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ObamaCare–The Horror Movie Trailer

Posted by KingShamus on April 18, 2012

Starring none other than the Herman Cain.

Darcprynce over at the marvelous DaleyGator found this over the weekend.

A health insurance broker, Glenn Morton, has founded a super PAC called “Occupy Obamacare” and begun producing videos that using horror-movie imagery to attack the Affordable Care Act. This video features Herman Cain Struck by Lightning at Tea Party Rally.

Admit it; you’d totally see this flick.

Oh wait, that isn’t just a movie trailer.  We’re living the nightmare already.

Also…all those scary threatening prank phone calls you’ve been getting?

They’re coming—–FROM INSIDE YOUR HOUSE!

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Presidential Election Doomwatch–Placing The Blame For Mitt Romney’s Ascendency

Posted by KingShamus on February 2, 2012

It’s only February, and it feels like a lot of the wind has gone out of the sails of the conservative base. The culprit? With just four states checked off the 2012 primary season, the results simply aren’t very encouraging. Ron Paul continues to fight the good fight against fiat currency, the last 50 years of American foreign policy and chemtrails. Rick Santorum cannot seem to gain any traction as a viable center-right alternative candidate. Meanwhile, Captain Ahab Gingrich and the Romneytron 2012 Self-Guided Political Action Figure have turned each state into a clash of personalities rather than a fight over ideas.

Why did it come to this? RightHandMan has some harsh–but fair–words.

In 1976, the Republicans watched Reagan lose to Ford and then saw the repercussions of that loss in Carter’s four years. Thing is, Reagan didn’t want to run for President – but did. Know why? Because the people demanded it.

In 1976, the American Conservative Union pushed Reagan to run against the establishment supported and Presidential incumbent Gerald Ford. The establishment supported the wrong guy (the moderate), told us that a conservative like Reagan could never win in the general election, and went on to fail in the race against Carter anyway. The establishment strikes again in 2012 but…No Reagans.

Shame on the conservatives who sat on the sidelines instead of running. Shame on the citizens for not demanding better.

It’s our own damn fault. This whole godforsaken clusterfuck of a Republican primary dogpile is our fault.

I understand when people talk about how the Establishment ‘wants’ Romney to win. I get how they can feel cheated by a process that seems designed to hand Mittens the nomination. At the end of the day though, it still comes down to people supporting, or withdrawing their support from, certain candidates. The conservatives and Republicans who did not want Mitt Romney to be the party’s nominee simply didn’t do enough to make sure that didn’t happen.

But it isn’t just the vast right-wing conspiracy that dropped the ball.  While we’re in the spirit of circular firing squads, let me take aim right back at myself.  I jumped on the Herman Cain train with my heart, but I should’ve given it a little more thought than I did. While I had my doubts about the man being completely ready for prime time, I truly believed that he was a star that would shine brighter as time went on.  That simply was not the case.

I still think Herman Cain is an impressive guy.  He has a deft grasp of economics, he’s a successful businessman who has beaten the odds to rise to the top of profession and he is a forceful public speaker who can connect to audiences. These are all tremendous assets that should not be discounted simply because he didn’t do well during the course of a presidential campaign.  There is a future for Herman Cain somewhere in the political world, even if we can’t quite see it yet.

At the same time, Herman Cain and all his wonderful qualities were not able to get the job done. Presidential politics requires an absurdly varied skill-set.  Just having visionary ideas isn’t enough. Simply being a good orator won’t cut it.  Merely carrying around a huge warchest won’t work either.

Very few people in the world possess the vast talents necessary to play at Commander-in-Chief Level Boss status; even fewer have the desire or stomach for it. Ever wonder why the GOP cannot seem to create another Ronald Reagan? It’s not just that the Republican Party tends to dislike movement conservative candidates, although that’s certainly part of the problem. It’s because Reagan’s combination of temperament, knowledge, endurance and skills are so exceedingly rare that finding another giant world-changing figure like him is damn near impossible.

Conservatives–myself included–should recognize that fact.  They should also recognize the limitations of the candidates in the field.  Most politicians are not going to be awesome right out of the box.  Reagan’s iconic status is in part a product of the passage of time.  In the 1980′s, most of the Left and more than a few on the Right thought Ultra Ronaldus Magnus was a bird-brained failed actor who was intent on nuking the world.  Even those in the conservative movement who voted for and agreed with the President still criticized him.  It’s only been relatively recently that Reagan has become respected–if not loved–across the political spectrum.

