Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich had a mini-debate this past week, just the two of them. During this debate, Cain expressed his utter shock at the fact that [you won’t believe this] the news media actually looks into the pasts of presidential candidates and investigates the things they say and do.
Tea party organizers explicitly limited to the discussion to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Gingrich, however, gave Cain an opportunity to address the allegations with an open-ended question about what has surprised him about running for president.
Cain didn’t hesitate: “The nit-pickiness of the media,” he said.
“It is the actions and behavior of the media that have been the biggest surprise,” he said, his voice rising.
“There are too many people in the media who are downright dishonest. … They do a disservice to the American people,” Cain said, bringing the room to its feet.
I realize that you, like Herman Cain, are probably reeling from this revelation. I’ll give you a moment to collect yourself.
Okay. Better now?
So, anyway, back Cain and this lightning bolt revelation he has had. He’s so upset that news reporters have reported facts about his past that Cain is considering suing Politico who first broke the story about his sexual harassment history.
So far as I can tell, Herman Cain has been so busy selling pizzas that he never looked up during the 2008 election. If he had, he would have seen reporting and the subsequent viral spreading of details about Barack Obama’s father, about his pastor, about his brief brush with Bill Ayers at a Chicago fundraiser, about his wife’s supposed lifelong lack of pride in America, about his failure to wear an American flag pin on occasions, about whether or not he was born in America, and about his college grades. And that was just one candidate
What’s ironic about this is that those questions were being prompted mainly by people from Cain’s corner of the political spectrum. Seriously, it was mostly the conservative right that kept those stories alive which is why the media took forever to let them go.
Herman Cain was very busy putting pepperoni on pizzas when all that was going down, I guess.
But Cain has figured out how put this all behind him. He’s just going to quit answering questions about the sexual harassment allegations. Because, if history has shown us anything about embarrassing political stories, it’s that the best way to get the media to quit asking about a story is to repeatedly change your story over the course of a few days then to completely clam up and refuse to talk about it all.
Growing agitated with reporters after a one-on-one debate with rival Newt Gingrich, the former business executive suggested the reporters who asked questions about the allegations were unethical. Asked if he planned to never answer questions about the incidents, he was certain.
“You got it,” he snapped, even as the allegations leave plenty of doubts about Cain’s candidacy.
His throwing in accusations of the media being liars helps, too, I imagine.
This is the type of thing you get when inexperienced people who have no clue whatsoever about politics run for office. Cain is so far out of his league and is such a total novice that the farther along he gets in this process, the more entertaining and self-parodying he will become.