Sharpton, Professor Debate Cain's 'Blackness'
Libtalkers Caught Off-Guard By Herman's Rise
Somehow certain conservatives would never support a black presidential candidate, lefty commentators have been caught off-guard by business leader Herman Cain's sudden rise.
Still under the impression Rick Perry was the GOP's frontrunner, libtalkers hadn't even begun to concoct an anti-Cain smear campaign. With the emergence of strong polling data, however, that is quickly changing.
Below, find two examples of how Cain's increasingly effective effort has perplexed the left.
For his part, Al Sharpton's annoyed at the mere existence of a Cain candidacy within the Republican Party! How could Herman possibly be ideologically sincere given his upbringing and background?
Professor Karen Hunter, Sharpton's guest, believes the reverend is badly underestimating Cain's political potential.
Sharpton really slips when he admits openly that Obama's background isn't terribly American, that he could understand any "confusion" (read: non-liberal adherence) by the president (think Indonesia, etc), but not Cain, given his Southern childhood.
Hunter's sentiments are even more bizarre: she seems to like Cain (despite ideological incompatibility) but feels the repeated need to qualify her praise within the boundaries of campus-based lefty political correctness (he's not a sell-out, not Clarence Thomas, not married to a white woman, etc).
Hey Karen, ever thought of cutting that baggage loose? It's truly liberating.
Below, here's the clip from Sharpton's syndicated radio show, it may be the most revealing exchange we've ever featured on this site:
AL SHARPTON: If Herman Cain were to come on my show radio or TV, I would say to him how could anyone in their right mind that grew up in the South and saw what they saw, or stand up there and act like anybody and that is unemployed and that is not rich did it to themselves starting with your momma. (Referring to Guest Professor Karen Hunter of Hunter College) I could have understood someone with Barack Obama’s background having that kind of confusion. So, I would only assume that he is either socially ignorant or playing games to get votes. Cause he couldn’t possibly have grown up and come to that conclusion unless he was one or the other.
KAREN HUNTER: I pray that you get him on your show, but here what I’m going to say to you. He [Herman Cain] is not Clarence Thomas. He’s not Alan Keyes. He’s not the stereotypical or typical sell-out black person who’s pandering to white people. This man is married to a black woman, raising black kids and in his mind is authentically black, went to Morehouse [College]. This is not the typical and I’m gonna tell you Rev, there’s gonna be a lot of people, the more he gets out there and talks.
SHARPTON: That first of all first of all wait a minute, slow down. You ain’t got to be Clarence Thomas and Alan Keys to be wrong. To stand up and say the N word doesn’t bother me two day after he called it insensitive. To say it’s insensitive, go meet with Donald Trump and come out and say the exact opposite. To say that people are causing their own unemployment, therefore they ain’t rich is wrong. I don’t care if its Alan Keys wrong, or Clarence Thomas wrong, or Herman Cain wrong. It’s just wrong. To say that a flat 9 9 9 across the board which would give rich people an advantage over work, it’s just wrong. It’s wrong! And you can talk all you want about authentically he’s more black, you don’t see black people gravitating toward him. You see right wing whites.
HUNTER: I’m gonna tell you though and again, I’m not supporting him and we had eight years of wrong. All right we had four year of wrong and reelected four more years more wrong, so this country’s use to (Sharpton interrupts)
SHARPTON: Yeah but come on the black vote that George Bush was got was marginal and Herman Cain will get marginal black vote, so don’t act like he’s resonating in the black community, he’s not even going to the black community. Herman Cain’s not even going to the black community.
HUNTER: No he’s not and in his mind he doesn’t necessarily feel he has to. I’m not (Sharpton interrupts)
SHARPTON: Well, he’s called us brainwashed. He says 75% of us is brainwashed. So he sees us as a backboard to shoot against to try to get the net into the right. He’s not trying to get black votes.
HUNTER: All I’m saying is don’t sleep on him. All I’m saying is don’t overlook and dismiss him and think that just because he’s saying a lot of whacked out and crazy things that he’s not going to have some momentum. And I would personally love to see him go up against Barack Obama. But, I’m just saying Rev there’s a lot more to this then you (Sharpton interrupts)
SHARPTON: If I could wish anything for President Obama, I would wish that Herman Cain or Rick Perry be his opponent. Cause he could save all that money and invest it in jobs. That he’s got to raise for reelection. But, I don’t think that Herman Cain will win one primary because I think that at the end of the day that the people that are cheering him like what he’s saying , but they will not vote for him.
HUNTER: All right let’s put a little something on it and it’s no money cause we’re not gambling. But, I actually think he’s gonna win a primary and I think you’re going to be more surprised than anybody how much support this man actually has out there. And it’s weird and its growing and as baffling as it is there’s something to him when he get up in front of people one on one that they walk away with a sold out spirit. I’ve got a woman that I know [Sharpton interrupts]
SHARPTON [singing]: Oooollllld Man River! That’s what they walk away with. They walk away with a guy singing and saying what the right wing want to hear.
In the second example, an attempt by libtalker Stephanie Miller and guest Carlos Alazroqui (actor, Reno 911!) to slam Cain goes horribly awry, like a train derailment.
Here's the clip:
STEPHANIE MILLER: Carlos Alazroqui live in studio with us.
CARLOS ALAZROQUI [ACTOR, RIGHT IMAGE]: I’m live but I don’t have the facts to back it up, but it takes three licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.
MILLER: Okay thank you for that.
ALAZROQUI: I don’t have the facts to back it up.
MILLER: I appreciate that. All right, we are riffing as they say in the comedy business, on Herman Cain starting his sentence about Occupying Wall Street.
HERMAN CAIN AUDIO: I don't have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!
CARLOS ALAZRAQUI: I think that’s what Jesus said on the cross...
JIM WARD [PRODUCER]: [imitating Cain] Well, if you don’t have a job, blame the Jews. That’s what I do.
ALAZRAQUI: That’s what I do.
LAVOIE: Oh God! Oh Jim!
MILLER: I don’t have the facts to back this up, but I’m going to go back to the President’s press conference to distract from what Jim Ward just said.
These guys had better hope Cain's effort flounders from here, otherwise, destroying him will take real effort (unlike Chris Christie = fat childishness). Good luck!