As time has passed, I think I saw more in Herman Cain than was actually there.  I thought that he had the potential to be a transformational politician.  It turns out that Mr. Cain is merely an incredibly impressive man.  For what its worth, I’m sorry I didn’t recognize his limitations as a candidate.  Had I been a bit more skeptical a little sooner, I probably would’ve moved faster to find a more viable Not-Romney. 

2012 has been full of lessons.  Sometimes those learning moments have been delivered with a bit of a sting attached.  Rather than cry over it, it’s best to learn the lesson quickly, move forward and be wiser in the future.

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Herman Cain, David Axelrod and the Chicago Way

Posted by KingShamus on November 11, 2011

Many right-of-center writers have made the argument that all the allegations against Herman Cain makes it politically hazardous for the GOP to nominate the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO.

I agree. It would be tough to defend Cain against numerous sexual harassment charges.  But are we really dealing with a candidate with a zipper problem?

Herman Cain​ has spent his life living and working all over the country — Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Washington, D.C. — but never in Chicago.

So it’s curious that all the sexual harassment allegations against Cain emanate from Chicago: home of the Daley machine and Obama consigliere David Axelrod​.

Suspicions had already fallen on Sheila O’Grady, who is close with David Axelrod and went straight from being former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley’s chief of staff to president of the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA), as being the person who dug up Herman Cain’s personnel records from the National Restaurant Association (NRA).

The Daley-controlled IRA works hand-in-glove with the NRA. And strangely enough, Cain’s short, three-year tenure at the NRA is evidently the only period in his decades-long career during which he’s alleged to have been a sexual predator.

After O’Grady’s name surfaced in connection with the miraculous appearance of Cain’s personnel files from the NRA, she issued a Clintonesque denial of any involvement in producing them — by vigorously denying that she knew Cain when he was at the NRA. (Duh.)

And now, after a week of conservative eye-rolling over unspecified, anonymous accusations against Cain, we’ve suddenly got very specific sexual assault allegations from an all-new accuser out of … Chicago.

Herman Cain has never lived in Chicago. But you know who has? David Axelrod! And guess who lived in Axelrod’s very building? Right again: Cain’s latest accuser, Sharon Bialek.

Read the rest.  Coulter lays out Team Barry’s long sordid history of dirty tactics.

Ann Coulter understands what David Axelrod knows on an instinctive level and what many conservatives sadly will never get through their thick skulls: “He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.”  All we have here is the latest iteration of the Obama-Alinsky strategy for dispatching inconvenient people who get in the way of Affirmative Action Barry’s political aspirations.  

So how have some righties reacted to what is obviously a hatchet-job orchestrated by the Windy City’s most notorious tub of bile?

Ummmm, not as well as one would hope.

Well, after Bialek, the allegations against Cain now have a face and a name. And again, they might be entirely false. But again, the allegations are succeeding in knocking the Cain campaign off of whatever game it once might have had, and any confidence that Herman Cain will be able to survive the Republican nomination contest–let alone a race against the veteran campaign squad that is bound and determined to get Barack Obama a second term in the White House–ought to be completely dissipated by now. Oh, I am sure that there remain some Cainiacs who hold out the last, desperate vestiges of hope that somehow, someway, their candidate will recover, Lazarus-like, capture the GOP nomination, and win the White House. But why should anyone put anymore stock into their tired, Baghdad Bobesque assurances that everything is all right, that the Cain campaign is walking on water (before turning it into wine), and that the former pizza executive has his opponents right where he wants them?

There may very well be more revelations about Cain’s behavior. This ride is not even close to being over yet. And I write that as someone who very much wants this ride to be over; we have serious economic policy, foreign policy, and national security issues to discuss in the run-up to the primaries, the caucuses, and the general election scheduled less than a year from today. Unfortunately, we are not talking about those issues, because of the soap opera that is Herman Cain’s Presidential campaign.

That last bit is the best.

Herman Cain is the target of a David Axelrod slime job.  The Obama re-election campaign is dredging up every half-assed allegation they can find against the GOP candidate.  They’re employing their ideological allies in the mainstream media to turn rumors and long settled complaints into front-page stories.

So of course, it’s Herman Cain’s fault that we’re not talking about the economic policy, foreign policy or national security issues.

Similarly, if it wasn’t for those pesky underage boys getting raped by Jerry Sandusky on Penn State football coach Joe Paterno’s watch, we could all focus on the Nittany Lion squad beating Nebraska on Saturday.  

