say, Hillary Clinton or John Kerry, I doubt Cain would ever have been more than a blip on the screen.

stranger in a strange land

May 17th, 2011
8:14 am

jay – give me break, I’m pretty sure you can read, and listen as well as I can, but then I also know good it must FEEL to simply say he has no chance. Regretfully, I must go to work so we can have 47,000,001 people of food stamps (promise not to make more than my fair share).

(ir)Rational

May 17th, 2011
8:14 am

I’m going to say this and then get to work. I’m thinking the only reason people like Jay are so ready to try and make Herman Cain seem like he isn’t qualified to be President is because they have absolutely nothing of substance to attack him on. At least nothing that wouldn’t make them complete hypocrites and expose their bias for what it is. Obviously, that doesn’t apply to Jay, as his job is political opinion, but that would apply to much of the rest of the media. But seriously, they can’t attack Cain on anything that doesn’t apply to Obama even more, and they are scared to be exposed as what they are. Better to take him out early when there isn’t much national media attention than to have to fight it later. Just my thoughts on the subject.

Peadawg

May 17th, 2011
8:15 am

“The most important thing they want in a presidential candidate is someone who makes them say “a-blanking-men!” And Cain does that for them.”

Like that catchy hope and change bumper sticker slogan a few years made everyone say “a-blanking-men!”??

Peadawg

May 17th, 2011
8:15 am

“In fact, if the current Democratic president was, say, Hillary Clinton or John Kerry” – then what would Democrats call people who disagree with them, Jay?

RB from Gwinnett

May 17th, 2011
8:17 am

Funny to see Jay whining about Cain not giving specifics on issues while supporting the king of vague generalizations. He doeesn’t even seem to care that Obama’s campaign promises appear to have been just good suggestions he might get around to if time and situations permit.

Can you say partisan hack?!!!

jt

May 17th, 2011
8:18 am

I’m a little troubled by comparing Cain to a black basket ball player .

Whats up wid dat?…………..not very sensitive.

EJ

May 17th, 2011
8:18 am

“Herman Cain isn’t legitimate presidential candidate”

True. He was born in Kenya.

stands for decibels

May 17th, 2011
8:18 am

heck, I just want to know if Strauss-Kahn is Berlusconi’s long-lost brother!

You mean you’re not deeply troubled by how this legal difficulty faced by Parti Socialiste member OBVIOUSLY reflects badly on American DNC members since we’re all crypto-sooper-seekret Socialists ourselves and obviously in cahoots with this guy?

ty webb

May 17th, 2011
8:20 am

“…then what would Democrats call people who disagree with them, Jay?’

My guess would be “sexists” and “horsefaceists”.

Jay

May 17th, 2011
8:21 am

Not bad, Ty.

ty webb

May 17th, 2011
8:21 am

TaxPayer

May 17th, 2011
8:23 am

So, we have a handful of Cain supporters and a handful of Gingrich supporters and maybe even a supporter that cannot decide between Romney and Trump. How about a show of hands for Santorum or Palin. Personally, I think McCain is still the GOP candidate to beat.

Jack

May 17th, 2011
8:23 am

I don’t care if Cain is dumb as a rock; if he’s the GOP nominee, I’ll vote for him. I’d rather vote for Jeb, but if Cain’s the man, he’s got my vote.

iRun

May 17th, 2011
8:24 am

@Peadawg
May 17th, 2011
8:15 am

Pea, Pea, Pea…no…remember? Democrats are all Atheists. They don’t say “amen”.

Duh…

larry

May 17th, 2011
8:25 am

So, he was for TARP. I bet that makes all those tea-partiers hearts go pitter patter.

KJ

May 17th, 2011
8:26 am

Wow…a bit early to throw Herman under the bus, don’t you think? I mean, no one who ever reads your column would expect you to write a positive article, but it seems strange to throw this out there nine months prior to the first primaries.

But, I do appreciate you doing this. Even bad press is a good thing at this point. First, you’ve put his name out there, so many who don’t particularly like you because you lean to the left, may now take a second look at Cain.

And second, he isn’t perfect…far from it actually. He does need to refine his message, determine the direction he wants to go and find a way to communicate that succinctly to the public. It hasn’t happened yet, but once again….we’re nine months from the first primary.

AmVet

May 17th, 2011
8:26 am

Juan mo time.

When Cain’s rabidly backasswards ideas get out to John Q, and they will, they will sink him faster than the Lusitania.

Why? Because the vast majority of Americans don’t pine for the 1950s. When women were forced to bring that thing to term and the homos knew their place.

(I think iRun secretly admires atheists. They warrant a capital A in his book…)

Peadawg

May 17th, 2011
8:27 am

“My guess would be “sexists” and “horsefaceists”.”

“Sexists” wouldn’t work for those who support Palin but not the Hildabeast. It seems if Cain becomes the nominee, the Democrats may have to find a new word besides “racist” to describe those who don’t like Obama. And it terrifies Jay. Like Cain said, “That ticket would blow up the death star of political correctness that the left uses against the right.”

Yahtzee

May 17th, 2011
8:27 am

It’s still way too early to count anyone out, we have like 8 or 9 months before the first primary. A lot can happen between now and then. Also, Cain is not a well known candidate at this time, but every time the man has spoken at an event there is a consensus from the people that he’s the real deal. I say give him 8 or 9 months before we determine his legitimacy.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

May 17th, 2011
8:27 am

Just hours before his speech at CPAC, Cain told Hotline on Call that he wasn’t entirely sure what he was going to say when he addressed the conservative crowd. “I have some idea of what I’m going to say, of course,” he said before the speech. “I like to get a feel for the audience and read their reaction to certain things, and based upon their reaction I’ll decide where to go next.”
_____________________________

Much easier to get that a-men when you are preaching to the mob rather than being a leader. It’s early. Cain will falter and fall….and he won’t get up.

kayaker 71

May 17th, 2011
8:28 am

The Democrats and the liberal media have never liked black conservative candidates. They don’t fit the mold. People like Larry Elder, Herman Cain, JC Watts, Alan Keyes….. they are uncle toms, oreos, traitors, not black enough….. and about 50 other put downs that are supposed to describe the candidate through the eyes of a blindly loyal black liberal. Hell, even Bill Cosby, who has not run for office, was called names for criticizing the slaughter of black youth, taking responsibility for the bad choices made in life and pulling up your pants. Herman Cain is a sincere, caring, intelligent American who has a lot of ideas that go against mainstream liberal thought. No wonder Bookman doesn’t like him.

USinUK

May 17th, 2011
8:29 am

“You mean you’re not deeply troubled by how this legal difficulty faced by Parti Socialiste member OBVIOUSLY reflects badly on American DNC members since we’re all crypto-sooper-seekret Socialists ourselves and obviously in cahoots with this guy?”

damn, now ALL our secrets are out! well done, dB!

next thing, you’re going to tell them that we’re all Facebook friends with Rev Wright.

Whacks Eloquent

May 17th, 2011
8:30 am

Well, if choice is between a guy who supported TARP at the time, vs another candidate who still thinks the state-mandated health care in his state was the right idea, who do you think will come out on top with true conservatives?

stands for decibels

May 17th, 2011
8:30 am

“That ticket would blow up the death star of political correctness that the left uses against the right.”

…because Darth Obama wouldn’t know what to do when confronted with a subpar political opponent, with losing record, who happened to be African-American.

Jay

May 17th, 2011
8:31 am

Other than the fact that “Cain is black and that will really show those liberals,” I don’t think I’ve seen a single post yet discussing what makes Cain a leading GOP candidate for president. We’ve seen one person claim that Cain has “actual ideas,” but even that person failed to point out what these “actual ideas” might be.

ty webb

May 17th, 2011
8:31 am

“Much easier to get that a-men when you are preaching to the mob rather than being a leader.”

and even easier when you do it before some rock concert, or in front of some elaborate movie set.

P. McCall

May 17th, 2011
8:31 am

Jay Bookman once again epitomizes why the AJC’s subscription numbers, and influence continue to shrink.

USMC

May 17th, 2011
8:31 am

Sounds like Jay doesn’t like BLACK people. Get over it, Jay.
Black people are just like you and me.
You should judge people on the content of character, not the color of their skin.

It must be true since Jay disagrees with Herman Cain’s politics on the ISSUES :-)

Obama is losing support everyday:

Cindy Crawford campaigns for — Romney
http://www.politico.com/click/stories/1105/crawford_flipflops_for_romney.html

Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Tick Tock…

Obama LOSES in 2012 :-)

stands for decibels

May 17th, 2011
8:33 am

People like Larry Elder, Herman Cain, JC Watts, Alan Keyes….. they are uncle toms, oreos, traitors, not black enough…

yeah, that’s what I always say about these guys.

Damn, UnU, they know ALL our tricks!

Peadawg

May 17th, 2011
8:35 am

“Much easier to get that a-men when you are preaching to the mob rather than being a leader.”

Says someone who supports Obama, who would rather go on Opra or ESPN, or play golf instead of ‘leading’ on this whole debt ceiling and budget issue. He would just much rather blame the Republicans. Talk about preaching to the mod…..

iRun

May 17th, 2011
8:35 am

@AmVet
May 17th, 2011
8:26 am

Well, Atheist is like Catholic. It’s a title, so it’s supposed to be capitalized.

As for admiration…well, not so much I admire them as much as I kinda am one (though not in the traditional sense) so it’s more self-identity than admiration.

Also, I’m female. A wife and mother and career-gal.

Mighty Righty

May 17th, 2011
8:36 am

Jay, you are preaching to your choir. Those of us on the right are fully aware of bought and paid for media tactics. We know you will disparage any Republican that has a chance to win. Next, we will hear that Herman is a racist Uncle Tom. But you should really stay away from faulting any canidate’s qualification’s as expressed below:

“At the top echelons of any endeavor, skill sets don’t transfer easily.”

You know as I do, Obama doesn’t have the “skill set” to manage a troop of girl scouts.

Whacks Eloquent

May 17th, 2011
8:36 am

db, seriously?

That election was a joke after idiot Ryan’s documentary on “How to Blow Up a Campaign”. Keyes, while I admit is subpar, was a stand-in for what was then known to be a COMPLETELY lost cause. Obama did not need to say a thing to defeat Keyes, it was a given. How he would (will!) deal with a competent debater who communicates rationally and passionately (sorry Sen. McCain) will be interesting to watch!

Keep Up the Good Fight!

May 17th, 2011
8:37 am

The Republicans/tea Party can’t have racist elements. They put Michael Steele in as chair of the party for awhile and look they have a black friend who some may consider for a candidate. Why that,….that is all there is to racism. Why its simple. “Some of my best friends are black.” Here’s how it works in simplicity

A white Boston police officer said this in an email about the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr, a black Harvard professor: “If I was the officer he verbally assaulted like a banana-eating jungle monkey**, I would have sprayed him in the face with OC.”

Later he said in his apology: “I have so many friends of every type of culture and race you can name and I am not a racist.”

A white high school student who went to a whites-only prom did not think he was racist either: “I have as many black friends as I do white friends. We do everything else together. We hang out. We play sports together. We go to class together. I don’t think anybody at our school is racist.’

See, if you have a black friend, you cant be racist.

**With all apologies for including this offensive phrase

________________________________

USinUK

May 17th, 2011
8:37 am

dB – our cover is soooooo totally blown!

