Here’s what’s most damaging to Herman Cain

Things we have learned today about Herman Cain’s candidacy for president:

– It is quite plausible that Herman Cain harassed no one; clearly, not everyone accused of sexual harassment is guilty of that charge, and in the presumed absence of a smoking gun, we will never know for certain what transpired roughly 15 years ago. Even settlement payments don’t establish evidence of guilt.

– However, it is much less plausible that five-figure financial payments were made to each of the two women involved, as Politico reports, and that Cain, as CEO of the National Restaurant Association, knew nothing about such settlements, as he claims. That discrepancy could come back to haunt Cain, given that Politico claims to have seen documentation of the payments.

– This is not a case of character assassination or unfair treatment by liberal media. Any candidate for national office with such allegations in his or her past should expect them to become public at some point and should be ready to deal with them. It’s just a fact of life in modern politics.

– Politico reports that it had been attempting to get a response from Cain and his staff for 10 days before publishing its story. Yet despite that long time to prepare, Cain’s campaign has badly botched its reaction. It shows no sign of having crafted a strategy for how to deal quickly and forthrightly with the allegations, and that failure has compounded the damage.

(Case in point: The botched interview that Cain’s communications director gave to Geraldo Rivera Sunday night. Among other things, you don’t offer an initial national response to such charges via a telephone hookup featuring a relatively low-level staffer with no story to tell. You put the candidate himself on air and have him deal with it directly.)

– A campaign operation is always useful as an illustration of the type of White House a candidate would run if elected. Whatever you think of Barack Obama’s politics, he put together a highly professional, disciplined and effective ‘08 campaign that managed to defeat the vaunted Clinton political machine. Conversely, the impulsive nature of the John McCain campaign, from the decision to make Sarah Palin his running mate to his announcement that he was suspending his campaign during the ‘08 financial crisis, also reflected the candidate’s leadership style.

– Throughout his campaign, Cain has acknowledged that he is not a trained politician and does not have ready answers to many questions. Time and again, he has said that if elected, he would rely on a CEO’s style of leadership, which is to surround himself with good, competent, experienced people and take their advice on complex issues.

On foreign policy, for example, Cain has said that a president doesn’t need “to have extensive foreign policy experience if you know how to make sure you’re working on the right problems, establishing the right priorities, surround yourself with the right people, which would allow you to put together the plans necessary to solve the problem.”

– Cain, as a candidate, has not surrounded himself with good, competent experienced people. He has not demonstrated the ability to establish the right priorities or work on the right problems. Quite the contrary, as this example demonstrates, he has surrounded himself with rank amateurs who don’t know how to put together and operate a strong campaign organization.

The mishandling of the sexual harassment crisis isn’t even the most recent example of that failure. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports today that Cain’s chief of staff and deputy chief of staff may have used tax-deductible donations from a Wisconsin nonprofit that they ran to help finance Cain’s early campaign, which would be a violation of both tax laws and campaign finance laws. (Among other problems, tax-deductible donations cannot be used for political purposes.)

If true — and the documentation is extensive — it’s a mistake no serious candidate should ever make.

– In the end, even if you judge him by the leadership style that he himself has advocated, Cain has proved himself unqualified for the office that he seeks. He doesn’t know what he’s doing, and he clearly doesn’t hire people who know what they’re doing.

– Jay Bookman

686 comments Add your comment

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:04 pm

These sheets are dirty…good help is so hard to find these days…

Midori

October 31st, 2011
4:05 pm

Midori

October 31st, 2011
4:05 pm

P.S. – Cain gives me the creeps

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:06 pm

midori

First? What am I? Chopped liver? :-)

carlosgvv

October 31st, 2011
4:11 pm

Jay, you say Cain has “proved himself unqualified for the office that he seeks”. And, “he doesn’t know what he’s doing”. Eight years of George W. Bush proved it will take a lot more than that to keep Republicans from nominating and voting for him.

Midori

October 31st, 2011
4:12 pm

LOL Josef!!

you stole my firsties!!! :)

Midori

October 31st, 2011
4:13 pm

that’s an excellent point there Carlos :)

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:14 pm

midori

Oh, well, who else would you rather take second seat to? :-)

Kamchak

October 31st, 2011
4:14 pm

But Jaaaaaaaayyyy, why don’t you do a thread about how just awful Obama is, Solyndra, Fast and Furious, typical Chicago type politics, the presidential dog trainer or any of the other things that you should. Oh yeah, this is just like the lame stream media to focus on things like Kim K. and her 72 day wedding rather than discussing things that only matter to me.

