Herman Cain: Nothing but a Modern Day Minstrel, and a Crooked One at That.

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When I saw the video of Herman Cain-SINGING- at the National Press Club, I had a visceral reaction. I wracked my brain trying to come up with the exact word to name what I was feeling when I watched Cain BREAK INTO SONG. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I woke up and realized what he reminded me of:



I’ve said from the beginning that Herman Cain was never a serious candidate. I knew he wasn’t a serious candidate when, on Fox, one of the anchors tried to lob him what they THOUGHT was going to be a softball question: about the ‘right of return’ question for Palestinians.

Cain’s answer?

I don’t know about that issue.


You’re saying that you’re running for the Presidency of the United States, and you don’t have an opinion on ‘right of return’ for Palestinians?

My reaction to that was HELL NO. I know this Black man isn’t going to try and go around giving Sarah Palin-esque answers and believes he should be taken seriously.

‘Right of Return’ is NOT a PhD level question when it comes to the Israel/Palestine issue.

It’s an ELEMENTARY SCHOOL  level question, and someone who says they are running for PRESIDENT should be able to answer the question. On the spot. They should have already thought about it, and have an answer at the tip of their tongue, because Israel/Palestine is one of the major issues of the Middle East, and the Middle East being one of the major regions for FOREIGN POLICY – one should know it.

But, there he was, saying ‘ I dunno’.

Asked about the policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, and what he would do differently than President Obama, there it came again, ‘ I dunno’.

This week?

In an interview with PBS, Cain appears to suggest that Americans should consider China dangerous in part because they’re pursuing “nuclear capability.” In fact, China tested its first nuclear device in 1964 and has had a stockpile of warheads for decades.

He really was going to do it. He really was going to go onto the political stage with Sarah Palin-esque answers to foreign policy, and other issues.

Then, there was the, ‘ Secret Service can call me CORNBREAD’.

Then, the ‘Ubeki’-beki-beki-stan’ shuffling, that had Karzi clowning him with SOS Clinton. But, if you put yourself out there as an ignorant fool, don’t be shocked when other folks take you up on it.

I’ll remind folks that his Chief of Staff was banned from politics from a time because he was found guilty of VOTER SUPPRESSION AGAINST BLACK FOLK – and THIS is who Cain has as his Chief of Staff.

I will remind folks that he peddled in BIRTHERISM against the President, long after the President released his birth certificate.

Time and time again, all he has done is shuffle and jiggle and put on those tap dancing shoes for Mr. Charlie.

I don’t usually agree with the writer Toure, but he was on point in a segment that he did on Lawrence O’Donnell, when he called Cain out for his Minstrelsy. His voice dripped in disgust as he spoke about Cain and his clowning, and how here was President Barack Obama, and Jesse Jackson, when he ran for President, they stepped up to the plate. That they weren’t about ENTERTAINING. They were saying, I’m here to LEAD THE COUNTRY, and that’s why I’m running. Many of us in the Black blogosphere have commented, since Barack Obama was elected President, in reading certain columns, and watching certain pundits, that they seem to want to be ENTERTAINED by President Obama. My own comment to it always has been: if you want to be entertained by a Black man, by a ticket to a Jay-Z concert – he’s more than willing to entertain you. But, Barack Hussein Obama is PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. He’s not here to entertain you. He’s here to lead the country, and I never saw you talk about how you wanted George Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush to ENTERTAIN YOU, so don’t try it with President Barack Obama.

President Barack Obama had upset the apple cart, not only with some on the left, but damn near ALL of the RIGHT. And, we see examples of the contempt that they have for this President, his wife, and his children, on pretty much a daily basis.

Hermain Cain, though, is ‘ OUR KIND OF BLACK’ as Ann Coulter said.

The shufflin’, jigglin’, tap dancing, singing MINSTREL kind of Black.

And, he’s a bought and paid for Koch Brothers stooge.

While the sexual harassment story has been taking up all the air, until one of the Snowflakes surface (you know damn well, Black women in Corporate America don’t get settlements; they get fired for bullshyt reasons), the thing that might get CRIMINAL charges filed against Herman is the ILLEGALITY of the funding of his political campaign. Wasn’t enough that we found out he used campaign funds to purchase his books (considering that this run for President has been nothing but a book tour, and an audition tape to become the next A-B-C on Fox (watch out, Juan Williams), now, the very FUNDING of his campaign leads to illegal roads. Considering the shredding of campaign finance that has been done by Citizens United, it takes a special kind of contemptuous of the law clown to actually fund their campaign through illegal means.

Rachel Maddow has an excellent piece on this, with the journalist that broke the story.

