Herman Cain gets protection, from flakes and the press

You’ve heard that GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is getting early protection from the U.S. Secret Service.

But we’re getting mixed signals from the Cain campaign for the reason. The Associated Press points to a concern over violent flakes:

While it’s unknown whether a specific incident triggered the request, police reports show that Cain’s campaign has been the target of a threatening phone call on at least one occasion.

On June 1, Cain’s campaign office in Stockbridge, Ga., reported receiving a call from someone who did not identify himself but who claimed to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan. The man said that Cain, who is black, should not run for the White House.

“Tell him not to run” and “there’s no such thing as a black Republican,” the man said, according to a written statement Cain’s administrative assistant, Lisa Reichert, gave to the police. The caller did not explicitly threaten violence.

But the Washington Post reported late last night that control of the press pack around Cain might also have been a reason for the campaign to request agents:

Gordon would not say how many Secret Service agents would be positioned with Cain, but the spokesman said the coverage began Thursday night in New York, where Cain taped an interview on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

On the campaign trail, Cain “draws anywhere from a dozen to 50 media at his events,” Gordon said. “When he gets out at a rally or a campaign stop, it has been increasingly common for media to be physically putting themselves and others in danger by trying to follow him with a lot of heavy equipment and cameras in close quarters like we saw yesterday.”

In his autobiography, by the way, Cain toyed with the idea of bestowing the Secret Service code name of “Cornbread” on himself.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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156 comments Add your comment

Aquagirl

November 18th, 2011
12:17 pm

Control of the press pack MIGHT be a reason? Gee, ya think? This guy’s thugs have been shoving and clotheslining reporters, now they want taxpayers to provide this service for Herman’s book tour?

This man is not a serious candidate. Herman stopped being cute long ago, and if Republicans want to play along that’s their right, but diverting vital public resources is way over the line and he’s not entitled to waste taxpayers’ money.

mum

November 18th, 2011
12:19 pm

So, the taxpayer is paying so he can avoid the press now.

Buck Hayek

November 18th, 2011
12:22 pm

“Cornbread”? Love it.

Herb Cain is punking the USA — MTV style. And his dim-witted followers are oblivious to it.

Buck Hayek

November 18th, 2011
12:25 pm

cornbread (def)

the ultimate description of lameness.
dry, tasteless, appalling– all of the reasons no one enjoys the food with this name.
the complete opposite of knowing what’s up.

(urban dictionary)

Mark

November 18th, 2011
12:32 pm

Herman is nothing more than the Republicans side show……

Watch as he grins and tap dances!

http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t2#/video/politics/2011/11/17/dnt-emotional-herman-cain.wmur

SAWB

November 18th, 2011
12:47 pm

It is pretty safe to say that he has lost any chance at the nomination. Also, his chances at the VP slot are basically gone. He had better work fast if he wants to have a shot at a cabinet post or at least the ability to charge for speaking engagements at the local Kiwanis Clubs.

Charles

November 18th, 2011
1:27 pm

Herman, Herman, Herman. First you can’t answer questions on foreign policy, and now you are upset with the press. You used to love being treated like a rock star. Now you don’t like the questions that come along with all the pretty lights and pictures. This is all part of what being POTUS is about Mr. Cain. And if you had the remote chance of winning you’d be the 2nd black man elected in a row in the USA. If you think there are throngs of reporters now, imagine what it would be like if you were actually the President? Do us all a favor, come back home, get your job back at the radio station and hawk your book.

Charles

November 18th, 2011
1:28 pm

PS – Cornbread!!!! You actually said that. What a friggin’ joke you are.

GT/MIT

November 18th, 2011
1:29 pm

What I find so bizarre about your little oped piece, is that you have somehow made a distinction between the press and the flakes. Amazing.

RJR

November 18th, 2011
1:33 pm

Talk about wasting tax payers money

The Sheenit

November 18th, 2011
1:41 pm

This country has lost its marbles… China won’t invade… They don’t need to because the idiot Republican party has risen to new heights of lunacy.

clem

November 18th, 2011
1:41 pm

hope threat vs cain is harmless, that being said, herman ought to ask for some sense from someone…..how the conservs can support cain over someone like huntsman is hard to fathom….

Mark

November 18th, 2011
1:47 pm

@ clem

November 18th, 2011
1:41 pm

hope threat vs cain is harmless, that being said, herman ought to ask for some sense from someone…..how the conservs can support cain over someone like huntsman is hard to fathom….

I’ve been wondering the exact same thing. It’ appears that conservatives love a loud mouth who entertains the media…..i.e. Sarah Palin.

double

November 18th, 2011
1:52 pm

Corn Porn,opps I meant Corn Pone.

SisterSarah

November 18th, 2011
1:56 pm

I take it Herman Cain and his supporters are fairly certain that we smart people out here are well in tune to his cowering behind “big government” for protection. Let’s just “get big government out of the way and hire a private firm can we ” Herman?? Supporters any thoughts???