Thought I’d get that out of the way early.

JamVet

October 31st, 2011
4:14 pm

Herman and his handlers need to focus.

The first baby step is to see if he can just go a week without tripping over his tongue. (Or other body parts!)

Then go for a fortnight, etc…

If they had any shame, the RNC would be mortified that this rabid sex fiend (LOL!) is even in the race…

josef, more like pate de foie gras…

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:16 pm

Carlos, Jay

Oh, he’s qualified…over 35 years old and a native born citizen…I DO want to see the long form, though…

godless heathen

October 31st, 2011
4:17 pm

Toast. Dark toast but toast nonetheless.

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:18 pm

JamVet

Oh, no, now they’ll be banning me in California!

David Shivers

October 31st, 2011
4:18 pm

Well said, Jay!

rwcole

October 31st, 2011
4:19 pm

None of this matters if you’re just on a book tour, though. And we thought Cain wasn’t very bright.

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:19 pm

heathen

We asked for fresh sheets and look at what we got…I want my kingdom back…

Paul

October 31st, 2011
4:21 pm

Nice summation, Jay.

It’d be fun to see one of the Republican candidates plagiarize it at the next debate. For once I’m glad Santorum’s sticking around.

Somebody oughta forward this to Perry’s campaign. It’ll make their day.

Romney’s people already saw Perry’s performance on Chris Wallace’s Sunday show. That made their day.

“I don’t care if my tax plan brings in trillions less revenue. Giving less money to Washington is a good thing!!!! (insert grin here)

Not ready for prime time seems to be a hallmark of Republicans this cycle -

ByteMe

October 31st, 2011
4:21 pm

Queue the whiners who will complain that Jay/liberals are afraid of Cain so they are picking on him.

Also queue the morons who will complain that Obama is… whatever… blah blah blah. It’s all noise those people make anyway.

Paul

October 31st, 2011
4:23 pm

AmVet

“Then go for a fortnight, etc…”

When did you start talking like one of them socialist Brits? And what happens to them forts in the daytime?!!?

Scooter

October 31st, 2011
4:23 pm

As President you don’t go to Copenhagen to promote and American city for the Olympics unless you’re assured to come home with a victory.

You don’t get awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for words and you don’t hold onto it after summarily executing an American Citizen (Alwaki) without any due process.

As President, when a veto carrying member of the United Nations Security Council invades another country, you don’t propose referring the discipline to the U.N. Security Council.

When the nation is facing economic stress and unemployment, you don’t spend your political majorities to implement a health care law and then blame the persistently high unemployment on the opposition.

The fact that anybody who supported floating The Obama into White House is now demanding prerequisites is what is astonishing.

ByteMe

October 31st, 2011
4:23 pm

And @rwcole is right… the accidental candidate is just trying to sell books, and a book tour doesn’t really require competency. Just willing townspeople to buy musical instruments and band uniforms.

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:24 pm

PAUL

I wish Perry was the front runner…his scandals are much more interesting…to me, anyway! :-)

Peadawg

October 31st, 2011
4:24 pm

Questionable character, unqualified, bad hires…seems like 2008 all over again. :lol: I couldn’t help myself.

Again, Cain is like Notre Dame is in football right now…irrelevant. He doesn’t stand a chance.

godless heathen

October 31st, 2011
4:24 pm

josef,

Yea this poor old horse is as dead as the Hermacane’s campaign. May they rest in peace.

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

October 31st, 2011
4:24 pm

Unless Politico has or can come up with a smoking gun that refutes Cain’s assertion that there was an investigation, which found the allegations baseless and that if there ever was any monetary settlement with the accusers he was unaware, this story could back fire. The Democrats have been thus far silent on this story. Only the left wing media has been attempting to exploit it. Politico is a known water carrying media organization for the Obama administration and they could end up doing the Democrats further harm with Independents if this story becomes perceived as an attempted hatchet job.

ByteMe

October 31st, 2011
4:24 pm

Scooter @ 4:23 wins prize for being first noisemaker.

