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How many times can Herman Cain jump the shark; plus Perry’s major malfunction

I don’t know what it will take for Herman Cain to realize that his ride in the 2012 GOP Clown Car is over, but I’m guessing that the numerous accusations from women that he sexually harassed/assaulted aren’t doing the trick. After a bold, insane statement like this, I’m sure of it (via TPM):

Herman Cain: For Every Person Who Says I Harassed Them, There Are ‘Thousands’ Who Say I Didn’t

Herman Cain’s latest defense against the sexual harassment charges dogging his campaign: you should really pay attention to the many, many people in the world who have not accused me of inappropriate behavior, not the five or so women who have.

“And I value my character and my integrity more than anything else. For every one person that comes forward with a false accusation, there are probably thousands who will say that none of that sort of activity ever came from Herman Cain.”

Good night, that is dumb. My Facebook page erupted when I posted this.

I mean, come on – what fantasy land is Cain and his campaign living in? I can only imagine the laughter in the other Clown Car campaigns as the pizza magnate continues to put out statements that defy any sort of common sense.

When you’re dealing with one accusation, that’s a problem, but most pols just go along with the time-tested  “he said, she said” defense. Once the floodgates open and several other women lodge similar (or worse) charges, it’s best to go into “no comment” mode. For better or worse, the latter at least gets him out of the outright “I never met her” or “It never happened” excuses, particularly when other people were present or a third party can pop up and say they saw the pol in the company of one of the said accusers that he alleges he doesn’t know.

Cain’s right-winger defenders have decided that it’s easier (if not logical) to take all of the women on with the “Little Bit Nutty, Little Bit Slutty” playbook. Boy is this getting tired.

I guess when the whole premise of the 2012 Republican contender Clown Car is “any warm body but Romney” (see: Conservative Activists Launch, Cain has the opportunity to publicly jump the shark over and over.


Perry’s Major Malfunction

I can’t close this post without mentioning the cognitive problem child in the Clown Car that is Rick Perry. I know some people are better at public speaking and debating, but mother of god, what was going on last night? He couldn’t remember the third federal agency that he’d like to eliminate. It’s painful to watch:

Perry: There is a reason that caterpillar moved their high hydraulics and in the state of texas. It does than have anything to do with the republican versus democrat. It had everything to do with creating a climate in our state where the job creators knew that they were going to have the opportunity to keep more of what they work for. That’s what americans are looking for. They are looking for a tax plan that basically says you are going to be able to keep more of what you work for. They are looking for a regulatory climate that does not strangle the life out of their businesses and when they want to put those dollars out there to create the wealth. That’s what americans are looking for. I think we are getting all tangled up around an issue here about can you work with democrats, see you work with republicans? Yeah, we can all do that. But the fact of the matter is we better have a plan in place that americans can get their hands around and that’s a reason my flat tax is the only one of all of the folks these good folks on the stage it balance it is budget in 2020. It does the things though the regulatory climate that has to happen. And I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when i get there that are gone. Commerce, education, and the — what’s the third one there? Let’s see.

Paul: Five.
Perry: Five. Okay. Commerce, education, and the —
Romney: EPA?
Perry: EPA, there you go.
Harwood: Seriously — is epa one you are talking about?
Perry: No, sir, no, sir. We are talking about the — agencies of government — epa needs to be rebuilt.
Harwood: You can’t — you can’t name the third one?
Perry: The third agency of government I would — I would do away with education, the —
Romney: commerce.
Perry: Commerce and, let’s see. I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.

It’s too easy to say he’s just a doofus and can’t put his thoughts together; I don’t think this cans his campaign, which is something blathered all over the media this AM in the aftermath of this brain fart. His ineptitude when placed in a formal situation before cameras hurts him only because the media performance standard is so high; after all, it’s tough to follow smooth operators like JFK, Ronald Reagan (first term) , and Bill Clinton. Most of our presidents prior to the era of sound and moving images wouldn’t make the cut today.

Perry’s not electable because of atrocious record as governor of Texas, his ties to theocrats and extremists. That plus his general @sshattery is too reminiscent of George W. Bush. Tell me the American voter wouldn’t fall for another loser from Texas.

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