Herman Cain’s comments on Rick Perry prompt a Rush Limbaugh slap-down

Talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh, who wields significant influence among the Republican grassroots, laid into GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain on Monday afternoon – accusing the presidential candidate from Georgia of participating in a “mainstream media” conspiracy to destroy the prospects of his rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Limbaugh also criticized Cain for admitting that he should have said something at a recent Republican debate in Florida when members of the audience booed a gay soldier.

Cain is already attempting to detach himself from the Perry story:

“I am not attacking Governor Perry. Some people in the media want to attack him. I’m done with that issue,” Cain said.

You know about the Washington Post piece:

In the early years of his political career, Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters at his family’s secluded West Texas hunting camp, a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its gated entrance.

“[-------]head,” it read.

In a Sunday interview on CNN, Cain called Perry family’s handling of the issue “insensitive.” He also told Christiane Amanpour that in retrospect, he should have said something in support of the gay soldier during the Republican debate.

From a transcript on the Limbaugh web site:

RUSH: I’m gonna tell you, this is really disappointing to me. Herman Cain. I liked Herman Cain — like Herman Cain. The Washington Post has it as a Macaca story about Rick Perry. Apparently back when Rick Perry was a Democrat… There’s this woman at the Washington Post who’s written a story that, with traditional journalism, wouldn’t even pass the first review by an editor. But apparently back in the eighties when Perry was a Democrat, he and his dad would go hunting at someplace and there is a rock that had the N-word on it that somebody had painted over.

They’re trying to say that Perry’s a racist, and Herman Cain has jumped in and basically joined that chorus — and it is absurd. It’s painted over and they tried to paint cover it up and then they eventually turned it over so people wouldn’t see it….

So here you have the Washington Post with an unsupported nonstory, and here comes Herman Cain piggybacking on it trying to capitalize on it, essentially letting the mainstream media (in this case, the Washington Post) set the narrative. It’s exactly what I mean. There’s this… I don’t know if you call it a fear or just a mistaken belief that the power in media still exclusively resides in the mainstream media, and it’s those people that you have to get on your side; those people you have to use to get your message out, or what have you, and so that leads to pandering to them.

Cain is doing it in this case. The Republican leadership in both the House and Senate are renowned for doing it throughout all of our lives. Even some Republican presidents have done so.

There are no on-the-record sources for this. Cain is out there saying that Perry’s rock stuff was “insensitive.” Perry and his dad tried to cover it up and Herman Cain is out there saying that Perry’s insensitive. ….

Limbaugh also played a clip of the boos at the GOP debate in Florida:

RUSH: What is that, one or two people? One or two people. Now Herman Cain has joined this. Herman Cain is saying, “I should have defended that gay soldier booed during the GOP debate.” So what is it about the lead that some people cannot handle? Cain ends up being launched into the top tier as a result of his performance in this debate and now his whole demeanor changes. He’s gotta weigh in on all this stuff. He acts like he’s reached the top tier, and now he has to act like what he thinks a top-tier candidate would do. That is really misreading this.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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103 comments Add your comment

Stan Kasten

October 3rd, 2011
5:39 pm

Hey Rush, I’m pretty sure the Macaca story wasn’t made up

rod

October 3rd, 2011
5:45 pm

i heard Rush and it was not a rant or a tirade. it was presentled calmly and if you had listened, he is supportative of Cain but thinks he made a mistake on this.

ramguy68

October 3rd, 2011
5:46 pm

giant Rush Limbaugh, who wields significant influence among the Republican grassroots

I’m amazed that anyone would listen to a hypocrite dope addict like Limpbaugh.

Spinoza

October 3rd, 2011
5:53 pm

No one should pay any attention to this circus barker but the GOP and right in general has become so dumbed down that they cannot tell the difference between a journalism and a fool like Limbaugh.

Unfortunately this extends to their slate of candidates. A twit like Bachmann should have been laughed off the floor of Congress for claiming that CO2 is a harmless gas because it is natural, Cain’s 999 tax formula and keep bills to three pages are sets of simplistic recommendations for simple minds, Paul is a creationist doctor, Perry brags about toting a gun and shooting coyotes, and on it goes.

If one is an intelligent moderate they have no place in the GOP. The fringe has clearly become the mainstream.

