Herman Cain and a new form of crisis advertising

The report that GOP presidential frontrunner Herman Cain was the target of two sexual harassment complaints while he headed the National Restaurant Association has dominated politics on the Internet today.

Talk radio man Rush Limbaugh this afternoon declared the Politico piece to be an “unconscionable, racially stereotypical attack” on Cain. Liberals, he and others in the medium have said, are no doubt responsible – a wholly unlikely scenario, given the stage of the campaign.

Others, even conservatives, have wondered about the holes in explanations pushed forward by the Cain campaign.

The situation is, in fact, one that will require better staff work than the former pizza executive from Georgia had in the past, if he is to survive.

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But Cainiacs have done at least one thing right – they’ve come up with a form of crisis advertising we haven’t seen in politics before.

Right now, Twitter is a white-water river of 140-character posts about Herman Cain. But at the top of every Twitter search of the candidate, this Tweet pops up from his campaign:

From Team HC: Sadly we’ve seen this movie played out before. Mr. Cain and all Americans deserve better

The message includes a link to a Washington Examiner post that includes a full denial from the Cain campaign’s spokesman, J.D. Gordon.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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22 comments Add your comment

honested

October 31st, 2011
4:33 pm

I do believe I smell toast burning.

DannyX

October 31st, 2011
4:43 pm

“Talk radio man Rush Limbaugh this afternoon declared the Politico piece to be an “unconscionable, racially stereotypical attack” on Cain”

I think Rush is right on the mark. Instead of rehashing a couple of old sexual harassment claims that included huge payouts to two different women the Lefties should do like the righties do, make stuff up!

I’ll start, Herman Cain is a Kenyan Muslim who gives people terrorist fist bumps, doesn’t wear a flag pin, and has no birth certificate.

honested

October 31st, 2011
4:51 pm

DannyX

So true.
Was there a double entendre to Godfathers?

Smoke

October 31st, 2011
4:56 pm

#1. Unconscionable, maybe; sterotypical, maybe; attack, yes; racialn no way in heck; Liberal being responsible…Prove it… #2. “Sadly we’ve seen this movie played out before” and 95% of the time it is dead-on. When was the last time a Liberal settled something and Dixiecrats believed they were innocent?

clem

October 31st, 2011
4:58 pm

if i told you, you have a good body, would you hold it against me? easy to misconstrue

Ellen

October 31st, 2011
5:00 pm

Why would liberals care about a Republican dog-fight? This tidbit came from Herman’s Republican competitors–not liberals. After all, Herman, Newt, Mitt, Rick, Ron, Michelle and Jon are jockeying for position here–not liberals.

LCarter

October 31st, 2011
5:01 pm

NO Candidate deserves ANYTHING, when you run for POTUS, you
address and or refute information and claims that arise during the
vetting process. This twitter ad plays the pitty me card and attempts to tie the issue to a biased media…instead of the handling of the issue.

Sorry, I’m really sick of the double standard and hypocrisy of some of
the campaigns and supporters. We already have one great speaker with
Teflon.

If this is true, this will be the second lawsuit payout that Cain has been involved in. In the business
world, that’s a management bailout for bad behavior that costs the company and its shareholders.

Did it happen or not? If it did, explain it and move on. The multiple answers and spinning of the story to a pitty party just makes it worse. The American People already elected a candidate who felt entitled to not addressing issues, who claimed he deserved better than those silly questions and claimed it was because of x, y or z.

This is a distraction issue. Of more concern and what needs explaining is the work of a nonprofit organization in Wisconsin, that has raised legal questions after it reportedly helped pay for travel and other expenses in the early days of the Herman Cain campaign. Completely against campaign finance laws. The campaign has also yet to address the Aquila’s board of directors Enron-esque disaster.

This has nothing to do with left or right. This is about vetting a candidate and the crying of “attacks” being racially motivated, left or right motivated, or anything else is just silly. If you put yourself out there, expect and be ready to address your past, it’s called vetting. The manner in which Cains campaign addressed this issue, which should have been a non-issue, is more disturbing than the actual allegations and just shows he’s not ready for prime time.

td

October 31st, 2011
5:01 pm

Attention GA blues! We are so close to taking over the state we love most! Think big so that we can teach those oppressors a lesson in grassroots politics! If you truly care about Georgia then do not vote
for republicans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Smoke

October 31st, 2011
5:06 pm

On the 95%, I can’t think of the last time a pol was outed and they were found totally innocent. Even Clarence Thomas. Another thing, what is this mess about Cain not running for office before and being an outsider? I guess running for US Senate in GA and being a DC lobbyist doesn’t count. OK, maybe they don’t in the right eye of a Dixiecrat.

Bob

October 31st, 2011
5:06 pm

Frankly, I don’t care about something trival that happened twenty years ago that has absolutely nothing to do with governing our country effectively. Look what we have now…I’ll take experience over eloquence everyday. I’m not so sure this wasn’t instigated by Romney. Just my opinion.

clem

October 31st, 2011
5:10 pm

politico have these dumb arses notice 10 days ago…..so much for competence

cartoon

October 31st, 2011
5:15 pm

I wouldn’t put it that way.

Centrist

October 31st, 2011
5:19 pm

This is a liberal media feeding frenzy including Mr. Jim Galloway who has an obsession knocking Herman Cain.

td

October 31st, 2011
5:22 pm

You’re a bitch centrist!

Smoke

October 31st, 2011
5:25 pm

Listening to Hannity defend Cain with no facts and referencing Clarence Thomas is really funny. If it had been Aniqua rather than Anita a long time ago, Thomas would have never made it! Can anyone remember a Pol was found innocent in a situation like this?

Happy Go Lucky

October 31st, 2011
5:25 pm

T–D (5.01pm)
1. Why are you leaving out the “UR”?
2. Who are the “oppressors?”
3. Who are they (allegedly) oppressing?
4. Did you take your Prozac this morning as prescribed?
5. What “Blues” are you referring to? The 2″ Dumbocrats that are Caucasian or the 98% that are African American?
6. HOW are you going to take over “our state”, as it sure as hell won’t be from the ballot boxes?

Centrist

October 31st, 2011
5:28 pm

You won’t see this funny Herman Cain ad via Mr. Jim Galloway – since it is aimed at him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSlC7BxmSqY

honested

October 31st, 2011
5:33 pm

Again, ya’ll keep trying to stretch some clothes over your emperor.

Smoke

October 31st, 2011
5:36 pm

Dnag td! Tell us how you really feel. Imagine Cain saying, “yes I was accused, and we settled just to avoid legal fees.”. Librral don’t have to worry about this silliness…remember they are liberals.

double

October 31st, 2011
5:36 pm

Old Herm may have wanted to split a little white oak.Quit bitching happend before will happend again.May have thought about going into BBQ biz.

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

October 31st, 2011
6:35 pm

Why are right-wingers always playing the race card? Hermie should take personal responsibility for his actions and quit lying about it! Sheesh.

No Teabagging

November 1st, 2011
9:24 am

Totally bizarre that we now judge what is or is not acceptable by the volume of twitter posts