Jackie

October 31st, 2011
4:25 pm

I hope that Mr. Cain does not have this dirty laundry in his background; without him being the leading candidate for the GOP nomination for President, it appears the others in that race will have to show the country their IQ’s?

ByteMe

October 31st, 2011
4:27 pm

Pssst… Cain voted for Keynesian economics while he was with the Fed.

Pass it on. :)

larry

October 31st, 2011
4:28 pm

This is Obama’s fault!!!!

Its Obama’s fault that Cain dont know what he is doing.

“I HAVE NO IDEA”

Bosch

October 31st, 2011
4:29 pm

ByteMe,

Yeah, that reminds me of when Sonny Perdue became Governor, it seemed like at first he was like, “What? I won? Wow, wasn’t expecting that…so, okay, what do I do now? Oh, I know let’s invite everyone fishing” and it just all went down hill from there.

Same with Cain — he’s not really running, he’s just selling a book and he thought this would be a fun way to do it. He knows he isn’t going to win. He’s probably just as shocked as everyone else that he’s ahead and he’s having to scramble to make up policies — and not doing it well.

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:30 pm

ByteMe

“You don’t get awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for words and you don’t hold onto it after summarily executing an American Citizen (Alwaki) without any due process.”

Maybe the rest of what Scooter posted might be called noise, but not this one…I’m glad the SOB bit the dust, don’t get me wrong, but this ain’t kosher…

Paul

October 31st, 2011
4:30 pm

josef

We’d be more than happy to send him to Georgia for a while. Don’t you folks there have a longing for secession?

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:31 pm

BOSCH
I’d wager that Cain is as surprised as anybody else…

Paul

October 31st, 2011
4:32 pm

josef

Seriously, haven’t you heard? Obama Administration had a finding from the Office of Legal Counsel that said it was okay –

The more things change…..

ByteMe

October 31st, 2011
4:32 pm

Bosch, the Big Leagues are a rough place to learn how to be a ballplayer. Sonny got lucky that Bush was ramping up the Republi-con war machine for that election. Cain can only get that lucky if the economy crashes or a terrorist attack hits in July 2012.

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:33 pm

PAUL

Nanh, not secession, just the the Confederate symbols…that’s how Sonny beat out Flag Boy… :-)

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:34 pm

PAUL

And Alan the Black Cat was informed… :-)

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

October 31st, 2011
4:34 pm

I don’t know about you, but I think a guy that can run a pizza chain and pay five-figure settlements to shut people up is just perfect to be President. I mean, there’s experience right there! I’m ready to call the White House and ask for the sausage pizza to be delivered. And if they want to offer me a little—ah, refund—it’s fine with me. Works even better than a coupon.

Soothsayer

October 31st, 2011
4:35 pm

WOODSTOCK MIKE

October 31st, 2011
4:37 pm

“She was in my office one day, and I made a gesture saying — and I was standing close to her — and I made a gesture saying you are the same height as my wife. And I brought my hand up to my chin saying, ‘My wife comes up to my chin.’” At that point, Cain gestured with his flattened palm near his chin. “And that was put in there [the complaint] as something that made her uncomfortable,” Cain said, “something that was in the sexual harassment charge.”

Herman, how dare you tell her that she’s as tall as your wife!! You should be thrown in jail!!

JohnnyReb

October 31st, 2011
4:39 pm

I’m starting to worry about myself. Too many times lately I agree with Jay.

Herman makes a good standup act or radio talk show host. He is a good roll model for blacks who won’t model themselves after a white guy. But, as POTUS, no thanks.

Romney is a RHINO. Perry… well, the jury is still out. Herman, no. Yeee Gads, that leaves Newt!!

WOODSTOCK MIKE

October 31st, 2011
4:40 pm

@Soothsayer

AHHHHH!!! It’s the end of the world!! Wait wasn’t that supposed to be the year 2000?? Wait, I heard the world was ending a few weeks ago?? Wait, oh yeah, it’s all a bunch of garbage and if you actually believe anything about the link you posted that’s very scary…

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:41 pm

Question

I would assume that the terms of the settlement included a proviso not to speak publicly about this…if Cain does (by choice or popular demand) can these women now speak?

ByteMe

October 31st, 2011
4:41 pm

Johnny, that’s Newt’s whole plan at this point. To be the last comedian standing.