Madison

October 3rd, 2011
5:55 pm

So Rush doesn’t think a candidate should point to opponents’ weaknesses? Rush never seems to let fairness or facts get in the way of a good hatchet job. The Perry hunting camp story points to a very real fact in the south: Many (but by no means, all) still think it’s ok to talk and joke like it was the 50s. As a white person, I have on many occasions been in the company of people who, simply because I’m white and southern, think I agree with their point of view on race. They are dismissive or unbelieving when I explain that I don’t.
Cain is correct that this “we’re off in the woods, so it’s ok to open up” only serves to prolong intolerance in our 21st century society. I am not sure why Rush wanted to be sure to point out that Perry was a Democrat when he went to this camp. The problem is not one of party. Practically everyone was a Democrat in the South until Reagan. They didn’t change stripes when they all changed parties.

Hypocrite Hunter

October 3rd, 2011
5:57 pm

Lots of hypocrite former dope addicts out there. I prefer listening to smart conservative ones.

rooster

October 3rd, 2011
5:58 pm

It would improve the GOP’s prospects next November if Limbaugh said nothing at all between now and then.

Sick of Republicans

October 3rd, 2011
5:58 pm

The trashy Limbaugh hypocrit who spent years condemning people on drugs and being addicted to prescription drugs and guess what he was addicted also and got in trouble with the law over it. Anybody that pays any attention to that fat hypocrit is lacking a few french fries in their McDonald’s meal. Karma’s a b**** Russ and you of all people have had a sample of karma. Two kinds of Republicans – millionaires and suckers.

gm

October 3rd, 2011
6:01 pm

Please all you idiots who listen to the millionaire , Rush answer me this question: when have you seen this man get up behind his mic and lead any causes?
Can not answer that uh, are lower and mddle class whites this stupid, to make this man filthy rich and he never goes out and make a stand for nothing”””

Kovu

October 3rd, 2011
6:03 pm

Rush Limbaugh is an idiot. Go back to announcing football in Philadelphia. You’re a talking head with an ego the size of China. Cain is the candidate we’d all like to vote for becuase he’s not tied into politics and the whole lobbyist gig. Why can’t more people back a person like this. It’s time to vote for someone NOT tied to the game.

Colorado

October 3rd, 2011
6:07 pm

I heard what Rush said this morning. Jim Galloway is completely off base with this story. “Political insider”? Right! He didn’t listen to the remarks, or the context, or the tone. Rush supports Cain.

ramguy68

October 3rd, 2011
6:09 pm

The only people who listen to these talk radio carnival barkers are the infirm and the insane.

ejo

October 3rd, 2011
6:18 pm

What is wrong with you people? These nasty comments on Rush and the republicians. Someone jumped to a defensive postion against an individuals slanderous statement based news without checking to see what happened. I am sorry to see this happen. I really hope all of the USA wakeup before Mr. Obama completely kills our country.

Last Man Standing

October 3rd, 2011
6:18 pm

“accusing the presidential candidate from Georgia of participating in a “mainstream media” conspiracy”

I listened to Limvaugh’s show today, and I heard no such accusation. What Limbaugh said was that Cain had fallen prey to the belief that the mainstream media was necessary in a campaign to getting your message out. Limbaugh is supportive of Cain, and to inply otherwise is to ’shade’ the truth.

Jay

October 3rd, 2011
6:20 pm

Go easy on Rush. He knows his place as a water carrier for the GOP country club Republican set. He’ll never really be accepted by them, but his self-loathing is so deep, he allows himself to be continually used by them. Most serious conservatives take Rush less seriously than even Cain.

Last Man Standing

October 3rd, 2011
6:21 pm

“The only people who listen to these talk radio carnival barkers are the infirm and the insane.”

The only people making comments such as the above have IQ’s lower than my pet rock.

Real Athens

October 3rd, 2011
6:24 pm

Last Man Standing

October 3rd, 2011
6:25 pm

“when have you seen this man get up behind his mic and lead any causes?”

He is leading a cause, Sunshine. He is one of the leaders that will take this country back to conservatism.

jim schwegnan

October 3rd, 2011
6:29 pm

hey rush – drugster, keep uour fat ass out of it. like it or not herman cain is the man. whats the matter you wont be able to own cain like you do boehner.mcconnell, and cantor???

liberalefty

October 3rd, 2011
6:35 pm

@lastmanstandi ng

u mean back to JIM CROW?

liberalefty

October 3rd, 2011
6:39 pm

maybe CAIN will show hes not afraid of the CHUBBY JUNKIE like the rest of the GOP candidates seem to be

DJ Sniper

October 3rd, 2011
6:44 pm

And here we go again. Someone from the GOP says something that Boss Limbaugh doesn’t like, and once he makes his views known, that person decides to back down. When will people stop giving this fool any sort of credit? And anybody who thinks that putting the GOP back in power will actually improve this country is not too bright.

catlady

October 3rd, 2011
6:53 pm

And Rush Limburgher knows about mainstream media BECAUSE HE IS A PART OF IT NOW!