[sarc/]

It’s amazing.  Has Herman Cain spent the last 12 months bringing up any sex scandals involving Barack Obama?  Has Herman Cain spent his entire campaign playing footsie with the Barack Obama birther issue?  Has Herman Cain talked about Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dorn or Pastor Jeremiah Wright?   

In fact, Herman Cain has been pretty good about pushing his ideas out to the public.  All he’s done is talked about the serious issues that he cares about.  Now he finds himself embroiled in a mess created by Obama’s campaign team and aided by their buddies in the left-wing media.  What do some conservatives want to do?  Blame the victim and toss him overboard at the first opportunity. 

Why?  Because Gloria Allred thinks it’s a good idea?  Because David Gregory thinks Cain damages other Republicans?  Because the media is making it tough?  Is that the standard for judging candidates we’re going with now? 

The truth is, it’s Obama–not Cain–that doesn’t want to talk about issues.  Obama doesn’t want that because if the election comes down to a referendum on Barack’s record, he’ll lose.  If you’re concerned that we’re not talking about America’s various problems, let’s start by laying the blame where it belongs, which is at the feet of the President and his minions instead of the guy who’s been focused on ideas from the get-go.  

Here’s a question for all the Cain-haters who are using this moment of weakness to tear down the prominent GOP candidate:  What happens when it’s your favorite candidate getting hammered by a Democrat Party and MSM tag-team ‘scandal’?  Will you be there loudly clamoring for him or her to stand aside because the MSM says the person is no longer a viable candidate?  Or will you expect the rest of the conservative movement to circle the wagons and defend your personal favorite?

Here’s how I think it’ll go down: “Herman Cain wasn’t a real candidate.  He was only leading in national polls and gaining fundraising momentum, but he was never going to win.  But Gingrich/Perry/Bachmann/Paul is the real deal, so pretty please defend my preferred candidate against this latest unfounded media-driven scandal.”   

Yeah.  I’ll get right on that.

What these folks don’t seem to get is that the Democrats and the MSM (but I repeat myself) are not going to be satisfied just taking out Herman Cain.  Every scrap of innuendo, every half-hushed whisper, every stitch of gossip about all these candidates is being dug up by Obama’s opposition research team.  If we let them, once they’re done with Cain Team Bamster will move on to the next GOP candidate that poses a threat to Obama’s re-election.  They’ll float a story to their pals at the New York Times, MSNBC or Newsweek.  Within days, the court stenographers in the MSM will dutifully report yet another half-fabricated pack of nonsense, all under the ruse that they’re just ‘vetting the candidate’.

If a guy like Herman Cain can’t expect to get even a little support from other conservatives, why don’t we just throw in the fucking towel, give the Left what they really want and nominate Mitt Romney right now?  That way, when he loses in 2012, we can get ourselves all psyched up to nominate the next milquetoast establishmentarian compassionate conservative doucherocket in line for the 2016 race.

Look, if Herman Cain truly is a serial sexual creep, then it’s over for him.  But so far what evidence do we have here?  His accusers just aren’t credible.  Their stories don’t make sense.  We’re left with unsubstantiated crap that should be at the bottom of Jonathan Martin’s garbage can instead of on the front page of Politico.

Here’s the other thing:  Nobody is expecting Santorum supporters or Huntsman fans or anybody else to switch sides.  If you support another candidate, feel free to continue to do so.  But if you think you can build your dude up by using a left-wing hit job to tear Cain down, you’re just the guy feeding your buddies to an alligator in the hopes that the predator eats you last.

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Herman Cain and Islam

Posted by KingShamus on July 18, 2011

One thing about Herman Cain–the man does not back down from a fight.

Watch the whole thing.  The great RS McCain (Alyssa Milano Be Upon Him) snags the clip, then says:

Cain’s public opposition to the proposed Tennessee mosque, as well as his March statement that he would not be comfortable appointing Muslims to his presidential cabinet, have been criticized by many liberals and also by some Republicans. However, the Atlanta businessman told his Maryland supporters during a question-and-answer session at a private home in suburban Montgomery County, he considers Islam not merely a religion, but also a political system that does not recognize separation of church and state.

Bingo.

First of all, is this the politically correct thing for Herman Cain to say?  No.  Most MSM pundits will tut-tut Cain’s statement.  That’s not surprising though.  The liberal opinionistas are hopelessly addicted to soft-headed multiculturalism.  Anytime a conservative says anything that deviates from the media’s kumbaya narrative, the reflexive screams of racism cannot be far behind.