JohnnyReb

October 31st, 2011
4:42 pm

My 4:39 – that would be RINO. Just so you know that I know.

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:42 pm

Johnny Reb

“…that leaves Newt…” Bite your tongue…that’s TOO depressing…

ByteMe

October 31st, 2011
4:43 pm

josef: usually these things are structured that the parties to the contract can’t say anything. If Cain didn’t sign anything — and that likely was left to the NRA board — then he’s free to tell lies and hope the others don’t say anything that might violate the contract terms.

carlosgvv

October 31st, 2011
4:43 pm

Scooter – 4:23

How about sending thousands of American troops into Iraq and Afghanistan and being responsible for many of them being maimed and killed in these useless wars? I’d say that those “who supported floating” Bush into the White House are those who are truly astonishing.

moonbat betty

October 31st, 2011
4:45 pm

Cain never had a chance anyway – he is a political outsider and thus his appeal.

You have to be a real good ass kisser and b.s. ‘er like Obama and Romney.

FEAR THE MITTENS

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:45 pm

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:46 pm

ByteMe
Thanks.

moonbat
It looks like all Romney has to do is sit on the sidelines while the others self-destruct…

Doggone/GA

October 31st, 2011
4:46 pm

“Oh, he’s qualified…over 35 years old and a native born citizen”

Nope. That makes him eligible, not necessarily qualified.

JohnnyReb

October 31st, 2011
4:47 pm

OK, carlosgvv – if I remember right, pretty much the whole country and everyone but Barry in Congress voted for the war. I know, I know, you will come back that Bush lied, etc., etc. However, it was a lot more than just Bush who wanted to go to war. Plus, what does Bush have to do with who the Republican nominee will be (besides the implied dislike for Perry).

WOODSTOCK MIKE

October 31st, 2011
4:47 pm

@SOOTHSAYER

“The pursuit of money is the root of all evil, and the capitalist system was inherently corrupt and wasteful. Anarchy reined in the marketplace, as corporations blindly pursued profit, with no concern for human needs or for the Earth. How much more sensible are our production brigades, producing only what is needed, and using only what is sustainable. Capitalism encouraged greed and consumption; people struggled to compete with one another, to ‘get ahead’ in the rat race. How much wiser we are now, to live within our ration quotas, and to accept our assigned duties, whatever they might be, in service to humanity.”

Yeah, let’s have a system where there isn’t any currency. Great idea!! Everyone can get up everyday and do nothing. The true liberal way of life. There won’t be any business, no stores, no transportation, no entertainment, wow, that sounds like an amazing life!!

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:49 pm

Doggone

I will argue that point…those are the only qualifying criteria…they are also criteria in the eligibility definition…

Junior Samples

October 31st, 2011
4:49 pm

wonder if obama’s staff thought about trying to fix the broken economy instead of going into the sewer and trying to dredge up 15 year old garbage. they tried this with clarance thomas and it turned out to be inflated lies just like this.

Kamchak

October 31st, 2011
4:50 pm

Yeah, let’s have a system where there isn’t any currency.

Because every situation has an either/or solution.

:roll:

JohnnyReb

October 31st, 2011
4:50 pm

josef – Newt is probably the most intelligent, well spoken and experienced of all the candidates. He does tend to be a loose cannon every now and then, but a really strong chief of staff would keep him in check. I’m beginning to think he is the best candidate. I know you disllike his ideology, but he is very close to mine. Notice I said close.

ByteMe

October 31st, 2011
4:51 pm

Junior, other than your intense dislike of Obama, what evidence do you have that this was something his team dredged up?

Anything? Or are these just noises in your head?

jt

October 31st, 2011
4:52 pm

If Cain is innocent and he settled, he has no principles.
.
If Cain claims he knows nothing about the settlement, he has no honesty.(kinda like Bush and Clinton).
.
For Principles and Honesty and Basic Decency……………see Ron Paul.

Granny Godzilla

October 31st, 2011
4:52 pm

Junior Samples

October 31st, 2011
4:49 pm
wonder if obama’s staff thought about trying to fix the broken economy instead of going into the sewer and trying to dredge up 15 year old garbage. they tried this with clarance thomas and it turned out to be inflated lies just like this.

Good Lord Almighty!!