I cannot believe anyone capable of changing the channel would listen to this pompous a**.

all I remember is

October 3rd, 2011
6:53 pm

too big to fail

Vote for RON PAUL

RGB

October 3rd, 2011
6:54 pm

Either Cain or Perry will be 1.8 trillion times better than Dear Leader.

It’s great that Obama is running to the left (who thought he could venture further?) now that he realized he can’t run on his record. He has to create a boogeyman to rail against.

Rush should smooth things over with Herman, though, because they are congruent on the issues.

Oops–Mark Levin should be on now.

Adios my leftist/statist non-amigos!

Eric

October 3rd, 2011
7:03 pm

You guys (Rush, LMS, RGB) are hilarious! Best of luck on judgment day. The God you believe in isn’t going to believe in you. It says so right there in his writings.

Anyway, long story short, just as you believe we are the anti-christ, we believe with equal fervor that you are. So scream as loud as you wish. History shows that neither of us are right.

BTW-wish I could see the look on you guys faces when you dont win in November, 2012! Priceless!

bob from account temps

October 3rd, 2011
7:07 pm

PERRY IS NOT FROM THE SOUTH

ramguy68

October 3rd, 2011
7:12 pm

Last Man Standing

“The only people who listen to these talk radio carnival barkers are the infirm and the insane.”

The only people making comments such as the above have IQ’s lower than my pet rock.

I guess I struck a nerve with the thing standing…lol

Road Scholar

October 3rd, 2011
7:18 pm

Rush, so it okay with you that people or a person or two (who claim to be American) boo a member of the armed forces serving in combat?

If that happened at the beginning of the Iraq War, the repubs would have a nuclear hissy fit! Now, Rush says its ok, and not a persons’ role to call them out!
.
m down!

Jones

October 3rd, 2011
7:18 pm

Wow…so ironic that the so called “enlightened liberals” reduce themselves to name calling and personal attacks when they can’t articulate a rational idea to support their cause. I thought the Democratic Party was supposed to be the “softer” side of our people! Seems to me like a lot of you have been led down a very dangerous road. Liberal politicians survive on this tactic of playing hero to the poor and down-trodden. Look where it has gotten us. They have enabled entire segments of our country to sit on the couch while someone else pays for their rent, electricity, food and every other thing. I worked in residential construction 26 years until that market was destroyed by liberal mentality. Giving mortgages to people who cannot afford them is certainly not a conservative idea! It is not rich people who are ruining our country. It is the wrong policies of the left chinking away at our strength and freedom and turning us into a country of citizens that would rather stand with its hand out than go to work and pay it’s own bills. Running the Govt should be just like running a household or business. You can’t spend more than you make and not eventually go out of business. To stay in office Dems have undercut the responsibilities of our families, friends, churches and communities and I for one think it will be our undoing. It has created incredible divisiveness not to mention bankrupted us. It sound good! “Vote for me and I will get you help!” But in the long run…….what is it really doing?

Turqoise Brisket

October 3rd, 2011
7:26 pm

boss hawg luvs percocet and island boys….

egg

October 3rd, 2011
7:31 pm

n**ggerhead? lmao best evER…EPIC

GreatATLGuy

October 3rd, 2011
7:34 pm

Rush is a college dropout, why does anyone listen to him?

BRW

October 3rd, 2011
7:36 pm

These two so deserve each other…………… and not much else……..

ramguy68

October 3rd, 2011
7:39 pm

And In other news ESPN has dropped kicked Hank Williams Jr from his MNF intro gig.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/ESPN-pulls-intro-after-Williams-Obama-comments-100311

Peter Haskett

October 3rd, 2011
7:39 pm

Jones,

The Democratic party has given you Nobel laureates, a Rhodes scholar, and a nuclear physicist. Republicans have given a B-grade actor, Nixon, and a couple of Bush dunces. Unfortunately, name calling and personal attacks is all right-wing conservatives understand. Sounds like your job in residential construction was nothing more than you having your hand out to people who worked for a living establishing credit (or not, since bad mortgages were made, as you’ve stated). Are you no longer in business because you spent more than you made? To blame your shortcomings on a political party shows your lack of understanding.

BRW

October 3rd, 2011
7:41 pm

Dang! I figured it out….Rush thinks Herman’s last name is CoCain!!!!!

