Thursday, November 03, 2011

The Cain Scrutiny

As longtime followers of this site know, I've had issues with Herman Cain since practically the moment he entered the presidential field. Between his belligerent statements about Islam & Muslims and his stunning -- even by current GOP standards -- ignorance about current global and political realities, we're left with a very unflattering portrait of a candidate who has, improbably yet predictably enough, ridden the Tea Party wave of conservative dogmatism straight to the top of the Republican field. How long the Cain surge lasts is something only the next few weeks will tell, but the road to the nomination got that much harder when word surfaced of prior sexual misconduct by the candidate two decades ago during his time as head of the National Restaurants Association.

The resulting round robin of media discussion quickly gave rise to the talking point on the right that Cain was being attacked because of his race and his conservatism, and not because he's a politician and a frontrunner, and because sex always sells (see: Clinton, Bill). This in turn led to a rash of comical "so racist they don't even realize how racist they are" screeds from usual suspects like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, but the zenith/nadir was surely a video rant posted by noted Birther/attention-seeker Donald Trump yesterday, wherein he took Jon Stewart to task for his racism in making light of the Cain situation on The Daily Show. I tweeted my incredulity at Trump's dissonance-inducing video yesterday, and I figured it was a jump ball as to whether Stewart would address it on his show last night. Luckily for us, he did, and you can check out the embed after the jump.

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