It’s all over for Herman Cain. Unless the man is a glutton for pain and punishment, he’ll be out of the primary before the end of the week. With the latest revelation of an alleged 13 year affair, Cain has now lost the support of many who once supported and defended him.
“The allegation is one that could upend his presidential campaign. Unlike the harassment charges, which he denied, he said this was a private answer. In essence, he may have given an answer that will be very difficult for him to work himself out of.”
“Herman — who I still like — seems like a goofball now.”
But nothing I’ve read comes close to the epic rant delivered by conservative filmmaker, Ladd Ehlinger Jr., in a beaut of a post he brilliantly titled ‘When Book Tours Go Bad‘.
Mr. Cain: you do NOT run for President in these times unless you are serious about it. It’s flat-out apparent now that you aren’t, weren’t, and never will be. A serious candidate would have released all the dirt on himself before any of it dripped-dripped-dripped out.
But hey, you never thought that your con to sell your books would actually spark, did you? You never thought that good, decent, hard-working American people would actually believe what you said. Now here you are, trapped like a lying fly in amber, hoping to get the big brass ring without any other dirt coming out on you.
All you are doing is playing your friends, your supporters, and some of my very good friends for your own fame and glory. And drinking parties. Yes – you drink like a fish, you flirt all over the place, and everyone who’s attended CPAC knows it. Nothing wrong with partying. Unless you lie about it. And try to deceive the public about it. If you want to be the American-Tea-Party Berlusconi, then be up front about it, don’t be a damned coward.
You should be ashamed of yourself.
The “lying fly in amber” and “Amercian-Tea-Party Berlusconi” are two lines which need to be engraved in stone. They’re that good.
It took this latest scandal for some conservatives to understand Cain’s game. Namely, that Cain never imagined in his wildest dreams that he’d be leading the pack one month before the Iowa caucus. He lucked into a situation where none of the candidates had broad appeal which left him as the anti-Romney candidate after both Bachmann and Perry failed to deliver. Cain’s play from the start was to brand his name, sell more books and create enough buzz about Herman Cain to allow him to increase his motivational speaking fees. He might also have been looking for a Fox News gig after the primary similar to the deal that Huckabee and Palin received after the 2008 election.
Now with his dirty past exposed, all might be lost for Cain and, ironically, his downfall will have been his success. If he had been able to maintain a 5% showing in the polls, he would have been able to remain under the radar and hung in until after the Iowa caucus in early January. Not seen as a threat, no one would have cared much about Cain’s total lack of preparedness for the job of president nor would his sexual dalliances have been used against him.
Instead, what would have been remembered were his magnetic personality, lovely sense of humor and great baritone voice. He would have solidified the Hermanator brand, sold a ton of books and given Roger Ailes an opportunity to offer a black man with solid conservative creds his own time slot on Fox. A win-win for all.
But the gods had a different plan in mind for the lying and conniving pizza man. By mid-December, Herman Cain’s books should be available in the $1 book bins at your local Barnes & Noble.
Ladd Ehlinger responds to my post and illustration in an update to his post.
Mario Piperni offers excellent analysis for a liberal. I’d like to see him focus those smarts on some of the people and philosophies on his own side of the aisle. If he did, I think he’d come to a different conclusion about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Yup. Abandon your collectivism, Mario; the bright side of individualism and freedom beckons. No true artist can ever be a collectivist.
“…excellent analysis for a liberal“…ok, thank you…I think. As for me being a collectivist…nah, not really. The problem with using labels like collectivist or individualist is that they paint broad swaths of opaque color with a single sweep of the brush. Labeling of that type fails to take into account blending and nuances which play a significant part in defining an individual. As well, collectivism has different connotations when applied to politics, economy or philosophy and even more so when applied to the arts.
Much more to say on this but I’ll save it for a post in the near future. I did want to mention that Ehlinger is the brains and filmmaker behind the 2010 Dale Peterson political ad which went viral and referred to by many as the best political ad ever. If you don’t remember it, see it here.
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