Jackson Baer

October 3rd, 2011
7:47 pm

Let’s go Cain! Nice to see him rising and Perry dropping…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjRcO1Sm0HU

BRW

October 3rd, 2011
7:47 pm

Last Man Pi**ing, You have a pet rock…….Why does that not surprise me…And what is that word that’s been painted over there on your pet rock, hmmmmm?

Jones

October 3rd, 2011
7:54 pm

Peter.. You mean the rhode scholar that got the blow job in the white house?

No Longer Republican

October 3rd, 2011
7:56 pm

The fact that Rush still has influence in our political conversation shows exactly why this country is in such sad shape. We have a loud mouth drug addict who is only out for what he can get as one of the major political voices. Its all about him and his show, his books, etc. He cares about nothing else and the fact that Americans listen to him and believe a word he says is sad, really sad.

joe in tucker

October 3rd, 2011
8:00 pm

rush is only a player to the far right and ill informed… stopped listening to him years ago and it only took a few months to realize he is just a blow hard… GO Herman – Kick some butt!!

jcreek

October 3rd, 2011
8:05 pm

Rush said it,must mean there’s no way it is accurate, go Herman Cain, you can win!

WestOfAthens

October 3rd, 2011
8:07 pm

Yes, “mainstream media” makes politics thrive, ands it is one’s actions that deprive their rise.

Don’t believe everything you see/read, there is an editor lurking behind every door.

Besides, if Rush knows all, why not run for it all. Because he would be demolished, it is his mouth that pays his bills, right?

The Snark

October 3rd, 2011
8:16 pm

Who cares what comes out of the mouth of a drug addict?

what!!!!

October 3rd, 2011
8:18 pm

Peter,
The Dem Party also has a Nobel Peace Prize, given to the guy that has sent us to Libya for a…uh…..humantarian effort….yeah……that’s it….not a war!! War is not the answer, unless your trying to end slavery, nazism, facism, or communism.
And how about the guy convicted of perjury. He was a smart guy….had to tell us what the meaning of the word is…is….cause the Repubs are not a smart as you ivy league…..land of make believe……academic geniuses.
But go ahead and try to bash a hard working American contractor you arrogant liberal jackass. Just in cas you forgot, the Dems were in control the last 2 years of the Bush Administration, and the first 2 years of the Obama Administration. Seems to me that those are the worst 4 years in a long time for this nation. Unless you want to go back to Jimmy Carter…..which none of us want to. The B-Grade actor, while obviously not near as smart as the peanut farmer from south Georgia, kicked his ass in the real world.

Jones

October 3rd, 2011
8:38 pm

Thanks for the props what!!! I wasn’t a contractor though. Just a hard working 5′4 110lb female goin toe to toe with the boys for 26 years. And they loved me because I worked my ass off and didn’t expect preferential or special treatment. The owner recognized my grit and gave me promotion after promotion. Doesn’t matter what color, sex or creed you are in the real world. If you have spine and aren’t afraid to work you will succeed! No victims in the Republican Party!

bart

October 3rd, 2011
8:44 pm

It’s astounding to me that anybody would pay one iota of attention or give a damn what a loud mouthed, drug addicted, hypocrite says or thinks. I hope Herman sticks to his guns and doesn’t back down on anything Limbaugh says. Limbaugh is a liar. The Post story about Perry was indeed substantiated and the so-called Macaa story is actually on video tape. Limbaugh may actually be a racist and is trying to discredit Herman. Herman needs to hold his ground.

florida guy

October 3rd, 2011
9:00 pm

Don’t back down Herman. If its true, then Perry shouldn’t be president. As far as Limbaugh is concerned, you shouldn’t listen to a talking head for either side when choosing who to vote for. Look at all the information you can get from as many independent sources as you can find (believe me, they are getting harder to find) and vote for who you honestly think is the best candidate. Hopefully, we can get one who doesn’t keep putting party ahead of country. I actually did not vote for President Obama, and do not agree with a lot of his policies. However, in the budget showdown, I think he went a lot farther toward meeting somewhere in the middle than the republicans did. I worry that the republican party has become the corporate country club for millionaires. I am really gonna have to think hard about this next election, but Herman would have my vote, if for no other reason, than he would get rid of those useless waste of flesh over at the IRS. GO FAIR TAX!!!!!!!

John

October 3rd, 2011
9:10 pm

Do people still listen to this fat pill popping pig hypocrite? I can’t stand the Democrat Party, but Rush Limbaugh is just an old windbag.