Wednesday, November 02, 2011

I Was Wondering Why Rednecks Support Herman Cain

Yes, Cain is as dumb as a brick, but he is merely a reflection of a thoroughly degenerated “conservatism,” one that whines about the growth of government power while recognizing no limit on that power when it comes to making war. The fake “conservatives” of today are explicitly anti-intellectual ideologues, ready-made apologists for a demagogue who speaks in slogans of no more than three syllables – especially one who simultaneously inoculates them against the toxic charge of “racism” while permitting them to indulge in the latest fashion in hate-mongering: Muslim-bashing.

  Justin Raimondo

I believe Raimondo is on to something.

The scandal over the accusations of sexual harassment during his time as head of the Restaurant Association, while surely an orchestrated smear campaign engineered by the Romneyites, is nevertheless telling insofar as it gives us the measure of the man under fire. His first response to the charges was a flat out lie: he denied even knowing about any such accusations. It was only later, when pressed, that he admitted that yes, there had been a financial settlment made – although even here, he only admitted to one such settlement, when there are apparently two women involved. How much longer it will take to drag the whole truth out of him remains to be seen, but what this incident tells us about Cain is clear: he’s a liar, and, more than that, he lies easily, while staring straight into the camera.

Nothing unusual about him there. How many point blank lies had to be changed every couple of days in the Bush administration’s war on Iraq? It was laughable as well as scandalous. But Bush didn’t lose his job over it.

If indeed he was faced with untrue accusations of sexual harassment, and was forced either by lawyers or an insurance company to settle anyway, the smart thing to do would have been to come out with the whole story. It would have been fodder for his adoring followers, who could console themselves with the narrative that their hero was a victim of political correctness and liberal legal theory run amok.

Now THAT’s true.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), on the Herman Cain mess: "There are people now who hesitate to tell a joke to a woman in the workplace, any kind of joke, because it could be interpreted incorrectly. I don't. I'm very cautious."

  David Kurtz

I’ve got news for you Rand. Not too many women are all that excited to be told jokes in the workplace or anywhere else, something relished by men virtually exclusively. I don’t know why exactly. It just is. Different brain juice.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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