Herman Cain no longer US presidential candidate, 2011

This 4 April 2019 video is called Herman Cain Joining Trump Administration.

3 December 2011: “Herman Cain will suspend his bid for the Republican nomination for president, he announced at his Atlanta campaign headquarters Saturday. Saying he is at peace with his God and at peace with his wife, Cain said becoming president was Plan A but he is suspending that plan”: here.

Who’s More of a Joke? Herman Cain, the Republican Party or the U.S. Media That Enabled Him? Here.

4 thoughts on “Herman Cain no longer US presidential candidate, 2011

  1. 06/12/2011 @ 07:21:19


    In less than a month, the Iowa caucuses will take place on January 3, 2012.

    After the joy of the holiday season, the celebration of a new year, one thing will be certain. On that day, the GOP faithful in Iowa will eat a big bowl of stupid.

    As Paul Krugman points out in his December 5 column:

    The larger point, however, is that whoever finally gets the Republican nomination will be a deeply flawed candidate. And these flaws won’t be an accident, the result of bad luck regarding who chose to make a run this time around; the fact that the party is committed to demonstrably false beliefs means that only fakers or the befuddled can get through the selection process.

    Americans became so used to the comforts and unilateral power of empire in the latter part of the 20th century that a significant segment of the population developed its own alternative worldview. This is an outlook and set of “principles” that are not based on facts and actual needs, but rather reflect fantasies – and a retreat to the comfort of a revisionist history of the nation, the world and even evolution.

    As Krugman observes:

    Yet as I said, the only way to actually believe the modern G.O.P. catechism is to be completely clueless.

    And that’s why the Republican primary has taken the form it has, in which a candidate nobody likes and nobody trusts has faced a series of clueless challengers, each of whom has briefly soared before imploding under the pressure of his or her own cluelessness. Think in particular of Rick Perry, a conservative true believer who seemingly had everything it took to clinch the nomination – until he opened his mouth.

    Knowledge used to be a virtue, a way of advancing oneself and improving the world. Now, among many Republicans, intelligence is something to be viewed as suspicious, a tool of “subversives” who seek to “fool” the true believers. These Republican apostles are the political equivalent of people who believe that snake oil is a cure for cancer.

    So, party hearty the end of this December. By the middle of January (the New Hampshire primary is on January 15), the number of candidates competing for the GOP crown of ignorance will have already winnowed down. This week, DC political pundits have the race narrowing to a serial adulterer, disgraced former House speaker, who turns idiotic announcements into professorial sounding blather – and a multimillionaire, who made his fortune cutting jobs and breaking unions, and flip-flops on issues like whether the sun is shining or not.

    But wait, late-breaking news from the Des Moines Register has it that Phyllis Schlafly has endorsed Michele Bachmann. Yes, the anti-feminist, anti-gay firebrand (from the last century, the one with the gay son) is backing the anti-gay, factually challenged Bachmann (with the possibly gay husband).

    Send in the clowns. Oh, they are already here.

    Mark Karlin,
    Editor of BuzzFlash at Truthout


  2. 16/12/2011 @ 09:05:31


    If Charles Dickens were alive today, he would get the Newt Gingrich seal of approval. Not the adult Dickens, but Dickens the child laborer.

    Dickens didn’t clean toilets, but as a 12-year-old who would later become the most widely read author in England – with a vast following in the United States – Dickens was forced to work in decrepit, unsanitary conditions.

    Describing his childhood work environment to a biographer, Dickens remembered::

    The blacking-warehouse was the last house on the left-hand side of the way, at old Hungerford Stairs. It was a crazy, tumble-down old house, abutting of course on the river, and literally overrun with rats. Its wainscoted rooms, and its rotten floors and staircase, and the old grey rats swarming down in the cellars, and the sound of their squeaking and scuffling coming up the stairs at all times, and the dirt and decay of the place, rise up visibly before me, as if I were there again.

    You can see Newt grinning at how misery and slave wages build character.

    As a child, Dickens took this nightmarish and impoverished work because his father was jailed in the infamous British Marshalsea debtors’ prison, and Charles’ spartan wages helped pay for his dad’s basic needs while at Marshalsea – as well as contributing to the care of the rest of his family.

    Dickens grew up to deplore the exploitative working conditions of industrializing England – and social and economic justice became key themes in his novels and columns. He lived long enough to see the UK start to institute civilized standards of decency toward minors and debtors.

    So, the author of “Oliver Twist” and “David Copperfield,” would be – no doubt – astonished to see that in 21st century America not only do we have a serious effort underway to role back child labor laws, but we also have the re-establishment of debtors’ prisons.

    According to ThinkProgress, we are experiencing, “The Return Of Debtor’s Prisons: Thousands Of Americans Jailed For Not Paying Their Bills”:

    Federal imprisonment for unpaid debt has been illegal in the U.S. since 1833. It’s a practice people associate more with the age of Dickens than modern-day America. But as more Americans struggle to pay their bills in the wake of the recession, collection agencies are using harsher methods to get their money, ushering in the return of debtor’s prisons….

    More than a third of all states now allow borrowers who don’t pay their bills to be jailed, even when debtor’s prisons have been explicitly banned by state constitutions. A report by the American Civil Liberties Union found that people were imprisoned even when the cost of doing so exceeded the amount of debt they owed.

    Sean Matthews, a homeless New Orleans construction worker, was incarcerated for five months for $498 of legal debt, while his jail time cost the city six times that much. Some debtors are even forced to pay for their jail time themselves, adding to their financial troubles.

    Oh, how it all must warm the cockles of Gingrich’s plan to move America back a century or two. As for the rats that scurried by as Dickens the child worked for a few shillings, Gingrich is not heartless. He definitely has empathy for the rats.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout


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