Cain is willing to shuffle along and even break out in song for the right-wing, of course they’re comfortable with him. They’re pushing of this patently unqualified grifter is nothing but GOP Tokenism at its finest. They want their Black stooge, because they want him to give them cover against their obvious racism. They also think that Black folks ‘only voted for Barack Obama because he was Black’. Then Senator Barack Obama was the Democratic Nominee for President, and the lowest any Democratic Nominee has gotten of the Black vote in the past 30 years is 85%. John Kerry got, what, 90% of the Black vote? And, if Black folks routinely vote 90-92% for the Democratic Nominee, in order for Barack Obama to get up to 95%, meant that he took away some of the Black REPUBLICAN vote. Now, the only ones who voted for Barack Obama BECAUSE he was Black, were Black Republicans. As Prometheus6 routinely points out, Black folks voted for Barack Obama not because HE is Black, but because WE are Black and voted in what WE perceived to be OUR best interests.
Bonus video: Rev. Al with Melissa Harris-Perry and Jonathan Capehart discussing Herman Cain. Rev. Al cracked me up as he mocked Cain and his ‘recovery from amnesia’ on the sexual harassment issue.

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63 Responses to Herman Cain: Nothing but a Modern Day Minstrel, and a Crooked One at That.

  1. Lord Have Mercy! Cain is a despicable human being. His wife should smack the sh*t out of him for this embarrassment & divorce him.

    • As much as I despise Herman Cain, I don’t believe he went there. I don’t believe Cain would make a move like that unless he has been with the woman before. I smell fish and it ain’t Friday…

  2. Cain: Obama’s Playing The Race Card–“This Many White People Can’t Pretend That They Like Me”

  3. Cain’s Wife Votes Democrat?


    Her husband is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, but Gloria Cain
    votes Democratic.

    Georgia voting records show Herman Cain’s wife has
    voted in Democratic primary and runoff elections numerous times since 2000, the
    Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported Friday.

    In 2008, Gloria Cain voted
    in Georgia’s Democratic presidential primary, which Barack Obama won.

    2004, she cast a ballot in the Democratic presidential primary in March, but
    then voted in the Republican primary in July, when her husband was on the ballot
    as a candidate for U.S. Senate, the paper said. Cain lost in the

    Whatever her personal politics may be, Mrs. Cain has always been
    her husband’s staunchest supporter, said Matt Wylie, Cain’s campaign manager in
    the 2004 Senate race.

  4. Herman Cain’s Wife Cancels Fox Appearance


    As GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain wades his way through a flurry of sexual harassment allegations, his wife has apparently decided that now is not the time to speak on the issue.

    The New York Times reports that Gloria Cain has canceled a Friday evening interview with Fox News. She was scheduled to appear on “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

    Cain hinted a few days ago that his wife would eventually make a media appearance. “You will meet my wife publicly in an exclusive interview that we are currently planning and anticipating, but you won’t see my family out on the campaign trail on a day-to-day basis,” Cain told Fox News.

  5. The Washington Post:

    Herman Cain campaign is considering legal action against Politico: http://wapo.st/vkgIBl

  6. Tweets about Herman Cain…


    @thuddyt @cindyloveseric he thought he was just going to sale some books, raise his speaking fees and be a flame thrower. LMAO, you know he’s like “what the fuck happen”


  7. rikyrah says:

    From The Obama Diary:

    Oh my. Lawrence O’Donnell offering to pay all legal fees for any woman who comes forward against Herman Cain. Damn. Shit just got real.

  8. ThinkProgress:

    One Cain accuser will not go public: “She doesn’t want to become another Anita Hill” http://thkpr.gs/sMdP9A

  9. rikyrah says:

    so, Hermie blames Rick….

    Rick blames Willard….

    while somewhere, Karl Rove is LHAO

  10. rikyrah says:

    thanks everyone for the warm welcome

  11. Ametia says:

    What CAIN’S BRAIN STRAIN didn’t figure is that the digging of bones started as soon as he jumped into the presidentiall CLOWN CAR.


  12. Ametia says:

    Herman better look out, the Rovian tactics are in play here; who does Karl think he’s fooling.

  13. Colbert On Cain Scandal: Those Women Are The Harassers


    The media frenzy over Herman Cain’s sexual harassment allegations has stretched into its third day, but Stephen Colbert isn’t giving up on the former pizza magnate.

    “It’s a dark, dark day for America,” he said. “And I’m not just saying that because he’s, you know … American.”

    Cain is under fire over sexual harassment allegations during his time as head of the National Restaurant Association. Cain’s story has shifted over the past few days as new details have come to light. But Colbert knows who the real harassers are: women.

    “They always take comments about their height as something sexual,” Colbert said. “Like, ‘Hey, let’s stand back-to-back to see who’s taller, except I’ll be facing you without any pants on.’ Everybody knows who’s really to blame for this controversy.”