More importantly for Cain, is this the politically smart thing to say?  That’s not nearly so cut and dried.  What Herman Cain is expressing is a sentiment many Americans probably share.  The distrust of political Islam and of sharia; it’s likely that many citizens have these feelings.  Cain just has the courage to say what a lot of people are thinking, but are too nervous to speak.

Now there are people who will respond to Cain’s assertions by bringing up the moderate Muslims out there who disagree with the extremist version of Islam.  Okay.  Name ten prominent Muslims who have flat-out rejected the Wahabbist/Salafist/Persian Theocratic view of political Islam.  Can’t do it?  Cool.  Name five.  Still struggling?  You’re not alone.

I would love for there to be a vibrant apolitical strain of Islam to rise.  But sadly Zuhdi Jasser, Irshad Manji, Stephen Schwartz, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Wafa Sultan–as great and brave as these folks are–do not make up a mass movement.  Unfortunately, they are the weirdos within the greater Muslim intellectual orbit, not the extremists.  It’s been ten years since 9/11.  If the moderates were going to show up, they’d have done so by now.        

Others will argue that Herman Cain’s ideas about Islam reflect the candidate’s ignorance of Islam.  In turn, this reflects Americans’ lack of knowledge about Islam.  Since 9/11, Americans have learned on the fly what Islam is about.  They may not be able to name the Five Pillars or tell you what the Eid-al-Fitr means, but they’re sure there are a lot of Muslims that constantly pop a boner at the thought of killing Americans. 

In short, Americans have plenty of real-world experience dealing with the consequences of real-world Islam.  More importantly, when Americans ask supposedly non-radical Muslims to denounce terrorism, what is the typical response?  It sure as shit isn’t the full-throated renunciation of violence that most folks want to hear.  Instead groups like CAIR hem and haw, play the moral equivalency game with Israel and then roll out their lame ass woe-is-me poor victim drag act complaining about the non-existent backlash against Muslims in America.

Herman Cain being okay with communities banning mosques doesn’t sit well with the basic and noble American idea to live and let live.  It’s also true that most Americans are probably uncomfortable with the idea that his standard could be used against their churches or synagogues.  I understand why many voters–including some strong conservatives–would reject Cain’s position.  I know I’m not all that comfy with the implications of Cain’s policies.

But is Cain right about the basic questions here?  Is he right about Islam being a political ideology as much as it is a religious faith?  Is he right that Islamists, in both their overtly violent and politically subversive forms, are a grave threat to the American way of life?

Voters told the pols in 2010 that they were amenable to hearing some hard truths.  Cain might just be the man to educate voters about some more uncomfortable realities.

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Paul Ryan, Herman Cain and 2012

Posted by KingShamus on May 17, 2011

The lovely and talented Pundette expresses an opinion many in the right-o-sphere are thinking.

Ryan looks awfully appealing when compared with Romney, the corporatist candidate, heir-apparent to the nomination, fundraiser extraordinaire, and antithesis of a Tea Party candidate.

Maybe Newt Gingrich’s bizarre, self-destructive attack on Ryan’s ideas wasn’t so misplaced after all? Did he instinctively zero in on his strongest rival?

While we’re fantasizing, imagine the smart, articulate Ryan up against Obama in a debate. One would be armed with ad hominem attacks, distortions, and vague slogans, the other with a keen grasp of the nature of the crises we’re facing, from the details to the big picture.

Here’s a secret the MSM doesn’t want to face: If the debate is about the budget, entitlements or fiscal sanity in general, than Ryan would annihilate Barack Obama in a debate. In the two-plus years of the St. Bambi Admenstruation, the President has demonstrated absolutely no ability to articulate a coherent budget that even sorta addresses the fatal debt spiral America is about to plunge itself into during the next decade. He can talk in sonorous tones about certain things. He does alright when the teleprompter is in good working order and his speechwriters are on their game, but that’s about it.

The lamestream media hacks that run the debates would make sure to stack the deck in their Teen Beat man-crush’s favor of course. But even the chicanery of the liberal press can’t get Obama speak fluently about fiscal policy in an off-the-cuff setting. Barry just can’t be bothered to figure that stuff out. Math is hard after all, and those Titleists won’t knock themselves into water hazards all on their lonesome.

So yeah, Paul Ryan would be a nice guy to have around if Obama could be teased into debating him on equal footing. You know who would do even better than Ryan against Barack Obama?

Herman Cain.