Also, as for the KKK threat…Just ask Herman and he will tell you emphatically much like Clarence Thomas, Allen West and other Black Conservatives, racism does not exist! So suffice it to say, let’s just take that card off the table please. So, Herman if you don’t have adequate security don’t ask or blame the govunmint, BLAAME YO’SELF!

Charles

November 18th, 2011
2:01 pm

Amen Sister Sarah!

double

November 18th, 2011
2:10 pm

You whites don’t know good eating.Cornbread crumbled into a big glass buttermilk,with cut up onions.yum yum

Mark

November 18th, 2011
2:13 pm

@ SisterSarah!

You hit the nail on the head!

joe

November 18th, 2011
2:24 pm

The “new heights of lunacy” started the minute our current Marxist was elected and cried “I’ll forever change the history of this country.” Never imagined that would mean turning the USA into the USSA (united socialist states of america). Vote out Obozo in 2012 or he’ll spend us into a collapsed economy, known as the “greater depression.”

Google that term…If he’s re-elected, we’re done.

SisterSarah

November 18th, 2011
2:29 pm

@joe *yawn*

Something ORIGINAL. PLEASE!!!

Aquagirl

November 18th, 2011
2:32 pm

Cornbread crumbled into a big glass buttermilk,with cut up onions.yum yum

As a native born southerner I’d like to say….ewwww.

catlady

November 18th, 2011
2:45 pm

So anyone can say they are in the running and get protection?

Filter

November 18th, 2011
2:55 pm

Centrist must be busy so I’ll step up and help him/her out……

Another hit piece on Herman Cain by the liberally biased AJC to serve it’s lamestream overlords.

I hope I got that about right.

Shav

November 18th, 2011
2:59 pm

why are there so many opponents to conservatism & capitalism when there has never been a lasting, successful liberal/socialist city, state, or country? sounds great to depend on govt and society for life’s needs, but I don’t see the benefit in fighting all of your life to take something from someone when you could’ve put the same or less effort in becoming successful yourself. The democrat voters have been nagging for about 100 yrs now how evil everyone else is for succeeding when they could’ve just taken control of their own destiny and gotten everything they complain about on their own.
And why protest Wall Street and not the Govt who takes our money and blows it on god knows what? Wall St. takes no money from anyone, people voluntarily give them money.
And why not protest Hollywood or Athlete’s? Peyton Manning & Mike Vick are getting $100M contracts and not a word from the left or OWS, but love bashing bankers and stock brokers who actually have to wake up and go to work everyday.

Mark

November 18th, 2011
2:59 pm

@ Joe………..We’ve heard that Marxist crap before….how about some originality?

Filter

November 18th, 2011
3:01 pm

I hate to rip off so many others but I can’t resist…

The “new heights of lunacy” started the minute our current Marxist aaaaannnnnnddddddd
I stopped reading.

Shav

November 18th, 2011
3:05 pm

@ Mark… so the fact that you have heard that b4 means that Obama is not a marxist?

Vick

November 18th, 2011
3:09 pm

Shav,

This is where you cons have a perpetual myopia about things. The point is not protesting based in the simple fact that they are wealthy. It is when the wealth is used to cut corners, influence policy and undermine the middle class to the detriment of the country at large that people have a problem. When that money that you say is “given” to them is used to buy the votes necessary to change the rules of the game so that they favor ONLY you and your cronies, that’s when we started to lose control of our country. And even though it is mainly the right that takes such umbrage to people who point out the inequities of corporatist America, both parties have been bought and paid for. The sad thing is that so many people bow down at the alter of the Right Wing Sound Machine that they will vote against their own self interest and then whine incessantly about the economic mess we are in.

In other words, Peyton Manning and Michael Vick didn’t contribute mightily to the collapse of the financial markets and drive this country into recession. Now I’ll protest Vick for not winning but that’s about it.

DannyX

November 18th, 2011
3:10 pm

“there has never been a lasting, successful liberal/socialist city, state, or country?”

Tell me wise one, where are all the conservative success stories. Alabama? Mississippi? South Carolina? Georgia? The conservative south sits at the bottom of the economic ladder.

DannyX

November 18th, 2011
3:11 pm

“Mark… so the fact that you have heard that b4 means that Obama is not a marxist?”

Would you please give some examples?

Charles

November 18th, 2011
3:11 pm

Shav,

Obama recognizes private property, Marx wanted to abolish the whole concept because he saw any possession by individuals as theft of the community. Marx believed in class war as the only way to improve workers conditions, Obama doesn’t, Obama wants reforms to make the for profit system more just and fair to poor and middle class folks, he has no intentions to overthrow capitalism itself and replace it with a proletarian dictatorship as advocated by Karl Marx in the communist manifesto

Filter

November 18th, 2011
3:13 pm

Shav,

No, that fact that the President is not a Marxist means he’s not a Marxist.