Teh stupid is strong with this one.

Kamchak

October 31st, 2011
4:53 pm

wonder if obama’s staff thought about trying to fix the broken economy instead of going into the sewer and trying to dredge up 15 year old garbage.

Since this is the primary season and not the season of the general election, I’d say that more than likely this comes from Republican opposition.

Your mileage may vary.

JohnnyReb

October 31st, 2011
4:54 pm

I heard on the radio this morning, I think it was Jamie Dupree who said if Obama or the Democratic machine had uncovered Herman’s harassment thing they would have saved it in case he is the nominee. That makes sense to me.

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:55 pm

Johnny Reb

“Newt is probably the most intelligent, well spoken and experienced of all the candidates.”

And if that be the case, then it only goes to show just how low we’ve sunk

moonbat betty

October 31st, 2011
4:57 pm

josef 4:46. I’m sure Romney is loving it that Cain is getting so much attention.

Too bad there isn’t a Democrat to challenge Obama.

Then things would get really interesting.

Campaign season would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

These are cute though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXdKlpBOvs0

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:57 pm

jt

October 31st, 2011
4:52 pm
“If Cain is innocent and he settled, he has no principles.
.
If Cain claims he knows nothing about the settlement, he has no honesty”

O-si-yo…and, yep, there is that…

josef

October 31st, 2011
4:58 pm

moonbat

I want a draft Hillary movement…

ByteMe

October 31st, 2011
4:59 pm

I think it was Jamie Dupree who said if Obama or the Democratic machine had uncovered Herman’s harassment thing they would have saved it in case he is the nominee.

They have been directly going after Mitt for a week or so, likely because they feel he’s the inevitable choice and either want primary season to run longer or want to soften him up for the general. Either way, they have no interest in attacking Cain at this point, because polls show a loose cannon like Cain is an easier opponent than Romney in the general election.

JamVet

October 31st, 2011
5:00 pm

Sooth, that looks really good. I’ve bookmarked it and will go back later to read it when I have the time. (Multitasking right now…)

Paul, I just think it is a much more interesting way of saying two weeks!

carlosgvv

October 31st, 2011
5:01 pm

JohnnyReb

No, it was Bush and Cheney who WANTED to go to war. Most of Congress went along with this because they believed all the straight-face lies these two told. I will grant you that if Congress had dug deeper and not just went along like sheep, thousands of American lives would have not been lost. I never said Bush had anything to do with who the nominee will be. A little reading comprehension might be useful here.

josef

October 31st, 2011
5:02 pm

Kamchak

October 31st, 2011
5:03 pm

Sometimes you just gotta spell it out for ‘em — BR549

TaxPayer

October 31st, 2011
5:03 pm

Not to worry. Hannity, Boortz and Limbaugh are holding Cain’s spot for him on AM talk radio. They know he’ll be back doing what he does best.

josef

October 31st, 2011
5:03 pm

Brad Steel

October 31st, 2011
5:07 pm

This is not a case of character assassination or unfair treatment by liberal media.

any evidence this was discovered by the “liberal media” (hackneyed and misleading phrase)?

- this could just as well been ginned-up by any of his well-financed republican opponents.

- hhmmm.. if so, it’s a double bonus for his opponent: disparaging cain and the media with one shot.

- also, if so, orchestrating and executing on this strategy warrants the type of person who should be running for president.

Doggone/GA

October 31st, 2011
5:08 pm

“I will argue that point…those are the only qualifying criteria…they are also criteria in the eligibility definition…”

The US Constitution uses the word “eligible” – it says nothing about qualifications for the office of President

Soothsayer

October 31st, 2011
5:10 pm

WOODSTOCK MIKE: First of all thanks for reading the article.

The quote you have posted is the author’s “quoting” of the New World Order’s propaganda view of the capitalistic past, thus laying the ground work for a (collectivist) new paradigm, not the author’s view. All of the unattributed sections in italic are the same. They are fictional propagandist slogans for the new world’s devised for us by the banking elite.

josef

October 31st, 2011
5:11 pm

Doggone

But…the dictionary definition as puts the two lexical entries as synonymous in this context…you will note that in my original I was not quoting from the Constitution…

Welcome to the Occupation

October 31st, 2011
5:11 pm

The conservatives’ latest gimmick — candidate out of the box — bites the dust.

