Why Herman Cain’s run for president started with a ‘shucky-ducky’

On Monday night, Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” offered up a retrospective on some of the more curious moments in Herman Cain’s run for the White House, which officially began last May with the exclamation, “Aw, shucky-ducky!”:

A quick, transcripted taste:

Cain: “’Aw, shucky-ducky’ was a way for me to say, ‘I’m thrilled to be here. And I am happy that you are happy that I am here.’”

John Oliver: “Why not just say that?”

Cain: “That would be too formal.”

John Oliver: “So it would be too formal for an announcement that you are running for the highest office in the land?”

Cain: “Yes.”

We know the Comedy Central interview was taped, because Cain was in Dalton on Monday, where the former GOP presidential candidate declared that he could have been the nominee – where it not for “dirty, gutter politics.” From the Dalton Daily Citizen:

“If I had not dropped out of the campaign, in all modesty, I would have sewn up the nomination,” Cain [said] Monday after a fundraising luncheon for U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, at the trade center. “I really believe that. I was the lead candidate for four weeks and every week, my lead was getting bigger and we hadn’t even had a primary yet. Because people were connecting with my message and I was moving away from all of them, that’s why someone dug up the dirty, gutter politics.”

Meanwhile, over in Los Angeles, the Braves declared they could have beaten the Dodgers last night, but ran out of innings.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Look before I leap...

April 24th, 2012
9:02 am

Not too late for you to get back in the race Herman.
After all, you only ’suspended’ your campaign.

I am curious though, if “Aw, shucky-ducky” is appropriate for launching a presidential bid, what is the appropriate response for the 3A wake-up call when Iran lobs a nuke into Tel Aviv?
“Drat and dad-blastit”?

td

April 24th, 2012
9:05 am

Thank you Jim for throwing that experiment from yesterday away.

JC

April 24th, 2012
9:18 am

Ha, funny Braves line.

Road Scholar

April 24th, 2012
9:20 am

Gotta love Herman! Seems to be a real person! Instead of a stuffed shirt like Romney.

Romegaguy

April 24th, 2012
9:23 am

He ran for President? Really? When?

Marlboro Man

April 24th, 2012
9:23 am

I could have been a Phi Beta Kappa, if my grades were better. Cain never had a chance, he should admit it.

nelson

April 24th, 2012
9:27 am

Herman was hitting some speed bumps in his campaign. The plethora of relationships that Herman had with women was starting to go viral. If he had a squeaky clean background[like being faithfull to the Mrs] he could have made it.
Look at John edwards, it was full speed ahead for John when he was running for President. Then he decided on a relationship with a campaign worker while Mrs. Edwards was struggling with cancer. Now his approval rating is 3%.
That is what I like about Mitt Romney, a solid family man, a man of character, a man for our time, no drinking, no smoking, honest as the day is long and a solid businessman. He is as good as it gets. What an opportunity for the U.S.

tim

April 24th, 2012
9:30 am

Hey Hermie……….YOU’RE A LIAR..plain and simple.

Newt is nuts

April 24th, 2012
9:31 am

Jim, you now have run ten political insider reports without mentioning Newt. Do you miss him already? I know I do. The rest of this political season will just not be the same without Nutty Newt.

Centrist

April 24th, 2012
9:33 am

Yesterday morning Mr. Jim Galloway blogged “We told you over the weekend that opponents to metro Atlanta’s transportation sales tax had yet to organize for the July 31 vote.”

Not that I expect an answer, but who is “we”? It was only under your Political Insider blog with your single byline.

(I also hope that the new experimental format for comments is discarded)

zeke

April 24th, 2012
9:35 am

something to agree with….experiment needs to be deep sixed

td

April 24th, 2012
9:43 am

zeke

April 24th, 2012
9:35 am

Yes, we cons, libs and centrist can all agree on some issues. Is the world coming to an end.

Look before I leap...

April 24th, 2012
9:45 am

I liked the new system.

Look before I leap...

April 24th, 2012
9:48 am

“….Now his approval rating is 3%.”

Ya just gotta wonder who those 3% are. Who can possible support a d*uche like John Edwards?

td

April 24th, 2012
9:51 am

Look before I leap…

April 24th, 2012
9:48 am

I bet there are several that post on this blog in the 3% but they would never admit it in public.

Centrist

April 24th, 2012
10:05 am

@ Look – The new system did not order the posts by time posted, limited the number of characters, and had a lot fewer comments. Voting only confirms that the vast majority of those who read the AJC are ITP Democrats.

If this is meant to be a blog that inspires debate, such a new system will only stifle it. If this is meant to preach to the choir – it worked good.

Look before I leap...