Floydo

May 17th, 2011
8:38 am

I am Canadian and a big fan of American politics. This article proves beyond a doubt that Cain is a serious contender: the left is unable and unwilling to parody him. The GOP contender who can articulate a small government message and keep from being savaged by the media will win easily against Obama.

Call it like it is

May 17th, 2011
8:38 am

Jay’s response from the leaning left biased media is common as well. The man has one debate to which he did very well and that has you scared. Therefore your now on the attack. You pick and choose what you wish to tell about the man and try to convince all that he is not worthy. Anyone with any sense knows your scared and it shows in your blog. Jay if I were you I would pray that Obama doesn’t meet up with Cain in a one on one debate without teleprompters. Herman will have him backpedaling within minutes. And that sir will be fun to see.

Jay

May 17th, 2011
8:39 am

As USMC confirms with his post — another in a long string along those lines– a lot of Cain’s appeal can be explained by his race and his perceived ability to make liberals mad and frustrated. Again, that was a lot of Sarah Palin’s appeal as well.

And as gratifying as that might be for some, it does not make either one presidential material.

TaxPayer

May 17th, 2011
8:39 am

Damn. Based on what I seeing as a GOP strategy forming here, I’m expecting to see a gay black hispanic as the logical Republican candidate. Just let those darned Democrats try to make any sort of claims about Republicans being against illegal immigrants or gays or blacks. Now, if they can work in a pregnant Muslim… no, abort that idea.

CONCERNEDPATRIOT

May 17th, 2011
8:40 am

Why are you libs so scared of little’o Herman Cain? The man has not even thrown his hat in the ring yet. And you leftist are ripping him apart. That speaks volumes!!

Granny Godzilla

May 17th, 2011
8:41 am

“Next, we will hear that Herman is a racist Uncle Tom.”

AGAIN, let me point out that the disgusting term used above DOES keep popping up – but only in posts by conservatives. Why is that?

Peadawg

May 17th, 2011
8:41 am

Jay @ 8:31,

Fair enough. I actually don’t know much of anything about him…just that he has all y’all up in a hissy this morning. My choice would be Rubio but he probably won’t run until 2016 if Obama gets a 2nd term. Newt, no. Mitt, no. Palin, no. Bachman, no. Huckabee, no. Let’s hear what Cain says on the issues during the primary debates before we judge, k? Ask Cynthia about jumping to conclusions too early (see: “Romney was for the mandate before he was against it”)…turns out he was never against it.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

May 17th, 2011
8:42 am

Well, big suprize. Of course Cain ain’ta real canadate. He/s one of Those People. We already got one of them in the White House and you can see what a mistake that was. Might as well tell me the sun rises in the east and there’s darkness and light. Telling me Cain ain’t a real canadate for President is kind of obvious.

Anyhow, I got a feeling us Conservatives will see things ain’t so bad once we see a White Conservative in the White House. Right now they’re terrible and even if they stay the same they’ll look pretty good with a White Conservative up there.

I mean, Cain’s got a good Conservative outlook, but he’s just not right for the job, if you know what I mean. He’s OK slinging pizza or shining shoes and stuff like that, like Those People do.

Have a good day everybody.

Mighty Righty

May 17th, 2011
8:43 am

Can the Republicans find, let alone nominate, anyone less qualified than Barach Obama? I mean seriously, who would have thought getting neighborhood gangs to pick up trash, would be enough experience to qualify one to be President of the United States!

USinUK

May 17th, 2011
8:43 am

“The GOP contender who can articulate a small government message and keep from being savaged by the media will win easily against Obama.”

and his message / plan is WHAT, again??? Jay keeps asking, yet no one seems to have an answer, yet.

Southern Comfort

May 17th, 2011
8:43 am

Bosch & Jay

With the mindset of people like Bud looking out for me, I’ll definitely need less protection from “The Man”. :roll:

Vinny

May 17th, 2011
8:43 am

Jay,
and you are not a legitimate columnist. Just another liberal, racist mouthpiece for the far left. What’s your point?