In May I wrote that Herman Cain could win. Just before the Florida straw poll I reiterated it—and he won. I then said that liberals would go all out to destroy him roughly 24 hours before the Politico story broke. So it pains me to say this: I do not believe Herman Cain will win the nomination. The reason for that loss, however, is a bit different than you’ll see in most corners of the conservative universe.
On Dec. 4 , an impressive collection of the media elite and assorted other notables — Hendrik Hertzberg of The New Yorker, Frank Rich of The New York Times, Howard Fineman and Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, Jim Kelly of Time, Jeff Greenfield of CNN, Eric Alterman of The Nation, Richard Cohen of The Washington Post, Jacob Weisberg of Slate and others, including, as eminence grise, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. — responded to his call and had a little powwow with Kerry at the Upper West Side apartment of Franken and his wife, Franni.
”The whole thing was odd, I would say, because people didn’t know why they were there,” Kelly said. ”But I think the idea was to put John Kerry into the belly of the beast. It may have been the actual beginning of the new approach he took — ‘I’m going to stay in this room and take every question you throw at me.”’ Alterman grilled Kerry on his vote on Iraq, and he gave a long, tortured answer. Then he was asked about it a second time. ”By the third go-round, the answer was getting shorter and more relevant,” Kelly said. (emphasis added)
Interesting how we forget, isn’t it? The liberal media gave John Kerry his own special “powwow”, during which he got do-overs on “tortured” answers until they resembled a coherent answer. All along the American people were told he was the “smart” candidate. They didn’t buy it—but that’s not the point. The point is that media will do anything in their power to make a liberal look like a genius and will pounce on any gaffe or goof a conservative makes to build the case against him that he’s an idiot. The montage clips begin from day one.
What is particularly troubling to me is that there are conservatives who don’t get it. Or, even worse, they’re so invested in “their” guy that they forget that we’re all on the same team!
Fact: Herman Cain has a great personality. Fact: Herman Cain is running for president, and when you run for president you need to know your s**t—particularly if you’re a conservative. The idea of Herman Cain (i.e., an outsider and a businessman) is incredibly appealing and it’s the one thing that’s kept him alive in the polls. He gives one hell of a speech, but unlike Barack Obama he won’t have media covering up for his mistakes. He also has to deal with douches like Joe Scarborough, who wet their pants at the chance to play the “I told you so!” game.
My honest assessment is that Herman Cain didn’t realize that the press would give him the kind of examination even a demonic proctologist would shy away from. He came prepared to fire up the base, but he didn’t come prepared to wow the egghead-set with nuts-and-bolts details. When he says he has stuff “twirling around in his head” he’s not lying. Running for office is a dizzying experience, and it’s even more so when you didn’t bone up beforehand. His conservative instincts are strong, but he’s in over his head on the policy details. In some sick way he’s actually in bad shape because he’s not a career politician.
It’s bad enough that the media cover up all the bone-headed gaffes Barack Obama makes on a daily basis, but it’s downright disgusting when I see conservatives resort to cannibalism.
Think about it. And people wonder why I love Rush Limbaugh…