If we have to “go there” with the race issue, I like what Andrew Breitbart said in his Heritage Foundation speech:

Breitbart . . . wants radio host Herman Cain and Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on the 2012 GOP ticket. . . .
“The only way to defeat political correctness and cultural marxism and multiculturalism is to aim straight at its head,” Breitbart said.

The beauty of the Breitbart approach is that liberals see a quote like that and say to themselves, “Give me a break. They wouldn’t actually do that, would they?”

Because it’s too damned simple. It’s like the fullback dive on fourth-and-goal. But the fullback dive is the perfect play, if you have confidence in your team. Forget the razzle-dazzle — just give the ball to the fullback and run it right at ‘em.

There’s no point worrying about the psychological symbolism of a Cain candidacy when you consider the likely alternative. What all the clever GOP pundits like Charles Krauthammer want to do is to re-run the Bob Dole ’96 campaign: Find some bland non-entity, hire a bunch of speechwriters and consultants, and run a boring, predictable campaign that ends in defeat so that, four years later, Republicans nominate somebody named “Bush.”

Here’s an idea: Put Herman Cain in a debate with Barack Obama in the last week of September 2012, pop a bucket of popcorn, then watch the former businessman demolish both liberal economic shibboleths and multi-culti canards while Obama gets pissed off because somebody actually challenged his petulant over-entitled ass.

The next week after that, DVR the ‘Jersey Shore’, crack open another tub of popcorn and tune in as Paul Ryan does his sober accountant analyst act as Joe Biden’s two brain cells attempt to bump into each other in the hopes of forming a sentence.

Lather, rinse, repeat a couple more times until President Lightbringer and his Administration of Pure Fucking Fail is revealed as the stale old pinko joke they really are right on national television for the entire electorate to see.

As RS McCain says, “What, too easy?”

You’re right. It’s not quite difficult enough to beat a sitting president. Let’s make this election waaaaay harder than it has to be.

How’s about a dull technocrat like Mitch Daniels. He’ll be freaking great. He wants a truce on social issues, thus giving Christian conservatives absolutely no reason to get excited and vote in 2012. How does the GOP wins without the religious right showing up to the polls? Oh yeah, that’s it…they don’t.

Well, if you have a hard-on for dull technocrats who have even more politically harmful ideas than Daniels, you’ll love Mitt Romney. He was for ObamaCare in Massachusetts before he was against it in America. That’ll be simple to explain to voters looking for a contrast between Obama and Romney. Wait, did I say ‘simple’? What I meant to say was goddamn near impossible.

Not an arduous enough path? Try nominating the Newt-Man on for size. He’ll only shoot himself in the foot once or twice a week, then run the barrel up his leg while mashing his finger on the trigger just for shits and giggles. If Gingrich is the GOP candidate, Barack Obama’s campaign message will consist entirely of posters, flyers, youtube clips and television ads proclaiming, “Hey, At Least I’m Not That Self-Indulgent Doucherocket”.

I swear to Jeeeebus…the GOP is going to fuck up the free lunch Obama will be serving up to them in 2012. And why? Because they’re scared of taking a risk?

For almost 25 years, the Republicans have done their level best to play it nice and safe. What the hell has it gotten them? Bush the Elder, Bob Dole, Dubya and John McCain are all admirable men. They have served their country in war and peace, shown tough leadership during times of extraordinary peril and are proud patriots. They’re also politicians who were anointed by their party leadership not because they were good candidates, but because it was their turn.

The MSM is dying for the GOP to play to that cheesedick type. That way, they can just run one their tried-n-true “Republicans Are Racist Sexist Homophobe Ghouls” narratives. To pile on to RS McCain’s football metaphor, the defense is dead sure it knows what play the GOP is going to run, so they’re perfectly poised to break it up in the backfield for a twenty yard loss.

The Republicans have to shatter the habits that have made them so lame and beatable. One way to do that is to nominate people that don’t fit the Donkey-Puncher Party’s pre-fit election templates. Paul Ryan’s budget is a way of getting America in the right direction. It acknowledges reality and doesn’t kick the can down the road, but instead tries to deal with the federal debt in an honest way. Herman Cain is not the usual Ivy League peckerwood elitist. He’s been wildly successful in a world far different from the ivory tower theoretical egghead labs that created Barack Obama’s ideology.

The Cain/Ryan team is a winner. Yes, it’s risky. But then again, if the GOP is just going to do what it always does, there’s a huge chance they will fail and deliver Obama another term. That would be fatal to the American republic. The Republicans should not consign the US to certain doom just because it cannot get past its pathetic loser traditions.

