Lawrence made Herman Cain look like the jackass that he is.
It was a thing of beauty.
At the outset, I agree with Nicholas Wilbur: This man doesn’t stand a chance at being elected, nor do I think he thinks he stands a chance at being elected.
First, calling black Americans “brainwashed” for refusing to consider an alternative to Barack Obama is not a way to win the hearts and minds of black people. Essentially, he called black folks too stupid to realize the glory that is Herman Cain. To that, I say “pfffft!” I can only assume he buys into the “Lincoln was a Republican and freed the slaves, the Democrats are the real racists” line of crap.
Second, Herman Cain’s 999 plan is a load of hogwash — an analysis suggests that the plan would cause the largest deficit since World War II and would increase taxes for most Americans:
Cain claims that his plan would not be “regressive on the poor,” but economists disagree due to the imposition of a national sales tax that would wallop the poor significantly harder than the rich. Cain also claims the plan will be revenue-neutral, in that it would raise as much revenue as the current tax code. I had Center for American Progress Director of Tax and Budget Policy Michael Linden run the numbers on Cain’s plan, and it turns out that it wouldn’t be deficit-neutral — not even close.
“Even if we reduced federal spending to the ‘historical average’ (when the population was younger and health care cost much less) it would still leave us with deficits over 11 percent of GDP (bigger than any deficit since WWII, including the deficits of the past three years),” Linden noted.
Linden also found that someone in the bottom quintile of earners — who currently pays about 2 percent of his or her income in federal taxes — would pay about 18 percent under Cain’s plan (9 percent on every dollar they make, plus 9 percent on every dollar they spent, which would likely be close to all of them). A middle-class individual would see his or her taxes go from about 14 percent to about 18 percent. But someone in the richest one percent of Americans would see his or her tax rate fall from about 28 percent to about 11 percent.
Methinks Cain’s 999 plan is not well-thought out — sort of like his ridiculous “I won’t sign any bills longer than three pages” idea (which he quickly walked back). Me-also-thinks he better recognize that he can’t sell the same old failed Republican policies to black people and expect us to buy them simply because he’s hella black (as opposed to so-so black like President Obama (more on that below)).
Third of all, Herman Cain stammered his way through a particularly revealing line of questioning regarding why he decided to “stay out of trouble” and sat on the sidelines of the civil rights movement. Cain’s reasons for doing so (he was “too young”) were flimsy, and that he expects folks to believe that the civil rights movement had some sort of age requirement for participation demonstrates exactly how stupid he thinks people are.
Did he participate at all? Maybe. He attended Morehouse College and I actually find it extremely hard to believe that he sat on the outside of the most important social movement of that time ; moreover, the manner in which he stammered and blinked furiously through the line of questioning suggests that Cain was not being entirely forthright in the interview. Can he admit that he participated? Of course not.
As a black Republican, Cain has to walk an excruciatingly narrow tightrope; he cannot win the Republican primary by representing himself as a man who stood up for the rights of black people. Hell, he can’t even criticize Rick Perry for hunting at “Niggerhead” without having to turn around, backtrack, or else be forced to face the Rush Limbaugh music.
But black people who did participate in the civil rights movement know damn well that his claim that kids under the age of 18 did not participate is a flat-out lie. Women and children were right there along with “of-age” men getting hosed, beaten, and attacked by dogs. Herman Cain? Well, he decided to sit out because “he might have had a sick relative.” Riiiight.
And finally, I want to point out the laughable hypocrisy of the right-wing meme regarding this burgeoning Battle of The Blacks™:
A few take aways: If anyone in the media had treated Barack Obama this way when he was running for president as a U.S. Senator in 2008, they would have been immediately accused of racism.
I can’t wait for the massive cognitive dissonance-induced head explosions that will surely be set off once Teabillies start demanding Herman Cain’s birth certificate.
Then again, Herman Cain doesn’t share Barack Obama’s latent Kenyosity, so perhaps he’ll be safe from charges of MOOOOSLIM!!! — especially since he has already let his Islamophobic freak flag fly.
Besides, the right-wing nutbags already have their narrative: Herman Cain would be the first “real” black president, unlike Barack Obama’s mulatto ass. (Zandar has a must read post on Laura Ingraham’s offensive comments that Barack Obama isn’t “all the way” black.)
Anyway, enough jibber-jabber from me — just watch the videos, crack open a cold can of awesome, and then watch them again:
SIDENOTE: The notion that President Obama’s comments to the CBC that they should “take off their bedroom slippers and put on their marchin’ shoes” had some sort of racial undertones is a crock. Obama used the exact same line to a mostly white crowd at North Carolina State the prior week. Whether or not that rhetoric should be removed from his speeches is one question, but the attempt by Maxine Waters and others to cry havoc! smacks of desperation.