  14. ThinkProgress:

    Iowa radio host accuses Herman Cain of ‘inappropriate’ remarks http://j.mp/sCAmfe

  15. Think Progress:

    REPORT: Per @jmartpolitico, Cain will allege that Rick Perry consultant is source of sexual harassment leak.

  16. rikyrah says:

    AP Exclusive: Third Worker Says Harassed by Cain
    Updated: Wednesday, 02 Nov 2011, 1:05 PM MST
    Published : Wednesday, 02 Nov 2011, 1:05 PM MST

    WASHINGTON (AP) – A third former employee says she considered filing a workplace complaint over what she considered aggressive and unwanted behavior by Herman Cain when she worked for the presidential candidate in the 1990s. She says the behavior included a private invitation to his corporate apartment.

    She worked for the National Restaurant Association when he was its head. She told The Associated Press that Cain made sexually suggestive remarks or gestures about the same time that two co-workers had settled separate harassment complaints against him.

    The employee described situations in which she said Cain told her he had confided to colleagues how attractive she was and invited her to his corporate apartment outside work. She spoke on condition of anonymity, saying she feared retaliation.

    Cain’s campaign declined to comment.


  17. GrannyStandingforTruth says:

    Ann Coulter = Grand Matron of Council of Conservative Citizens a voter fraud violator.

  18. Herman Cain campaign is an insult to my mother


    On my first day at an all-white school in North Plainfield, N.J., and then again in Hazlet, N.J. and then again before I took off for college in Northfield, Minn., my mother delivered a lecture not unfamiliar to other kids of color (and women, for that matter). You have to work twice as hard and be twice as good to not be seen as inferior, deficient and not as up to the task (whatever the task might be) as your white classmates. It ain’t right. It ain’t fair. But that’s the way it is.

    On a near-daily basis, Herman Cain, the front runner for the Republican nomination for president of the United States, denigrates the high level of expectation and preparation demanded by my mother and mothers everywhere. And with each ill-fated utterance he has me saying, “C’mon, man!” A phrase that drips with a you-should-know-better disappointment, because he is profoundly unprepared for the stage upon which he struts (and sings).

    Cain came up with his overly simplistic “9-9-9” tax plan and then had a hard time explaining it. On “Meet the Press.” At the Las Vegas debate two days later. He complained that critics hadn’t read the whole plan or that they didn’t know about the “opportunity zones” to help the poor. Once he revealed those plans, the vigorously defended “9-9-9” plan became “9-0-9” — and still made no sense.


  19. Dear Herman Cain,

    When you find yourself accused of sexual harassment…Blame Yourself!

    Karma is a vengeful bee.itch.

  20. GrannyStandingforTruth says:

    Ann Coulter’s “their blacks” = trained slaves like Malcolm X was talking about a stepin fetcher, uncle ruckas, uncle tom, buckwheat, kissing azz, licking boots, puppet on a string negro.

    Democrat Negroes = don’t need the approval of whites to be accepted as human beings. they stand on their on merit, have freedom to speak their mind.

  21. Doreen says:

    Rikyrah, when I read that he sang at the National Press Club, I was so disgusted. knew that he wasn’t too smart after all the incidents you listed above, but dang I didn’t think he was that dumb not to understand what he just did with that “minstrel show”!

  22. Ametia says:

    Did anyone see Anderson Cooper last night? He had on Mr. Ascott Roland Martin and Ken Blackwell speaking on Cain’s alleged sexual harrassment issues. Kenny B. is so not into Cain. I’ll see if I can find the video of the exchange between these folks.

  23. Ametia says:

    A Slammin post, rikyrah!

    THIS: They want their Black stooge, because they want him to give them cover against their obvious racism.”

    …. AND THIS: While the sexual harassment story has been taking up all the air, until one of the Snowflakes surface (you know damn well, Black women in Corporate America don’t get settlements; they get fired for bullshyt reasons),

    And now he’s going to trot his wife Carol on to the Fox tv set. This ought to be interesting. I wonder if she’s going to come dressed in a MAMMY costume. Folks shole is hard on my Hermie; quit putting the “STRAIN on CAIN.” LOL

  24. Bring it, Rikyrah! This is a slamming post! I’m going to revert it to Video Press!

  25. Great post, rikyrah—very thorough. I think the right’s “love affair” with Cain is due to the fact that he gives their racism cover by saying things like his “plantation” statements, etc. They totally agree and they like “their blacks” (a la Ann Coulter) to be compliant and entertaining in a MINSTRELLY way. Not being a POC, I draw on my my love of old movies where blacks provided “comic relief”, i.e., portrayed as downright stupid.

    I have to admit I have trouble with black conservatives in a way I have trouble with Log Cabin Republicans.

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