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Herman Cain Winning…Unexpectedly?

Posted by KingShamus on May 6, 2011

Matt over at the rockin’ Conservative Hideout sums up Herman Cain’s performance at the South Carolina debate thingy they had last night.

This seems to be the common reaction to [Herman] Cain. At first, people say, “who?” Then, once they hear him, most of them are won over. The more public recognition he gets, the more this is going to happen. He’s the real deal, and with some face time on FOX, he’s going to make some major noise.

Nailed it.

First off, you should be heading over to the Conservative Hideout right now to read the rest of Matt’s piece.

I was watching C-Span this morning and commentator Craig Crawford was on one of the channel’s programs.  He was surprised at how good Herman Cain did, as well as how sharp and focused he was in the debate.  To me, it’s more surprising just how much the MSM doofuses keep misunderestimating Cain.

I think many members of the ‘smart set’–and you’d better believe the lamestreamers think of themselves as part of an intellectual upper crust–have absorbed many assumptions about the GOP and conservatives that are simply incorrect.  The fact that Barack Obama is the President and the goofball notion that the entire American Right is a pack of foam-flecked race hate junkies have combined to create a massive blind spot for liberals.  In their minds a black conservative that can forcefully articulate foreign and domestic policy is impossible, like a non-boring soccer game or a good Jennifer Anniston romantic comedy.

To be frank, Herman Cain represents the massive exception that shatters the prevailing progressive paradigm about black people and how they relate to the conservative movement.

We are really early in this election season.  American voters aren’t exactly paying attention to long-shot GOP presidential hopefuls.  There are possible future events that could make certain candidates more or less attractive.  All of that is true.  

However, it seems very likely that the old guard news outlets will remain ‘surprised’ by Herman Cain for quite a while.  Blow him off at your own peril.  As Matt said in his post, Cain is in a position to move from long shot to big shot in short order.

UPDATE:  Jimmy over at the Sundries Shack has more on the strangely mysterious, utterly unknowable charm of Herman Cain.

[John] Guardino is but one of many – several of whom Stacy McCain soundly thrashes in this post — professional commentators who simply can’t get past their own insulated worldviews to see what is plainly true. There’s no mystery to Cain’s appeal. Stacy quoted Cain’s communications director Ellen Carmichael whose explanation is just about perfect: “When people meet Herman, they like Herman.”

You don’t have to accept her word for it, though. I have data.

Gallup has held a running poll of something they call “Positive Intensity” that measures how strongly people like a candidate they know about. A counterpart to name recognition, positive intensity measures how likely it is people will like a candidate once they become familiar with them. In the three polls where Gallup has included Cain’s name, going back to mid-March, he has consistently placed in the top 5. He’s beaten such candidates seen by the professional punditocracy as “serious” candidates as Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, and Haley Barbour (before he dropped out). He’s been running neck and neck with Mitt Romney, the guy the pros would simply anoint to the nomination if only they could get past all us pesky voters.

No, no.  This simply cannot be.  We simply have no way of knowing why Herman Cain is so alluring to Republicans.  Let’s just keep ignoring him and insisting he’s got no chance.  [sarc/]

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The Tragedy of Chris Rock

Posted by KingShamus on February 21, 2011

John Nolte over at BigHollywood.com notes the degeneration of a comedy icon is complete.

And today we get this from Mr. Rock, an unbelievably vicious and elitist attack on everyday Americans who peaceably gather to protest their government:

“I actually like it, in the sense that—you got kids?” asked Rock. “Kids always act up the most before they go to sleep. And when I see the Tea Party and all this stuff, it actually feels like racism’s almost over. Because this is the last—this is the act up before the sleep. They’re going crazy. They’re insane. You want to get rid of them—and the next thing you know, they’re f—-ing knocked out. And that’s what’s going on in the country right now.”

In a mere fifteen years, the future of standup has willingly allowed himself to be grinded down into just another elitist Hollywood overlord, another coward smearing a whole group of people he’s likely never met. You think Rock’s ever stepped out of his limo and attended a Tea Party? You think he’s ever escaped the posse  he’s hired to laugh at his jokes to talk to any of us?

Here’s another question-Has Chris Rock ever met Mychal Massie, Ken Blackwell, Tim Scott, Thomas Sowell, Alonzo Rachel, Baldilocks, Angela McGlowan, Allen West,  JC Watts or Herman Cain?  All them are black.  Not all of them consider themselves part of the Tea Party, but all are connected to the larger conservative movement.  If you peruse their writings or watch their speeches, the causes they champion–limited government, individual liberties, an aversion to the welfare state–are quite copacetic to Tea Party goals and ideas.