April 24th, 2012
10:09 am

@td

As much as I am sure it fits into your rather warped view of the world, Edward’s issues are neither partisan nor political. Edwards is a deeply flawed human being, totally bereft of any internal moral compass.

Plenty of folks on BOTH sides of the aisle with that same problem.
Glass house meet stone.

catlady

April 24th, 2012
10:12 am

Delusions of grandeur. like some of our other candidates.

Look before I leap...

April 24th, 2012
10:12 am

@Centrist

I was simply being contrary in the context of the posts above mine.
Of course the new system sucked.

Given my penchant for long-winded posts and extended dialog with some of the posters here, the new system would have driven me completely away.

Centrist

April 24th, 2012
10:24 am

Look posted “the new system would have driven me completely away.”

Me too. But maybe that is a plus for the AJC if all they want to hear is “Amen” from like minded posters.

Weetamoe

April 24th, 2012
10:25 am

What was it Obama said when Hilary asked him what he would do if the 3 am phone call came? Oh, yeah: *that’s above my pay grade.*

UGA 1999

April 24th, 2012
10:29 am

Why did Obama’s presidency start with lies and false promises?

td

April 24th, 2012
10:32 am

Look before I leap…

April 24th, 2012
10:09 am

@td

As much as I am sure it fits into your rather warped view of the world, Edward’s issues are neither partisan nor political. Edwards is a deeply flawed human being, totally bereft of any internal moral compass.

You just explained all the characteristics needed to be an effective attorney in this country. They are trained to put aside morals and values and advocate with all their heart and soul for the person paying them.

saywhat?

April 24th, 2012
11:14 am

Why did UGA1999’s first post of the day start with lies?

Ga Values Ron Paul for Peace & prosparity

April 24th, 2012
11:26 am

The U.S. Senate has its own barbershop. It charges $20 a haircut. It cuts the hair of anyone who wants a haircut, but Senators get in line first. This costs the taxpayers $300,000 a year.

When I was on Ron Paul’s staff, I used to get my haircut in the House barber shop. It cost $2. That was in 1976. Today, that would be the equivalent of $8. It was a better deal back then. I suppose the subsidy was greater.

Why not charge whatever it costs to break even? Because that would mean higher haircut prices. Or it might mean a larger advertising budget. Or . . . unthinkable — it might mean hiring non-union barbers.

A private barber shop three blocks from the Senate office buildings can be used for comparison. It is called the Capitol Barber.

Capitol’s four barbers and stylists made $22,000 to $30,000 last year with no benefits, manager Lynn Dang said. At the Senate barbershop, formally called Senate Hair Care Services, the top four barbers and stylists made more than twice that — $54,761; $70,349; $73,658; and $81,641 — plus they have a generous 401(k) plan, health care and paid vacation.
Why should taxpayers subsidize haircuts? Because that’s part of the deal. Politicians like perks.

The Senate could privatize the barber shop. But that is unlikely. Republicans and Democrats alike agree: it’s better to trim taxpayers.

double

April 24th, 2012
11:34 am

Effective attorney—Person paying them the most.

Danny O

April 24th, 2012
11:46 am

All announcements should be made with a Cain-ism. Think about how much fun it would be:

“The Braves announced that they have sent Jair Jurky-durky packin and flappin to Gwinnett. 9-9-9: He has not yet pitched 9 innings in a single start, has an ERA over 9.00, and wears number four9. It’s all Obama’s fault. If it weren’t for the administration, he’d have already won a Youngy-Cy Award. Obama’s cronies made sure that Humber the Stumbler got a perfect game for Chicago.”

Jack From Cumming

April 24th, 2012
11:48 am

I am am conservative, but Herman Cain needs to crawl back into the hole he came from. What a POS he turned out to be. He has shown the world his true stripes and now needs to go to the place that Ted Kenndy, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Newt Gingrich and other who have no moral compass should goo….obscurity.

Just saying..

April 24th, 2012
11:49 am

“Jim, you now have run ten political insider reports without mentioning Newt. Do you miss him already? I know I do. The rest of this political season will just not be the same without Nutty Newt.”

Cynthia fills in quite nicely…

Newt is nuts

April 24th, 2012
12:24 pm

Jim, please assure us that you won’t give McKinney the same amount of unwarranted attention that you gave Newt. There has GOT to be some political news somewhere that warrants coverage other than Nutty Newt and Nutty Cynthia.

emo

April 24th, 2012
1:14 pm

Obama certainly doesn’t lie near as much as Willard. Everything Willard says is a lie.
Example:
Young woman asks WMR if he has a credibility problem.
WMR: “All I can tell you is, if I’m elected, you’ll have a job when you graduate, and if Obama is elected, you won’t.”

