Friday, November 11, 2011

Every Dollar for Herman Cain is a Dollar for Misogynism

In the last six weeks, Herman Cain has raised a whopping $9,000,000 in cash, $2.25 million coming since the sexual harassment scandal broke on Politico late last month. At the rate the money is flowing from right wingers, Cain will have raised more money in this quarter than Rick Perry and Mitt Romney ($20,000,000).

To put it simply, Herman Cain is serving to remind the more perspicacious of us of just how silly politics can be and at how sometimes politics is a mere afterthought in a political campaign. A useful token for the Tea Bagger faction, Cain has helped bring out the worst in conservative voters. He showed it last night in Michigan where he actually courted disaster by making a joke in front of a live mic about Anita Hill, the law professor who'd alleged sexual abuse at the hands of future Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. And at his last Republican debate, Cain drew cheers by referring to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as "Princess Nancy."

Indeed, the Anita Hill joke and the namecalling at the expense of the dignity of the former Speaker of the House drew both applause, cheers and raucous laughter, giving the appearance that the Republican base is misogynistic. Of course, that isn't true. It just looks that way. And in politics, as with everything else, perception is everything.

So why has the perception of Herman Cain being a womanizer resulted only in unconditional support and nearly ten million dollars? Why hasn't his campaign foundered on no less than five allegations? Largely on the strength of an affair with one woman, Bill Clinton's presidency nearly ended three years early.

No one is talking about Cain's ludicrous, Sim City-inspired 9-9-9 tax plan or his suggestion that we ought to electrocute Mexican immigrants like so many mosquitoes in a bug light or his insistence that bills should consist of only a couple of pages. No one's even talking about his Chief of Staff Mark Block's Cigarette Smoking Man impression diverting attention from Cain's ridiculous platform.

Far from being the Teflon candidate, Herman Cain has become the Flypaper Candidate. The more dead flies that stick to him, the more bizarrely fascinating he is to behold. It's the classic case of the sideshow grotesquery of American politics or what we can call the Palin Effect in which a candidate betrays oneself to be so outrageously unqualified for high public office that appeal to equally bizarre elements of the electorate, grossly, perpetuates and exists within itself.

As does laughter.

Election Day is almost a year away and we still have reams and reams of unbridled lunacy to look forward to from the right wing during the caucuses, primaries and especially during the convention. There's still time to burn at the sideshow before the acrobats, clowns and elephants come lumbering out with their tired show.

But at some point, we as a nation have to wake up and realize that politics should not be the spectator sport that over half of us have made it. And if you progressive-minded people think that Herman Cain is too stupid, too ignorant, too unqualified and too morally corrupt to be President, allow me to take this opportunity to remind you that just 11 years ago, George W. Bush "beat" Al Gore with just 25% or less of the voting age population voting for him.

And to his unconditional supporters, I will say that it will take a lot more than resorting to name-calling and character assassination to prove that Herman Cain is fit to be standing where Barack Obama is right now and that every dollar for Cain is a dollar that subsidizes misogynism and mediocrity.


At November 11, 2011 at 11:58 AM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

"Why hasn't his campaign foundered on no less than five allegations? Largely on the strength of an affair with one woman, Bill Clinton's presidency nearly ended three years early."

Well that's easy! Clinton had consensual sex with only one woman, and Cain is routinely forcing himself on multiple women!

Cain is a Republican, so of course he's not bound to any law. The Republicans LOVE their leaders that break the law.

Traditional Family Values Senator Vitter STILL gets standing ovations for having bought prostitutes for decades. So, of course, Cain gets rewarded by the Republicans for being a serial sexual predator!

It's OK to commit crimes as long as you are a Republican, and the more egregious the crime, the bigger the reward from the GOP.

Just look at 9/11, every single executive and commander that utterly failed to stop four hijacked airplanes were ALL promoted! Why? For doing their duty so well: allowing those planes to get to their targets, obviously.

For Republicans, the bigger the failure, the bigger the reward!

At November 11, 2011 at 7:22 PM, Blogger Fran said...

This kind of politics is not silly, it is broken, not only does cash pour his way after sexual predatory behavior is revealed, but the audience boos the moderator at a debate for asking him about credibility.
I *hate* that this presidential election crap goes on for two years. No wonder so many people choose to not even vote when election time comes around- they are beyond saturated.
Although I subscribe to the "don't bitch if you don't vote", and at least vote *against* the candidates that would do most harm- if you can't really vote *for* someone, wholeheartedly.

Don't even get me started on the obscene amounts of money spent on elections.

But then again, corporations are people, and money= free speech. Argh!


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