Now let’s really sort this out.  Chris Rock thinks the Tea Party is a bunch of racist children having a temper tantrum, yet he conveniently ignores the relatively well-known black folk affiliated with the Tea Party or the Right.  Does he think all those people are immature anger-junkie bigots?   Do black conservatives simply not exist in Rock’s mental landscape?  Or maybe–and this is ugly to suggest, but it has to be said–Rock thinks black Tea Party people are simply Uncle Tom sell-outs.

If that’s the case, then Nolte is right and Chris Rock is just like every other spoiled useless Hollywood dickface. 

And hey, since Chris Rock can toss out half-assed uneducated shit about people he doesn’t know, how about we do the same to him?  Here’s what I think happened to Chris Rock.  “Bring the Pain” was freakin’ brilliant.  Don’t believe me?  Watch a part of it.

(Obviously, Not Safe For Work or little kids’ ears)

Most likely, Rock caught a lot of shit from other black folk after “Bring The Pain” came out.  There was way too much dirty laundry aired about the black community in that routine.  Worse, some racist white people used Rock’s stuff as ammunition against African-Americans, taking some of the sheen off of “BTP”‘s power.

So how did Chris Rock, a guy who clearly derives a lot of his identity from his ‘blackness’, react to criticisms about “Bring The Pain” that came from within the black community?  For Rock, there would be very few barbs directed at African-American foibles.  Instead, Rock was going to make sure his comedy hit the right targets.

And now, he’s made sure to hit the most ‘correct’ target of them all:  The Tea Party.

Does that sound like an unfair narrative?  It should.  But at least I have evidence–like, his stand-up DVDs–to back up my claims.  Chris Rock can’t find racism in the Tea Party’s ideas except the bullshit the lamestream media makes up out of thin air.

It’s sad.  Watch the “Kill The Messenger” clip.  Rock is still a one-of-a-kind talent.  His delivery remains passionate and pointed.  Even his anti-Republican barbs have humor in them.

The problem is that Chris Rock has become part of the entertainment industry’s craptastic lefty group-think. That means he’ll continue to direct boneheaded insults at a large portion of his potential audience.  Most tragically, he’ll become boring as time goes on.  A dull routine is a big problem for any performer; for Rock it will be a career killer.

Enjoy your fast-approaching obsolescence, Rock.  Hope your royalty checks from “Everyone hates Chris” don’t run out any time soon.

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Wisconsin-The Reverberations Will be Huge

Posted by KingShamus on February 20, 2011

Fake doctors’ notes for real Wisconsin teachers?

Wow.

The shittiness is strong with these clowns.

Bunkerville, take it away.

This is the test of our democracy. Ms Piven must be delighted.

‘Delighted’?  That repellent old socialist windbag is wringing out her panties as we speak.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, where all but the most blinkered left-wing ideologues actually live, Herman Cain throws down a marker.

Big ups to RS McCain for posting this vid.  Read the rest of his piece as he makes some good points and includes a smidge of Breitbart magic as well.

As for Herman Cain, he declares, “Wisconsin in ground zero for the rest of America”

Listen to this man.  He speaks the God’s honest truth here.

As I said in an earlier post, Obama has sent his troops into this fight.  Organizing For America pretty much sat on it’s hands during the 2010 election season.  Unlike in November, the President has decided to enter this battle with both barrels blazing.  He is gambling that with OFA assistance, rent-a-goon union tactics and good old fashioned media bias, he can get Wisconsin Republicans to back down. 

Obama must not be allowed to win this fight.

Ponder this scenario:  The GOP in Wisconsin is broken.  They give in to Democrat demands and business as usual reconvenes.  The consequences from that loss would be dramatic and immediate.  First, this will embolden the Obama political hack groups to pull this kind of stuff anytime a fiscally conservative statehouse gets too uppity.  If the Cloward/Piven/Alinsky tactic works in CheeseHeadLand, the Left will naturally seek to use these same political moves everywhere else.  Obama will send out OFA to infiltrate, disrupt and disarm any states’ attempts to slow the growth of government. 

Governors from states that are in similarly dire budgetary straits–like all 50 of them–will look at this hypothetical conservative failure in Wisconsin with great interest.  They will learn that there is no political gain to be had from trying to evade the budgetary dilemmas they face.  Runaway entitlements, public-sector union issues, basic fiscal discipline…all those concerns will go by the wayside.  Politicians will instead recalibrate their messages to voters; the big fight in the next election cycle will be which party can best deliver the gubmint cheeeeeeeez to state-dependent voters. 