Conservative ranks are decimated and lacking in real candidates. And the best sign that this is true: their best strategists know it: Rollins, Rove, primary among them.

Republicans are a parody of a political party. They’re a joke. But nobody is laughing.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

October 31st, 2011
5:12 pm

“She was in my office one day, and I made a gesture saying — and I was standing close to her — and I made a gesture saying you are the same height as my wife. And I brought my hand up to my chin saying, ‘My wife comes up to my chin.’”

Well, maybe he wasn’t talking about how long his wife is.

Welcome to the Occupation

October 31st, 2011
5:15 pm

Again, I ask: given the obvious shoddiness of Herman Cain’s intellectual abilities, where are Donald Trump’s thuggish insinuations that perhaps Herman Cain made his way up the ladder for reasons that are less than on the up and up?

Road to Victory

October 31st, 2011
5:15 pm

“Teh stupid is strong with this one.”

When you call someone stupid, you might want to use spell-check.

Doggone/GA

October 31st, 2011
5:15 pm

“But…the dictionary definition as puts the two lexical entries as synonymous in this context”

Yes, it does…but if you read the actual definitions…it should not make them synonomous

Soothsayer

October 31st, 2011
5:18 pm

WOODSTOCK MIKE: Here is the previous paragraph, which when read with the one you posted makes sense.

Capitalism is about growth, progress, and change. Under capitalism the virtues of ambition, initiative, and competitiveness are praised, because those virtues serve the dynamics of capitalism. People are encouraged to always accumulate more, and never be satisfied with what they have. “Under capitalism, people need to have a bit of liberty, and a bit of prosperity, so that the dynamics of capitalism can operate. Without some liberty, ambition cannot be pursued; without some prosperity, how could accumulation be pursued? In the post-capitalist world, the capitalist virtues will be demonised. This will be very important, in getting people to accept poverty and regimentation…”

The paragraph you posted represents the propaganda demonizing capitalism and introducing a collectivist economy. Get it?

josef

October 31st, 2011
5:21 pm

Doggone

True…but they are listed as synonyms…eligible is, of course, the more narrow of the two definitions and thus, no doubt, was the reason for its use in the document…

the PRESIDENT'S picks

October 31st, 2011
5:21 pm

Former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle withdrew his
nomination Tuesday as secretary of Health and Human Services over revelations that he failed to pay more than $128,000 in taxes for consulting income and the
use of a car and driver. Daschle paid the taxes and interest — a total of more than $140,000 — last month, several weeks after President Obama had announced his nomination.

Nancy Killefer, a former U.S. Treasury official who oversaw an IRS overhaul, withdrew her candidacy Tuesday as the U.S. government’s chief performance officer. In 2005, the District of Columbia had filed a $946.69 tax lien on her home for failing to pay unemployment compensation taxes for a household employee, according to the Associated Press. Killefer resolved the issue five months after the lien was filed.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew from consideration as Commerce secretary last month because of a grand jury investigation into state contracts.
The panel is investigating whether contributions of $110,000 to Richardson’s political committees from 2003 through 2005 were related to a 2004 state contract
that earned nearly $1.5 million in business for a donor’s firm, according to the Associated Press. Richardson has said he expects to be cleared.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s nomination was delayed after it was disclosed that he had failed to pay more than $34,000 in self-employment taxes
while working for the International Monetary Fund. Geithner paid the taxes with interest and was confirmed last week by the Senate on a 60-34 vote.

josef

October 31st, 2011
5:22 pm

First of the l’il b*ggers have arrived! Going ipad now so comments will be even more drive-by!

Gordon

October 31st, 2011
5:25 pm

“He doesn’t know what he’s doing, and he clearly doesn’t hire people who know what they’re doing.”

I won’t state the obvious.

arnold

October 31st, 2011
5:27 pm

It’s not the Democrats that leaked the story to Politico. It was Mitt. :-)

Road to Victory

October 31st, 2011
5:29 pm

“This is not a case of character assassination or unfair treatment by liberal media.”

Nah, you’ve just copied and pasted the story twice today. Nothing to see here.