To quote the Great Inigo Montoya: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Smoke

November 18th, 2011
3:14 pm

#1:Enron, Ponzie-Investment Bankers, and energy companies have taken “your” money more than any government ever will.

clem

November 18th, 2011
3:16 pm

libs 4 shav 0

DannyX

November 18th, 2011
3:16 pm

Shav, the liberal areas of California are the envy of the world. Economic giants have recently been created there. Your life has changed for the better because of them.

Meanwhile every single US Republican Congressional district in Georgia is struggling and in decline.

Shav

November 18th, 2011
3:20 pm

what do you think Jeremiah Wright was preaching on Sundays in Obama’s church every week? ..sure wasn’t conservatism.

DannyX

November 18th, 2011
3:22 pm

“what do you think Jeremiah Wright was preaching on Sundays in Obama’s church every week? ..sure wasn’t conservatism.”

Lol, you have nothing.

Shav

November 18th, 2011
3:23 pm

@Smoke… yeah, and look at Enron and 3COM and Madoff now – they are out of business and in jail. whens the last time a fed went to prison or a branch of the gov’t shutdown bc of corruption?

Charles

November 18th, 2011
3:24 pm

Shav
what do you think Jeremiah Wright was preaching on Sundays in Obama’s church every week? ..sure wasn’t conservatism.

+++++++++

You mean the message that the Christian preacher was preaching to a Muslim for 20 years? I have no clue and you certainly don’t. In fact you only know about 4 minutes of what he ever preached.

Smoke

November 18th, 2011
3:25 pm

There are very few around who remember the good old conservative times of the dust bowl, breadlines, poor-houses, hobo villages, plagues, and chain gangs.

Shav

November 18th, 2011
3:26 pm

@ dannyx… I love Cali (never been but have always wanted to visit). But look at the budgets of Michigan, Cali, NY, and other liberal states, they are a lot worse than us in the conservative south.

Shav

November 18th, 2011
3:28 pm

@ charles…
black liberation theology – which is rooted in Marxism. its not a big secret.

clem

November 18th, 2011
3:29 pm

rep bob ney went to jail for abramoff scandal

SisterSarah

November 18th, 2011
3:29 pm

You see Shav, people like you are the problem in this country. You have no depth in your reasoning or thought (if it can legitimately be called that). If I can clarify (once, but not for all) for the “99%”…LISTEN UP….AND LISTEN GOOD!

This is not at all about “liberalist”, “socialist”, “marxist” anything, though your puppeteers do such a great job of ventriloquizing this through you. We have careers, education, assets, etc. There is one other thing though that we have that you lack…well, a few actually. Here are a few: humanity, community, compassion, rationality. You see, we understand that as a (supposed) “nation” of 50 inTERdependent states operating under a central government as outlined in our constitution across 3718711 square miles of land, that has to perform certain functions (like providing security for Herman Cain, even though it PAINS him so to have to rely upon it). We understand that any civilized society brings with it various socio-economic dynamics, even “ills”. With that we ask that citizens contribute a bit as they are able to that entire effort. Whenever you hop into your car and drive a road, you are literally rolling over your money. Every day you wake up and the U.S. is not being invaded by a foreign force, your money. No doo-doo in your water, get the idea?

Now, “Hollywood” and the “Athletes” ENTERTAIN YOU in exchange for your money, so that your stress in life is relieved and you do not go shoot up a mall or hurl yourself from the top of your local office tower. By the way, they ARE PRIVATELY OWNED entities. I thought you were in favor of free market enterprise?? Guess not, when it is able to be capitalized overwhelmingly by people who are oftentimes marginalized due to demographics and other factors. I’ll just stop there for now. This is getting long. I will ask though real quick…how many people who bought the house they could afford and have not had a problem making payments (like myself) knew that their bankers and Wall Street was taking our mortgages and shuttling into high risk derivatives to be gambled on overseas??

Frederick Douglass

November 18th, 2011
3:32 pm

Meanwhile every single US Republican Congressional district in Georgia is struggling and in decline.

And on top of that, due to HB-87, a 5 lb. bag of dadburn peanuts now costs a king’s ransom.

Smoke

November 18th, 2011
3:33 pm

Liberals have long protested for taxing the rich like movie stars, athletes, hedge fund managers, and strato-CEO’s, which is why it is so funny that neo-cons have fought for them to keep the tax breaks.

Mark

November 18th, 2011
3:33 pm

@ SisterSarah

November 18th, 2011
3:29 pm

Once again I’m with you all the way! I had my home built in 2002 and to this day have never missed a payment.

Stinking Badges

November 18th, 2011
3:33 pm

Jeremiah Wright… that’s all you got? What an idiot.

Centrist

November 18th, 2011
3:34 pm

@ Filter – I was busy.

I prefer this to yours: GT/MIT GT/MIT @ 1:29 pm posted

“What I find so bizarre about your little oped piece, is that you have somehow made a distinction between the press and the flakes. Amazing.”

The Washington Post term “press pack” is a good description – like hyenas that prefer to feast on conservatives.

Smoke

November 18th, 2011
3:36 pm

We know the flakes after Cain can’t be liberals because they want him to win the nomination.