Just a reminder:  Even after the compassionate conservatism of the Bush years, Republicans will never–EVER–win that argument.  If faced with the prospect of  Republicans offering an ‘efficient’ well-organized welfare state or Democrats promising a generous fluffy relaxing social safety hammock, voters will choose the Donkey Punchers every time.  When a little kid cries for a Snickers bar, he really doesn’t care how much money Mommy saved when she bought the thing.  No, the child only cares that the chocolate goody gets to him as soon as possible and that there is more where that came from.  Same thing is true with the electorate if faced with that kind of ‘choice’.

What Obama and the Dems are trying to do is nothing less than the repeal of the 2010 midterms. 

Wisconsin might not be America’s political Ragnarok.  Perhaps I’m misreading just how big this thing is.  However, the fact that Barack Obama has decided to expend such efforts and has unleashed his rabble-rousers tells me that this is a massive deal.

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I guess AlterNet is telling us racial epithets are cool again

Posted by KingShamus on February 15, 2011

Out:  Refraining from racist shit-talk.

In:  Doubling down on the racist shit-talk.

Who knew?

In the immortal words of Megatron in Transformers: The Movie, Herman Cain’s speech at CPAC really is bad comedy. As you know, I find black garbage pail kids black conservatives fascinating not because of what they believe, but rather because of how they entertain and perform for their White Conservative masters. …

Instead, Herman Cain’s shtick is a version of race minstrelsy where he performs “authentic negritude” as wish fulfillment for White Conservative fantasies….

We always need a monkey in the window, for he/she reminds us of our humanity while simultaneously reinforcing a sense of our own superiority. Sadly, there are always folks who are willing to play that role because it pays so well.

Fucking wow, brosef.

The Left is constantly crying about conservative ‘code words’ and ‘dog-whistles’ that obfuscate the Right’s supposed just-below-the-surface racial hate.  Yet here we see a big ol’ representative of the progressive brain-o-sphere happily busting out the old skool anti-black slurs.  No attempt is made to hide it; the AlterNet blogger just comes out and calls Herman Cain a monkey.   But hey, at least liberals aren’t demanding that Clarence Thomas be put back out into the fields.  Oh wait…  

By the way, Chauncey DeVega…a pseudonym even dopier than ‘KingShamus’…compounds his feverish hatred of black people by screwing up the Transformers movie reference.  If you’re gonna play the geekier-than-thou card in the middle of your bigoted attack on an African-American conservative, you’d better at least know that it was Galvatron, not Megatron, that used the ‘bad comedy’ line.

So what have we learned here?  AlterNet is down with the ethnic slur sickness and they don’t know their 80′s animation for shit.

Batting a thousand in the Major Dickbag League, Chauncey.  Keep up the good work being a racist cock-knocker.

UPDATE: Read Ran over at Si Vis Pacem for a good concise defense of Herman Cain and his upcoming presidential run in 2012.

I’ll just say this: If Herman Cain can drag Godfather’s Pizza out of financial ruin, if he can successfully articulate a Tea Party/pro-growth/reform-minded conservatism and if he shows that he can sell that message to America then I’m with him.

Oh and he drives left-wingers into angry tirades that reveal their thinly-veiled racism? Sign me up, homie.

UPDATE II:  Matt over at Conservative Hideout pretty much slays it.

This is a clear idication of the following:

1.  Herman Cain is being noticed by the left as a potential threat to Obama in 2012.

2.  Since he might be a threat, he must be attacked, discredited, and destroyed.

3.  Rather than talk about Cain’s ideas, the left will concentrate on his race.

4.  Dividing Americans based on race is still a priority for the left.

The worst part?

For the Left, Herman Cain must be destroyed because of his race.

Black folk cannot be allowed to see Cain as anything but a kook fringe race-traitor weirdo.  Imagine if being conservative wasn’t just the crypto-Klan ideology of the American honky, but a perfectly normal political choice for black people.  The sound you just heard was about a million Democrat assholes puckering in white knuckle terror at the thought of losing the 90% of African-American voters the Dems get in every presidential election. 

That’s why the Democrats and their progressive allies can’t let Herman Cain get to 2012 unscathed.  It’s just that simple.  So if anyone thinks the attacks against Cain are going to stop, think again.  This ‘monkey’ slur is just the tip of the spear.

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