Doggone/GA

October 31st, 2011
5:32 pm

“It’s not the Democrats that leaked the story to Politico. It was Mitt”

But I bet the D’s are taking notes like crazy!

josef

October 31st, 2011
5:33 pm

Presidents picks

I guess the Dems have to pay for it…they don’t expect a freebie!!! :-)

Not So Casual Observer

October 31st, 2011
5:34 pm

You Libs are funny, funny.

We are now in year 3 of “it was all Bush’s fault” but any mention of the inept, foundering joke of a POTUS currently in the White House is derided.

Soon we will hear:

MY healthcare plan would have worked, not been a financial disaster, not have been forced to raise fees and taxes and there would be rainbows after rainbows except for the fact Bush was President before I was.

Unemployment would be 5% but Bush was President before…

We would have a surplus but Bush was President before….

I would have reduced the national debt but Bush was President before…

MY wife would not have been forced to spend more on her staff than all previous 1st ladies combined but Bush was President before…

MY wife would not have been forced to take tens of millions of dollars of vacations in 3 years but Bush was President before….

I would not have to hide my birth certificate but Bush was President before…

I would not have to hide my use of a Fulbright Scholarship but Bush was President before…

Surely one woman I dated before I met my wife would come forward but Bush was President before…

One of my college roommates would step out but Bush was President before….

I would not have been forced to provide payoffs to all my political supporters through loans, bailouts, and bogus grants but Bush was President before…

I would not have to appoint unConstitutional czars but Bush was President before…

I would not appoint enemies of the United States to positions in Homeland Security but Bush was President before…

I would not have to conceal all of my college records but Bush was President before…

I would have actually published an article for the Law Review but I knew Bush was going to be President before…

I would have enacted legislation in Ohio but I knew Bush…

I would have voted in the US Senate or even attended a session but Bush was President before…

The dog ate my birth certificate, my Social Security card, my college records, my passport, the pictures from my prom, the letters from my old girlfriends and the notice from the Supreme Court of Illinois ordering me to surrender my license to practice law (oh, and Michelle’s).

Cain would be a huge step UP from this meandering, destructive President and his useless, inane Cabinet and staff. But then so would just about anyone but John Huntsman and Mitt Romney.

Scandalous

October 31st, 2011
5:35 pm

MARTIN: — the sourcing involved here. And also, what actually happened to these women as well–we want to be sensitive to that, too. It includes both verbal and physical gestures. These women felt uncomfortable, they were unhappy about their treatment, and they complained to both colleagues and senior officials. In one case it involved, I think, inviting a woman up to a hotel room of Cain’s on the road. Um, but, we-, we-, we’re just not going to get into the details of exactly what happened with these women beside what’s in the story.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mark-finkelstein/2011/10/31/politicos-martin-dodges-question-cain-details#ixzz1cOha9ngf

Martin “THINKS” so libs don’t have to.

Jefferson

October 31st, 2011
5:35 pm

I think what is most damageing is his ideas and his lack of compassion for others.

Road to Victory

October 31st, 2011
5:37 pm

“It is quite plausible that Herman Cain harassed no one”

Yep, but you keep writing about it. Oops, I mean copying and pasting others stories. It’s also quite plausible that you a: have no life and b: suck at being an op-ed journalist. Either way, Cain is a better human being than you are and has accomplished 100 times more than you ever will.

Bigot.

Welcome to the Occupation

October 31st, 2011
5:38 pm

arnold: “It’s not the Democrats that leaked the story to Politico. It was Mitt. ”

Or Rove.

I love this one here:

“Cain would be a huge step UP from this meandering, destructive President and his useless, inane Cabinet and staff. But then so would just about anyone but John Huntsman and Mitt Romney. ”

Priceless. You have to marvel at the pretzels of logic. :)

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

October 31st, 2011
5:39 pm

Well, I got the candy ready and I don’t like it a bit. I told the missus if kids expect something for nothing they’ll grow up to be librul Democrats. The least they could do is rake some leaves off of the stoop. But she wouldn’t listen to me. I hope the little freeloaders choke on the stuff.

JamVet

October 31st, 2011
5:39 pm

OK, I’m out.

Gonna do my part to keep up the nanny state tradition of redistributing food to unemployed, socialist punks and parasites.

(And of course, skimming some off the top for myself! YUM!)

Later, fellow sweet toothed gators…

Road to Victory

October 31st, 2011
5:41 pm

Another OWSer got arrested for rape. Such compassionate little libs they are.