Chuck

April 24th, 2012
1:15 pm

So since he has dropped out, we have never heard another word out of any of the ladies (I use that term loosely) came out and accused him
of sexual advances. Isn’t it interesting that in all the different jobs he had over the many years of employment, that the complaints all came from a 3 year stint at the Restaurant Association? It sounded fishy then and really does now. Nobody sued him, nobody had continued to talk about it. I believe it was totally fabricated and monetarily backed by a political foe, R or D.

honested

April 24th, 2012
1:20 pm

herman cain running for President – Funny!
herman cain as President – Not Funny At All!
herman cain flopping around like a fish on the bank pretending he is a legitimate candidate – Funny!

Mike

April 24th, 2012
1:22 pm

Chuck, I was thinking the same thing. Except I thought he was only at the Restaurant Association for two years.

pb

April 24th, 2012
1:48 pm

Mike,

You are right. It is very funny that nothing else has happened on the sexual harassment charges against Herman. Very curious indeed. Makes me wonder how much substance there really was to them. But I guess they served their purpose for his enemies- getting him to drop out of the race. Don’t think he would have won the nomination anyway, but too bad the way it ended.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

April 24th, 2012
2:01 pm

If Obama, born in Kenya to a white woman from Kansas and African man from Kenya, reared in Indonesia as a Muslim, and refuses to be forthcoming with his past can become the nominee of the Democrat party, it is not a stretch to believe that Herman Cain, born in Memphis Tennessee to an African American man and woman, loves to flirt with the ladies etc, could have been the nominee of the Republican party in 2012.

If you ask any right thinking American which man is most likely to become the nominee of their party given their backgrounds, 99.99% would have to say Cain.

Amen?

emo

April 24th, 2012
2:52 pm

Highly recommend going back on your meds.

The real truth

April 24th, 2012
2:54 pm

Don’t go up against The Daily Show. Oliver picked that shucky-ducky clean.

Jelly

April 24th, 2012
3:22 pm

Sometimes a man is his own worst enemy.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

April 24th, 2012
3:34 pm

The perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions have offered each of us meds with strings attached… It just depends on which color of medication you prefer. I’ve decided to take the red pill and realize just how far down the rabbit hole this tyranny goes…

I’m sure you prefer the blue pill so you can, like the perverted integrationist African Americans leaders and their devilish black minions, believe whatever fantasy you want to believe as if it were reality.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te6qG4yn-Ps

Amen?

mike d

April 24th, 2012
3:38 pm

Reminds me of the start of a Lymrick. There once was a man that said “shucky-duck” , his only problem was he liked to **** (women that he wasn’t married to).

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

April 24th, 2012
3:54 pm

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

April 24th, 2012
3:58 pm

Class of '98

April 24th, 2012
4:21 pm

So when is Jon Stewart planning another “Rally to Restore Sanity”? He wanted to calm the partisan vitriol in our political discourse. The rally came two weeks after singing a song called “Go F*** Yourself” to Fox News, with a gospel choir backing him up, of course.

I watch his show every night because he is hilarious. He is also the dictionary definition of a hippocrite. No one spews more vitriol than him or that show.

i am amazed

April 24th, 2012
4:31 pm

At how some of these AJC bloggers allow some people to repeatedly come to their blogs day after day and post all kinds of ignorant s—, yet moderate others’ comments who call them on it or put them in their place with facts. I guess the AJC has to keep the crazy going in order to keep the traffic flowing.

Big Hat

April 24th, 2012
4:41 pm

Go Herman! America needs a President that speaks English as a second language.

Look before I leap...

April 24th, 2012
5:36 pm

McKinney? UGH!!!!!
Herman is least entertaining. McKinney is just shrill. Spending time with her would be like having a piece of tin-foil permanently affixed to a filling.

GoldenChild

April 24th, 2012
6:53 pm

The democrats would never let a Black Conservative get elected as President because the DNC would be in fear of losing the black vote and freeing the black political slaves they own. Black Democrat Voters will never get off the Democrat Plantations. They haven’t the backbone or nerve to free themselves from the lying dishonest and racist Democrat Party.

mehlman rings twice

April 24th, 2012
11:43 pm

Golden Child,
Exactly how did democrats prevent Herman Cain from being elected?

kreedham

April 25th, 2012
11:17 am

I can never understand why some people agree to be part of a Daily Show “comedy” segment! The interview at the end with Stewart maybe. Jon Oliver made HC look stupid!

Herman enjoys the limelight and will make plenty of money on speaking fees! Wonder if he’s thinking about running for Senate in 2 years.