If you’re looking for a copy of Herman Cain’s campaign autobiography, head for a book store in some Democratic enclave.
I bought what may be the last copy of “This Is Herman Cain!” in Cobb County, after three hours of searching.
The surging GOP presidential candidate was born in Memphis, but raised in Atlanta. Yet he left soon after graduating from Morehouse College in 1967, and didn’t re-establish himself in the metro area until 2000, after a far-flung business career.
So there’s much that even his hometown doesn’t know about him.
More later, but a couple points about the book:
– For a man born in 1945, at the leading edge of the Baby Boomer era, the most notable word missing from Cain’s 222-page life story is this: “Vietnam.” Not there.
Immediately after graduating from college, Cain took a job as a civilian mathematician for the U.S. Navy in Dahlgreen, Va. A spokesman confirmed that the job exempted Cain from the military draft of that era “for a while” – but that his lottery number was never called.
– On orders from his father, Cain said he stayed away from the “trouble” of the civil rights movement. But Cain describes his father, a private chauffeur for Coke CEO executive and philanthropist Robert Woodruff, as anything but a pantywaist.
For anyone familiar with the South at that time, the most fascinating anecdote in Cain book deals with Woodruff’s gifts to the Cain family. Cash at first, then Coke stock. The man in charge of Woodruff’s finances, a white fellow identified as Joe Jones, objected:
One day Dad said to Jones, “Mr. Jones, I’d like to see you outside for a minute.” They walked out to the driveway and Dad said, “Do you see this gun I’m carrying?” – Dad had a permit to carry one because he was with Woodruff – “Do you know how good I can shoot this gun?”
“No,” Joe Jones replied.
“I can throw a silver dollar up in the air and hit it four times before it hits the ground. That’s how good a shot I am,” my dad said. “if you ever tell Mr. Woodruff not to do something for me again, you’re going to find out how good I am with this gun!”
There are many, many exclamation marks in the book.
We’ve got a copy of the final draft of that Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association study of the economic impact of the state’s new illegal immigration bill. Click here to see it.
There was a whole lotta blinking going on Thursday. Does it not strike you as ironic that while this was going on:
For most of the day, the governor’s office said Deal would not act until the little-used and much-vilified lanes have operated for a full month. But a late-afternoon press release promised immediate action.
“In the short term, the toll rate will lower — starting with Thursday afternoon’s commute,” the release said. The reduction will amount to more than 40 percent, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson [said].
A project that could have built a rail line from MARTA’s Arts Center station to the Cumberland area of Cobb County lost $167.5 million in regional funding from the proposed project list. Instead, that money would go to road projects — such as an interchange at I-75 and Windy Hill Road….
The Cumberland line was the last construction project on the list capable of breaking the borders of Atlanta’s Fulton and DeKalb rail district, established four decades ago with the MARTA system.
The team that has stepped up investigations of judges in Georgia is getting a little push-back. From Richard Belcher and Channel 2 Action News:
At the Georgia National Fair down in Perry this weekend, state senators will be competing with House members to discover which chamber is better at trotting out a little bull.
Yes, 4-Hers, we know we got the gender wrong. But the metaphor was that tempting. Runner-up was, “And a little bull shall lead them, as it always does.”
Each team of lawmakers will actually be tasked with showing off a heifer. We’re standing by for photos.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider